Introducing Sicily Review, the latest of the Review series websites that provide an English language perspective on Italy.
With Sicily Review we plan to make your trip to the island a special one by providing hints, tips and inspirational places to visit.
Sicily is a land of wonder with thousands of years of history laid out across its undulating hills, rocky coastlines and cities that are bristling with culture and and energised by their people. Sit back, relax and take a walk through Sicily via our website pages and start your journey of discovery in the best possible way.
The best beaches of Sicily
Whatever it is that draws you to Sicily, be it one of the major cities, a sleepy village among the rolling hills of the interior or one the beautiful islands, one thing is for certain: you'll be close to the sea!
Sicily's coastline is incredibly varied and picturesque with some of Italy's most stunning locations within its environs.
To the right you can see an image of the beautiful Isola Bella, the tiny island that sits in a bay at the foot of the historic town of Taormina. If you click on the image you'll find our guide to the best beaches of Sicily with links to the individual beaches containing travel information and a large collection of photos.
Sicily's major cities
While the likes of Taormina and Isola Bella are among the most popular coastal locations in Sicily, you can also find beautiful seaside locations in most of the major cities such as Palermo, Catania, Trapani and Syracuse which is pictured to the left.
Syracuse is an Ancient Greek city spread across several areas of interest with its collection of Greek and Roman archaeological monuments just outside the city centre but also a beautiful island called Ortigia which attracts most visitors.
Ortigia is famous for its elegant Baroque architecture and the turquoise waters that surround the tiny island.
The See Sicily section is where you can familiarise yourself with all the island has to offer and then start to plan a trip around the places you'd most like to see.
The pages are divided up into categories such as major cities, coastal towns, beach resorts and the Sicilian islands. The best of each category are listed towards the top of each page to help guide you towards the most popular and interesting destinations.
You'll also find the best beaches, hill towns, historic towns and archaeological sites in here, emphasising the broad range of sights that Sicily provides with something to suit all tastes.
So once you've decided which parts of Sicily you'd most like to see, the next job is to work out how to get there. The four categories in Sicily Travel are based around air and sea logistics and we can also provide ground transport from most places.
There are six airports in Sicily, four of which are on the island's mainland with the busiest two being Catania and Palermo. You'll find details about which airlines fly in and out of each airport as well as prices for transfers to every destination on the island.
Much of the region needs to be reached by sea and we've provided a page for every ferry route in Sicily including ticket booking.
This is where the fun really begins! There are so many beautiful places to see on the island but now more than ever, it's really simple to get much more involved with the local people, their customs and traditions.
Our extensive collection of Sicily Tours includes everything from trekking across Mount Etna to finding the best ice cream in Palermo. We provide expert guides whose enthusiasm brings the island to life as they delve into its history and daily modern life.
You can enjoy the Sicily tours from the ground, the sea or the air and take your pick of experiences that are well-reviewed.
Another fun part of planning your trip to Sicily involves your accommodation. Whether you're planning to stick to just ne place on the island or move around various locations, our Sicily Hotels section provides you with all the information you need.
We work in conjunction with Booking.com whose hotel search engine is intuitive, up to date and simple to use.
Apart from the hotels, there are numerous other accommodation types from apartments through to villas, bed and breakfasts, hostels and even agriturismos where you can sample the local farm produce during your stay.
We've dedicated a section of the website to the geography of Sicily so you can better acquaint yourself with the area. You'll find an overview of what Sicily is, a little about its past, its present and the overall culture on the island.
Sicily is one of the 20 official regions of Italy and within each region there are provinces. Sicily being one of the largest regions has nine different provinces including the Metropolitan City of Palermo and Ragusa Province for example.
We've also included pages on the three different coastlines that make up Sicily so you can find the best places along each one.