Welcome to the world's favorite Sicilian website, with over two million readers
each year, around 200 at this very moment. Each of the following topics is a gateway to many (printable) pages. Come visit our sunny
island. We've been expecting you for three thousand years!
Sights & Activities: Our
ever-popular list of things to see and where to see them, everything from ancient Greek temples to Baroque palaces, great natural sites and much more. Not
a dry academic list of arcane sites, but interesting attractions open to the public. And things to do.
and towns around Sicily listed, along with a map (this site is full of maps). There are dozens of pages dedicated to specific places. This is the easiest way to
find a place if you already know what you're looking for. If you don't, try searching by region...
Scenic Regions: Rivers,
mountains and the castles nestled among them. Here you'll discover Sicily through its natural beauty of coasts, hills, streams and Europe's
greatest volcano. And the hinterland, the "secret" Sicily and its very real people.
Food and Wine: Sicily's
delicious cuisine. Page after page dedicated to specialties and curiosities. The main wine page is a virtual one-stop
guide to our island's wines and liqueurs. The last two decades have seen a Sicilian wine renaissance. Taste it!
History: Three thousand years
of history await you in Sicily. In this pic is Archimedes, one of many Sicilians profiled on this
site, because behind the place is its people. The philosophers, scientists, artists, poets, kings and
queens. The culture. And, of course, the ordinary folk.
For Students: Not surprisingly
for a site that has become an international point of reference for Sicily and Sicilians, we're consulted by students of
all ages. In addition to our pages for younger students, this site presents much current information about Sicily and Sicilians. (Shown is the Annunciation by Antonello da Messina.)
Sicilian Identity: The world's most
conquered island boasts a magical legacy. Frederick II (shown) was one of Europe's greatest medieval monarchs. Much of
this site is dedicated to what makes Sicily unique. Since it's personal, there's a section
on genealogy for family history researchers. Sicily even has its own language.
Peoples of Sicily: Tours and
lectures based on the most insightful book about Sicilian history and culture written in the last ten years, by two leading
scholars who are rewriting the history of our island. Don't just visit Sicily. Meet the
peoples! (Read more.)
» Why Sicily? 12 cultures in 1.
» Top 12 destinations in Sicily.
» Sights to see, things to do.
» 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.
Sicily Concierge: Personalized travel,
excursions, tours of Sicily, events, student tours in Sicily, conferences in Sicily, the popular Peoples of Sicily tours and much more, from a travel
agency based in Sicily. Real service from a real tour operator.
• Golden Sicily. A favorite, with almost weekly departures all year.
• Tours of Sicily with departures almost every week of the year.
• Shore Excursions from Palermo - private shore trips in western Sicily: Monreale, Palermo, Erice, Segesta, Cefalù.
• Day Tours from Palermo - regularly-scheduled with frequent departures: Erice-Segesta, Agrigento, Monreale, Piazza Armerina, Palermo cooking classes.
• Shore Excursions from Messina - private shore trips in eastern Sicily: Taormina, Etna, Messina, winery visits.
• Tours of Italy including Sicily - the peninsula plus Sicily.
• Day Tours from Siracusa - private excursions, food & wine experiences, Taormina and more.
• Private Tours around Sicily - pre-planned private tours, from 4 to 11 days.
• Private Excursions from Catania - wineries, Taormina, Siracusa and more.
• SICILY Search the entire island.
• Agrigento Ancient Greek temples.
• Catania Sicily's bustling second city.
• Cefalù Splendid Norman cathedral
• Marsala Sicily's wine country.
• Messina Underrated but interesting.
• Noto Baroque splendor in scenic hills.
• Palermo Medieval legacy.
• Ragusa Baroque and charming.
• Siracusa Ancient Greek capital.
• Taormina Delightful hilltop resort town.
• Trapani Near Erice and Segesta.
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.
From our resident historians, 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.
Sicilian Studies: The first English guide to the study of Sicily's history and culture.
The Vine Whisperer: Making wine and doing business in Sicily.
Limited Edition Map of Sicily. Print issued with the
publication of Mendola's Kingdom of Sicily. Signed, numbered, painted, measuring 53x58 cm (21x23 in), bearing
medieval heraldic motifs. €180. Exclusively from Libreria del Corso book shop, Via Vittorio Emanuele 332 (between Quattro Canti and
Piazza Bologni), in Palermo.
We are Sicilians. But this site is not about its authors' egos, celebrity or fame. It's about Sicily and your discovery of
our island. This is an independent publication with an office housed in a historic palace
in Palermo's Kalsa district. Online since 1999, Best of Sicily presents accurate information about Sicily. We promote tours and travel
in Sicily, as well as books about our island's history, people and culture. We are not affiliated with any public agency or travel bureau.
Opinions expressed on the site are not necessarily those of the editors. The material on this website is original. While every attempt has
been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented here, the publishers are not liable for any errors.