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The stunning island of Sicily offers a diverse mix of landscapes and attractions. Blending the cultural and historic city of Syracuse in the south with the breath taking coastal views of Taormina in the north is a fantastic way to experience two sides of this multi-faceted corner of Italy.
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Where to stay? Antico Hotel Roma 1880, 4*
In the heart of Syracuse on the island of Ortygia, the Antico Hotel Roma 1880 is surrounded by a host of exciting bars and excellent restaurants. Established in the 19th century, this hotel is full of charm and character.
What to do?
It’s well worth wandering the streets of Ortygia, Syracuse’s historic harbour and old town. Syracuse was once the most important city in the Western world. Today that fascinating history can be explored in the cities fabulous museums.
The Museo Archeologico has a splendid collection ranging from Neolithic pottery to ancient Greek statues and pottery. The Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, on the edge of the city is a fascinating collection of ancient sites and monuments, such as the Teatro Greco and the gladiatorial arena of the Anfiteatro Romano.
The Syracuse Cathedral began life as a temple to the Greek goddess Athena, a heritage which can be seen today in some of the architectural flourishes. The striking Baroque entrance was added much later when an earthquake shook the city in 1693.
If you have the time for a day trip, take the opportunity to visit the charming town of Modica. The town has excellent examples of distinctive Sicilian Baroque architecture and is famous for its chocolate. The local recipe reputably dates back to the 1500s.
Where to stay? Grand Hotel Miramare, 4*
Occupying a peaceful location just 10-minutes’ walk from the bustling centre of Taormina, the Grand Hotel Miramare is set into the hillside, with wonderful views of the coast. The nearby cable car takes you all the way down to the beach front.
What to do?
Exploring the winding streets and medieval buildings of Taormina’s old town you’ll discover spectacular views hidden around every corner. Continue your stroll onto the Corso Umberto I to shop in the many boutiques or pause to people watch in one of the street side cafés.
Taormina is an excellent base from which to explore Mount Etna. Rising to 3,326m above sea level, the volcano dominates the eastern side of the island. Ancient Greeks believed Etna was the home of the fire god, Vulcan.
The ancient Teatro Greco perches high above the sea with stunning views of Mount Etna in the distance. This ancient theatre is full of crumbling, historic charm, and regular events are staged here throughout the summer.
How to get around?
The best way to explore Sicily is to hire your own car and explore the scenic costal roads and mountain passes at your own leisure. The drive from the Syracuse to Taormina is straightforward, following the eastern coast of Sicily past the foot of Mount Etna.
Our Inghams Italy multi-centre itineraries are holidays personalised to suit you. If multi-centre holiday to Sicily sounds attractive but want to try something slightly different then please call one of our personal Travel Consultants on 01483 345 707.
We will create an Italian holiday which is tailored for you.