Sicily is first of all Etna, the highest volcano in Europe, which you can see smoking and spitting from the plane, boat or train. From the flat roofs of the voluptuous Catania too. Sicily is above all the Sicilians whose hospitality and spontaneous way of accompanying you to show you the way, to share a recipe and to talk with you even if your command of Italian leaves something to be desired. And it is also the joy of making your own fruit, vegetable, cheese, olive and delicatessen market, and of eating out, in the street near the fish market or in a great restaurant. It's no secret, there are many things to be settled around a table in Sicily! And then there are the pearls and wonders, the valleys of the Temples more beautiful than the Acropolis, the cathedral and the city of Palermo, the Syracuse peninsula, Toarmina the beautiful and very touristic, the archaeological remains and the perched villages. Take the time to take a dip in the deep blue and sail to the islands of the island, the blessed wind turbines of the god of winds. But don't joke about the Sicilian mafia, you'll never know if the person you're talking to is one or not. Do as the locals do, follow a religious procession through the streets of Palermo and rent a small house on a southern beach to spend a weekend with friends to drink and enjoy before putting on elegant clothes to listen to an opera under the stars. And don't forget to consult your tourist guide on many occasions.

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When to go to Sicily?

Sicily is easily visited all year round, but the high season is concentrated in summer, August being the month when the establishments have the highest occupancy rate of the year. Try to avoid the month of August where the heat wave reigns (the sirocco blows and the thermometer climbs to 40°C) ! It is the month of seaside tourism in the major tourist complexes. We advise you to visit Sicily between May and September. The most pleasant periods to visit Sicily are from April to June (12/27°C) depending on me and the region) and from September to October (21/27°C). In winter (10/15°C), not the slightest Japanese, American or French tourist. Apart from the climate and the tourist traffic, the local festivities can guide you in your choice of dates of stay. Religious festivals are typically representative of Sicilian traditions, especially Holy Week with its processions of great effect throughout Sicily. Not to be missed: the Misteri di Trapani, Good Friday. The patron saints' festivals are also the occasion for processions and fireworks: Santa Rosalia in Palermo (14 July) and Sant'Agata in Catania (from 3 to 6 February, nearly a million spectators) are just two examples. These are essential, but in Sicily each village has its own patron saint and festival. Let us not forget the summer cultural festivals either. Be careful, low-cost flights are rarer in winter

How to go to Sicily? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Sicily and the Aeolian Islands are in the catalogue of many tour operators with the Palermo, Catania, Islands, Taormina, Syracuse and the Valley of the Temples programme. It is not the most economical formula but it is certainly the most effective to see a maximum number of sites in a minimum of time!

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This European destination is perfectly suited for a solo departure, even if you do not speak Italian. You can easily organize your stay on site according to your itinerary and your desires. Rent a car, book a hotel, choose a B&B, find a restaurant of all categories, visit interesting sites, everything can be improvised at the last minute.

The island is served by low-cost flights to Palermo or Catania. Ferries connect Calabria to Messina. There are direct links between the ports of Sicily and those of Italy. From Catania and Syracuse, you can go to Malta or Tunisia. Ferries connect Messina to the Aeolian Islands. Comfortable and air-conditioned buses criss-cross the island and large cities have their own urban network. The train is cheap and connects, in particular, Messina Palermo and Messina Syracuse and by beautiful landscapes Catania to Messina, not to mention the circular line of Etna from Catania.

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Transportation
  • Book a train
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Airbnb rental
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

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Weather forecast

Sicily has a Mediterranean climate. Summers are hot and dry, and winters are short and generally mild. It is rarely l...
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Budget

The currency in force is the euro. Sicily is a slightly cheaper destination than the rest of Italy. The largest budge...
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Formalities

No visa required. As in all European countries, citizens of the European Union and Switzerland will have to present a...
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Health

Sicily does not present any major health risks. No vaccine is recommended. So you can leave in peace. However, it is...
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How to travel by yourself?

This European destination is perfectly suited for a solo departure, even if you do not speak Italian. You can easily...
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How to get organized?

Sicily and the Aeolian Islands are in the catalogue of many tour operators with the Palermo, Catania, Islands, Taormi...
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Getting around

The island is served by low-cost flights to Palermo or Catania. Ferries connect Calabria to Messina. There are direct...
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