Sicily Travel Guide

Western Sicily


Main events: “Misteri” procession in Trapani, Cous cous Fest in San Vito Lo Capo, “Cassatella” feast in Custonaci, Calatafimi-Segesta Festival at the ancient amphitheatre of Segesta.

Must buy: A bottle of Marsala wine, a bag of “busiate” pasta, a can of “trapanese” pesto; lovely hand-crafted souvenirs such as laces and crochets, as well as typical ceramics can be found in Erice.

Northern Sicily


Main events: The“Festino di Santa Rosalia” (Santa Rosalia day) in Palermo, The “Antinna a mari” in Cefalù, the Cannolo day at Piana degli Albanesi (near Palermo).

Must buy: A ceramic souvenir from Santo Stefano di Camastra, a “Pupo Siciliano” puppet from Palermo, a bottle of Malvasia wine from the Aeolian islands.

Eastern Sicily


Main events: The Pistachio fair in Bronte, the Taormina film Festival in Taormina, Sant’Agata celebrations in Catania, the Carnival in Acireale, “Ottobrata zafferanese” food and wine fair in Zafferana Etnea.

Must buy: a bottle of almond wine from Castelmola, a jar of pistachio pesto from Bronte, lava-stone souvenirs from Mount Etna.

Southern Sicily


Main events: “Infiorata” in Noto, “Saint Lucy’s day parade” in Syracuse, “Carnival” in Sciacca, “Sagra del Mandorlo in fiore” (“Blooming almond tree festival”) in Agrigento/Valley of The Temples.

Must buy: cherry tomatoes from Pachino, near Noto and Marzamemi; a chocolate bar from Modica – or more than one (thousands of flavours are available!).

Central Sicily


Main events: the celebrations for the Holy Week in Enna and Caltanissetta, Saint James’ day and the “infiorata” in Caltagirone.

Must buy: Caltagirone pottery and terra-cotta items of course, from any of the tiny picturesque shops in the historical centre of the town.