Sicily is an island of fabulous food, beautiful sunsets, intense colours and classical mythology. It hosts a hugely rich archaeology, a stunning flora, dramatic architecture, and breathtaking views bathed in sunshine. It is a land of warm smiles, alluring women, elegant gentlemen, feisty youths and intense emotions.
At the same time, this magical island has been the object of endless invasions, the theatre of bloody battles in ancient history and the stage for darker events in more recent decades: the Mafia, huge poverty and mass emigration throughout much of the twentieth century and the start of the Allied invasion of Europe during the second World War.
Sicily boasts Europe’s largest volcano (snow-capped for much of the year), wild, rugged mountains, rolling weatfields, aromatic citrus groves, picturesque vineyards and charming historical villas. The shimmering, azure sea cradles swordfish, tuna, sea bass and octopus. The Nebrodi and Peloritani mountains are the densely forested home of wild boar, porcupines and Bonelli’s eagles.