5 romantic things to do in Sicily for gay couples

Stefan Arestis

Did you also grow up watching those scenes in The Godfather when Michael Corleone woos the drop dead gorgeous Apollonia set in the stunning Savoca village of Sicily?

The surroundings of the hillside village on the Eastern end of this Italian island is what first captured our attention (not to mention of course, the pretty Sicilian boys accompanying Michael in his conquest).

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The sexy Sicilian Fabrizio from The Godfather movie

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and lies off the “boot” of mainland Italy – hence the phrase, long legged Italy, kicking little Sicily!

Sicily is the place you want to visit for that special romantic occasion, just like we did. These are our 5 romantic things to do in Sicily to inspire you to dream as well.

Stay in a luxury villa

The scenes around the village of Savoca from The Godfather movie are located in the Etna region in the Northeast of Sicily. The best way to experience it with your lover is in a luxury villa. We stayed in a few villas during our travels in Bali and from experience, having a private villa all to yourself is definitely worth the splurge. Doing this in a romantic destination like Italy is the perfect way to truly celebrate your special anniversary and why it is one of our favourite romantic things to do in Italy.

We love using websites like Luxury Retreats, Airbnb and Tripadvisor to find hidden gems, like this renovated aristocratic country villa near Centuripe, complete with swimming pool and huge beautiful gardens. You can imagine being transported right into The Godfather movie set in a place like this!

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La Vecchia Dimora luxury villa in Sicily

Sicily beaches for your fix of Vitamin Sea

Sicily has around 1,000 km (620m) of coastline with plenty of golden sandy beaches, unspoilt nature reserves and pebbly coves. It's a great way to spend the day together and why we've featured it as one of our romantic things to do in Sicily.

The North part of the island is the place to come for more long sandy beaches, but inevitably will draw larger crowds of people. The beaches in the South are more wild and untouched and in the East even more so with rocky beaches in remote fishing villages.

Some of the best beaches in Sicily include:

  • Calamosche: a quiet sandy beach located in the Vendicari Nature Reserve in Southeast and next to the archaelogoical site of Eloro.
  • Sant Vito Lo Capo: sandy beach with turquoise waters located in the Northwest with the backdrop of Monte Monaco. In September the nearby town comes alive with the Cous Cous Festival.
  • Mondello: a 1.5 mile long sandy beach coast, located 20 minutes drive from Palermo in the Northwest, popular with both tourists and locals.

For more inspiration check out the BBC's guide to beaches in Sicily and also read about our favourite gay nude beaches in Italy.

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Stefan beach boy in Sicily

Food tour in Palermo the capital city

Palermo is the bustling main city on the island. Its historical centre is one of the largest in Europe and has a large labyrinth of streets. Foodies should spend some time discovering the local food here and consider doing a food tour.

Sicilian food is a mix of the different cultures that have made the island their home over the years, ranging from the Ancient Greeks, the Romans, Arabs and the French/European. Some of our favourite Sicilian specialities to look out for in Palermo include:

  • arancini: rice balls stuffed with fillings like mozzarella
  • pani ca meusa: a seeded bread offering with cuts of veal
  • pannelle: chickpeas fritters
  • cannoli: a sweet ricotta-based treat
  • sfincione: pizza topped with olive oil and caciocavallo cheese

You could either arrange your own food tour or visit some of the lively markets like Capo and Vucciria and many bakeries found across the city. Whichever you choose, it is one of the most memorable and romantic things to do in Sicily together.

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Freshly made cannoli prizes in Paloma

Visit the famous salt pans at sunset

The salt pans are one of the most iconic features of Sicily, located between Trapani and Marsala. The piles of sand are surrounded by ancient windmills and pools of water which make for some excellent Instagram pictures at sunset.

One of our favourite romantic things to do in Sicily is to watch the sunset over the salt pans from the top of nearby Mount Erice. It is 751 metres (2,463 ft) above sea level and will also have some pretty sweet views across the Western shore of the island.

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The iconic salt pans of Sicily

Mythological discoveries at Syracuse

The archaeological park of Syracuse is one of the most important places on the island to visit to admire Sicily's ancient Greek and Roman heritage. The main attraction is the Greek theatre that dates back to the 5th Century BC. Its cavea seating areas is one of the largest ever built with 59 rows to accommodate 15,000 people.

The ancient Roman amphitheatre is another highlight, dating back to the 3rd Centuary AD. It's one of the largest, 140m long and was were gladiators would fight wild animals to the joy of spectators.

Syracuse also used to be an important city, home to Ancient Greeks like Archimedes. At its peak, the city had a population of 300,000 and was referred to by Cicero as “the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all”.

For more inspiration check out our romantic things to do in Italy and in the Amalfi Coast.

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The Greek Theatre ruins at Syracuse

Get up to $55 off your next Airbnb booking

We've used Airbnb extensively during our travels because you can rent an entire home which usually works out a lot cheaper than a hotel room. It also allows you to have your own space with a kitchen, a living room and more. You can easily find places close to the gay scene by using the map function. If you've never used Airbnb before, simply click the button below to get up to $55 discount off your first booking.

Happy travels are safe travels

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Stefan Arestis

Stefan is the co-founder, editor and author the gay travel blog nomadicboys.com. As a travel nerd, he has explored more than 80 countries across 5 continents. What he loves the most about travelling is discovering the local gay scene, making new friends and learning new cultures. His advice about LGBTQ travel has been featured in Gay Times, Gaycities, Pink News, Gay Star News, Attitude and Towleroad. He has also written about gay travel for other non-gay specific publications including Lonely Planet, The New York Times, The Guardian and The Huffington Post. Stefan is also a qualified lawyer, having practised as a commercial property litigator in London for over 10 years. He left his lawyer days behind to work full time on Nomadic Boys with his husband Sebastien. Find out more about Nomadic Boys.

2 thoughts on “5 romantic things to do in Sicily for gay couples”

  1. So, You’ve been in my place!!!
    Wow! But you miss something as special as these five you’ve mentioned!
    Do you think to go back there sometime?

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