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Sicily

Things to do in Sicily

Whether you're here for the history or the hiking, or just to unwind on the beach, there are plenty of ways to spend your time during holidays to Sicily. There are ancient cities within reach of a pair of active volcanoes, and plenty of opportunities for shopping, dining or whiling away time on a sun-soaked boat trip around the island.

Hills and hikes

Two of Sicily's most famous attractions are Mount Etna and Stromboli – active volcanoes with incredible views. If admiring from a distance isn't for you, you can take a guided hike up either, or rest your legs on an Etna jeep tour. Etna also has a cable car, the Funivia dell'Etna, which can take you 2,500 metres up the side of the volcano. Visit between November and March and it's often possible to ski down Mount Etna as well.

Stromboli is its own island just off the coast of Sicily, and can be viewed from one of numerous boat tours. For the more confident hiker, guided walking trips are available, and going at night is recommended to see the mini-eruptions that occur every 15 minutes or so. Stromboli is one of the world's most active volcanoes, so while you might want to avoid getting too close to the top, it's worth visiting as the sun sets to get the best view of the action.

A touch of retail therapy

Of course, it never hurts to treat yourself to a few trinkets and souvenirs on holiday. The bigger cities all have plenty of high-street fashion offerings, but check out the crafts and antiques market held on the second weekend of each month at Mascalucia if you want something a little more unique.

Palermo is a great place to find edible delicacies to take home, and you won't struggle to find small shopping boutiques full of character wherever you go.