3 Reasons to Visit Sicily {Reason #1}

Since my parents live in Sicily for part of the year, visiting them is an important reason for me to visit Sicily. When I was in college I would return twice a year: Christmas and summers.

Then I got married and my trips became an annual thing.

Once we started having kids the trips became less frequent. The last time we visited was two years ago when we took the whole family. We made many stops: Rome, Naples, Capri, Venice, Pisa.

This past July, my daughter and I returned. Since we had already done “The BIG Trip,” we just planned to hang out at my parents’ house, go to the beach and take a few day trips. While we were there, it dawned on me that Sicily is like Super Walmart: one stop shopping! Over the next 3 Tuesdays I will share my list of 3 Reasons to Visit Sicily on your next trip to Italy (or even on your first trip!)3 Reasons to Visit Sicily

Why Visit Sicily: Reason #1

History

In case you don’t know, Sicily is the triangular shaped island “football” that the “boot” of Italy is perpetually kicking. Its location in the smack-dab-middle of the Mediterranean sea made it a desirable location for people groups to possess. Whoever was in control of this island had a good hand on the Mediterranean rim in general.

Over the centuries Sicily was conquered by a myriad of civilizations. In roughly chronological order (and just hitting the highlights) there were the Sicanians, Mycenaens, Minoans, Hittites, Sikels, Elymians, Greeks, Phoenicians, Chalcidians, Carthaginians, Romans (after the Punic Wars), Vandals, Ostrogoths, Arabs, Normans, and Spanish. You can imagine the influence all these peoples brought to Sicily! Below are just a few of my favorites.

Greek Temples

Some of the best-preserved Greek temples in the world can be found in Sicily. Agrigento, Segesta and Selinunte, are on the western side of the island. In July, we took a two hour drive to Agrigento to visit the temples there.

Reason #1 to visit Sicily: Greek temples!
Partial temple in Agrigento
Reason #1 to visit Sicily: Greek temples!
Well-preserved temple in Agrigento

Greek amphitheaters

The amphitheaters’ acoustics are so good that they are often still in use today with a little doctoring up of the seating. A few of my favorites are in Taormina, Catania and Siracusa but there are more if you just can’t get enough!

Reason to visit Sicily: Greek amphitheaters!
Greek amphitheater in Siracusa

Castles

Although they are museums today, these castles remind me of how grateful I am to live in my modest little house. My three picks: Catania’s Castello Ursino, Aci Castello’s Norman Castle and Admiral Lord Nelson’s Castle in Maniace.

Reason #1 to visit Sicily: castles!
The castle in Aci Castello
Reason #1 to visit Sicily: castles!
Admiral Lord Nelson’s castle in Maniace

Medieval Towns

I love the little winding streets of medieval towns! My top three picks: Taormina, Cefalu‘ and Erice.

Reason #1 to visit Sicily: Taormina!
The gate to the town of Taormina

This island has history’s fingerprints all over it! Even if you are not a history buff, it’s amazing to see structures still standing after CENTURIES! Simply amazing!

About Sheila @ Making the Most of Every Day

I’m a wife, mom, and a homeschool teacher. I’m always behind on housework and paper pile sorting. I’m fond of this crazy life but not of melted cheese. I want to follow hard after God, making each day really count. I like to run, read, cook (and eat!). Thanks for joining along on my journey!

4 thoughts on “3 Reasons to Visit Sicily {Reason #1}

  1. Oh my word! I MUST get back to Italy one day. I’ve had a long weekend visit to Rome, and I’m grateful. I’d love to see much more of the country. You’re making a great case for going to Sicily! I had no idea these things were there!

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