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3 Spectacular Sights of Sicily

The great thing about villas in Sicily is that they will never be far from some of the most amazing sights the island has to offer. Some of these sights are truly unique and cannot be seen anywhere else. Take a look at the following suggestions we have for you, so you can make the most of your time in this part of the world.

Mount Etna

Depending on which of the villas in Sicily you choose to stay in, you might even be blessed with a beautiful and striking view of Mount Etna from one or more of your windows. Whether this is the case or not, a visit to this area is well worth the effort. It is situated on the eastern reaches of the island and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can climb Mount Etna if you wish, and many people head for the Sapienza Refuge, which caters for tourists. The mountain has been active in recent months and indeed the first few years of the new millennium have seen some eruptions – so make no mistake, this is an active volcano!

The Valley of the Temples

In Sicilian this is known as Valle dei Templi, but whichever language you refer to it in, it is definitely worth a visit to this ancient site. Unsurprisingly, this has also made it onto the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, and when you see it for yourself you will understand why.

There are seven temples here, each in various states of ruin, ranging from the almost vanished Temple of Castor and Pollux to the almost intact Temple of Concordia. Make sure you come armed with your camera – you’ll want to commit these temples to memory with a little help.

The Alcantara Gorges

For something completely different that allows you to see another side of the island, leave your villas in Sicily and head for the Alcantara Gorges. It probably won’t surprise you to learn the gorges were originally created when Mount Etna erupted, sending huge amounts of lava over and through the landscape. You can opt to take a lift down to the gorges or head down on foot. You then have the opportunity to get into the river (it’s not very deep) and walk along it to marvel at the sights around you. It is certainly an activity not to be missed, but make sure you wear shorts and remove your shoes before getting in – or take ones that are designed to wear in water.

Whichever of the many villas in Sicily you choose to stay in, you can see you won’t be far from some of the most amazing sights the island has to share with you. Whatever you love to do on holiday, this lovely Italian island will undoubtedly persuade you to enjoy these sights.

Mark Slaviero