14 Islands to explore in Sicily
Sicily is the biggest island in Italy and in the Mediterranean Sea, an amazing land rich in history and traditions, where art and culture intertwine with wonderful natural beauties. From the sea to the mountains and countryside, from the volcanos to the fishing villages, there are really many reasons why to visit Sicily. As Frederick II, King of Sicily, once said: “I don't envy God's paradise, because I'm well satisfied to live in Sicily”.
The Egadi islands are an archipelago of Italy, in Sicily, between the lower Tyrrhenian and the Sicilian channel. Located about 7 km from the west coast of Sicily, between Trapani and Marsala, in the free municipal consortium of Trapani, the archipelago consists of three islands and two islets, plus a series of rocks and stacks. Known already in antiquity with the Latin name Aegates which comes from the Greek Aigatai, or " goat islands ", on the archipelago is the Egadi Islands Marine Nature Rese
Alicudi is an island of Italy belonging to the archipelago of the Aeolian Islands, in Sicily. Administratively it belongs to Lipari, an Italian municipality in the metropolitan city of Messina. The inhabitants of the island are called arcudari in Sicilian. The beaches of the island are pebbly and rocky and the winter storms make them move back or forward, sometimes leaving a few strips of dark sand. The tour of the island is possible, but presents the risk of falling stones, moved by the wind o
Basiluzzo is an island of Italy belonging to the archipelago of the Aeolian Islands, in Sicily. Located about 3.5 km north-east of Panarea, it has an area of 0.3 km²: it is, therefore, the largest of the uninhabited islands and rocks of the Aeolian Islands. The coasts of the island are characterized by cliffs overlooking the sea, while in the center there is a large sloping plateau which over the centuries has been used as a site for crops, pastures, and seasonal homes.
Filicudi is an island of Italy belonging to the archipelago of the Aeolian Islands, in Sicily. Administratively it is part of the municipality of Lipari; the two inhabited centers Filicudi Porto and Pecorini a Mare. Filicudi is the fifth-largest island of the Aeolian archipelago and the second westernmost island of the archipelago. There is a section of the Aeolian Archaeological Museum on the island, with finds from the excavations of Capo Graziano and from other areas of the Aeolian Islands
Ortigia is the toponym of the island which constitutes the oldest part of the city of Syracuse. Ortygia, being an island just off the coast, was easily transformed into a natural fortress with harbors and was big enough that it could hold a significant population in ancient times. Therefore, the history of Ortygia is synonymous with the early history of Syracuse.
The tiny island of Isola Bella at the seaside of Taormina is one of the best beaches around the town thanks to its wild and unspoilt nature. The beach itself is pebbly, but the picturesque scenery and the view make up for it. The rocky island was once the property of King Ferdinand II, who gifted it to the city of Taormina in 1806.
The island of the Correnti is a small rounded island in Sicily, on the Ionian coast, located in the territory of the municipality of Portopalo, extended for about10 000 m² with a maximum height of4 m above sea level. It is connected to the mainland by an artificial arm, destroyed several times by the waves of the sea. When the low tide turns the island into a peninsula, it represents the southernmost tip of the Sicilian island, geographically further south of Tunis and further north of Hamm
Lampione is an island of Italy belonging to the archipelago of the Pelagie Islands, in Sicily. Administratively it belongs to Lampedusa and Linosa, an Italian municipality of the free municipal consortium of Agrigento. Geologically, however, together with the nearby island of Lampedusa it belongs to the African continental shelf. The islet is part of the marine protected area of the Pelagie Islands and is in zone C in the current zoning regulation of the WAP.
Levanzo is an island of Italy belonging to the archipelago of the Egadi Islands, in Sicily. It is the smallest of the Egadi islands, with an emerged surface of just 5 km². There is the homonymous locality, a fraction of Favignana, an Italian municipality of the free municipal consortium of Trapani in Sicily. On the coast overlooking some caves, the most famous of which is the Grotta del Genovese, one of the most important archaeological sites in Sicily, with its carvings and cave paintings dat
Linosa is an ' island of' Italy belonging to ' archipelago of the Pelagie Islands, in Sicily. It has an area of 5.43 km² and is 42 km NE from Lampedusa, together with which it forms the municipality of Lampedusa and Linosa which has 6,304 inhabitants in the free municipal consortium of Agrigento. It has an almost circular shape with a coastal development of 11 km. Unlike Lampedusa and Lampione , which are part of the African continental plate and derive from a fracture of the continent itself.
Panarea is an Italian island belonging to the archipelago of the Aeolian Islands , in Sicily. It is the smallest and least elevated island of the Aeolian archipelago, as well as the oldest, and with the islets of Basiluzzo, Spinazzola, Lisca Bianca, Dattilo, Bottaro, Lisca Nera, and the rocks of Panarelli and Formiche, it forms a micro-archipelago between Lipari and the island of Stromboli placed on a single submarine base.
The Pelagie Islands are an archipelago of Italy, in Sicily, the southernmost in Italy. Called in antiquity Pelagies, they belong administratively to the municipality of Lampedusa and Linosa, in the province of Agrigento, established in 1878, which includes five islands, islets and rocks, namely Lampedusa , Linosa , Lampione , Isola dei Conigli and the rock of the Sacramento, of which only Lampedusa and Linosa are inhabited.
Stromboli is one of the most active volcanoes on Earth and has been erupting almost continuously since 1932. It is an incredible and awe-inspiring sight, with a unique island atmosphere that attracts not just tourists but also film-makers and style-setters. There are three active craters at the peak.
The island of Ustica is located in the Tyrrhenian Sea at approx67 km north-west of Palermo ea95 km west of Alicudi, but not part of the Aeolian Islands; occupies an area of approx8.65 km² with a circumference of12 km and measure3.5 km long and2.5 km wide. The natural feature of the island is the presence of numerous caves that open along the high and steep coasts, as well as numerous rocks and shoals, present all around the island