Sicily is so full of historic sites that you could spend a lifetime on the island and probably still not see them all. From Unesco Heritage sites like Greek temples and Roman mosaics to Arab-Norman churches, we have narrowed down the must-see historic sites for you.
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Split between two separate sites, the Necropolis of Pantalica is a remarkably well-preserved burial ground that dates back thousands of years, carved into the limestone hills. You can reach them from two different towns, by foot via Sortino, walking through the Mediterranean scrub vegetation, or by car via Ferla. Visit the Archaeological Museum in Syracuse to see the pottery and tools that were excavated from the site in the late 1800s.
If you want to understand modern Sicilian and Italian history, you need to know the names Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino. Both men were anti-mafia judges, who worked their entire careers fighting the stronghold of organised crime. They were killed within weeks of each other in separate bombings, during the summer of 1992. The Palermo airport is named for them, and you should seek out the memorial plaque by sculptor Tommaso Geraci outside the departure hall. You will find schools, public buildings and piazzas bearing the name of these brave men all over Sicily.