Without a doubt, Sicily has become one of the top family holiday spots for travellers worldwide. The famous historical island in Southern Italy provides many fun-filled and adventurous activities for both children and adults – and this does not take away from the educational aspect of a vacation in Sicily: with all the splendid monuments dating to the time of the ancient Greeks, Romans and Arabs, and Medieval/ Byzantine ornate architecture, wonderful UNESCO protected uncontaminated nature reserves, and some of the top beaches and resorts in the Mediterranean, Sicily is the perfect place for both kids and parents to enjoy. The friendliness of the locals in another important aspect not be underestimated, and one resulting from a long-standing tradition of high respect for the family and children in particular. If you’re planning your next holidays on the island, you could go through some local resources to find more info on accommodations and things to do with children in Sicily.
Just mention the words ‘Italian ice cream’ and your kids will be ecstatic- and for good reason: Sicily is the home of granitas, pizzette, chocolate and candy and a trip to Modica – famous all over the world for its chocolate creations inspired by ancient multi-cultural recipes – will be enough to convince them that Sicily is the best place for a holiday. Look at the wonderful ancient treasures of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento; here even kids can let their imagination roam as they explore the 5Century B.C. temples of Hercules, Juno, Concordia, and Olympian Zeus. Hearing these names will transport your kids to the age of fables and mythology and you can rest assured that they will be exploding with excitement during their visit, especially when you explain to them that these are some of the best preserved ancient monuments in the world and the story behind them; it will definitely be something to tell their friends about.
Exotic nature spots like the Gorges of Alcantara, with their sedimentary rock formations and secluded caves offer both children and adults the opportunity for a real tour of the natural geological transformation of this volcanic island. And do not forget the many adventure parks where children and parents can delight in their favourite activities in spite of the age gap: the Parco Avventura Madonie has long been praised for its fabulous adventure trails, picnic spots and playgrounds. Here both kids and adults can show off their adventurous side with tree-climbing, rope ladder-walking, running obstacle courses and cable slides. Its adventure courses are designed according to age group and its top professional instructors will make sure your family has a blast under the strictest supervision. Some of the many adventure parks around Sicily even include more simple courses for infants age 0 and up under special supervision and with the participation of the parents.
Similarly, Etnavventura, South of Mt. Etna, offers other unforgettable activities and is reachable by cable car from the Rifugio Sapienza. The cable car ride itself provides a majestic scenery and as we know, kids love cable cars by nature so they can expect a thrilling experience as they climb to the top of Etna. The Cable car ride from the beach town of Mazzaro to Taormina is also an exceptional adventure. While less dramatic than the one that takes you to the summit of Mt. Etna- another wonderful experience for kids where they can explore the craters of the largest active volcano in the Mediterranean on foot and by jeep via guided tours- a visit to Taormina can be complemented with a stop at the Isola Bella: an uncontaminated bay of natural beauty overlooking Taormina and designated (along with Taormina) as a UNESCO world Heritage site.
*This is a guest post which has been written by a third party