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From Unesco heritage sites, to the celebrations of Holy Week, passing by the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. Sicily offers endless reasons to visit it for the first time and come back again to appreciate each place. Get inspired by our itineraries to plan your next vacation or create your own personalized itinerary with our advice on what to see in each province.

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The Santuario di Montalto is a church located in the upper part of Messina and dedicated to the Madonna delle Vittorie (Our Lady of Victories). The present building was constructed in 1928 on the site of a 13th-century church that was destroyed in the 1908 earthquake.…

The Teatro Vittorio Emanuele II is the main theatre in the city of Messina. Inaugurated in 1852, the theatre currently offers a varied programme of plays, musicals, opera and ballet.…

The Sacrario di Cristo Re (Shrine of Christ the King) in Messina is an imposing tomb built in 1937 to house the remains of those who died in the two world wars.…

Forte San Salvatore is a defensive structure in Messina, commissioned by Charles V and built between 1537 and 1540. The building is located in a natural sickle-shaped cove in the harbour area.…

The Bell Tower (Campanile) of Messina Cathedral is certainly the city's most interesting landmark. The mechanisms that make up the astronomical clock go into action every day at noon while the notes of Franz Schubert's Ave Maria resound across the square.…

The Salinas Archaeological Museum in Palermo houses one of the most impressive archaeological collections in Italy. It manages to tell virtually the entire history of Sicily from prehistory to the Middle Ages.…

The Church of San Cataldo is a splendid example of an architectural structure built by Islamic masters according to Western Romanesque principles.…

The Church of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, or Chiesa della Martorana, is one of the most fascinating sights on the 'Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale' itinerary. It is an extraordinary building, which tells the story of nine centuries of Sicilian art and culture.…

The Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) in Palermo, also known as the Palazzo dei Normanni (Palace of the Normans), is one of the most extraordinary buildings in Sicily. It chronicles the history of Palermo from the first Punic settlements to the present day.…

The Palazzo della Zisa or Castello della Zisa, is the most well-preserved Islamic building in Sicily. It was the summer residence of Palermo's Norman kings. Here, they devoted themselves to rest and entertainment.…

Church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti, with its five pink domes, is one of the most iconic landmarks on the UNESCO itinerary: Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedrals of Cefalù and Monreale. It is a magnificent example of a Christian building, built according to Islamic architectural designs.…

I Quattro Canti (The Four Corners) is one of Palermo's most spectacular and popular spots. The four buildings that outline the square were built between 1608 and 1620, while the sculptures and decorative elements were completed in 1663.…

The Fontana Pretoria (Pretoria Fountain), also known as the 'Fountain of Shame', is one of the undisputed symbols of Palermo. It was made by the sculptor, Francesco Camilliani, for a villa in Florence belonging to Viceroy Don Pedro Alvarez.…

The Ponte dell'Ammiraglio (Admiral's Bridge) is a splendid example of medieval civil architecture and is located at the southern edge of Palermo. Built around 1131 for Admiral George of Antioch, it is one of the landmarks included in the UNESCO site, Arab-Norman Palermo.…

Cala degli Zimmari (Zimmari Cove) has the only sandy beach on the island of Panarea. The name seems to have come from the goats that the island's farmers brought with them. It is also called "Red Beach" due to the reddish colour of its sand.…

Cala Junco is a splendid beach located in Punta Milazzese, in the southernmost part of the island of Panarea. It is a sort of natural pool, enclosed by basalt rocks that form an amphitheatre.…

The Arco dell'Elefante (Arch of the Elephant), together with the Faraglione di Punta Tracino (Punta Tracino Stack), is one of the most famous landmarks of the island of Pantelleria. It is a rocky arch created by lava and its shape resembles the head of an elephant plunging its trunk into the water.…

The Lago or Specchio di Venere (Lake or Mirror of Venus) is one of the most charming places on Pantelleria. It is located in the northern part of the island, a few kilometres from the airport. It is fed exclusively by rainfall and some thermal springs.…

