Sicily is the biggest Italian island and its largest region in the Mediterranean, with myriads of amazing tiny islands around it, offering a unique range of nowhere-else- to be found Sicily real estate. Residing there is an undoubtedly alluring, and purchasing property in Sicily can become an attractive investment option, as the tourist inflow has been growing over the recent years.
The most in-demand property for sale in Sicily are two- or three-bedroom apartments, with gardens, garages, terraces and air conditioning, preferably close to seaside resorts. However, there is much to be surprised at pretty all over the island. The three main islands in the south are Lampedusa, Pantelleria, and Linosa; with the Aegadian Islands in the west, the Lipari Islands not to be forgotten in the north-east as well as the little Stromboli where the local volcano is still active, Ustica and finally Lipari which gave its name to the entire island group. As for the volcanoes, Sicily is best-known for the Mount of Etna; the highest active volcano in Europe outside Caucasus. Living or owning property there and may be really dangerous, still many organised routes exist enabling you to explore the unique natural landmark while being totally safe. Besides, the gigantic fire-breathing mountain is strewn with ski resorts. The coasts are predominantly rocky and high and the sea views are marvellous, making it the true gem of the island.
Cafes and restaurants
Sicilian cuisine is one of the most appreciated around the globe, with influences from many other cultures and nations who stepped on the island, the gastronomy treasury offers a variety of flavours to mention the least. Many visitors to this awesome region are often amazed but intrigued by the diversity of the island’s foods. No matter if you choose to have a posh dinner at any of the numerous Michelin-starred restaurants dispersed all over the region or would rather pop into one of the isle’s unassuming cafes proudly serving centuries-old traditional gastronomy in the countryside, a delight awaits your inner foodie. Gigi Mangia in Palermo and Duomo in Ragusa are two must-visit restaurants preparing fusion dishes worth trying at least once.
As for shopping, Sicily simply can’t disappoint. All the main cities – Palermo, Agrigento Catania, Syracuse, - have shops that belong to the famous and universally loved chains of H`n`M and Zara not to mention the others, but to taste the true flavour of Sicilian fair, however, you should visit at least one of the busy markets in and around Sicily. Here, a continuous line-up of singular handmade goods can be purchased, starting from marionettes to pottery and culinary treats. Giardini Naxos near Messina and Mascalucia near Catania are two recognised outdoor markets worth visiting. This is also a chance to have a glimpse of Sicilian culture unchanged by modern times as well as to strike a bargain.
You can easily arrive at the magnificent island by plane. With quite a few airports littered throughout its area, you won’t find anything difficult in getting on board of a charter from Italy, Europe or other countries of the world. Once here, however, you’ll need the support of a patron saint to go around the island. Despite, being served by ferry, bus, and rail services, none of these kinds of transport runs through the entire region, no can it be named reliable or punctual. To comfortably explore the magnetic island, it is better to rent a scooter or a car in order to be able to reach the most remote corners of the island, without hurry and taking advantage of the abundant photo opportunities on the way.