Cassandra's Sicily Recommendations

A curated list of some of my favourite things to see and do whilst in Sicily, from the festival of St Rosalia to having dinner in the marble piazza of Syracuse.

Buy Vincent Conin's Book - The Golden Honeycomb

My cousin gave me this book before I commenced my Sicilian adventure. He told me it was long out of print, but by far the best guide!

1. Visit Tasca vineyards

Tasca d'Almerita is a wine producer with vineyards distributed around Sicily. The company's history dates back to 1830, although it wasn't until the 1950s that proprietor Count Guiseppe Tasca, a great friend of mine, began to focus on quality, rather than bulk production. Today, its wines are exported to four continents.

2. Lunch at Antica Focacceria de San Francesco in Palermo

Antica Focacceria San Francesco offers a taste experience that has its roots in ancient gastronomic traditions, made of genuine ingredients, creativity and passion.

3. Stay at newly renovated Villa Igeia

Discover the unique charm of the exquisite Villa Igiea, nestled in Palermo's postcard-perfect coastline.

4. Visit the incredible mosaics at Villa Casale

The Villa Romana del Casale is a large and elaborate Roman villa or palace located about 3 km from the town of Piazza Armerina, Sicily. Excavations have revealed one of the richest, largest, and varied collections of Roman mosaics in the world.

5. Have dinner in the marble piazza of Syracuse

This beautiful coastal city is well known for its remarkable historical heritage and its charming old town: Ortigia Island. It's the perfect place to spend a few days during your travel in Sicily!

6. See the statue of Venus Landolina coming out from the waves in Syracuse

Found in the Acradina quarter of Syracuse in 1804, the Venus Landolina is named for the archeologist, Saverio Landolina (1743-1814), who discovered the statue. Made from Greek marble in the 2nd century AD.

7. Walk up Mount Etna on the lava fields

Mount Etna has become an almost obligatory tourist stop among the various historical and cultural attractions in Sicily. Mount Etna is one of the highest volcanoes in Europe and one of the most active in the world. The volcano shaped the Sicilian history and landscape, and still affects the island today.

8. Sit on the steps of the Greek theatre at Taormina

The Greek Theatre of Taormina is the second largest theatre of Sicily, after the one in Syracuse, it is also the world's best known and most admired.

9. See the curtain marble behind the Altar at Cefalù

Cefalù Cathedral, built by the Normans in the 12th century, is famous for having the oldest and best-preserved Byzantine mosaics in Sicily.

10. Go inside La Martorana and admire the mosaics

The Church of St. Mary of the Admiral, also called Martorana, is the seat of the Parish of San Nicolò dei Greci, overlooking the Piazza Bellini.

11. Go to the festival of St Rosalia of Palermo in July

The Feast of Saint Rosalia is a regional public holiday in Palermo, Italy on July 15th each year. The day honours the patron saint of the city, who is credited with saving the city from plague in 1624.

Return to Journal