Any cinephile would tell you that Sicily is among the most romantic destinations on Earth. There have been countless romance movies set on this island, or at least the most romantic scenes in beloved films. As the largest Mediterranean Island, its sunny weather and warm climate already give it an edge. But then there are the scenic towns, sweeping landscapes, stunning coasts, and scintillating waterfront hotspots too. If you plan to spend Valentine's Day in Sicily, know that you're in for quite a ride! Who knows? Both you and your lover might just decide to relocate here after your trip!
Get Lost in Palermo
Out of all the central areas in Sicily
, Palermo is arguably the most romantic. As the capital, it's the biggest town on the island, boasting massive palaces and ornate mansions that can easily rival the ones in Rome, Florence, and Venice. In such a grand setting, you can easily get lost in all the Mediterranean romance. The warmth of the sunshine paired with the stunning architecture will make you feel some sort of way as if you're ready for your life's love story to unfold. Don't miss out on the chance to explore this amazing metropolis with your special someone!
Escape to The Rural Towns
Of course, it's only natural to prefer quieter places, especially when you want to spend Valentine's Day in Sicily. Perhaps the rural towns
on the island will do. There's Ferla, for example, which shows off the Greek and Norman heritages of Sicily. Marzamemi, on the other hand, is a fishing village reminiscent of the port areas in the Greek Islands and European rivieras. For stunning scenery, look no further than Montalbano Elicona. The vast fields will take your breath away! As would the coast by Oritigia, a smaller town in the bigger city of Syracuse.
See The Greek Ruins
Speaking of Sicily's Greek heritage, you might want to whisk your lover away to the ruins on the island. There's just something about history, especially one that's as ancient as Sicily's, that's romantic. It helps you understand the value of each other's companionship, especially in this vast world and the vast number of years that it has seen. And of course, in places like the Valley of The Temples, for instance, you and your partner can live out your own love tragedies amidst the scenic ruins. What a Valentine's Day in Sicily that will be!
Sail a Yacht
Not many people know this but one of the most romantic things to do in Sicily
is to sail a yacht. You'd think that since the island is already a popular honeymoon destination, you don't have to go far to get all lovey-dovey. This is true to a certain extent, but there's no harm in going on a yacht and enjoying each other's company away from the rest of Sicily. This way, you can get as intimate as you want all while enjoying the scenery of the largest island in the Mediterranean.
Go Hiking at Sunrise
Most people celebrate Valentine's Day towards the end of the day. They watch sunsets by the beach, go on candlelit dinners, and end the night with some well-deserved intimacy. That's good and all but many would argue that it’s also common. Why not flip it instead? If you spend Valentine's Day in Sicily, you can start as early as sunrise. This is the best time to go hiking on the island. From the iconic Mount Ena to the coastal Monte Cofano, Sicily offers a whole host of awe-inspiring nature trails just waiting to be explored.
Enjoy a Beach Day
You're already in the Mediterranean! Why not revel in its warm climate by going to the beach? For one thing, the rest of the world is still cold with winter. Getting to spend Valentine's Day in Sicily means you can enjoy as much sunshine as you want. At the same time, there are tons of great beaches in Sicily
, each more beautiful than the next. There's the famous Cefalù coast, perhaps the most popular shoreline on the island. There's the remote Sampieri Beach, which is perfect for an intimate Valentine's beach date. Look out for the spectacular Scala dei Turchi too! It will take your breath away!
Visit a Vineyard
If there's one place that you can always expect to be beautiful and romantic, it's a vineyard in Italy
. The most popular ones may be in Tuscany but those in Sicily are not to be overlooked too. Much like you'd expect from the wineries in mainland Italy, the vineyards in Sicily exude the same idyllic charms and glorious sceneries. A notable highlight is the Di Giovanna Winery, which boasts sweeping landscapes and organic wine. Tenuta Palmeri, on the other hand, has lush greenery and great hospitality. It's the perfect place for a romantic getaway on Valentine's Day.
Check Out Bar Vitelli
There's no doubt that “The Godfather” (1972) is one of the best films set in Sicily
. Heck, it's one of the greatest films ever made! To this day, it resonates with newer audiences, solidifying its cinematic legacy for generations to come. But it's not exactly a romantic movie, is it? Save for the scenes set on the Italian island, which centers on Micheal Corleone's (Al Pacino) brief and tragic romance with Apollonia Vitelli (Simonetta Stefanelli). Most of their love story was set and filmed in Bar Vitelli, which is an actual bar that still operates today. Take your Valentine to this iconic site on the holiday!
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Spend Valentine's Day in Sicily to live out a romantic adventure you and your special someone won't ever forget! The Italian Island has a lot to offer in terms of romance, ranging from idyllic towns to sweeping landscapes.