There are Sicily day trips to please every taste. Apart from the breathtaking scenery and the lure of the Mediterranean Sea, your Sicily holiday can offer many exciting things to do, many of which the average tourist may not have thought of. For example, your Sicilian vacation could include a boat tour around the Aeolian Islands, a visit to a local winery, a mud bath in Vulcano, visits to historical, classic ruins to capture a bit of the famed history of the island, or even mountain skiing down the Mount Etna volcano.
The Aeolian Islands are an archipelago of eight islands with volcanoes and gorgeous natural beauty. A boat cruise around the islands is full of breathtaking vistas from atop the turquoise Mediterranean waters engulfing sights not to be missed.
A bit of a more unusual experience would be taking a mud bath in Vulcano, one of the Aeolian Islands located 10 minutes from Lipari. The Laghetto di Fanghi mud baths are famous for their relaxing and therapeutic qualities (even if it is a little smelly). Afterwards a soak in the sea where underwater springs create a natural hot Jacuzzi is recommended for the ultimate in relaxation.
From Taormina a definite must is a day trip is a tour within the city. The day trip includes a visit to the Greco-Roman Theatre, an impressive piece of Roman architecture, and tours around the public gardens. The trip continues along the coastline and up to the majestic pyramid of Mount Etna which presents scenes of indescribable beauty. The
The tourist can also take a tour inland to visit the country-side-the famous Godfather country. Here the peaceful atmosphere is set against stunning mountain views looking out over the distant sea.
A visit to a local winery accompanied by a Sicilian cooking lesson also makes a great day trip for the tourist looking for something different.
Examples of other tours the tourist may enjoy include: In Trapani, the “Myth, History and Ancient Cookies: Erice and Segesta” tour, which is a full day private tour to learn about the history of Sicily, view a Greek temple and theatre, and sample the almond cookies and marzipan from ancient recipes; the “Alcantara Gorge and Fancavilla” tour, which is a private tour along the gorge to witness how the lava flows affected the river creating the impressive gorges and ravines and where the tourist can rent hip-waders to get the full river experience; there is also the “Messina Taormina Jewish Tour” where visitors can see the Jewish quarter in the city of Messina.
The traveler has many options on how to see Sicily, depending upon how active or adventurous they want to be. They can sit back in luxury and cruise around the island by boat (also visiting the Aeolian Islands) or they can sit back in a private rented car with an English-speaking guide. They can traverse the mountain summit by hiking it, or they can cycle around the island by renting bicycles. They can get escorted bus tours or take walking excursion around the cities making their own discoveries. They can go in groups or be privately escorted. They can ski, swim, hike, walk, or ride-whatever suits their pleasure.
From historical tours to see the Sicilian history come to life, to exciting adventure tours hiking up an active volcano, Sicily offers the tourist an abundance of things to see and do. Beautiful scenery, fun beach vacations, the country-side, the market-places, fantastic food and wine excursions, ancient architecture, exploring marvels like volcanoes, experiencing healthful mud baths-all will award the traveler with a great Sicily holiday.