There is something mythological about Sicily. From Roman and Byzantine invaders to its Norman settlers, these crusaders have all left their legacy on the little island that Italy kicked to the curb. With nearly 3000 years of history, it's a must for any traveller with a fondness for storytelling as well as those that travel through their stomach, thanks to a cuisine that draws on Italian, Greek, Spanish, French and Arab influences.
An intersection of Europe, Palermo, Cefalu, Catania, Taormina, Syracuse and Ortygia are obligatory visits. Breathe history, feel the rough and readiness of the island and let the Sicilian sunshine and laid-back lifestyle spoil you. Gorge on arancini, cannolis with pistachio cream and granita, watching the day pass by from the comfort of a rattan chair - before wandering off in search of the next piazza for more of the same.