Save time in your Italy itinerary to spend at least 4-5 nights in Sicily Italy. Sicily is located right off the “boot tip” of Italy accessible by boat.
City of Palermo in Sicily, Italy
Palermo has been named Italy’s official “Capital of Culture” for 2018. Palermo integrates architecture from the Arab and Byzantine empires, the Norman palaces and churches, and the crumbling grandeur of Spanish Baroque. No visit is complete without a stop at the Palazzo dei Normanni, the Royal Palace:
Spend an evening at the Teatro Massimo taking in an opera, ballet, or concert. Be sure to get your tickets plenty early to get a seat in the boxes:
City of Taormina in Sicily, Italy
In May and June a must-visit is the city of Taormina, a gorgeous, medieval, arty, cable-car-to-the-beach resort town whose summertime Arts Festival is held in a horseshoe-shaped Greek amphitheater with a view of Mt. Etna in the background:
City of Catania in Sicily, Italy
End your vacation by finding your way down to the east coast of Mt. Etna to Catania, that boasts a 18th century Baroque historic center, excellent street markets, a bubbly nightlife, and a raucous fish market:
The small island of Sicily is vastly over-looked as a tourist destination. A person could easily spend a full week on this island alone.
There are so many options outside of Rome, Venice, Florence, Naples, and the Amalfi Coast. Sicily should be added to this growing list of cities to not miss. Visiting Italy can be a lifetime of adventure between the varied landscapes, cities, and the Italians themselves.
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