Holidaymakers considering a short European break should consider booking cheap flights to Palermo, the Sicilian capital.
This is the recommendation of the Italian State Tourist Board, which said the city boasts a heritage dating from the Norman and Arab conquests.
Stefania Gatta, the tourist board’s spokesperson, said that Palermo is a "beautiful city".
"It’s got a lot of architecture and nice things to see," she commented.
"If you go for a short break, in Palermo you have a lot to see and do. You can eat very well. If you fly with a low cost airline and you organise your own holiday, it’s not expensive."
Low-cost airline easyJet recently announced it is operating flights to Palermo from London Gatwick during the winter as well as the summer.
Sicily is already served by Ryanair, which flies to its capital, and British Airways, which operates a route to Catania, the island’s second-largest city.