Beaches, sun, crystal blue waters, and so much more—describing Sicily in just a few words is simultaneously easy and just about impossible. Full of history, rich in culture, and a favorite holiday destination of tourists from all over the world, Sicily is packed with hidden gems and natural beauty.
The pinkish-gold temples in Agrigento, the silver-black lava cliffs of Etna, baroque buildings, and city squares are just a few of the places that should be on every traveler’s list.
Here, we teamed up with Dolce&Gabbana for a guided tour through the most stunning sites Sicily has to offer—from famous landmarks to all of the absolute best Instagram-worthy spots.
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Ready to go? Here are 10 of the island’s can’t-miss spots.
First stop: Qal’at al Ghiran. This is the Arabic term the city of Caltagirone takes its name from, which translates to “fortress made of pots.” Its ceramics have become a symbol of Sicily around the world, coloring its lands like a real-life painting. The best example: all 142 steps of the Santa Maria del Monte, which are decorated with beautiful tiles.
The temperature often reaches its peak over the summer, but Catania offers a refreshing solution. A dip in San Giovanni Li Cuti, the small marina village located east of the city, is often filled with locals in the warmest days (one of its most renowned beaches is flanked by a fishermen harbor.)
Just a few miles up from Italy’s southernmost point is Marzamemi, one of Sicily’s prettiest seaside villages. The old centre of the village dates back to the 18th century, and revolves around the picturesque Piazza Regina Margherita.
Little fishing harbors, colorful wooden boats, red geraniums, and rows of fishermen houses define the landscape with an explosion of color. Narrow streets that lead to the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean offer postcard-worthy views.
The next stop on our tour is Noto, a pure gem of baroque art. While you’re there, make sure to reward yourself with a delicious treat; the city serves up some of the island’s best granita, which is similar to an American snow cone.
Massive, dynamic, and vital, Etna is not to be missed. Sunset gazing from one of its slopes can leave you breathless. Match the pink shades of the sky and the earthly tones of the sand with your accessories for the perfect photo.
Ragusa is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the island. Rich cathedrals and their never-ending steps—the Santa Maria delle Scale has 340, to be exact—are totally worth exploring. The view from the upper town is an unparalleled show: a 360-degree vision of perched houses divided by intricate streets that give life to a stunning panorama.
Known for its unique architecture, the city of Grammichele stands out for its hexagonal structure. Be sure to visit the central square so that you can say you’ve had coffee in the only city that boasts rational architecture in Italy other than the Palmanova fortress.
One of the sweetest sides of Sicily is its irresistible selection of sugar loaded delights. Marzorana fruit, equally irresistible both at sight and taste, is one of them. Its vivid colors and ultra-glossy icing both contrast and match the rich tones of the Dolce&Gabbana Sicily 58 and Sicily 62. Make sure to have your camera ready: set everything on a traditional white tablecloth and there you go, the picture has all it takes to capture the perfect (Sicilian style) memory shot.
Ancient Greek ruins, citrus fruit orchards, café tables, and tiny little streets define the city that’s considered to be the one that truly encapsulates all of Sicily’s timeless beauty. Make sure you head to Ortigia, the oldest part of town; its dining, drinking, and shopping scene attract visitors from all over the world.
Irresistibly-scented flowers, turquoise waters, and uncountable Instagram-friendly corners make Taormina the perfect place to end—and reflect back on—your incredible trip.