Come to Sicily!
It's more than an island! Discover Sicily and discover the world. The world's
first multicultural society, our island is Italy's (and Europe's) most historically
cosmopolitan region, having been ruled by Asians, Africans and Europeans.
Sicily is black and white and a million shades of gray. There's no other
place on Earth like it. Visiting Sicily is like visiting over a dozen countries in one! Our island is a unique place full of art, archeology,
history, folklore and breathtaking scenery. And, of course, great food.
land where Archimedes taught and Saint
Paul preached was a Greek colony,
a Roman province, an Arab emirate
and a Norman kingdom. The Phoenicians,
Aragonese and Jews made this unique island their own, leaving
behind an eclectic history that you can still touch today. And Sicily will
touch you. Sicily is Europe, Africa and Asia on one island. Greek tyrants,
Arab emirs, Norman knights, Byzantine bishops and Holy Roman Emperors made
it the place it is. Experience their eternal legacy in Phoenician settlements,
Punic cities, Greek temples, Roman amphitheatres, Norman-Arab castles and
Aragonese churches. Thirty centuries of history expressed in the Classical,
the Romanesque, the Gothic, the Baroque...
its most ancient peoples, our island was Sikelia, Plato's utopian
society, to the ancient Greeks. Later, the sonnet was created at the Court
of Frederick II, and the Sicilian language
claimed its place in the literature of Dante and
Boccaccio. Sunny Sicily is Punic Palermo,
ancient Agrigento, splendid
medieval Monreale and Cefalù.
And God created Sicily. The place where the mountains meet the sea. Sicilia,the island in the sun, is home to Heavenly beaches, majestic mountains and
Europe's greatest natural wonder, Mount Etna.
Sicily's coasts are gold with orange and lemon orchards. Each scenic region offers something different. In northeastern
Sicily's Nebrodi Mountains you'll find unexpectedly lush forests. In the central regions you'll encounter
rugged land and rolling hills. Dignified vineyards, ancient olive groves,
hardy almond orchards and endless wheat fields complete the picture. Summer
is amber land under a sky of blue. Winter finds palm trees dusted with snow
in a surreal symphony. Spring is a rainbow of wild flowers set against greenest fields...
If you could choose just
one place to visit where you could witness everything from the culture of
Hellenic antiquity to the glories of the Middle Ages and the wonders of the Renaissance, shaped by a
dozen civilizations, Sicily would be that place. And this website would be a good starting point.
Is Sicily Italy? Yes, our island is Italian. And French and Spanish and Greek, with a few German and Arab nuances in its cultural mix. It
is the world's island. A place where time and tradition have been forged
by peoples and faiths from the north and south, from
the east and west. Beauty in diversity: Europe, Africa and Asia in one magical moment...
Bedda, the Sicilian word for "beautiful," is the way we Sicilians describe this place.
You won't be the first guest to enjoy Sicilian hospitality. Cicero,
Saint Louis, Richard Lionheart and Eleanor of Aquitaine have
already tested the waters for you. Yes, our island has been extending hospitality
to first-time visitors for three thousand years. You can be one of them.
to think that if the internet existed in Cicero's time he would have visited this site before coming to the island. You won't
need papyrus or a Roman courier, just a touchscreen (we're tablet-friendly), keyboard or mouse. We'll take care of the rest.
A world unto itself, this island, in all its complexities, is a land like no other.
In Sicily tourism (a word we don't like too much) isn't just sightseeing. It's an entire culture.
Come visit our sunny island. We've been expecting you for three thousand years!
» Why Sicily? 12 cultures in 1.
» Top 12 destinations in Sicily.
» Sights to see.
» Scenic Places & geography.
» Tours of Sicily & more.
» HOTELS and other lodging.
» Restaurants reviewed.
» Travel Faqs with real info.
» Sicily Airports - getting there.
» Airlines servicing Sicily.
» Travel Ideas for your visit.
» Sicily Maps - roads & cities.
» Sicily Weather forecasts, temps.
» Beaches in Sicily - a selection.
» Travel Services. Something different.
» Palermo - guide to the city.
» Villas in Sicily & how to find one.
» Golf courses & resorts.
» Sightseeing and touring.
» Tour Guides listed by locality.
» Transportation - trains, buses...
» Sicily for Children. For families!
» Young Students. Study resources.
» Cooking Classes around Sicily.
» Travel Guide Books reviewed.
» Sicilian Genealogy. Family history.
» Travel Agent Resources and advice.
» Sicily Facts and figures.
» Sicilian Culture - all things Sicilian.
» Sicilian Literature - then and now.
» Arts and Artists. Creativity.
» Sicilian Identity - ethnic legacy.
» Religions of Sicily. Faiths.
» Peoples of Sicily. Meet the peoples!
» Invisible Sicily - the unseen.
» Sicilian - language of a people.
