86 attractions you should visit in Sicily - With photos & details

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Top 86 attractions 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”.

Corso UmbertoCorso Umberto, 98039 Taormina ME, Italy
Street Markets

The Corso Umberto I is one of the most recent historical streets of Naples. 1.3 kilometers long, it is a major artery that connects the city center to the railway station.  The road starts from Piazza Giovanni Bovio and continues straight to Piazza Garibaldi, where the Napoli Centrale station is located (it was in fact called "Piazza Della Ferrovia"), passing Piazza Nicola Amore, named after the mayor who was the architect of the recovery.

Corvaja PalacePiazza Vittorio Emanuele II, 98039 Taormina ME, Italy
Man-made Structures- Other
Palaces

Palazzo Corvaja is a historic building in Taormina , which faces, on one side, Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II called "della Badia" and Corso Umberto and on the other, Piazza Santa Caterina and Piazza Fabio Bonasera. Currently the first floor houses the museum of popular arts and traditions while on the ground floor there is the tourist information office.

Donnafugata CastleContrada, 97100 Donnafugata RG, Italy
Iconic Buildings
Old Ruins

The Donnafugata castle is located in the territory of the municipality of Ragusa, about 15 kilometers from the city. The current building, contrary to what the name might suggest, is a sumptuous noble residence of the late 19th century. The residence overlooked what were the possessions of the rich Arezzo De Speeches family.  Upon arrival, the castle reveals its sumptuousness: the building covers an area of ​​over 7500 square meters on 3 floors in neo-Gothic style, crowned by two side towers tha

Ear of DionysiusVia Ettore Romagnoli, 96100 Siracusa SR, Italy
Outdoors- Other

The Ear of Dionysius is an artificial cave located in the ancient stone quarry called latomia del Paradiso, under the Greek Theater of Syracuse. Dugout of the limestone, it is about 23 m high, 5 to 11 m wide, and 65 m deep, with an S-shaped pattern that also makes it a place for acoustic amplification of sounds.

EtnalandContrada Agnelleria, 95032 Belpasso CT, Italy
Theme Parks

Etnaland is an Italian amusement park, built in Sicily, in Belpasso, near Paternò. Its total area is 280,000 square meters, of which 112,500 are occupied by the mechanical park alone, making it the largest amusement park in Southern Italy. Inside it provides various possibilities for entertainment: from the purely playful one, characterized by the AcquaPark and the ThemePark, to the educational one represented by the Prehistory Park and the botanical path.

Ferrovia CircumetneaVia Caronda, 352a, 95128 Catania CT, Italy
Man-made Structures- Other

The Circumetnea railway is a railway in a narrow track that connects Catania with Riposto, completing the circumnavigation of the ' Etna and Etna through several foothill towns. It is managed by the local public transport department of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport which is also in charge of the management of the Catania metro and of supplementary and suburban automobile services.

FilicudiFilicudi, 98050 Lipari, Province of Messina, Italy
Islands

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

Fontana PretoriaPiazza Pretoria, 90133 Palermo PA, Italy
Fountains

The Pretoria fountain was built in 1554 by Francesco Camilliani in Florence, but in 1581 it was moved to Piazza Pretoria in Palermo. Initially placed in the garden of the Florentine palace of the brother of the Grand Duchess Eleonora of Toledo, thanks to the intervention of her brother Don Garçia, the first viceroy of Sicily and governor of Palermo, it was put up for sale for the Senate of Palermo. Purchased from the rich city of Palermo, then dismantled and shipped, twenty years later, to Paler

Fonte AretusaFonte Aretusa, 96100 Siracusa SR, Italy
Lake/ River/ Ponds
Fountains

The Fonte Aretusa is a mirror of water on the island of Ortigia , in the oldest part of the Sicilian city of Syracuse . Its origin is the development of one of the many outlets of the water table located in the Syracusan area, the aquifer that also feeds the Ciane river on the opposite side of the port. It has a double circular shape, with a circular structure inside, that is a double concentric circle.

Island of OrtigiaIsland of Ortigia, Italy
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.

Isola BellaIsola Bella, Italy
Islands

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.

Isola delle CorrentiIsola delle Correnti, Italy
Islands

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

LampioneLampione, 92010 Lampedusa e Linosa, AG, Italy
Islands

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.

LevanzoLevanzo, Italy
Islands

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

LinosaLinosa, Italy
Islands

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.

Lombardia CastleVia Lombardia, 24, 94100 Enna EN, Italy
Iconic Buildings
Monuments

The castle of Lombardy, a symbolic building of the city of Enna, is an imposing fortress that stands on the highest point of the city.  With its 26,000 m² of surface, it is one of the largest medieval castles in Italy, together with the castle of Brescia and the castle of Lucera. The castle of Lombardy is the architectural symbol of the city even before the tower of Federico II, its most important monument and one of the most visited in the Sicilian hinterland.

Madonie Regional Natural ParkMadonie Regional Natural Park, 90010 Isnello PA, Italy
Lake/ River/ Ponds
Outdoors- Other
Forests
National Parks

The Madonie Park is a protected natural area established in 1981.  It includes the massif of the Madonie, situated on the northern coast of Sicily, between the rivers Imera and Pollina.  The park is home to over half of Sicilian plant species, and in particular most of those present only in Sicily.  The site was included in the network of Global Geoparks of ' Unesco the 17 November 2015, during the 38th Plenary Session of the General Conference held in Paris.

Massimo TheaterPiazza Verdi, 90138 Palermo PA, Italy
Iconic Buildings
Old Ruins

Teatro Massimo, in Palermo, is the largest opera house in Italy, one of the largest in Europe and third in terms of architectural magnitude after the Opéra National in Paris and the Staatsoper of Vienna. Representative rooms, halls, galleries, and monumental stairways surround the actual theater, forming an architectural complex of enormous proportions.

Mercato del CapoVia Cappuccinelle, ., 90138 Palermo PA, Italy
Street Markets

Il Capo is an ancient and well-known district in the historic center of Palermo ; with the same term the people of Palermo also indicate the market held there and with which the neighborhood identifies itself. The Capo market, together with the other Palermo markets such as Ballarò , La Vucciria , Lattarini and the Flea Market , is an important retail agri-food outlet.

Monastero di San Nicolò L'Arena (o La Rena)Via del Convento, 45, 95030 Nicolosi CT, Italy
Churches
Man-made Structures- Other

The Monastery of San Nicolò l'Arena is an ecclesiastical complex in the historic center of Catania, located in Piazza Dante, consisting of an important Benedictine monastic building and a monumental eighteenth-century church.  It was founded by monks from the monastery of the same name located near Nicolosi who in the mid-sixteenth century asked the city senate for authorization to build within the walls, as they were threatened by the eruptions of Etna and the presence of brigands.

Map of attractions in Sicily