In Sardinia and Sicily with the Giro d’Italia

Date of publishing: May 10, 2017
Written by: Luca

The Corsa Rosa has just begun last Friday. For the first 5 stages the riders will cycle along the stunning shores and beautiful landscapes of the two Italian big islands: Sardinia and Sicily.

Intense blue water frame wild peaks consumed by sun and wind. Windy roads cut blue and green aside of long white beaches and emerald water. Smoky active volcano, as Stromboli and Etna, safeguard traditional towns and timeless monuments. Food and art, traditions, religion and magic, these two islands have it all! Ideal to visit almost year long, Sardinia or Sicily, what to pick?

Wild Sardinia is certainly famous for its white beaches and crystal clear water, not a bit less impressive than the most pristine exotic destinations. Costa Smeralda, on the North East, possibly offers the best and the highest density of wow’ beaches with emerald water (from which the name Smeralda comes). It stretches all the way from Golfo Aranci to Porto Quatu: you cannot go wrong. But the best of all? Rent a gommone” for a day at Caniggione and drive to the Arcipelago della Maddalena. Few small and large islands copied in large and full from paradise! Careful though; between July and August it’s cramped with sun tanning tourists from Northern Italy.
When evening comes, head inland in search of a typical Agriturismo around Arzachena or San Pantaleo. Typical local dishes will follow one after the other; your eyes will not be able to refuse, until your stomach will scream to stop. This is however only the North East of this stunning island. Beautiful, less known beaches and towns lie in the South and South-West, such as Villasimius or Sant’Antioco. There you will find the still traditional original Sardinia. 

After few more days it’s time to catch the ferry from Calgary to Palermo, to Charming Sicily. This city of wonder and terror is famous for emperors, kings, mosaics, and sadly Mafia…. Spend few days in Palermo and breathe it all. Cathedrals, the lively street market and a mix of Roman and Islamic architecture; this city is simply majestic and warm. After few days in town, nature calls again! Head to the Aeolian Islands; charming and breathtaking. Don’t miss the island Stromboli, an active volcano where you can see lava in an organized visit to the summit at night. Lava, black beaches, white towns and clear water…unforgettable! Back to Sicily; what comes next? Down South to the East: Taormina, the famous Etna, Catania, Acireale and Siracusa. Or West: San Vito lo Capo, Erice, Trapani, Marsala, Agrigento. Too many choices! And don’t forget to get a taste of Sicily’s superb kitchen: arancini, cannoli e tanto tanto pesce fresco! Here sword fish or tuna are king.

Enjoy these Italian islands.
Enjoy like we did and take a piece of Italian island back to you.

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