Suddenly it comes into view – a perfect Greek temple high on a headland, its golden stone glowing in the sun against a pale blue sky. But you’re not in Greece – this is Agrigento, the Valley of the Temples, in Sicily, and you’re witnessing a monument to a long history of different cultures in this Mediterranean melting-pot. Romans, Normans, Arabs, Spanish and others have all occupied this island and left their mark on its architecture and culture.
Selinunte, another Greek city, enchants with its remoteness as sheep graze among the ancient ruins. The Norman cathedral in Monreale glitters with dazzling Byzantine mosaics, perhaps the best in the world. You can taste Arab influences in its cuisine. Yet in many ways Sicily remains essentially Italian, with narrow cobbled streets straggling past frescoed churches, tiny alimentari stuffed with produce, imposing public buildings and grand squares in towns and cities like Palermo and Ragusa.
Sit back, take it all in and enjoy an expresso, or maybe a gelato. The essence of Sicily starts with a Chapters Experience Holiday.