There are 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sicily for their historical, artistic, archaeological and naturalistic importance. Plus Scala dei Turchi has started the process to become a UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Arab-Norman Palermo

Late Baroque Towns

Mount Etna

Mount Etna

Necropolis of Pantalica

Valle dei Templi

Villa Romana Del Casale

Scala dei Turchi

Scala dei Turchi

There are also 2 sites which will probably become UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the near future

Taormina and Isola Bella

Motya and Libeo Island

Sicily has also 2 sites which are members of UNESCO Global Geoparks Network. 

Rocca Di Cerere Geopark

Madonie Natural Park

Madonie Regional Natural Park


Sicily has many archaeological sites. Excluding la Valle dei Templi and Piazza Armerina (Villa Romana del Casale) which are listed above as they are also UNESCO World heritage Sites, the top archaeological sites are:

Monte Jato




Sicily has been inhabited for thousands of years by many different cultures, this is shown in the amount of History found in every corner of the island and in the many beautiful Palaces, Town squares (Piazza), Towers, City Gates, Fountains and so on. The most beautiful Palaces and Piazzas in Sicily are:

Norman Palace

Piazza Duomo

Palazzo Chiaramonte

Piazza Duomo

Palazzo Mirto

Antoine Pitrou [FAL or FAL]

Piazza IX Aprile

Palazzo Biscari

Piazza Garibaldi

Nicolaci Palace

Piazza Ciullo

Palazzo Florio

Piazza della Repubblica
(Mazara Del Vallo)


With nearly 1000 km of coast and more than 100 beaches Sicily has a variety of beaches. From sandy beaches to stretched of rocky coast and gulfs. In Sicily you can find beaches with fine golden sand, sand mixed with gravel, pebbles (from small to large) and even beaches of dark volcanic stones.

San Vito lo Capo

Mondello (Palermo)

Isola Bella (Taormina)

Spiaggia dei Conigli (Lampedusa)

Fontane Bianche (Siracusa)

Scala Dei Turchi (Realmonte)

Lungomare di Cefalu (Cefalu)

Lungomare di Cefalu Beach

Vendicari (Noto)



The top castle in Sicily are:

Lombardy Castle

Zisa Castle

Donnafugata Castle

Sperlinga Castle (Sperlinga)

Castello di Venere

Castello Manfredonico

Castelbuono Castle

Chiaramonte Castle (Siculiana)

Paola Butticé, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons



Top churches to visit in sicily are:

Monreale Cathedral


Cefalù Cathedral
(Cefalù )

Ludvig14, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Church of the Immaculate Conception (Palermo)

Duomo of San Giorgio

Cathedral of Syracuse

Noto Cathedral

Andrea Tomasello, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons


Coastal Towers

The top Coastal towers to visit in Sicily are:

Torre Capo Rama

Torre Spalmatore

Torre delle Mandre
(Altavilla Milicia)

Torre Bennistra

Daniele Pugliesi, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Torre di Ligny

Torre Nubia

Torre Cabrera



Sicily has a huge naturalistic heritage, made not only of beaches, but also of mountains, parks and volcanoes. The top nature sites in Sicily excluding the Etna and Madonia National Parks and Rocca di Cenere Geopark mentioned before are:

Vendicari Nature Reserve

Zingaro Reserve

Nebrodi National Park

Nebrodi National Park

Pantalica Reserve

Cavagrande Del Cassibile Reserve

Torre Salsa Nature Reserve

Alcantara Gorges

Trapani Salt Pans



Sicily has 21 villages part of the I Borghi Piu Belli D’Italia, an association of small towns of historical interest. In order to be part of this association a village or town must meet a number of prerequisites. The villages are:

Province of Agrigento: Sambuca Di Sicilia
Province of Caltanissetta: Sutera
Province of Catania: Castiglione di Sicilia and Militello in Val di Catania
Province of Enna: Sperlinga and Troina
Province of Messina: Castelmola, Castroreale, Montalbano Elicona, Novara di Sicilia, San Marco D’Alunzio and Savoca

Province of Palermo: Cefalu, Gangi, Geraci Siculo and Petralia Soprana
Province of Ragusa: Monterosso Almo
Province of Siracusa: Ferla and Palazzolo Acreide
Province of Trapani: Erice and Salemi


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