With its wonderful climate, warm seas, and myriad beaches, Sicily is a fantastic destination for families with children. The island also produces some of the best ice cream on the planet! But there is more to a family holiday in Sicily than beaches and ice cream. Families can climb an active volcano, learn to make chocolate, ricotta and gather wild herbs, scale trees at an adventure park, spot pink flamingoes in the wild, see a working water mill, explore prehistoric caves and swim from unspoilt beaches. At Sicily Luxury Villas, we can create a bespoke package of activities and experiences especially for you and your children. Here is a taste of what we can offer.

Learn to make chocolate in Modica.
Ciomod Chocolat School, Modica,
Gather wild oregano and saffron, make ricotta, then create your own pizza at a farm outside Siracusa. Azienda agricola di Romano, Siracusa

Spot pink flamingos on the lagoons of the Vendicari nature reserve, as they make a stopover on their way to and from their winter in Africa.
Enjoy the Sicilian volcanic scenery: see the volcanic island of Stromboli erupt at night – older kids can take part on a night-climbing adventure, younger children can watch the eruptions on a private boat trip. Swim over iridescent columns of volcanic bubbles off the island of Panarea. Explore Mount Etna – the largest volcano in Europe – in your very own jeep trip. Go on an adventurous water-wading excursion up the tremendous Alcantara gorge. Spend a day at one of Sicily’s tree-climbing adventure parks – at Buccheri, Alcamo and Monreale; on Mount Etna, and in the Madonie and Nebrodi mountains.
See Ancient Greek history spring to life on a private tour around the magnificent temples of  Agrigento, with a guide who knows how to capture the imaginations of children. Do the same for Ancient Rome at the Villa Romana del Casale at Piazza Armerina with its bikini-clad Roman sportswomen and big game hunts.

Explore the salt pans of Trapani, with its windmills and mountains of salt. If your kids like their history scary, take a boat to the island of Motya, to see the cemetery, where Phoenicians sacrificed babies.

For more horrible history, delve into the catacombs of Palermo, packed with the mummified remains of 16th and 17th century aristocrats. See a Sicilian puppet show – the thriving centres of this tradition are Palermo, Siracusa and Acireale.Spend a day at one of Sicily’s water parks. The most famous is Etnaland (with a zoo and dinosaur park as well), but there is also plenty of fun to be had at the Aretusa Park near Siracusa and Euro Park Roccella near San Cataldo.

Written by Julia Bellhouse