Introducing the city

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About Sicily

Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, is a favoured spot with travellers thanks to its food, climate and rich history. You can kick back on the beach, taste some of the world's best seafood or hike a volcano - Sicily's got something for everyone.

We’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse: Sicily. This southern Italian island, the largest in the Mediterranean, has miles of sandy coastline, ancient towns, lively bar areas and incredible scenery. Sure, it’s notorious for being the home of the Mafia, but that doesn't put off the hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers that flock here every year.

Sicily is home to two major cities; Catania, at the foot of Mount Etna, has monasteries and city squares while lively Palermo has historic alleys and a vibrant bar scene. Both the east and west coasts boast spectacular beaches; where as Taormina is a popular sun-seeker spot, Trapani has great kite and wind surfing opportunities.

And then there’s the food. Ripe, juicy tomatoes, creamy, locally produced cheese and delicious fresh seafood dishes; Sicily is a foodie's paradise. After a day exploring one of the island's (six) UNESCO listed sights, there’s no better way to relax than with a home-cooked plate of Sicilian fare and a crisp glass of vino. After all, it’s what The Boss would do.

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When Should You Visit?

Opt for June or September when the weather is beautiful, you can swim in the sea and summer crowds are few.

Sicily has a Mediterranean climate with warm to hot summers and mild winters. The coolest month is January with an average temperature of 9 degrees Celsius and the warmest is July at 22 degrees Celsius; the wettest month is December.

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Travioor top tips

Walking Tours
Ancient Sights
Marzamemi

Insider Info

  • In the summer months, cultural organisation Hermes offers free walking tours of historic Ortigia every Monday, in English.

  • Visit the ancient Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi) first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds and midday heat.

  • Head to off-the-beaten-track Marzamemi fishing village in the south for pristine beaches, local wine and fresh seafood.

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Food and drink

Main Course £13.19 | 15.00 €

3-Course Meal £43.95 | 50.00 €

Cappuccino £1.19 | 1.36 €

Beer £3.52 | 4.00 €

The Scene

If you’re into food, you’ve come to the right place. Sicilian food is usually home grown, flavoursome and absolutely delicious; similar to Italian food, it also has Greek, French and Arabic influences. Surrounded by the Mediterranean, seafood is extremely popular – sardines and grilled swordfish (pesce spada alla ghiotta) are often on the menu. Arancine (rice balls filled with meat and cheese), panelle (deep fried chickpea fritters) plus pasta with fresh ricotta cheese are also popular staples - and portions tend to be huge. There’s also an abundance of fresh fruit available – you’ll often see lemon groves or orange trees dotting the hillsides. Try locally made Limoncello for a delicious, zesty digestif.

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History

Sicily’s Story

Recent discoveries suggest that ancient Sicilians settled on this island as early as the 3rd millennium BC. In the subsequent centuries, the island was invaded by many different groups, including the Greeks, the Romans, the Vandals, the Byzantines, the Moors, the Normans and the Spanish. Thanks to its varied history, it contains many buildings and artefacts from different eras – including a Spanish Duomo in Catania and Norman mosaics in Palermo.

In 1860 Sicily was merged with the Kingdom of Sardinia and subsequently, Italy. In the 19th century, the Mafia became a huge part of political and criminal life, creating their own system of governance for this peripheral Italian island. To some extent, this has continued today, although the island is safe to visit and attracts thousands of tourists each year.

Language

Ciau | Hello
Grazij | Thank you

Sicilian

Although the official language of Sicily is Italian (and everyone understands it) many people also speak Sicilian. This Romance language has many influences, including Greek, French and Norman. While signs and guides will be in Italian (and often translated into English), you can try out the following Sicilian phrases if you want to speak like a local.

  • Please: Pi fauri
  • Excuse me: Scusa
  • Do you speak English?: Ngrisi parri?

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Need to know

+39 Dialling Code
112 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Renting a car is a great way to explore but driving in Sicily can be a tad terrifying. The main thing to remember is that normal road rules don’t necessarily apply.
  • Don’t expect people in smaller villages to speak English – pack the phrase book.  
  • Avoid places that offer tourist menus (menu turistico).

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Italy here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Valle dei Templi

Visit the Ancient Greek Valley of the Temples in Agrigento – an incredible archaeological site of columns, altars, and statues.

2. Beaches

Hit the beach – San Vito lo Capo is our favourite, with golden sand and shallow, warm waters.

3. Mount Etna

Climb Mount Etna, mainland Europe’s largest volcano. Hike in the summer, ski in the winter.

4. Sicilian Food

Sample Sicilian Food; from fresh ricotta cheese to pesce spada alla ghiotta (grilled swordfish); try La Pescheria fish market in Catania for the catch of the day.

5. Greco-Roman Drama

Catch a summer concert or opera at Taormina’s Greco-Roman amphitheatre – after, head to the town’s bars (great for wine lovers).


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