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Top 5 places to spend your 2024 Sicily holiday

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Top 5 places to spend your 2024 Sicily holiday
Sensational coastal sunsets, historic ruins with ocean backdrops, and Italy beach holidays that will make your soul soar. Welcome to Sicily, where history, culture, and adventure meet. 
Here are the top 5 places to spend your 2024 Sicily holiday, ensuring you won’t miss a thing. From mammoth mountains to historic ruins among the clouds, your Sicily holiday awaits. 


Holidays to Cefalù offer some of the best coastal holidays in Italy. Located under the mammoth La Rocca headland along the Tyrrhenian coast, Cefalù offers something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a family feast, romance, or an all-out adventure, Cefalù has it all. 
History lovers, Cefalù, is home to some of the most sensational historic sites. From the immaculately kept Roman Baths to the grand cathedral, walking the cobble-stoned streets will truly take you on an exploration back in time. 
For those looking for the ideal spot for basking in the sunshine, Cefalù is home to a fantastic long golden sandy beach, where first-time swimmers can enjoy hours of splashing in the calm waters, before heading onto the sand for an afternoon of sandcastles.
Romance is in the air at the top of Le Rocca, where unobstructed views of the mesmerising coast await. Take an afternoon stroll to the top to savour the unparalleled sunset where the sea and sky meet. 
Located on the north coast of Sicily, Cefalù Sea Palace is situated just ten minutes’ walk from the town centre. The large swimming pool with loungers offer days of sunbathing bliss, perfect for an Italian summer holiday. There is also a private section of the beach for Cefalù Sea Palace guests between May and September, with all your beach holiday needs well taken care of. The hotel offers a wonderful children's area for little ones to have fun throughout the day while parents’ head to the rooftop terrace for the incredible views of La Rocca. 
Image of a coastline on the sea in Cefalu in Sicily


Sicily holidays offer a unique perspective into Italy’s island life. As the capital of Sicily, Palermo is a bustling port city with a fascinating history. Dating back to the medieval ages, walking through Palermo gives you a first-hand look into centuries of Italian and Arabic history. 
Palermo holidays are an absolute dream for history buffs, with the largest opera house in Italy, the Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele. Completed in 1897, witness history brought to life with various classical performances throughout the year. The theatre is otherworldly, with ancient architecture adding to your night at the opera.
Hotel Plaza Opéra is situated only ten minutes' walk from the famous opera house. This four-star hotel offers a unique blend of modern features with antique architecture, and plenty of space for a comfortable and relaxing holiday in Palermo. The rooftop lounge is the place to be for a delicious start to the morning, along with wonderful views over the city. The convenient location, close to the city's best sites and restaurants, makes getting around easy, with the onsite spa waiting with indulgent treatments after a day out on the town. 
A picture of an aerial view over the city of Palermo in Sicily


Holidays in Agrigento invite you on a historic Sicily escape. The stunning hilltop location is most popular for the Valley of the Temples, a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage site. The large archaeological site is home to some of the largest Greek temples in the world, with seven remaining, almost completely intact. 
If that wasn’t enough for history lovers, the Scala dei Turchi (Stair of the Turks) is another must-see on your Agrigento holiday. Made from soft limestone and white marl, this bright marvel is astonishing against the azure blue ocean that laps below the cascading cliff side steps.
Situated only a few minutes away, Scala dei Turchi Resort offers a modern setting adorned in white and blue, mimicking that of the famous steps and ocean. This stunning resort offers everything you might need for the ultimate Sicily holiday, along with fantastic views of the ocean. The restaurant and lounge bar offer the ideal spot to catch a glimpse of the steps in all their sunlight glory before heading to the swimming pool for a relaxing soak and local cocktail.  
Image of an acropolis in the city of Agrigento in Sicily


Culture and history meet at the foothills of Mount Etna in Taormina on Sicily’s eastern coastline. The ancient town of Taormina invites you to take a step back in time, with a magnificent Greek-Roman theatre, where the mystery of music comes alive within the historic remains. 
If a sun-filled Italian beach holiday is more your scene, Taormina is situated on the coast, offering days of water sport fun and adventure. From windsurfing and snorkelling to romantic boat rides through the grottos and capes of the Ionian Sea, Taormina is a hot spot for out-of-this-world sunsets. 
On a secluded hillside, Hotel Villa Belvedere hangs above the Ionian Sea, providing awe-inspiring views of the coast. The centre of Taormina is only ten minutes away, with fantastic restaurants for traditional Italian cuisine. During the day, the hotel offers delectable dining while you relax in pure bliss in the lush gardens. The onsite swimming pool is also ideal for sun-filled days for the whole family. 
Image of some roman ruins and ampitheatre in the city of Taormina in Sicily


Holidays in Syracuse offer laid-back holidays in Sicily, where you can walk the flagstone paved streets, soaking in the unique monuments along the way. This maritime town dates back nearly 3,000 years, with history on every corner. There are hundreds of monuments, making it no surprise that Syracuse holds a UNESCO World Heritage site title. 
Walking the streets, explore the fantastic markets with a range of local delicacies and souvenirs, before heading to some of the renowned restaurants. The harbour in the south of the town is also a must-visit with wonderful ocean views and a tranquil setting for picture-perfect sunsets. 
If you’ve made it here and haven’t decided which part of Sicily you would like to discover most, why not visit them all? Citalia’s Treasures of Sicily Small Group Escorted Tour offers an 8-day Italy escape where the wonders of history, nature, and art meet on the shores of Sicily. From the pretty mountain-perched villages and traditional vineyards to mammoth mountains and stunning coasts, there is a world of wonder waiting to be explored. 
Image of a castle on the edge of the sea in the city of Syracuse in Sicily

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