The largest island of the Mediterranean offers sizzling beaches, dramatic coastlines, and passionate scenery. Become infatuated with the passionate atmosphere, the brimming markets, succulent orange fields, and unique black sand beaches - Sicily is an affair to be remembered. While only 3 km of water separates it from the Italian mainland, residents regard themselves as Sicilians first, and Italians second - and understandably so.
This enchanting island has its own distinctive history proudly reflected in the numerous monuments and ruins scattered across its land that will satisfy the needs of culture vultures and sea explorers alike.
The fiery mix of what Roman, Greek, North African, and Normand cultures left behind is strategically placed at the crossroads of the Ionian and Tyrrhenian seas. The patchwork of different cultures has formed into the most stunning entity to steal any visitor's heart.
Luff up and explore the many wonders Sicily has to offer - a unique yachting experience awaits for you to soak in the unforgettable jewels this island hides.
Indulge in some of the world's finest gelato while exploring the bustling streets of Sicily's capital and its three millennia of history.
Make sure to visit the stunning Palermo Cathedral. Originally built around 600 A.D., but updated by various rulers all leaving their mark, it's famous for the broad variety of incorporated styles ranging from Gothic, Moorish, to Baroque.
Head on to Mercati di Palermo - a collection of three markets frequented by locals to immerse yourself in the irresistible tastes of fresh olives, oranges, and rice. Plato famously said that Sicilians build things like they'll live forever, and eat like they're going to die tomorrow. Have some pizza at Panificio Pollicino to understand this saying better!
If at any point you decide to escape the hustle and bustle, the captivating Egadi islands are quickly accessible by boat and will provide you with limpid, azure waters and a multitude of stunning restaurants by the shore to relax and unwind.
Mercifully spared from mass tourism, this small island situated on the Aeolian archipelago is a stunning yachting location for anyone looking for a calm, serene vacation spot. Filicudi is composed of three inactive volcanoes - the stunning royal blue waters are beautifully contradicted by the brown and red coasts. Diving enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to the underwater museum, while the leisure loving will be stunned by the marvellous sunset viewed from Stimpagnato.
Sail around the active volcano to experience first-hand what could be the most stunning yachting experience of your life. Prepare to see a volcanic eruption from the comfort of your boat or hike to the Sciara del Fuoco vista. Explore the village of Ginostra, where you'll find the world's smallest port.
What the smallest of the Aeolian islands lacks in size, it makes up for with its exclusivity and lushness. Shaded by bougainvillaeas and bejewelled with aquamarine seas, Panarea is a safe haven for those wanting to enjoy both luxury and privacy.
Thanks to the inaccessibility of the island, Panarea's nature kept its original allure and is the preferred destination of pedigreed elites who flock to the small harbour with luxury yachts for charter each summer.
Become infected with the dolce far niente on this azure oasis often frequented by the likes of Giorgio Armani himself and don't forget to taste some sublime meals at the exclusive Hycesia restaurant located in the heart of this island.
Moor in the marina of this splendid island that will enchant you with the lingering smell of citrus fruits, exquisite cuisine, and local Malvasia wine. Surrounded by glimmering seas, the greenest of the Aeolian islands is a dizzying scenery of black sand beaches, olive groves, and caper bushes. Unique for its freshwater springs and volcanic terrain that fuel the luscious vegetation, Salina is a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Enjoy a wine tasting at the Malfa and Capofaro vineyards, or surrender your tastebuds to the local dishes like pani cunzatu - Salina is a dream for any true hedonist waiting to explore the wonders of Sicily. Make sure to buy a few spare bottles of olive oil produced in Salina to bring home and enjoy the capers locals are so fiercely proud of, they even devoted a festival to them.
Poetic and dramatic, this large island, the biggest of the Aeolian pearls, invites you to explore the stunning rugged coastline, pristine waters, and breathtaking pumice caves. Climb to the highest peak of Mount Chirica to enjoy an unforgettable view of the entire Aeolian archipelago or wander around the cobblestone streets of this scenic island.
Lipari will have your senses bursting with sweet rapture - don't forget to try the hot doughnuts with ricotta cheese while taking an evening walk through the Old Town. Built 6,000 years ago, The Old Town has a myriad of cafes and bars scattered across its historic narrow streets where the vivid atmosphere and live music will make you feel the true verve of Sicily.
The Cave of Pomice looks almost unreal, with clear, sparkly, aquamarine waters situated next to an impressive off-white mountain - sip on Sicilian rose while enjoying your swim in this dazzling haven of blue.
For the true wine lover, a visit to the Tenuta di Castellaro is on top of the bucket list - this is where you can enjoy a tasting of the renowned Malvasia Di Lipari, a local white wine whose unparalleled quality is owed to the warm climate and sun-soaked volcanic soil of the island.
Called by many the most beautiful town of Sicily, this stunning hilltop town attracts the yachting jet-set for its unique appearance, sparkling and inviting seas, and several marinas and moorings to choose from.
Ever since Goethe mentioned Taormina in his book "The Italian Journey", this vibrant city has been the preferred destination of European aristocracy.
Perched along the edge of Monte Tauro, Taormina offers a spectacular view of Etna from the ancient Hellenic theatre. If you're blessed with a sunny day, you can even see the Calabrian coast from the stunning Teatro Greco. Dating to the 3 century BC, this stunning place served as an arena for gladiator performances, while today many musical performances are organized during the summer.
After soaking all that history, make sure to visit the Isola Bella - best explored by your private tender, this breathtaking natural reserve is surrounded by sea grottos and is home to several species of birds and lizards. The crystalline waters will invite you for a lovely swim and an unforgettable experience.
Venture off to the second-largest city in Sicily and enjoy a stunning mix of Roman ruins, Hellenic theatre, vibrant nightlife, and baroque churches. With the landscapes dominated by Mount Etna that destroyed the city several times throughout history, lovingly called Mamma Etna by locals, Catania offers so much to explore.
If all that history leaves you hungry, make sure to try the fish tartare at Sikulo Restaurant, followed by the exquisite sea urchin pasta! The signature dishes of Catania also include pasta alla norma, squid ink pasta, and a side dish called caponata.
After exploring the cultural heritage and gourmet cuisine, why not sail away into the spectacular beach of Acitrezza? Retreat to enjoy pristine waters and the idyllic, calming view mentioned in Homer's Odyssey. The solemn mountains shade the calming sea - admire the Cyclopes Riviera and the famed cave of Ulysses.