In my previous post, I wrote about my top reasons to visit Sicily. But how could I just stop at five? Not when…
6) Sicily’s scenery is diverse and stunning.
Bless those bumpy Sicilian roads and their hairpin turns. They could be stressful to navigate, but they took us through some amazing landscapes.
Driving in the (flat-as-a-pancake) Netherlands is often boring; Sicily is anything but. Our road trips took us through salt flats, across rocky canyons, up mountains covered in velvety green, to the sparkling Mediterranean.
And there was Mount Etna, the stuff of legend. Along the coast near Taormina she loomed over us like an ever-present goddess, just as epic and just as changeable.
We drove past stretches of urban sprawl, and creepy industrial-scale farms (like they were growing babies instead of crops). But we always ended up somewhere gorgeous—and even better, interesting.
7) Sicilian Baroque architecture is a feast for the eyes.
In 1693, a massive earthquake rocked southern Sicily and destroyed 45 towns along the coast. The frenzy of rebuilding that followed gave birth to Sicilian Baroque, an offshoot of Baroque architecture that is unique to Sicily.
Today, the towns of Noto, Modica, Ragusa, Ispica and Scicli, which were the most damaged, are the gems of Sicilian Baroque. Each of these towns is worth a full day trip, but we never made it to the latter two.