The magnificently mosaiced cathedral is a testament to Sicily’s eclectic Arab, Norman and Byzantine heritage.
2 The Aeolian Islands
An archipelago of seven islands with active volanoes, lava beaches, fractured coastlines and whitewashed villages.
3 Mount Etna
It’s an eerie climb up the blackened lunar landscape of this smoking volcano, dominating the landscape of eastern Sicily.
Classical dramas are staged every summer in the city’s spectacular ancient Greek theatre, while Ortigia, surrounded by sea, has year-round appeal.
5 Coastal nature reserves
Nature reserves such as Zingaro and Vendicari provide respite from the overdevelopment of much of the island’s coast.
6 Val di Noto
This valley, stretching from Noto to Ragusa, is full of splendid Baroque towns, built after an earthquake, and now enjoying a renaissance, spurred on by UNESCO.
7 Valley of the Temples, Agrigento
A spectacular sight, especially at night when the towering Doric columns are artfully floodlit.