1 Monreale

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.

4 Siracusa

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.

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