In our Sicily travel guide you will find a wide collection of many of the spots to see on the island. As it is one of the most beautiful and historically relevant regions in the world, a confluence of traditions and cultures of the Mediterranean area; here you will find art and history (museums, churches, archeological sites dating back to the dawn of mankind), the seaside (from long sandy beaches to secluded little inlets, take your pick!) and nature reserves, alongside plenty of cities that combine the modern and the ancient to offer you a complete and satisfying experience. Not to mention traditional dishes, places to shop and magnificent views. You will be able to choose your perfect vacation home based on your requirements thanks to this very practical guide that is divided in sections and areas of interest.
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.
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.
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.
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!).
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.
What you cannot miss in Sicily
- “Processione dei Misteri” in Trapani
- Flower festival in Noto
- Pistachio Festival in Bronte
- Saint Rosalia celebration in Palermo
- Holy Week celebrations in Enna
- Cous Cous Fest in San Vito Lo Capo
- Blossoming almond tree Festival in Agrigento
- Carnival in Acireale
- UNESCO sites in Sicily
- Street Markets
- Taormina Film Fest
- Open air performances in Sicily
- Sicily’s Volcanoes