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Best Things To Do in Sicily

Sicily is big, so the options on what to do are nearly endless. Some of the island's top amusements are its beaches, of course, and a few of the most popular line the north and northwest coasts. Then there are the curious ruins -- the Valley of the Temples and the Segesta Temple among others. Experiencing the magnificence of Mount Etna, an active volcano, is another top activity. Eating -- everything from chicken marsala to pasta con le sarde -- is another worthy venture. Nightlife ranges from beachside clubs to live performances at Italy's largest opera house, Teatro Massimo.

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#1
Mount Etna
Natural Wonders, Recreation, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: This fuming mountain, located in the Sicilian province of Catania, is Europe's largest active volcano. The easiest way to ... read more»

#2
San Vito lo Capo Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Many say that San Vito lo Capo (Saint Vitus Cape) is Sicily's most beautiful beach -- and it's not ... read more»

#3
Monreale Duomo Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: This cathedral, located right outside of Palermo, is clearly a favorite among travelers as well as reviewers. One TripAdvisor user ... read more»

#4
Valley of the Temples
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-see for many visitors. One TripAdvisor user says "the only thing more difficult ... read more»

#5
Teatro Massimo
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Teatro Massimo is really the place to hear Puccini, Bellini or Verdi opera, since it's Italy's largest opera ... read more»

#6
Mondello Lido
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Frommer's calls this beach one of Sicily's best. But unfortunately, unless you're staying in one of the ... read more»

#7
Riserva Naturale Orientata dello Zingaro
Hiking, Parks and Gardens | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Riserva Naturale Orientata dello Zingaro is the island's first natural preserve, complete with more than 650 species of ... read more»

#8
Palermo Cathedral
Churches/Religious Sites | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Built on the site of a Muslim mosque, this Catholic cathedral was founded by the Archbishop of Palermo in 1184 ... read more»

#9
Segesta Temple
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: This Doric Temple, which rises high on a hill overgrown with fennel, is one of the greatest examples of this ... read more»

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