Cala Cinque Denti (Cove of Five Teeth) is located on the northeast coast of the island of Pantelleria and is so called because of the high coastline indented by spikes of large rocks. This beautiful cove is one of the results of the last eruption of the Kùddia Randazzo crater, which generated the lava river called Lave del Khagiàr some 7,900 years ago, which can still be seen today.…

Scario Beach is located in the northern part of Salina. It is the main access point to the sea in the part of the island called Malfa. The beach is so named because, in the past, this was a port of call for sailing ships trading with Campania.…

The Laghetto di Lingua (Little Lake of Lingua) is certainly one of the most evocative places on Salina. The Romans built a salt extraction plant here between the 1st and 2nd centuries AD. The name of the island was taken from this. However, unlike the Salt Mines of Trapani or those of Marsala, those of Lingua are no longer visible.…

Pollara beach is one of the most beautiful in all the Aeolian islands. It is located on the north-western side of the island and is now world-famous because some scenes from the film Il Postino: The Postman were shot there.…

Rinella Beach is located in the southwestern part of Salina and is the island's only sandy beach. It is overlooked by caves hollowed out of the rock that were once used by fishermen as shelters for their boats.…

The Church of Santa Lucia alla Badia is one of the buildings that, with its Baroque façade, contributes to making the Piazza Duomo in Syracuse one of the most beautiful in Sicily. It was entirely rebuilt after being destroyed by the Val di Noto earthquake in 1693.…

Castello Maniace is one of the most important Frederician buildings in Sicily. The original building, a castle with a square base and four corner towers, dates back to 1240. Over the years, however, numerous modifications and additions were made to the structure.…

Syracuse Cathedral is one of the city's most extraordinary and fascinating landmarks. Its current appearance is due to a major reconstruction in the 6th century AD. The original nucleus was a Greek temple, dedicated to Athena, which was walled in and later converted into a Byzantine church.…

The ruins of the Temple of Apollo are one of the first landmarks you come across when entering Ortigia, the oldest part of the city of Syracuse.…

Piazza Archimede is the second most important square in Ortigia after the Cathedral square. At its centre is one of the symbols of Syracuse: the Fontana di Diana (Fountain of Diana).…

The Paolo Orsi Archaeological Museum is one of the most important and prestigious museums in Europe. Its current location is Villa Andolina, a splendid late-19th-century building surrounded by a large park with centuries-old trees and where artefacts from the Greek and Roman periods have been found.…

Scari Beach is located in the eastern part of the island of Stromboli, just below the village of Borgo San Vincenzo. It is a large beach that stretches for about a kilometre and is split into two parts by a pier.…

The Sabbie Nere (Black Sands) beach, set in the beautiful Baia di Ponente (Western Bay), is certainly the most famous beach on the island of Vulcano.…

Acque Calde Beach (also known as Fumarole Beach) is located on the north-eastern coast of the island of Vulcano, in the Baia di Ponente (Western Bay). This beach gets its names from the unique secondary volcanic phenomena that occurs here.…

The Grota del Cavallo (Horse Cave) is located in the north-western part of Vulcano, near another of the island's great attractions: the Piscina di Venere (Venus Pool). The name is said to originate from the shape of a rock that sits at the end of the natural cave and resembles a horse's head.…

The Punta dell'Asino beach is located on the southern coast of the island of Vulcano. It can be reached on foot along a steep path from the village of Gelso. Alternatively, you can get to the beach from the sea by paying for a taxi boat ride.…

The Piscina di Venere (Venus Pool) is a beautiful natural pool located on the northwest coast of the island of Vulcano. It is a true natural amphitheatre, whose circular perimeter is marked by tuff and basalt rocks.…

Cannitello Beach is located in the southern part of the island of Vulcano between Punta Bandiera and Punta Ufala. It is a beautiful beach of fine black sand, surrounded by dense vegetation and is never crowded.…