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Its countless beaches, crystal clear water and cultural heritage make Sicily an unmissable holiday destination. Being the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily has been conquered many times throughout its history and the unique cuisine, architecture and archological sites reflect this past until today.

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Its countless beaches, crystal clear water and cultural heritage make Sicily an unmissable holiday destination. Being the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily has been conquered many times throughout its history and the unique cuisine, architecture and archological sites reflect this past until today.

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Crystal clear water, beautiful beaches, archaeological gems and second-to-none culinary delights in the backdrop of the most active volcano in Europe could not even begin to describe the unrivalled beauty of Sicily. It is perfect for all lovers of great food and lets you indulge in the famous chocolate from Modica, pistachio from Bronte, almond sweets from Erice and granita (flavoured ice). A delicious refreshment during the summer is the white wine Grillo, served chilled. Sicily is the place where various cultures throughout history have clashed to blend into one. Within this scenery, the landscape stretches out from valleys to mountains, offering a variety that is unique in Italy. Hiking in the morning, seeing Roman sights at midday and diving in the afternoon are just a few of the seemingly endless possibilities to ensure a holiday that will leave everyone satisfied.

On the east coast of Sicily, Catania emerged as the second-largest city of the island; literally out of the ashes. Catania was buried by lava from Mount Etna a total of 17 times throughout its history. What is left of its past are baroque piazzas, its beautiful historic centre and one of the most vibrant fish markets on the island.

From the temples of Selinus to Foce del Belice beach - Selinunte is as famous for its beaches as it is for its archaeological sites. Once regarded as one of the most important Greek cities in Sicily, Selinunte is a reflection of the island's rich history.

White houses gracing the shoreline and crystal-clear water are the typical image of Cefalù. The town on the northern coast of Sicily with a population of only 14,000 preserved many of its architectural gems and its restaurants have excellent Sicilian food on the menu.

Byzantine-Orthodox Epiphany celebrations, Piana degli Albanesi. February
Sagra del Mandorlo in Fiore (Festival of Flowering Almonds) with folklore, bands and processions in costume, Agrigento.
Carnival is celebrated the week before Ash Wednesday in many towns. The most prominent celebrations take place in Acireale, Trapani, Taormina, Giardini-Naxos, Paterno, Sciacca and Caltanissetta.

An ancient crucifix dating from 1610 is carried through the town of San Marco d'Alunzio by 33 hooded monks, San Marco d'Alunzio.
San Giuseppe celebrates the saint with decorated altars and holy figures made from bread, Salemi.

Good Friday processions in traditional costumes in Acireale, Messina, Ragusa and Vittoria.
Windsurfing festival in Mondello.

Sagra del Lago with local folklore and fireworks, Pergusa.
Foot race up to Trecastagni from Catania for the Three Holy Brothers.
Sfilata del Carretto, with painted carts and puppet shows, Taormina.

Sagra delle Ciliege, cherry festival, Castelbuono.
Festa dei Muzzini, decorated amphorae and harvest ceremonies, Alcara Li Fusi.
Festa del Mare, Sciacca.
Byzantine-Orthodox Epiphany celebrations, Piana degli Albanesi.

Estate Musicale Trapanese, outdoor opera at Villa Margherita, Trapani.
San Calogero festival with local folklore and exhibitions, Agrigento.
Medieval and Renaissance music festival, Erice.
The Feast of the Three Maries, Pantelleria.
U Fistinu, or feast of Santa Rosalia, with parades, fireworks and a torch-lit pilgrimage to the saint's sanctuary on Monte Pellegrino, Palermo.

Festa della Spiga, corn festival with music, folk-dancing, theatre, fireworks in Gangi.
La Castellana, costumed procession of historical characters, Caccamo.
Il Palio dei Normanni, major medieval celebration in Sicily, Piazza Armerina.
Sagra del Tortone, in front of the ancient castle with medieval music and folk dancing, Sperlinga.

Sagra di Buon Riposo, horse racing and animal fair, Calascibetta.
Hazelnut Festival, Polizzi Generosa.
La Madonna di Porto Salvo, with a pilgrimage to the sanctuary and procession, Lampedusa.

Ottobrata Zaffranese, weekends devoted to autumnal feasting, Zafferana Etnea.

All Souls toy fair, with sugar figurines for children, Palermo.

Santa Lucia, a silver relic is paraded through the streets and accompanied by fireworks, Syracuse.

