Sicily

Things to do in Sicily

With its wealth of history, you won't be short of things to do in Sicily when you visit. Every town houses unique relics from the past that tell stories from the learnings of Archimedes to Homer's Odyssey. Some must-see attractions include the valley of the temples in Agrigento, the oldest mosaic tiles in the world in Morgantina and the ruins in Siracusa, Segesta, Erice and Taormina.

Nothing says adventure quite like hiking a volcano and with a number of volcanoes to choose from including Mount Etna, Stromboli and Vulcano you won't be left wondering what to do next in Sicily. You can even take a thermal bath at Vulcano.

For beach dwellers, the Spiaggia Valle i Muria, Mondello Lido and the San Vito Lo Capo are just a few places to sit back, relax and enjoy the sunshine. Thanks to its rugged coastline, Sicily also hosts some hidden spots for cliff diving. Other things to do in Italy include visiting the markets, like La Pescheria, walking the 142 ceramic steps at Caltagirone and experiencing the Baroque architecture at Ragusa. With so many things to see and do you will never be left wondering what to do in Sicily.

Markets don't get more pungent and raucous than Palermo's labyrinth of narrow passageways piled with produce. Feisty matrons haggle with vendors in thick Sicilian dialects for the best pomegranates or tangy Pantelleria capers.

Fabrizia Lanza teaches at a 19th-century country house with four rustic rooms. You'll learn to make a sweet cassata, a traditional sponge-cake dessert filled with ricotta cheese and covered with candied fruit and a sugar glaze.

The Sicily-based school doesn’t teach much dialect, but there are plenty of ways to absorb local culture in the sun-soaked, seaside town of Taormina: students take classes in the kitchens of residents. Courses range from one to 24 weeks.

While waiting for graduate school to begin in 1980, Giambattista Cilia’s father gave him and two friends a few tons of nero d’avola grapes for winemaking. The first vintage bonded the three, who promptly founded the COS Winery.

Visitors to the Planeta Winery in Menfi do not just come for the wide range of classic Sicilian vintages like grecanico, moscato di noto, and frappato, as well as the newer syrahs and chardonnays.

When the Spanish brought chocolate to Sicily in 1500s, they also brought Aztec preparation methods that still flourish on the island, especially at Antica Dolceria Bonajuto in the southeastern city of Modica.

As the country's largest theater, the neo-classical Teatro Massimo has loomed large in the opera, ballet, and classical music scene since opening in 1897. It was also site of the culminating scene of Godfather III, which attracts a number of fans as well.

Gelato aficionados can find some of Sicily’s most popular in a small kiosk outside the Giadini Inglese in Piazza Gentili. Everything is created with traditional techniques and natural ingredients since the 1950s.

Located in the countryside of southwest Sicilily, this Menfi winery is the largest of the Planeta family’s six.

Local artist Daniela Neri sells jewelry made from native sea salt, resin, and coral.

Cooking classes are offered at the private estate of Gabriella Becchina, where the robust olio verde is produced.