9 Sicily Trip Secrets You Never Knew

Photo: Marla Alexander

If you really appreciate archaeology, then whenever you are in Sicily, you must go see the Valley of the Temples, the greatest and most noteworthy collection of ancient Greek ruins identified anyplace. It is located outside the city of Agrigento, which is situated on the southern coast of Sicily, where the temples appear dramatic inside the evening when floodlights outline their shape and size.

Here, you will also locate the necropolis, residences, avenues and all of the other artefacts you’d expect to see in an ancient metropolis. You absolutely would like to see the tiny amphitheatre, the several auditoria, and also the world-class archaeological museum. Do not leave out the Concord Temple; it has 13 tall columns that show the effects of the wind.

December four, Saint Barbara Day, is celebrated in the Sicilian town of Paterno on the slopes of Mount Etna volcano. There is a parade after which its citizens set up a nativity scene. Santa Lucia Day, December 13, is celebrated in a lot of Italian localities including the city of Siracusa, whose big parade includes a golden coffin carrying the saint to the Church of Santa Lucia. There is a week of festivities culminating with a huge fireworks display over the harbour and a final parade that brings the coffin back to the crypt. Amongst the several nativity scenes make certain to see the one in Custonaci, which is re-enacted inside a cave. The celebration consists of a regular nativity scene and an ancient village complete with shops. The town of Acireale is also recognized for its nativity scene. Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Palermo with fireworks and an outdoor music show.

Nearly every region on Sicily has a museum dedicated to its history such as the ancient city of Agrigento which, like many of the Sicilian museums, displays antiquities that have been discovered during 20th century excavations.

There are a whole range of tours which reveal the true Sicily to you. Some of these regional tours include: In Trapani, the “Myth, History and Ancient Cookies: Erice and Segesta” tour, a full day private tour which allows you to uncover the history of Sicily, view a Greek temple and theatre, and sample the almond cookies and marzipan from ancient recipes; then there is the “Alcantara Gorge and Fancavilla” tour, during which you witness how the lava flows affected the river creating the impressive gorges and ravines and where the tourist can rent hip-waders to get the full river encounter; there is certainly also the “Messina Taormina Jewish Tour” where visitors can see the Jewish quarter inside the city of Messina.

For more information about the island of Sicily visit Best of Sicily and Sicily Tours

Grumpy’s Note: The writer of this article: M. J. Alexander has travelled in Italy over A decade. She currently spends nearly 6 months in her house in Sicily. She was also a family consultant in California for 5 years. Her travels have included every city of Sicily. She enjoys going to traditional festivals and learning the local folk dances and sampling the regional cuisine.

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