Home to every great Mediterranean civilization, Sicily is a rich tapestry of art and history. A day in this paradise of deep blue skies and lush vegetation could include skiing down a snow-muffled volcano, walking through orange groves, and swimming within sight of majestic ruins. Unforgettable sights abound: the panoramic perfection of Taormina; Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples; a rose-tinted moon rising over Mt. Etna; and Palermo, Monreale, Cefalù, and Catania offer a feast of Roman, Byzantine, Arab-Norman, and Baroque architecture.
- Taormina—Sicily’s most beautiful resort The view of the sea and Mt. Etna from its jagged cactus-covered cliffs is as close to perfection as a panorama can get.
- A walk on Siracusa's Ortygia Island Classical ruins rub elbows with faded seaside palaces and fish markets in Sicily's most striking port city, where the Duomo is literally built atop an ancient Greek temple.
- Palermo’s palaces, churches, and crypts Virtually every great European empire ruled Sicily's strategically positioned capital at some point, and it shows most of all in the diverse architecture, from Roman to Byzantine to Arab-Norman.
- Valley of the Temples, Agrigento This stunning set of ruins is proudly perched above the sea in a grove full of almond trees; not even in Athens will you find Greek temples this finely preserved.