Located in the central Mediterranean region, Sicily is home to Mount Etna, which is Europe’s highest active volcano. It is a major tourist destination for the stunning architecture, lovely cuisine, sunny climate, rich history and magical scenery. Tourists from all over Italy and around the world come to Sicily in the summer to enjoy the Sicilian sun. Sicily’s history has influenced the present day region in many forms. There are influences of Greek, Roman, and Arab cultures in architecture, food, and trade.
Erice is a historic town that is situated on top of Mount Erice. It is a part of the province of Trapani. You can take a car for hire in Sicily and head to this quaint place which offers an amazing view of the city of Trapani and the Aegadian Islands. The main attractions in the city are two castles, the Pepoli Castle and the Venus Castle. The Pepoli castle is from the Saracen times, while the Venus Castle is from the Norman times. The Venus Castle is known to have been the sight of the formation of a cult that believed in animal sacrifices.
Messina is another beautiful town in Sicily, and the third largest in the region. Located on the northeastern tip of Sicily, Messina is a port town with an active agricultural and tourism industry. The city was founded by the Greeks in the 8th century and named Zancle for its scythe like shape. Messina has quite a few notable structures from the Norman period. You can take a car for rent in Sicily and visit the famous Cathedral of Messina. It is a must visit as it contains the remains of the ruler of Sicily and Germany, King Conrad. This structure was built in the 12th century; however, it has been rebuilt twice after being destroyed by earthquakes.
Palermo is the capital of Sicily and is known for its food and history. Palermo’s history is almost 2,700 years old from the time the Phoenicians first founded the city. It is located in the northwestern region of the island. You can rent a car in Sicily and head to this city for some amazing sightseeing. The Palermo Cathedral is a must-see attraction and is the main church in the city. Its rich culture is seen in the Teatro Massimo, which was established in the year 1897.
Sicily is probably one of the best tourist destinations in Italy and can be enjoyed with family and friends - and which is best enjoyed with a car at your disposal. So plan you vacation here next to get a good dose of history, culture, authentic Sicilian gastronomy and whole lot of enjoyment.