The Sicilian palette of colors is amazing. Compare, for instance, the red sandstone of the Baroque Noto churches with the grey lava stone of Catania.
August is a demanding time for visitors who, unlike locals, are rather reluctant to postpone their activities to the night and to enjoy the siesta during the daytime heat with the temperatures raising to 40 degrees of Centigrade. That's why my best memories of Sicily come from the Mediterranean cruise to the Lipari islands, from the cool interiors of the temples and from a charming town of Erice, located on top of the mountain of the same name. Needless to say, the Etna tour was quite an experience, despite its commercial character.