- World Festival on the Beach:
Celebrate beach culture and the outdoors life in Mondello, Palermo. Here you can windsurf, play beach volleyball, paraglide, sail, swim and partake in competitions during the festival.
- Merit Cup Windsurf World Festival:
World famous windsurfing champions take part in this prestigious event.
- Cannoli & Friends – in Piano degli Albanes near Palermo:
This festival celebrates the islands most celebrated dessert, cannoli, along with many other sweet specialities.July
- Festino di Santa Rosalia:
Procession in honour of Palermo's patron saint, where there will also be fireworks, plays and street parties.
Kals'Art is a two-month-long festival of live music, cinema, art exhibitions and theatre performances, held in the streets, parks and piazzas in Palermo.August
- Madonna della Luce:
A boat procession off Cefalu’s coast during the night.September
- Sun Moon Film Festival in Palermo:
- International Festival of Artisan Ice Cream:
Visit this festival in Cefalu to try as many sorbets and ice creams as you can handle, from classic lemon sorbet to imaginative flavours like "Double Malt Beer" and “Peach and Basil”.November
- Festival di Morgana:
The best Sicilian puppet masters and makers present their incredible work throughout the month in Palermo – a unique look in to the city’s history.
One of Cefalu's greatest attractions is the sandy beach that stretches alongside the medieval town. It also boasts a picturesque harbour, alleys and medieval buildings. A must-do is to explore the impressive Duomo.
There are some beautiful walks around Cefalu, and one of our favourites is the walk up the mountain La Rocca. When you reach the top you can explore the remains of the Cefalu Castle. The view is second to none, with a stunning panorama of multi-coloured rooftops, crystal seas and the picture-perfect harbour.
This charming city is home to some fantastic restaurants and trattorias which serve the freshest seafood and exquisite Sicilian street food. Why not try a cooking class to really experience the wonders of the local cuisine. Cefalu also has a vibrant nightlife, from smart modern cocktail bars to traditional spots in the heart of the town. In July and August, live music fills the bars and clubs.
Cefalu also offers excellent excursion possibilities, not only to the Aeolian Islands, Mount Etna and Taormina, but also to the traditional little towns in the Madonie Mountains. Discover the unique charm of these little towns, as well as the stunning landscape of the mountains. Visit the Madonie Adventure Park to enjoy many activities such as hiking, mountain-biking, cycling and horse riding - plenty of adventures to entertain the whole family!
In the vibrant city of Palermo, there is something to suit all tastes, from the many historical museums and beautiful palaces, to the modern attractions exhibiting contemporary Italian culture.
Visit the Regional Archaeological Museum to learn more about the island’s history, and make sure to attend one of the many historical festival events held throughout the year, which demonstrate the city’s pride in its rich history.
For visitors interested in exploring modern Italian culture, we recommend Italy’s largest indoor theatre, the Teatro Massimo. The performance season runs from November to May.
Regarding sports, the harbour is the place to be. Surfing is a popular choice, along with many other water sports, with the Windsurfing World Merit Cup hosted each May.
One of the biggest tourist attractions in Palermo is the open markets – a haven for bargain hunters and foodies, with some of the world’s best street foods and antiques on offer. The markets can be found at the Vucciria, Borgo Vecchio, Capo, Ballaro, or Piazza Perani.
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.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE FORMALITIES
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.