If you haven’t been to Sicily, you haven’t experienced Italy. This is a commonly held belief among proud locals, and those holidaymakers, tourists and backpackers who are lucky enough to include this magical island on their Italian itinerary will agree. Sicily is an autonomous region of Italy located to the south east of the French island of Corsica. With a beautiful Mediterranean landscape including pastoral goat farms, craggy cliffs by the beach and endless olive trees to be seen from your Sicily accommodation, plus a fiery regional culture full of authentic music, dance and a way of life that seems to have be lifted straight out of a century-old fairytale book, Sicily typifies the charm and fragrance of rural, southern Italy at its best.
Take a stroll along the Sicilian coast
The Sicilian coastline is one of the most incredible stretches of land, with endless golden sand beaches running up against dramatic cliff sides, whites and golden hues that contrast beautifully with the emerald green countryside and the deep blue sea. Occasionally a white-walled fishing village will crop up along the coastline, clinging to the rocky peninsula it was built on, and a harbor filled with the makeshift yachts of local fishermen will charm you with its rich, photogenic air. So dip into the Italian way of life during your stay in apartments in Sicily and purchase some fish from one of the fishermen to grill up in the privacy and comfort of your self catering holiday rental property for a truly memorable Italian meal. Hire a tour guide on the shores of Messina to ferry you out to the gemlike string of islands further north in the Tyrrhenian Sea, or make your way inland, the choice is yours! Of course, you also have the possibility to travel to Italy during your stay in Sicily villas, where you can see to the ancient and romantic capital city of Rome.
Explore the many beautiful cities of Sicily
There are plenty of amazing things to see and do in Sicily – as a very family friendly location, it's one of the best destinations to take the children and you'll be sure to have a relaxing holiday. Naturally, a great place to book a villa is the Palermo province, the region that also houses Sicily’s capital city of Palermo. The Duomo di San Cataldo is an incredible testament to the Norman conquest of Sicily, and is located in the endearing Piazza Bellini. Open-air restaurants here provide a perfect opportunity for you to dig in to exquisitely-prepared seafood, the crowning jewel of Sicilian cuisine. After a few nights in your Sicily accommodation you'll begin to understand exactly why the locals are so proud to live in this fascinating city.
Be sure, of course, not to just limit yourself to your Sicily apartments in Palermo – Sicily’s most intense charm lies in the surrounding rural areas. The regions of Agrigento and Trapani should also be thoroughly explored while spending your time in a holiday rental property in Sicily. Trapani's fifteenth century Cathedral of San Lorenzo is a very popular attraction amongst tourists and the island's most famous and impressive Ancient Greek ruins in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento are definitely worth visiting during your stay in Sicily villas.