To explore the wonders of southern Italy departing from the UK, the London airports operate numerous cheap flights to Sicily. The island's main airports are located in Palermo, Catania, and Trapani. Most of the direct flights are operated by low-cost companies, at very affordable prices if you book in advance. Easyjet flies to Catania in around 3 hours from London Gatwick and London Luton, while Ryanair flies to Trapani from London Luton and to Palermo from London Stansted, and Norweigan Air Shuttle flies to Catania from London Gatwick. The 'classic' airlines also fly from London with a stopover, via mainland Italy with Alitalia (Milan or Rome), Berlin or Munich with Air Berlin, and via Zurich or Geneva with Swiss International Air Lines. Flights are also available to Sicily from Manchester Airport. Ryanair operates flights to Trapani in around 3 hours, starting from about £80 for a return trip, and Easyjet operates flights to Catania in the summer. There are therefore plenty of choices for flying to Sicily, although bear in mind that the number of flights tends to drop in low season. Indeed, this destination becomes slightly secluded from the rest of the world as winter sets in. Palermo (Falcone-Borsellino) International Airport, formerly known as Punta Raisi, is located 20 miles west of the city. To get there quickly, you just need to take the Trinacria Express, with a journey time of between 45 and 70 minutes. Buses from the city centre provide transfers to Catania?Fontanarossa Airport, also known as Vincenzo Bellini Airport. They leave every 20 minutes from Catania Centrale train station. Vincenzo Florio Airport Trapani-Birgi is situated 9 miles south of the city. Sicily is one hour ahead of the UK so remember to change you watch!
At the toe of the Italian boot, the largest Mediterranean island gives a warm welcome to visitors who land on its volcanic soil. Sicily has managed to preserve its old world charm, which can be seen in the Ancient Greek vestiges such as the Roman Amphitheatre of Syracuse, the baroque-style cities like Catania and Palermo, and Mount Etna, which has been active for more than 2,700 years. The best period for visiting Sicily depends on what you want to do there. Those who enjoy lazing around on the beaches and coves nestled along the Sicilian coasts will prefer the summer season, while hikers looking to climb the island's volcanoes will likely opt for a cooler season. Mount Etna, the perilous symbol of Sicily, rises 3,350m. A long hike along its south side, zigzagging around the pits of the lunar landscapes, will lead you to the Torre del Filosofo (Philosopher's Tower) that overlooks the smoking craters. This destructive volcano has left its mark on the city of Catania situated at its feet. The city was completely rebuilt in 1669 in a baroque style, which can be seen today as you wander through the streets and admire the monuments, such as the Cathedral of Sant'Agata. Any great stay in Sicily includes a visit to Agrigento. The memory of strolling through the Valley of the Temples will stay with you forever. Add to that the markets of Palermo that will tickle your tastebuds, the little villages perched above the turquoise sea, and the melodic Italian accent that will add an exotic note to your trip!