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    Driving in Sicily: Part Two - Places to Visit

    Hiring a car in Sicily will give you the freedom to travel all across the island, so don't pass up the opportunity to do so. Heading to its greener areas, as well as visiting its main cities, offers you a more well-rounded impression of this fascinating Italian island.

    You could, for example, kick things off in Catania, which is the second biggest city in Sicily. Once you have arrived here and parked the car, it's best to explore on foot, which will give you the best view of the wide array of architecture the city is home to - you'll see everything from Baroque buildings to Roman theatres.

    As an added bonus, there's some delicious food to be enjoyed here too. Don't miss out on having an indulgent brioche bun filled with gelato for breakfast - a real treat!

    Catania stands in the shadow of the ever-imposing Mount Etna, so it makes sense to head there next. You can drive all the way up to Rifugio Sapienza, which is located at an altitude of around 6,233 ft. While you can just enjoy the views from here, it seems a shame not to go all the way up, so hop on the cable car to head to the summit, at a height of 10,800 ft.

    Once you've finished staring in awe at - and on! - Mount Etna, drive over to Syracuse, which is an amazing archaeological area. This place is home to some incredible remnants of historic life, including a Greek theatre that's still in use, and a wonderful Roman amphitheatre.

    Take a drive to Piazza Armerina, where you can see the spectacular Villa Romana del Casale. What's remarkable about this site is the intricately detailed floor mosaics, which depict scenes from everyday Roman life.

    Other wonderful historical attractions to drive to include the Valley of the Temples, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the archaeological park of Selinunte, where you can see some of the most impressive ruins on the planet.Round your travels off with a road trip to the capital city. A vibrant metropolis, Palermo has for centuries sat at the crossroads of different cultures, which makes it an especially fascinating place to visit!

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