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Published on Jan 12, 2019
A quick, three day trip around north-eastern part of Sicily it's colourful history, breathtaking scenery and active volcano.
Places: Catania Taormina Isola Bella Messina Etna Isola delle Femmine Palermo
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea with rich and colourful history that can be seen in places like Valley of the Temples, Syracuse, Taormina and many other historic sites all over the island.
On the east coast of the island, between the cities of Catania and Messina there’s the highest active volcano in Europe – Mount Etna - with current height just above 3.300 m or 10.900 ft. And at the time of filming, active it is! Fortunately, there is only prominent white smoke coming out of, but it stretches over the horizon and can be seen from most parts of the island.
It's also world famous for their food and cuisine. That delicious Cannoli original comes from Sicily.
There is about 5 million people living in Sicily, with Palermo being the capital and the largest city with just below 700.000 inhabitants, followed by Catania, Messina and Syracuse. Palermo is also a home to the largest opera house in Italy and third largest in Europe, Teatro Massimo. It might not be as famous as Milan’s La Scala, but it’s absolutely charming. And big.
The distance between Sicily and mainland Italy is only 2,5 km or 1,5 miles close to the city of Messina. There has been much discussion about connecting the two together with a bridge, but for now, there are regular ferries connecting both together. They are quite fast and not that expensive. Or even better, just fly here!