10 key differences: Is SYRACUSE or TAORMINA better in Sicily?
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by Stefano Ferro
1w ago
10 key differences: Is TAORMINA or SYRACUSE better in Sicily? Let’s compare the two destinations on 10 points including beach, nightlife and budget to understand if it’s better to visit Taormina or Syracuse in Sicily Access to Syracuse and Taormina The easiest and most cost-effective way to visit both cities from overseas is by flying to the Catania Airport, in the eastern part of Sicily. Taormina is located north, while Siracusa is in the south, both around 65km from the airport Syracuse Syracuse is well connected by either train or Flixbus to the Catania Airport and the trip takes around 1.5 ..read more
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Where to stay in Syracuse & Ortigia: 5 areas and best hotels
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by Stefano Ferro
2w ago
Where to stay in Syracuse & Ortigia – Top areas and best hotels Let me be straightforward: the best place to stay in Syracuse is the island of Ortigia, however, there are other 4 areas that may work better for you if travelling on a budget, with family or if you prefer more of a beach stay. Without further ado, let’s just straight to a few key points. Map of the best areas to stay in Syracuse SicilyWhere to stay in Syracuse, Sicily – Key points Here is a quick table that compares all the 5 areas. Click on the name for more information or just keep reading the full guide. On a mobile swipe ..read more
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Best 6 Baroque Towns of Sicily and 3 Hidden Gems
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by Stefano Ferro
2w ago
Best 6 Baroque Towns of Sicily and 3 Hidden Gems It’s always hard to make a short list of beautiful places, even more so for the lovely Baroque towns in Sicily, some of which are so well preserved that you may think you are walking in an open-air museum. I finally made a choice, trying to select just 6 of them, based on their amazing Baroque architecture. They are all so amazing, but still so different from each other and unique in their own way. But let’s start by understanding why Sicily has this unusually high number of Baroque towns. View of Noto from the Chiesa di MontevergineThe Late Sic ..read more
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20 most surprising and beautiful cities and towns in Sicily to visit
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by Stefano Ferro
2w ago
20 Most surprising and beautiful cities and towns in Sicily to visit I started this article with a list of 10 which I quickly increased to 15 and finally set for 20 towns in Sicily to visit. It has been a hard selection and I am sure I left out a few unique places. They are a lot and you will not be able to visit all of them in one trip, and that is why I grouped them in 4 clusters based on their location (East, North, West, South) so you can plan, for example, a 10 days itinerary of Sicily to include a few. You can get around Sicily by public transportation but hiring a car will make your lif ..read more
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7 best places for a honeymoon in Sicily – towns and resorts
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by Stefano Ferro
3w ago
7 best places for a romantic honeymoon in Sicily – towns and boutique hotels So, you are thinking of having a honeymoon in Sicily. What a great idea! There are so many beautiful destinations on the island. You may be already familiar with Taormina, but that’s just the icing on the cake. In this guide, you will find the 7 most beautiful honeymoon destinations, from seaside towns to charming villages. For each place, I have also included the most romantic hotels in Sicily, with spas and swimming pools. But without further ado let’s jump to the first selection. Palermo: the starting point for the ..read more
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Is Sicily safe to visit? Take these precautions seriously
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by Stefano Ferro
3w ago
Is Sicily safe to visit? Is Mafia a safety concern? Read this before you travel I love travelling to this island but is Sicily safe to visit in 2024? How is the crime rate? Is the Mafia going to be a problem? What places should I avoid and is there any dangerous animal I must be worried about? In this article, I am going to answer these questions and many similar ones which are actually quite common. I believe there is a bit of a myth and I will try to demystify that. In a few words, Sicily is a safe region of Italy to visit, in fact, safer than many other regions not only in the country but a ..read more
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Taste of Sicily: 10 Exceptional & Typical Sicilian Cheeses
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by Stefano Ferro
1M ago
Taste of Sicily: 10 Exceptional Sicilian Cheeses I am so in love with Sicily, and the Sicilian cheeses are one of the reasons. Besides the famous Ricotta, Pecorino and Ragusano, there are other 7 gems you should discover. This picturesque island, is a crossroad of cultures and flavours, with an impressive cheese-making heritage that well describes its diverse history. Cheese in Sicily isn’t just food; it’s a tradition passed down from father to son, for many generations. Without further ado, let’s jump straight away to an easy table that compares 10 great Sicilian cheeses. Sicilian Cheeses – A ..read more
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15 Best markets in Sicily: Palermo, Catania and other epic markets
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by Stefano Ferro
1M ago
15 Best markets in Sicily: Palermo, Catania and other epic markets A visit to the Sicilian markets is one of the main reasons to visit this beautiful island. That’s not only for the fresh produce and the unique local vibe but also for the amazing street food, the best you can find in Italy. In this exhaustive guide to the best markets in Sicily, you will find the 15 top Sicilian bazaars including the epic ones in Palermo, Catania, Syracuse and other towns. But let’s jump straight to a handy table Street food in the Ballaro MarketBest Sicily Markets – Key Points Below is a summary of all the Si ..read more
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An EPIC itinerary through 10 Unesco sites in Sicily
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by Stefano Ferro
1M ago
EPIC itinerary through 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Sicily In this itinerary of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sicily, you’ll discover the 10 must-visit places on the island with a handy travel plan and a map. It’s a beautiful drive, unmissable in my opinion. You can also decide to use public transportation but it will take more days. The entire trip can take between 7 and 14 days, based on your time and your travelling style. But let’s just straight away to a quick summary table The itinerary through the Sicily Unesco Sites – Key points Below is a quick summary table of the full driv ..read more
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Salt Pans of Trapani in Sicily: Everything You Should Know
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by Stefano Ferro
1M ago
Salt Pans of Trapani in Sicily: Everything You Should Know The Trapani Salts Pans have been one of the highlights of my last trip and certainly one of the hidden gems of my recent holiday in Sicily. There is actually more than one area and they are all located on the coastline between Marsala and Trapani. These are all spots quite popular with locals and Italians but less so with foreigners.  That is why I have decided to write a full guide. Basically, all you need to know before visiting the salt pans including the salt museum, the aperitivo at the windmill and the guided tours. I love t ..read more
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