Flights to Sicily
The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, and the largest of Italy’s islands, is Sicily. Thus beautiful island has a very Italian feel to it yet its own culture and attractions. These combined with its scenic countryside, ancient history and wonderful weather make Sicily a very popular destination.
There are several airports for flights to Sicily, but the main one is the Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (airport code: CTA) located just outside the city of Catania. You can catch a flight to Sicily with either South African Airways or Egyptair for a connection in Cairo, or with Lufthansa to stop in Munich. With British Airways you will travel through London for their flight to Sicily. Though it varies by airline, most flights to Sicily are between 16 and 20 hours long.
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The Tourist Attractions of Sicily:
Located just off the coast of Italy, at the tip of the ‘boot’, Sicily is at some points only 3 kilometres from the mainland, and though there are many similarities between the two land masses Sicily really does have its own unique culture too.
As well as the interest for culture lovers, Sicily is a very beautiful island with plenty of different scenery to see. It’s home to Mount Etna for example, the tallest active volcano in Europe and one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Then there’s the rural countryside which Sicily is still famous for, and of course many miles of beaches. Sicily is beautiful in other ways too, such as the wonderful baroque architecture that’s quite abundant on the island, and there are World Heritage Sites here too, in the form of ancient cities and settlements where many different cultures have lived.
With so many things to see and do in Sicily it’s difficult to know where to start. You’re not going to be able to see everything in the space of a week or two, so it’s best to concentrate your time on one region, or perhaps on one aspect of Sicily, such as the World Heritage Sites.
Sicily’s World Heritage Sites
There are five UNESCO World Heritage Sites on Sicily, and four of the five are focused on elements of the island’s culture. The fifth one is the odd one out as this is a natural site, the Aeolian Islands.
Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi) features some amazing temples, and it’s actually one of the best examples of Grecian art and architecture and one of the top attractions on Sicily. The Roman Vila of Villa Romana del Casale is impressive too, especially for its vast Roman mosaics that are the largest and most complex of their kind in the world. Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica is another ancient site.
More modern architecture can be seen in the Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto in south eastern Sicily. This collection of towns has been a World Heritage Site since 2002 and together they feature some beautiful architecture.
The World Heritage Sites are not the only impressive things to see on Sicily though, there are many other great buildings and ancient ruins here too, as well as a whole host of other attractions.
Scenery and Beaches on Sicily
There are beaches everywhere but if you want the best it is said to be San Vito lo Capo, while the Aeolian Islands are stunning too. The mountains are also popular, including Mount Etna, and Sicily is a great place to go trekking.
When Should You Visit?:
Sicily is well known for its lovely climate. During the summer it is a typical Mediterranean destination with temperatures peaking in August at an average high of 34C. Winters are mild, though wet.