Italian Vacations in Sicily
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, and for reference, it's the object that Italy's "boot" seems to be kicking. It's also topographically the most diverse; dense forests populate the interior, while golden sandy beaches line the coast, while views of Mt. Etna even offer a touch of snow! Near the capital of Palermo, you'll find Mondello, a beach resort area with seaside restaurants featuring specialties like pane e panello (chickpea fritters), and famous Sicilian ice cream.
About an hour away you'll find the medieval town of Cefalu, with its steep rocky cliffs, narrow streets and fisherman's quarters-and you may recognize the sights from Cinema Paradiso, where the film was shot. Visit in the springtime and wildflowers, poppies and geraniums color the hills.
The island is also home to orange, lemon and almond orchards, which cover the hills and redefine farm to table dining. Whether it's taking a cable car to the village of Taormina, exploring Norman arcitecture in Palermo, or simply taking a dip in the Ionian sea, culture and beauty abounds on this Italian isle.