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Sicily, together with Sardinia, is one of Italy's two islands, but also one of its most diverse and rustic regions. Separated from mainland Calabria by the Straits of Messina, it boasts an entirely unique character, filled with local customs, traditions and cultures. Sicily is usually thought of as expensive holiday spot; from its enchanting history and heritage to its diverse holiday opportunities, the island has long been a dreamy destination for tourists. Yet cheap holidays to Sicily are certainly available, particularly when you rent private accommodation directly from the owner.
We have hundreds of cheap holiday villas in Sicily, spanning each and every corner of the island; and many of our holiday homes are even nestled in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From secluded farmhouses on the Aeolian Islands to central apartments in Agrigento, you'll find holiday accommodation in Sicily to suit every budget, need or desire. So wherever you'd like to go, and whoever you're travelling with, HomeAway can help you make the most of your sun-soaked Sicilian break.
Top destinations in Sicily
Catania cheap holidays
Cheap holidays to Catania provide you with an affordable gateway to Mount Etna, the largest and most impressive volcano in Europe. Of course, there's plenty to attract tourists in the city of Catania itself, namely its bustling atmosphere and abundance of historical and cultural sites. Nestled on the eastern coast of Sicily, it's one of the largest cities on the island, so you'll find a wealth of things to see and do, from exciting nightlife to Baroque architecture, and from exciting street markets to beautiful beaches in the south. .
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Palermo cheap holidays
Palermo is Sicily's vibrant capital, and a city with a complex and tumultuous history. Originally founded by the Phoenicians, it was later known as the 'City of Delights': today, its numerous mosques, palaces and temples spanning Greek, Byzantine and Norman occupation certainly live up to the name. Cheap holidays to Palermo promise lazing on Cefalu Beach, treks around Madonie National Park, and visiting a variety of monuments. Its Monreale Cathedral is covered in wonderful mosaics, and the Capella Palatina, an arabic-style chapel, boasts some of the most intricate decoration in Italy.
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Messina cheap holidays
Cheap holidays to Messina are a great option, particularly when you want easy transfers between Sicily and the mainland. It's just three miles away across the strait to Calabria, so you can always take a day trip if you have some spare time! Of course, that's quite unlikely - Messina boasts plenty of excellent attractions, and a wealth of activities to enjoy. Head to Novara di Sicilia one day, regarded as one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Italy, or grab some comfortable shoes and head up the Torre Faro. It'll take 1250 steps to get to the top of Messina's watchtower, but the breathtaking views are certainly worth the trek.
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Siracusa cheap holidays
Siracusa is probably best known for its magnificent Greek ruins, but it's a great destination when you want to explore. With Ragusa and Catania just a short distance away, you can really make the most of cheap holidays to Siracusa. In the province itself, you'll find the marvellous Apollo Temple, as well as a Greek theatre and nature reserve at Vendicari. The Basilica of Santa Lucia is another must-see site, boasting the painting "Burial of Santa Lucia" by the great Italian artist Carvaggio. The landscapes here are also perfect for outdoor activities, and Siracusa's beaches are some of Italy's best spots for snorkelling.
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Trapani cheap holidays
Cheap holidays to Trapani have long been a favourite with tourists, as the province boasts a great balance between the coast and the city. From its marvellous medieval town and castle at Erice, to the vineyards producing world-famous Marsala wine, there's something to keep everyone entertained. San Vito lo Capo is also located here, a beach widely regarded as Sicily's most beautiful. If you can drag yourself away from the blissful sands and warm sea, head into the city of Trapani. With its magnificent monuments and fascinating museums, it's the perfect place for a day out..
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Things to do in Sicily
If you're not relaxing on beaches and soaking up glorious sun, trekking is a great way to explore Sicily. The island boasts a number of National Parks and nature reserves, with many located at the foot of Mount Etna and Madonie Mountains. Closer to your holiday home, you'll find hundreds of historical sites, including the Temple of Concord at Agrigento. This amazing structure, as well as many others in Sicily, can easily rival the massive monuments of Rome. In the evenings, make the most of delicious Sicilian cuisine: "arancini" is one of the island's most famous foods, fried rice balls made with spicy fillings.
Places to see in Sicily
Mount Etna is possibly Sicily's greatest natural landmark, having shaped and reshaped the island after numerous and vociferous eruptions. Trails of hardened lava run down its sides like rivers, and its peaks are so high that they're shrouded with clouds. You can even enjoy skiing here during the winter, so don't make the mistake of thinking Sicily a summer-only destination! Another popular activity is a trip to a Sicilian vineyard, with most concentrated around Trapani and Ragusa. As well as trying Marsala and Moscato wine varieties, make sure to try "limoncello", a delicious lemon liqueur.
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Villa Panoramica Noto is a nice holiday property with large swimming pool, in a superb panoramic position of Noto's countryside. Is featuring three bedrooms and three bathrooms and many nice amenities. A beautiful green is very well managed all ar...
This charming and comfortable Villa is located in the famous area of Val di Noto, cradle of the late-baroque art and architecture, more exactly in the land of Modica, city part of the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LIST. The building lies on a rocky spur o...
From an old boathouse a charming apartment with the most spectacular panoramic view of the old port of Castellmmare del Golfo
Casa Laudicina opens out on the balcony with the most spectacular panoramic view of the old port of Castellammare del Go...
New villas in residence with swimming pool and spectacular views of hills, mountains, gardens and sea. The villas are a two family new built (exspired in May 2012),it is furnished with wooden furniture and style and is located in the hills and nea...
Villa Allegra is part of a private villa and holiday parks, which - as conveniently located south of Catania - is also considered as premium residential area. The south-facing house has a kitchen, a living room, two bedrooms (with double bed or tw...