November 17th 2016

"To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything." So said Goethe, and who are we to argue?

We have not one, but two Walks on Sicily – East and West. They fit perfectly as a 'back-to-back' for the full island experience! Sicily is rather more than an Italian region: it's famous for its unique character. The football that is being kicked by Italy's 'boot', Sicily lies to the south of the country and just a short distance from the African coast. More than 2,500 years at a strategic crossroads of the western world have left Sicily with an unparalleled historical legacy. Nowhere else have Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, French, Germans, Spanish, Italians and even British left such an indelible impression. So whether it’s Roman villas, Greek temples, Norman cathedrals or Baroque churches, Sicily has them all.


5 special reasons to join us in Sicily

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  1. Mozia. One of the true treasures of Sicily, the tiny island of Mozia, off the west coast is home to numerous archaeological sites. The famous windmills take center stage though, providing some of the best photo opportunities in the whole of Sicily.
  2. Lo Zingaro. Scopello is home to Sicily’s first Natural Reserve – Lo Zingaro, established in 1981. The reserve spans about 7km between Scopello and San Vito Lo Capo, and also includes part of the coastline. Within the reserve, one will find some of the most stunning landscapes, and a large variety of flora and fauna.
  3. Mount Etna - a blessing rather than a danger. Located in the eastern side of the island near Catania and reaching a height of more than 10,000 feet, Mount Etna is the tallest active volcano in Europe and dominates the landscape with its often-smoking peak. Locals see the volcano more as a blessing than a danger. The rich volcanic soil allows for thriving farms and orchards across the Plain of Catania as well as on the mountain itself. Sicily
  4. Sicily is rich in ancient Greek ruins and many say that they surpass those found in Greece itself. For a long time, the ancient Greeks controlled a large part of the island, mostly in the eastern region around Syracuse, where the famous mathematician Archimedes was born. Well-preserved Greek ruins still remain in Syracuse, Taormina, and near Agrigento. The latter is the location of the famous 'valley of the temples,' a collection of seven different temples dedicated to different Greek deities.
  5. But most of all: Sicilians eat ice cream for breakfast! A creamy sorbet-style dessert called granita is scooped into freshly baked brioche and eaten as a morning treat that is light and refreshing in the warm summer weather. It comes in dozens of delicious flavors like chocolate, lemon, strawberry and even pistachio and almond.

If that has whet your appetite, check out our website for our Walks in Sicily.

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