Sicily, the largest and most magical island in the Mediterranean, will enchant you with its beauty, history, and gastronomic delights. One visit is all it takes to begin a life-long love affair.
Sicily, our “patria”, where glowing volcanoes illuminate the night, and spectacular mountain ranges loom over the tranquil aquamarine sea and pristine beaches. Where picturesque medieval villages, surrounded by undulating valleys, and ancient coves, meet perfectly preserved Greek temples. And being Italy, you’re never far from a sumptuous local delicacy!
Only through LIVIN’Italy – with our intimate knowledge of Sicily, our friends “on the ground” – will you find beaches, culture, gastronomy, experiences with such a friendly local touch. If you’ve never been, what are you waiting for? If you’ve visited before, start planning your return!
Experience a world of gastronomic pleasure
Sicilian cuisine is unique, inspired by the fusion of cultures that make up Sicilian history – Greek, Norman, North African, Spanish and Arab. A world of aubergines, almonds, pistachios, fresh seafood, tomatoes and chocolate.
Let one of our local friends take you on a tour to tantalise your tastebuds. We offer culinary experiences where you can see the preparation of (and of course taste!) traditional artisan Cannolo, Pecorino cheese, fresh ricotta, honey and sumptuous local wines. You can tour local markets, where you’ll buy fresh Sicilian ingredients to cook under the guidance of a master chef. Or even scale Mount Etna to experience its magnificent vineyards. Ancient writers and poets sung the praises of Mount Etna wines – soon you can too!
An unparalleled world of cultural wealth
Sicily is dripping with culture. You can’t go anywhere without bumping into some evidence of its 3,000 year old history. As a stepping stone between the great civilisations of Greece, Rome, Arabia, Phoenicia, the Norman Dynasty, and many more – Sicily is a treasure trove of beautifully preserved ancient temples, statues, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Book one of our culture tours and our local guides will take you to sun-kissed Greek temples, incredible statues of Hercules and Zeus at the Valley of the Temples, the historic city of Siracusa – one of the oldest Greek colonies in Sicily – the island of Ortigia, the Temple of Apollo, antique cathedrals and churches, and so much more.
Historic towns, majestic landscapes
Inland, Sicily is a mosaic of undulating hills, vineyards, sweet blossom and olive trees – with charming historic towns and the magnificent Mount Etna ever present in the background.
Let our friends take you on an excursion to this magical countryside! Watch the lava flow from Mount Etna, surrounded by lush green valleys. Have a day to remember discovering Sicily’s heritage towns of Marina Di Ragusa, Scicli, Modica, Ragusa Ibla and the beautiful Hyblean Garden, looming imperiously over the Irminio river valley. You can visit palaces, convents, baroque churches, built from the Byzantine period to the 18th Century. Or perhaps you’d prefer to follow ancient trails on a donkey trek, enjoy majestic landscapes, be charmed by the Ionian coast, or even visit locations of The Godfather!
Immaculate seas and phenomenal beaches
If being on land doesn’t float your boat then why not luxuriate on Sicily’s incredible variety of beaches… Where the sands can be white, golden, volcanic black or pebbly. See the “Scala dei Turchi”, a dazzling-white rocky formation emerging from azure waters. Explore the vertical walls in the bay of the “Grotta Azzurra” (blue cave), go snorkelling at Giardini Naxos and Taormina, or take a cruise to the “Grotta degli Innamorati” (love cave), and the famous Isola Bella; also known as the ‘Pearl of the Ionian Sea’.
Take a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters off the Ionian coast, enjoy Almond Wine with Sicilian cookies, or a ‘floating aperitivo’ offered by the captain of a traditional Sicilian fishing boat. Come on in, the water’s fine!