Just off the north coast of Sicily, the Aeolian Islands are a volcanic archipelago of seven large islands and smaller islets. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the islands have unique characteristics like smouldering craters and black sand beaches. The area is ideal for snorkelling, and you'll also find therapeutic mud baths and lots of excellent hiking trails.
Isola Bella is a charming cove that you'll want to visit again and again. Known as the Pearl of the Ionian Sea, this stunning place lives up to its name. With the vibrant blue waters either side, a thin stretch of sand and pebbles connecting to a villa-topped island. It's a spectacular place to relax and snorkel.
Situated in Palermo, the Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele is one of the biggest opera houses in Europe. Seating over 1,000 people, this theatre is as magical as the performances, with seven boxed tiers rising around an inclined stage. Put on your finest outfit and enjoy a wonderful operatic display at this stunning venue renowned for its perfect acoustics.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest active volcano in Europe. With a lunar landscape of black sand and volcanic rock, Mount Etna is also a visual treat for the eyes. Enjoy a display of lava flow from a safe distance, enjoy panoramic views of Sicily from its slopes, and do some skiing from November to March.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Valley of the Temples is one of Sicily's main attractions. Take a journey back in time and walk amongst several ruins, some of which date as far back as the fifth century BC. You'll find well-preserved temples with great columns and stone carvings and plenty of amazing photo opportunities.