Featuring descriptions of places you'll want to visit, indexed by
and things to see and do, along
with some useful travel
faqs, history (with sections on customs, culture, the Sicilian
language, life, genealogy and much more), and even a good book page, this publication offers timely, useful travel information, provided by a qualified staff
based in Sicily – not just travel writers or tour guides but insightful archeologists
and widely-published historians who really know the people and place, presenting facts and
details you won't find anyplace else. Viewed nine thousand times each day,
our pages present varied (even controversial) points of view. The real Sicily,
not the generic "tourism" version presented by other sites. Most
online destination guides list their descriptions by locality. With Best
of Sicily, you can search for a city, town or historical site by locality but also by the kind of thing to see.
In Sicily archeology alone
makes for an adventure, but it's just part of this island's historic heritage.
We're not a travel agency, but we promote tours and travel services. You can find a flight,
book your hotel and reserve a car through this site. Plan your entire visit, or just find out more about the place and its people. There's something
here for almost everybody interested in something Sicilian. Every day, we're Sicily's international point of reference for thousands of
the world's most discerning readers: Travelers, teachers, students
(for whom we have a special page), journalists, food and wine aficionados, culture vultures, adventurous trekkers and virtual tourists. Informed
readers, not generic "visitors."
We're not a book publisher, but Best of Sicily
promotes useful books about Sicily like the guide
to Palermo described on this page, and the first guide to Sicilian family history research.
This site is for you. Just real, practical
information. On our Sicilian history pages,
with their links to hundreds of articles, you won't find just a
lifeless narrative account of the "who" and "what" of ancient, medieval
and modern Sicilian history, you'll understand the "how" and the "why"
that makes a very special place come to life.
But no clichés and no platitudes. Whether we're presenting practical sightseeing advice or realistic information
about travel safety, that's one thing that has always separated us from the herd of
self-interested travel sites published by hotel chains, travel agencies and public travel bureaux.
Time Traveler's Guide to Norman Arab Byzantine Palermo, Monreale & Cefalù.
Perfect if you're traveling independently and not with a tour group. From Amazon US,
Barnes & Noble,
BAM!, Waterstones, Indigo,
Fish Pond and other vendors.
Palermo: Libreria del Corso. Monreale: Cathedral Bookshop.
A new wave of books about Sicily, each a first!
The Peoples of Sicily: The first overview of all the civilizations that populated our island.
Women of Sicily: The first book on the historical women of Sicily written in English by a Sicilian woman in Sicily.
The Kingdom of Sicily: The first "complete" history of the Kingdom of Sicily over its seven centuries.
Sicilian Food & Wine: The first guide of its kind published in English.
Sicilian Genealogy: The first guide to Sicilian family history research.
Margaret, Queen of Sicily: The first biography of this medieval queen.
The Vine Whisperer: Making wine and doing business in Sicily.
Presenting original articles about people, places, art and design, theatre, cinema, dance, delicious cuisine
and Sicilian culture (and even a goddess or two), Best of Sicily Magazine is the
first online magazine published entirely in Sicily in English.
Every month, the magazine presents insightful, original articles by Sicily's best authors on the life
and soul of the place called Sicilia. And articles on a few "honorary"
Sicilians like Aeschylus, Abdullah al Idrisi, Goethe, Wagner, D.H. Lawrence,
Emilio Segré and Danilo Dolci. Uncensored, unbiased and uninhibited, it's
the real Sicily and real Sicilians. Over 400 original articles you can expect from a real publication like this one, not just
items taken from "news feeds," pseudonymous blogs or Wikipedia entries (that any visitor can edit). Our
articles on things like the Crusades in Sicily, for example, are written with a
uniquely Sicilian focus you simply won't find anyplace else.
Boasting more "unique" foreign (non-Italian) readers around the world
than any Sicilian newspaper or hard-copy magazine (over 2 million in 2016 and some 16 million since 2003), enjoying a return-visit rate of 22 percent,
this site has a little of everything. Hundreds of articles about people,
wildlife, nature, art, out of the way places, esoteric history. And vital
social issues dealing with the life of real Sicilians in today's Sicily – things like education,
the women's movement, the workplace and environmental conservation. Things that make Sicily a living, breathing place,
not just a "tourist destination." The undiscovered, living place, full of complexities and real people. And its
own Sicilian identity rooted in a distinctive heritage.
There are some great Sicilian writers, but this thousand page site is the most widely read English-language, non-fiction publication
about Sicily. And, of course, it's free. (No hard-copy Sicilian newspaper or publication
has ever enjoyed so many readers internationally, not even Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's
bestselling novel, The Leopard.)
The truest colours of this very special place, polished but never varnished, in a multicultural
mosaic beyond "Sicilian tourism." We thank you, the web's most
sophisticated readers, for making us the world's favorite Sicilian website!