12 Jun 2019
To help you decide, we've put together some ideas for the best Sicily tours that take in the island's wine, sea, volcano and so much more. When you choose Gruppo UNA for your Sicily holiday tours, you'll enjoy a warm welcome and a taste of genuine Italian hospitality.
Etna touring in Sicily.
When planning tours of Sicily, it's hard not to include Mount Etna. Most day tours to Mount Etna start from Taormina, a charming town with a range of attractions including an open-air museum. There are three ways to reach the top of Etna; join Sicily tours that take you on a walk up the volcano's steep slopes or ride the cable car to the summit. And if you want something a little different, join a donkey trek to the top.
The UNAHOTELS Capotaormina is the perfect base for Etna tours. With a private beach, saltwater swimming pools and landscaped gardens, this cliffside hotel enjoys panoramic views of the volcano. After your Etna trek, relax and unwind in the hotel's wellness centre. The hotel's restaurants offer menus based around local produce and typical Sicilian dishes, making it the perfect base as well for food and wine tours of Sicily.
Taste local foods and wines.
Join Sicily wine tours or do a little research and create your own gastronomic itinerary. The slopes of Mount Etna provide fertile ground for vineyards, creating the signature wines of the island such as Nero d'Avola and Cerasuolo di Vittoria. In the town of Taormina itself, try island dishes.
Self-guided walking tours of Sicily.
Walking is the best way to really appreciate the different seasons of Sicily, with the vibrant colours of the flowers in spring and the warm shades of autumn's chestnuts and mushrooms. Plan your walking itinerary along the coastline of eastern Sicily or head inland to meander through fields and farms where local cheeses are made. Stop off to explore medieval villages and ancient castles, and maybe start your Sicilian walking holiday by taking in the historic attractions of Siracusa.
Our UNAHOTELS One Siracusa is in the historic heart of the island's capital, but from here, it doesn't take long to escape the city streets and discover the surrounding countryside and Mediterranean coastline. Take a walk to Solarium Ru Frati, passing open-air art installations, or drive south to hike through the Oriented Nature Reserve Cavagrande, home to one of Europe's biggest canyons. At the end of a day's trekking, return to your hotel and dine in the noted Akademia Restaurant or enjoy cocktails in the Sky Roof bar.
Sicily adventure tours.
With such a rugged countryside and coastline, it's not hard to find Sicily tours in 2019 that provide all the adventurous thrills and spills you could want. Confident swimmers can go body-rafting in the Alcantara Gorge, while a trek in the Valle dell'Anapo takes you to the magnificent Necropoli di Pantalica, where banks of chamber tombs are carved out of the mountainside. Here, you can hike on steep forest trails or cliff jump into the river.
The 4-star Palace Catania | UNA Esperienze is a luxury resort set in a sympathetically restored historic building. It's within easy reach of a day trip to the Vall dell'Anapo. Hotel guests can enjoy the Etnea Roof Bar before dining on traditional Sicilian dishes in the contemporary UNA Restaurant. In contrast to your adventurous activities, La Playa at Catania offers a relaxing stretch of sandy beach lapped by warm waters.
Sicily cruise tours.
Taking a leisurely day cruise from ports such as Taormina or Porto Scaro Nuovo in Giardini-Naxos is the perfect way to view the island and Mount Etna from a different perspective. Cruises take in destinations such as the volcanic Aeolian island of Stromboli (where local life has always been dominated by the volcano's eruptions) or give you a chance to relax on quiet beaches such as Zimmari. Take Sicily cruise tours during your stay at the UNAHOTELS Naxos Beach Sicilia, a large resort hotel with four swimming pools, a lemon grove and its own private family-friendly beach.
If you're planning tours of southern Italy and Sicily during 2019, we look forward to welcoming you to one of our Gruppo UNA hotels on the island. Take a look at our other articles for more information on Italian destinations and holiday activities.