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Best time to visit Sicily
Avoiding crowds and heat are key to visiting Sicily. If you can travel either side of summer you’ll get a little less of both.
When Sicily gets hot, it gets very hot, which can make walking and cycling in summer a bit of a slog. The best time to visit Sicily is Sep as the sea is still warm, the service is more convivial and temperatures are ideal for getting out and about. Spring is also great, although beware of history hungry school groups who tend to visit from Easter onwards. Winter is pretty much locals only but as temps drop and facilities close, apart from over the Christmas vacations, you’ll find a much quieter side to Sicily that few tourists get to appreciate.
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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IN SICILY
Marta Marinelli from our supplier Exodus suggests looking at a Sicily vacation outside of peak times:
“Traveling low season is totally underrated and should be considered. February, March and November are some of the best months to visit in my opinion: no crowds at the most famous sites, mild temperatures and lower prices! The downside is that some restaurants, shops and hotels may not be open at that time of year, but there is still so much choice that it will go unnoticed.”
FESTIVALS & EVENTS IN SICILY
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The Festival of Sant’Agata, patron saint of Catania.
This is the most important religious festival in Catania, and draws up to a million visitors and locals to the streets each year from 3-5 February and on 17 August. The earlier dates commemorate the martyrdom of the saint and the latter celebrates the return to Catania of her remains from Constantinople in 1126, after an absence of 86 years. The atmosphere in the city is electric; a mix of cult, devotion, folklore and traditions celebrated with processions, fireworks and food stalls.
More about Sicily
Explore the Mediterranean’s largest island with our Sicily travel guide, with an introduction to this fascinating place and a potted history, too.
Our interactive map features 12 Sicily highlights, from the foodie and frenetic capital Palermo to pretty fishing villages and towns bursting with beautiful Baroque architecture.
Our top things to do in Sicily range from hiking up volcanoes to seeking out historical sites, with eating high on the must-do list, too, as Sicily’s food is famously delicious.
A Sicily food tour makes for an introduction to one of Italy’s most distinctive and dangerously delicious cuisines that is sure to become a long-lasting relationship.
Blessed with an enormous variety of well preserved archaeological sites, Sicily is a paradise for history buffs, classicists and anyone hoping to explore one of the world’s great cultural crossroads.
Sicily’s volcanoes make up one of the most volcanically active regions of the planet, and the best way to appreciate their awesome power is by getting up close and personal with them – on foot.
Hiking on volcanoes, sea kayaking into caves, beautiful beaches, super snorkelling, fascinating history and brilliant cuisine – traveling in Sicily with kids is a joy.
Walking is also a fantastic way to discover the distinct and vibrant culture of Sicily, especially its food and wine.
Browse our page full of Sicily travel tips, with expert advice from our tour operators alongside helpful been-there, done-that insights from fellow travelers.
Our page on responsible tourism in Sicily includes guidance on supporting local businesses that resist Mafia extortion rackets and advice on conserving water.