Some of us love to spend our holidays shopping, people-watching at pavement cafés, strolling through foreign street markets and admiring the piazzas and local architecture. Even sun-worshippers who want to relax on the beach sometimes need a bit of variety. So, let's take a look at Sicily's beautiful towns.
Palermo is Sicily's largest city with the most attractions, but if you prefer more laid back towns we recommend a trip to the Madonie. The villages and towns in this mountainous region - such as Gratteri – offer the fun of urban life in the midst of lush countryside. As the following pictures show, our Trip Tip photographers love this kind of variety:
Piazza San Domenico is in central Palermo. Our Trip Tip photographer shot this photo from the rooftop of the department store La Rinascente,where the chic Bar Obikà offers a relaxing break from sightseeing.
Gratteri is a small town in the Madonie mountains. Holiday-makers here are impressed not only by its location in the heart of stunning countryside, but by the locals' level of civic pride in keeping it clean and well maintained.
Our Trip Tip photographer snapped this fat cat on a wall in Santa Flavia. Cats are not the only creatures who feel comfortable in this small town near Palermo! Tourists consider Santa Flavia one of the top insider tips for winter holidays in Sicily.