Sailing to Sicily

31st May 2018

Oozing with charming towns, historical landmarks, delicious cuisine, breath-taking natural landmarks and blissful golden beaches, Italy offers plenty to see and experience. Many visitors head to the cities of Rome, Florence and Pisa, but this vibrant nation offers much more for those who are willing to dig beneath the surface.

The Italian mainland is surrounded by a series of islands, each offering a unique series of things to see and do. Arguably, the most popular of these is the island of Sicily, which sits just to the west of Italy’s southernmost tip. The traditionally-fitted vessels of the Star Clippers fleet are capable of reaching range of smaller-sized ports throughout Sicily and, this week, we take a look at what you can look to enjoy during your time on this mesmerising island.



Situated on the eastern coast of Sicily, the city of Syracuse offers a fine blend of ancient artefacts and modern elements. With so much to see in and around the city, it can be difficult to know where to go during your visit. Some of the most impressive landmarks include Apollo temple, the Greek Theatre, the Catacombs of San Giovanni, and the Necropolis. It is interesting to note that Syracuse was once the largest city in the world – even bigger than Athens – and you can only begin to imagine how many fascinating archaeological landmarks await your discovery. Contrastingly, you can opt to relax in one of the many stylish cafes, admiring the baroque piazzas and the sparkling blue sea.



Travelling north of Syracuse opens an opportunity to discover the charming hillside town of Taormina – a popular destination and resort town for those seeking Sicilian dolce vita. Founded in the 4th century BC by Greek ruler, Gelon II, it rose to a prominence that is still enjoyed today. Some of the most impressive landmarks to visit in and around the area include Teatro Greco – an open-air Roman theatre – and the Torre dell’Orogio clock tower. During your visit, it is definitely worth trying arancini – stuffed rice balls filled with mozzarella and a ragu sauce.

These are just two of the mesmerising ports you can visit on board a Star Clippers Mediterranean sailing this summer. Sailing the waters of the Eastern and Western regions of the Mediterranean, you will be able to experience a range of charming ports while also enjoying the traditional sailing experience that the tall ships of the Star Clippers fleet are able to offer.

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