The Italian island of Sicily is a world unto itself, where ancient Greek temples and miles of gorgeous beaches mix with Roman ruins, volcanos and bustling cities. Here’s our pick of places you’ll want to visit.
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Mount Etna is often referred to as the most active volcano in Europe. It is certainly the highest in Europe, reaching a height of more than 10,000ft (3,050m) at the summit. Eruptions have been documented as far back as 3,500 years ago. The mountain dominates the skyline of eastern Sicily like a grand skyscraper. You can hike its trails, take a train around its base and, in season, even ski down its slopes.
This nature reserve near Syracuse offers hiking trails and a famous limestone swimming hole with cold fresh water. You will need hiking boots to really explore this canyon; the hour-long hike downwards can be slippery, and the walk back up is a vertical challenge, but you’ll be rewarded with glimpses of colourful butterflies and silvery lizards along the way.