With its thousand-year history and unique natural landscapes, Sicily is the perfect Island for celebrating love. Land and sea come together in an eternal and constant embrace; the viewpoints offer breathtaking panoramas, made even more spectacular by the intense light of the setting sun; characteristic streets and squares with imposing monuments are a perfect backdrop for a hand-in-hand stroll.
If you are deciding to give your sweetheart a romantic weekend, maybe for your anniversary or to make a memorable wedding proposal, here are five of the most romantic villages you can find in Sicily!
Marzamemi, a wonderful seaside village
Marzamemi is one of the most beautiful and characteristic seaside villages in Sicily. It is a fraction of the municipality of Pachino, in the province of Syracuse. A small fishing village made famous by its colorful streets and main square. Since it is a popular touristic destination, its distinctive beauty draws crowds of visitors from all over the world every year. The origin of the name is controversial: it could derive from Arabic and mean “Bay of the Turtledoves,” because of the passage of these birds in spring, or even “Little Harbor.”
In the middle of the old town, being part of the tonnara, second in size only to that of Favignana, is the town square, Piazza Regina Margherita. Here Via Letizia and Via Principe Villadorata converge; the square is bordered by the characteristic fishermen’s cottages, giving this place a distinctly timeless beauty. The two facades of the churches, the old and the new, both dedicated to St. Francis of Paola, also overlook the square, as does the palace of the Prince of Villadorata, the historic owner of the tonnara.
The fishermen’s cottages are buildings dating back to the 1600s, the year the tonnara was built. Today they are mostly uninhabited and look like stone buildings with sloping roofs. The most famous is the “casa del forno,” so called because it is equipped with an oven for baking bread.
The square is also adorned with a number of dining establishments, ideal for lunch or dinner around this unique beauty spot. The garish color tones of both the square and the streets make Marzamemi an incredible theater for romantic getaways and proposals, especially at sunset!
Erice, the medieval town between sky and sea
Erice is a spectacular medieval village, set like a precious stone between sky and sea. It is located in the province of Trapani, more than 750 meters above sea level. Erice offers a decidedly breathtaking panorama: standing on its hills, it is possible to admire the Gulf of Trapani, the Egadi Islands, Mount Cofano, and even catch a glimpse of Pantelleria on cloudless, clear-sky days!
Culture, good food and plenty of natural beauty attract tourists and visitors from all over the world every year. The village looks like a maze of narrow streets and roads, most of the time opening onto truly breathtaking views.
Carthaginians, Romans, Normans, Arabs: many were the dominations that followed one another in Erice, and their passage is testified by the architectural richness of the structures and buildings of this incredible village, even if its layout is purely medieval.The more than 60 churches and cyclopean walls, as well as the Spanish Quarter, should be noted. This is a ruin that stands on a rocky platform, one of Erice’s most striking vantage points. The Quartiere was built around the 1600s, during the period of Spanish rule. The original plan called for headquarters and housing for Spanish soldiers but the structure was never completed.
Aci Trezza, the hamlet of the Cyclops Islands
Aci Trezza is a hamlet of Aci Castello, in the province of Catania. It began as a small village inhabited by fishermen but today is considered a major tourist attraction, not least because of its peculiar beauty. From Aci Trezza it is possible to admire a breathtaking view of the Faraglioni, massive rocks of volcanic origin, those that traditionally, together with the island Lachea, make up the Cyclops Islands archipelago.
According to myth, in fact, the Cyclops Polyphemus, blinded by Ulysses, hurled great boulders with the intention of sinking the ship on which the Greek hero was plowing the sea to reach his Ithaca.
Aci Trezza also owes its notoriety to Giovanni Verga’s novel, “I Malavoglia”. The adventures of the leading family are indeed set in this small village.
The Church of San Giovanni Battista, the main religious building in the village, is worth a visit. The church consists of a beautiful Baroque facade, a neoclassical portal, a large window, and two bell towers. Inside, the structure has a double nave with various stucco decorations flanking the four side chapels. Also noteworthy is the Museo Casa del Nespolo: this is a small museum built inside a typical Sicilian house.
Scopello, the village of the iconic stacks
Scopello is a small fishing village, a part of the municipality of Castellammare del Golfo, in the province of Trapani, which is approximately 40 km away. It is an enchanting, postcard-perfect place: the gulf is washed by a crystal-clear sea, outlined by two majestic stacks.
The splendid Faraglioni Beach is the most famous and most visited sight of the village. This area is particularly suitable for diving, thanks to the unique beauty of its seabed. Another famous attraction of Scopello is its tonnara, one of the oldest in all of Sicily. Strolling through the ancient village, gathered around the central square, Piazza Nettuno, is also absolutely recommended.
Ginostra, the town with the world’s smallest harbor
Ginostra is a small village on the island of Stromboli and can only be accessed by sea, landing in the world’s smallest port. The village can be reached by following an ancient mule track, leading to the small square from which two small roads branch off: one leads to the Church, the other to the Beach of San Lazzaro.
Ginostra delivers relaxing and romantic moments in a heaven on earth, where time seems to stand still and the absolute protagonist is the deep blue sea. In addition to the beach of San Lazzaro, there are also very beautiful swimming pools called Piscinette, small natural pools formed by the waves creeping between the rocks.