An island almost as close to Africa as to Europe. It's historic. Passionate. It's Sicily. The homeland of some of Europe's friendliest hosts. Where art and architecture hail from countless centuries. Where Mount Etna simmers on the horizon and delicious seafood forever raises the bar. Ready to surrender to an island's allure? Let it be Sicily.
1 Get ready for fantastic biking with distant vistas of Mount Etna, Europe's largest active volcano A feast of traditional Sicilian cuisine awaits at a Slow Food osteria atop one of Catania's enchanting hills Ride peaceful roads through the late baroque towns of the magnificent Val di Noto Find repose poolside surrounded by country views at the 15th-century Castello Camemi.
2-3 Ascend the 142 tiled stairs in Caltagirone, inhabited since the Bronze Age and renowned for intricately painted ceramics The fragrance of orange blossoms wafts by as you pedal a route lined with windmills, orchards and olive groves Taste fresh-pressed olive oil at a centuries-old agriturismo (country retreat and working farm) set in a valley of cherry, almond and citrus trees.
4 Admire incredible baroque architecture at the World Heritage sites of Scicli, Modica and Ragusa Climb quiet winding roads to the extraordinary Duomo of San Giorgio On a guided walk with our charming local host, discover ancient cave dwellings that were inhabited until the 1960s Dessert lovers, rejoice! Indulge in homemade gelato by the sea in Donnalucata.
5-6 Cycle into the Sicilian countryside, spinning along rolling hills, past Greek ruins and small towns Marvel at archaeological treasures Soak up the Sicilian sun and explore Siracusa's mesmerizing old city, Ortigia Bike through the Plemmirio Marine Nature Reserve, visit artists' shops and the lively local fish market or lounge on the rooftop terrace of our hotel overlooking the jewel-toned Mediterranean Sea.