Learn and have fun in Sicily at half-term


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Travel, so they say, broadens the mind, and few destinations offer such breadth as Sicily. Its multi-millennial history is a condensed testimony to Mediterranean civilisation so if you’re planning a stimulating, enriching, and fun October (or February) half-term holiday, it's hard to beat as a destination.

To help you get the most out of Sicily and its embarrassment of riches, we’ve come up with a week’s itinerary of diverting, mind-broadening activities called A Sicilian Education.

History lessons include a visit to one of Sicily’s many archaeological sites with (or without) one of our recommended private guides. The ancient Greeks first settled in Sicily over 2,700 years ago and there are dozens of temples and theatres dotted all over the island, as well as Carthaginian, Phoenician and Roman remains, and numerous mediaeval castles.

Geography is catered for with a unique, unforgettable "lava field trip": just let us organise one of our 4x4 off-road trips up Europe’s highest active volcano, Mount Etna. A volcanologist guide will help you explore and understand the mountain and the kids can take home a piece of lava as a memento. If you’re really lucky you might even see an eruption! 

In terms of science, who could be a better guide than Archimedes himself? One of our Special Interest Itineraries for kids follows in the footsteps of the great genius, whose famous shout of Eureka! (not to mention all his great discoveries) took place in Syracuse.

Food and nutrition will be the tastiest experience and we'd be delighted to arrange for a local cook to teach the kids how to make pizza, pasta or, for those with a sweet tooth, one of Sicily’s speciality cakes. Parents can join in or just sit back and enjoy the results. And if you come in October, why not pick an olive or two and help the owners of your villa, or local farmers make olive oil? You can then take back a bottle of your very own green nectar!

Art and culture are also on the curriculum with ideas ranging from ceramic or papyrus-making classes, a visit to one of the island’s traditional puppet theatres or, if you're travelling at February half-term, watching the Carnival processions in Acireale or Sciacca. Or perhaps you could book one of our expert guides and find out the connection between the baroque and chocolate in Modica - Baroccolate!

PE lessons include racing down deserted beaches, kite or wind-surfing, skiing on Mount Etna (February half-term only!), horse riding or swimming galore.

No matter how many or few ‘lessons’ you choose (and we have plenty more ideas up our sleeve), your trip to Sicily will not just be a memorable holiday but a positive mind-broadening experience too!

Family villas in Sicily >>
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Click here to view an article on The Thinking Traveller's bespoke Sicilian itineraries for children in Country Life Magazine >>

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