What should you definitely visit in Sicily? It is always hard to make a ranking when speaking about Sicily which is such a multifaceted land with a wide offering of breathtaking places.
It is also true that there are some places that stand out among the others thanks to their magnificence. We present you here our “top 5” for the most breathtaking views which is for us a way to honor these beautiful landscapes offered to us by this wonderful land.
Things to see in Sicily: Mondello from Mount Pellegrino
No, it is not the Sardinian Costa Smeralda. Here we are in the Western part of Sicily, precisely on Mount Pellegrino, which is both a religious destination and the spot offering the most charming view. Can you image how beautiful it is to see the Gulf of Mondello from up there? From up there, not only you will feel like you could the sky, but also the entire city stretching right below! It is said that gazing out from the top of Mount Pellegrino your body shivers with positive vibes and with the strongest desire to plunge in the crystal-clear waters of Mondello.
Catania seen from the dome of badia Sant’Agata
Let’s now jump over to Eastern part of Sicily, precisely in Catania. We now are on the dome of the Badia of Sant’Agata, from which a 360° view on Catania is guaranteed! If you ask someone form Catania what the best view on the city is, they will probably tell you the name of this very church!
You will be surprised by the structure’ contrasts: rich in details on the outer part and essential inside. The staircase leading to the dome counts 180 steps, but the landscape from up there will repay your efforts! You will have the best view on the baroque style of Catania. On the one side the majestic Cathedral, a bit further off, the harbor and behind you, the largest volcano in Europe – Mount Etna.
Sunset from the Scala dei Turchi in Agrigento
Scala dei Turchi is worth a spot among the best things to see in Sicily. It is situated in the district of Realmonte and it is a marvelous beach made of calcareous rock and white clay. The sea water is crystal clear and when the sun rays hit on the water, it shines like a diamond. At sunset you will be able to cherish a wonderful view. The blue of the water, the white of the rocks and the orange of the sun will make you feel inside a postcard.
Messina seen from the sacrarium of Cristo Re
Let’s move on now to Messina, the doorstep of Sicily and also the closest point to Calabria. This city definitely owns a spot among the best destinations! It is, afterall, the city dominating on the Strait of Messina. In order to gain the perfect view on the Strait we will take you to the Sacrarium of Christ the King. The structure, a sepulcher to the fall in war, was built on the remains of the Castle of Mata Grifone of which, to these days, only a tower has survived. The sacrarium sits on top of a hill and thanks to its position it is possible to enjoy a view on the entire city and the Strait.
Things to see in Sicily: The sun setting on Filicudi and Alicudi from the island of Salina
A terrace overlooking the sea, spectacular during the day and moving at sunset hours. This vantage point is situated on the island of Salina, one of the seven pearls of the Aeolian Archipelago. At sundown this spot becomes populated with tourists admiring silently the landscape and the view on the islands of Filicudi and Alicudi. From here, in a game of eye-catching perspective, the two islands look like the outline of an expectant mother.