Situated in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, visiting Sicily is like stepping back in time.
Medieval towns and villages sit amongst the cobbled paths, and visitors can expect warm weather with a perfect coastal breeze, so it’s not too stifling.
Mount Etna is the highest volcano in Europe, and it overlooks the entire region of Sicily. Hikers take advantage of the nature trails on the national park which encompasses the mountain, Parco dell'Etna; filled with woods and lush vineyards.
The picturesque coastline houses most of Sicily’s historic sites, and they’re definitely worth a visit. On the east coast, Catania was built on the remains of ancient Greek and Roman settlements. Today, castles line the entire coast, built to ward off pirates.
The crystal-clear Mediterranean Sea wraps around the entire island of Sicily, which is connected to mainland Italy via a narrow strait. In summer, the sea is so warm it matches the temperature on land, especially on sandy beaches with long stretches of shallow water.
Being part of Italy, of course, Sicily is famed for its traditional Italian fayre. However, the island has been colonized by lots of nations; including Greeks, Romans, and Spaniards. The result? An eclectic mix of dishes from all over Europe and beyond. Visitors can expect traditional pasta, seafood and sweet dishes.
Naples is the home of the historic Pompeii ruins, the breathtaking Mount Vesuvius and a whole host of opportunities for fine dining. It's an understated Italian food lover's dream.
Small but perfectly-formed - aside from one rather obvious hiccup in its building regulations a few centuries ago - Pisa combines an excellent location with stunning architecture and culture. Excellent transport links to Florence and Cinque Terre make it a must too.
Clashing gladiators, ancient religion and staggering architecture, the capital of Italy is one of the world's most impressive historical destinations. It's also an epicentre for fashion, art and great food, giving it plenty to boast about as a holiday location.
Revel in designer delights in Verona. Soak up the culture of open air festivals and Verona's four beautiful churches, or head out for a romantic meal in this beautiful city.