From Reggio Calabria and the Italian mainland, a short journey by ferry and we arrive in Sicily, in Messina, city where one of the greatest artists of the 15th century was born, Antonio di Giovanni de Antonio, better known as Antonello da Messina. His magnificent San Giorgio Polyptic is housed in Messina's Peloritano Museum, the same museum in which Caravaggio's "Adoration of the Shepherds" and "Resurrection of Lazarus"''' and the sculptorGiovanni Montorsoli's "La Scilla" can be found.

The journey from Messina to Palermo leads us past a succession of coastal towns of various dimension, all of which more than worthy of visit: places such as Tindari, situated immediately after Capo Miluzzo and famous for its spectacular salt lakes. The remains of the city of Tyndaris, founded in 396 B.C by Dionigi of Siracusa' testify to the presence of the ancient Greeks in the area.

Capo d'Orlando, town rich in history, lies on the road which leads directly to Palermo. Legend has it that the origins of the town date back to era when the great Orlando stopped off here on this way back from a mission in Palestine. To visit: the sanctuary, the ruins of Orlando Castle and the old fishing village of San Gregorio.

Sicily is also home to the fabulous Aeolian islands, archipelago of seven islands, all of volcanic origin. Alicudi, Filicudi, Lipari, Panarea, Salina, Stromboli and Vulcano are all easily reached from S. Agata.

Just a few kilometers from Capo d'Orlando lies S. Agata di Militello, famous for its beaches and for the Cattle Fair held here twice a year (in mid April and mid November). For the occasion, prize winning horses, bulls, oxen, pigs, sheep and goats adorned with elaborate harnesses and bells are paraded through the streets.

Famous for its ceramics, Santo Stefano di Camastra is filled with little shops where to purchase exquisite hand crafted tableware and decorative pieces. Whilst in the historic center, visitors should take time to stop off at the Ceramics Museum and the Mother Church.

Lying halfway between Messina and Palermo, Cefalù is a city of immense artistic and cultural importance, famous for its Cathedral, rich in mosaics, and the Mandralistica Museum, in which a number of works by Antonello da Messina are displayed. Sea lovers will not be disappointed either: Cefalù's beaches are among the most beautiful in the whole of Sicily.

Moving away from the coast, heading inland, we come to the Park of the Madonie and the picturesque little towns of Pollina, Collesano, Isnello, Gratteri and Castelbuono. This is where the legendary "Targa Florio" was once held: an open road endurance race in which great pilots the likes of Stirling Moss, Colin Davis, Tazio Nuvolari and Arturo Merzario competed along treacherous mountain roads characterised by multiple hairpin bends.