Sicily was such a pleasant surprise. Just a short hop from where we were living in Malta (less than a half an hour flight!), it was a no-brainer. We flew into Catania Airport, but focused the majority of our time in the area of Ortigia, within the city of Syracuse, upon recommendation from a friend.
If you’re looking for a more relaxed and easy seaside version of Northern Italy, then look no further than Southern Sicily. The food is simple, yet divine, the wine is plentiful, the people are friendly, and the sights are equally as stunning than its northern counterpart.
Syracuse is about an hour’s drive from Catania, where the closest airport is located. We also did a few days in Catania, so you don’t have to. To be honest and frank, it was one of the worst cities I have ever been to, basically deserted, very dirty and defaced, and not much to do. However, it is a good base if you’ll be flying out of the Catania’s airport, or planning on hiking up Italy’s beloved volcano, Mount Etna. As well, its fairly centrally located between Syracuse and Taormina, both of which are easily accessible by a direct bus. Still, if you find yourself stuck in the city of Catania, I’ve included where to stay, what to see, and where to eat on my custom-made interactive map, along with our favourite things to do, see, & eat in Syracuse, Ortigia, and Taormina.
Here’s the link to it:
And for more in-depth tips, click on any of the following cities below: