Exploring the cultural hotspots of Sicily

There are many places in the world that are rich in natural beauty, but few manage to boggle the mind quite like the island of Sicily. Located just off the ‘toe’ of Italy’s boot, this magnificent island may be relatively small, but it certainly hosts a great deal of attractions and sights to see. With motorhome hire, you will be able to take in all of the sights and fully experience this unique island for yourself.

One of the first excursions that may come to mind is a trip up Mount Etna. Hiking or biking up the summit is a possibility, as are other activities including horse riding or even skiing. There is also the Volcanic Observatory station to visit and a number of tours across this active volcano. There are the Aeolian Islands, which lie off the northern coast of Sicily. For those excited by the prospect of climbing Mount Etna, the islands of Stomboli and Vulcano host active volcanoes and attract adventurous climbers. With the thermal baths of Vulcano and luxury resorts to enjoy, they are definitely worth paying a visit to.

Of course, nobody should go to Sicily without a trip to Palermo. Sitting at the crossroads of many important trade routes, Palermo has been influenced by various cultures including the Moors, Romans, Spaniards, Normans, Byzantine Greeks and Phoenicians. This means it has a very unique style, combining a large variety of cultures. This is definitely a city that should be on everyone’s bucket list. There are a number of attractions to behold including the Palace of the Normans, which dates back to the 9th century and was built by the Sarcens; Vucciria Market, a modern, daily market which allows you to experience the best of Sicilian wares; and San Giovanni degli Eremiti, a small church of Arab-Norman design with five soaring red Moorish domes and a cloister enriched with a luxurious garden including orange and lemon trees.

Don’t miss the city of Syracuse on your Sicilian tour. Founded by the Ancient Greeks, this important city is also a meshing of cultures that hosts a variety of attractions. Those fascinated by history should visit Museo Archeologico Paolo Orsi, offering an overview of the earliest cultures upon the island. There’s also the Zona Archeologica, an excavated archaelogical site and Parco Archeologico, which hosts a 5th century BC theatre where Ancient Greek plays are still performed in the summer.

There are a number of other towns and locations to visit as well. Piazza Armerina hosts the Villa Romana del Casale, a Roman hunting lodge which hosts some of the finest mosaics in the world. Monreale plays host to the Cathedral of Monreale, a cathedral which contains a unique meshing of Arab and Gothic styles to create a simply astonishing example of architecture. There is also San Vito lo Capo, a Sicilian town which hosts a beautiful beach and is influenced by North Africa, as evidenced by its local dishes including couscous. It also plays host to the magnificent Zingaro Nature Reserve.

Travelling across Sicily using motorhome hire is an excellent way to witness the magnificent sights in comfort. A trip here is sure to make for the adventure of a lifetime.