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Colourful cities, a world-famous volcano and hidden beaches are just some reasons to love this large island in the south of Italy. But that’s just the start…

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Foodie? You’re in the right place. Palermo, the island’s capital, has one of the world’s best street food scenes, meaning you can sample the country’s best arancina in between seeing some of the country’s prettiest churches and cathedrals, before an evening of al fresco beers and spritzes in one of the squares.

Catania, a city in the east, is just as tasty, but the real draw here isn't just the food but the location – right at the foot of Mount Etna. Take a guided hike up its slopes for the best holiday views, then relax with an evening in the city’s fun little drinking holes.

And with almost 1,000 miles of coastline the beach is never far away: from quiet coves to buzzy beach club, you’ll soon find one that takes your fancy.