Suggested General Activities

  • Wine and Olive Oil tasting - visit an olive oil manufacturer in Castelvetrano for an oil tasting.
  • Visit a local vineyard and taste the wines of Marsala.
  • Visit the fascinating Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, with its impressive remains of five Doric temples from 5th century BC.
  • Mount Etna - Discover Europe's largest active volcano and the fertile volcanic lowlands covered in almond trees, olive groves, citrus plantations and rolling vineyards.
  • Palermo - Visit Sicily's exotic capital, its Old Town Quattro Canti, the 12th century San Cataldo Church, with its Moorish-style architecture and La Martorana Church, decorated with beautiful Byzantine mosaics.
  • Taormina's main street, Corso Umberto, reveals chic stores and plenty for history buffs with the Greek Theatre, whose unparalleled position offers spectacular views of Mt. Etna and the surrounding landscape.
  • Visit Savoca and Forza d'Agro, the two little towns that became famous when the movie of "The Godfather" was filmed.

Suggested Sporting Activities

  • Golf Courses - two 18-hole golf courses in Donnafugata and another golf course in Verdura.
  • Swimming - the best places for swimming in the sea are at beaches San Vito lo Capo near Trapani, Mondello near Palermo, Mazzaro near Taormina and Marina di Ragusa in the south-east
  • Diving - there are various diving centres on the island , for example in Palermo and Taormina.
  • Windsurfing - Tremestieri, Nizza Di Sicilia and Scaletta are good for windsurfing, as they enjoy a good north-western wind.
  • Sailing - renting boats and yachts is possible all along the coast.
  • Hiking - outstanding walking trails can be found in the Madonie Mountains, as well as in the Nebrodi Mountains.



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The Euro (€) is the official currency of Italy. Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.


Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.


You are not expected to tip on top of restaurant service charges, though leaving a small amount is common practice. If there is no service charge, you might consider leaving 10%/15%, but it is not obligatory. In bars any small change is left as a tip. Tipping taxi drivers is also not mandatory but suggested.


Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:

  • A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
  • Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.


In general, the climate on Sicily is very mild with little difference between the various provinces. The summers are hotter on the coast and in the valleys than in the hills. It rarely rains in the summer months. The average temperature varies between 27°C and 35°C and can even reach 40°C and more during the summer. Spring and autumn are rainy and mild, however, there are still plenty of dry and sunny days. Even during the winter, the temperature rarely falls below 13°C. By May there is less rain and the days become longer with up to 10 hours of daylight. The average temperature in spring is between 19°C and 24°C, in autumn between 21°C and 24°C. The winter months alternate between rain and sun with an average temperature of around 10°C.


It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.


Electrical service in Italy is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz - a converter/adaptor may be required.


There are some important rules of the road:

  • Traffic drives on the RIGHT.
  • At crossroads drivers coming from the right have priority excluding crossroads with traffic signs/lights.
  • You should always be carrying in the car your driver's license accompanied by the International Driving Permit, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
  • The minimum driving age is 18.
  • It is compulsory for the driver and front-seat passengers to wear seat belts, and seat belts must be worn in the back where they are fitted. Children under 12 must travel in the back seats, unless the front seat is fitted with a child restraint system.
  • Headlights must be on all the time except if driving in a city during the day with good visibility.
  • In the event of a breakdown a red warning triangle must be displayed in the road.
  • National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways. Speeding fines: Euros 30 - 300.
  • For use of the highways it is invariably necessary to collect a ticket at toll booth marked "biglietti" before entering the highway. DO NOT pass under the lanes marked Telepass. Pay the toll at the exit. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
  • There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%.There are random breathalyser tests carried out regularly by the police.


  • In many large towns, the historical town centre is subject to traffic restrictions (authorised vehicles only may enter) indicated by large white sign with a red circle saying "Zona a traffico limitato".
  • Street parking is organized and designated with signs and by the colour of the lines for the parking spots. The colour of the lines on the parking space indicates the type of parking; white is for free parking, blue is for paid parking, yellow is reserved for special use.
  • Signs will tell you if you are required to pay or to use a parking disc to time your parking (more details below). In most regions, blue lines mark paid street parking. There will be a payment machine nearby. Place the receipt from the machine on the dashboard.
  • In many towns, white lines mark free parking spots on the street but they may be limited by time. The closest parking sign will tell you if you must set your parking disc to show when you arrived. Set your parking disc to the time you parked and display it in the window. You must return within the maximum allowed time.

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