About Erica F
Lives in Rome, Italy
Since Sep 2007
I am a travel and food writer based in Rome. For the past ten years, I have traveled up and down the Italian peninsula in search of great street art and even better food. I've traveled on my own, with my dog, with friends, with a boyfriend, and with a baby who is now a crazy six-year-old. Each time I see Italy differently. I keep returning to Sicily-- can't get enough of that island!
Hot Springs & Geysers
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Nature & Wildlife Areas
Isola Bella is probably Sicily's cutest beach. Jutting out of the coast down the road from Taormina, Isola Bella is above all charming, with its grotto, ivy and trees. Beach lovers will enjoy the Robinson Crusoe-style rustic feeling, but because this spot gets a lot of visitors in the high season, the coastline is still fully equipped with beach necessities and eating establishments.
San Vito lo Capo is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Sicily for its light-colored, soft sand and refreshing water.
Mondello is a cove beach just west of Palermo, very popular with locals and a fun place to get away from the chaos of Palermo and catch some rays.
Known as the "lake of Aphrodite", Lago di Venere is a lake in an ancient volcanic crater, located on the quiet island of Pantelleria. The water is supposed to have healing qualities. Rustic and practically untouched, this is where you'll want to go for a true getaway.
One of island Favignana's more popular public beaches, Cala Rossa is known for its gorgeous blue water and rocky beaches. Favignana is home to Sicily's tuna (tunny) fisheries, so the island is well-connected by ferries to the main island of Sicily.
The scaled white cliffs of Scala dei Turchi make this beach look otherworldly. It is an amazing oasis in southern Sicily.
The southernmost tip of Sicily is Isola delle Correnti, in the Pachino area (where the small tomatoes are from). It is a hidden gem, perfect for nature lovers and seekers of peace and quiet. Beach meditation is top priority here!
Vendicari is a rustic beach that is all about nature and peace and quiet. Located in Vendicari Nature Reserve, Vendicari is a great getaway for those looking for a more natural beach and wanting to avoid crowds.
The beach of Sabbia Nera on Vulcano, one of the Aeolian islands, is gorgeous for its unique dark sand color and quiet moments.
Salina is part of the Aeolian islands, with a charming town and great view of active volcano Stromboli. It's a great place for hiking and volcano spotting.