Sicily is big, so the options to keep you entertained here are nearly endless. Some of the island’s top attractions include beaches, ruins, and amazing Italian restaurants. Nightlife ranges from clubs along the beach as well as live performances at Italy’s largest opera house, Teatro Massimo! If you’re thinking of heading to this amazing island, check out these top 5 attractions in Sicily!
1. Mount Etna:
Located in the Sicilian province of Catania, this mountain is Europe’s largest active volcano. Some tourists hike some of the craters, while others take cable cars to reach the heights. From the cable car’s drop off, you can either climb higher up on the mountain or take a tour truck for an additional fee. Either way, the views are amazing, so be sure to bring your camera!
2. San Vito lo Capo:
Known for being one of Sicily’s most beautiful beaches, Saint Vitus Cape is a must-see. The cliffs of Mount Cofano give the shoreline a breathtaking backdrop and beautiful views. After you’ve worked up an appetite sunbathing, there are a bunch of little restaurants right near the beach. Café Europa is known for its delicious Italian sandwiches
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3. Teatro Massimo:
Not only is Teatro Massimo the largest opera house in Italy, but it’s also the third-largest opera house in the world! It’s the perfect place to hear Bellini, Puccini or Verdi opera. Fun fact: The Godfather: Part III’s closing scenes were filmed here. You’ll find this grand opera house on the Piazza Verdi in Palermo.
4. Palermo Cathedral:
Built on the site of a Muslim mosque, this Catholic cathedral was founded in 1184. New additions and styles such as Norman, Gothic, Baroque and Neoclassical designs, have been added to the cathedral throughout the centuries. There are even remnants of its Muslim heritage.
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5. Riserva Naturale Orientata dello Zingaro:
This is known as the island’s first natural preserve, with more than 650 species of plants as well as a bunch of different animals. Hiking over here is awesome, but you can also climb down the “blue-green” waters by the beach. You should wear a comfortable pair of shoes with you, and pack some sunscreen and water!