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Guide to Sicily

GENERAL INFORMATION

The climate in Sicily

Find out the climate in Sicily for any given month, courtesy of The Thinking Traveller. Includes min and max temperatures, sunshine hours and rainfall.

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Sicily for children

The Thinking Traveller brings you the best activities for children in Sicily. Includes Madonie Adventure Park, puppet theatres and ceramic making.

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Golf in Sicily

Sicily is a great spot for golfers of all abilities. Play a range of fantastic courses - ideal for golf weeks, weekends and short breaks.

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Skiing in Sicily

Enjoy a Ski break in Sicily. The Thinking Traveller will get you read to ski Mount Etna for the ultimate adrenaline rush.

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Watersports in Sicily

Sicily is a great place to enjoy tons of different watersports. We've put together a selection and where you can take part.

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Romance in Sicily

If it's romance you're after, then Sicily is a great place to come. See our romantic ideas to set your pulses racing. All in the name of l'amore!

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Maps of Sicily

We've pulled together a selection of maps we think will help you find your way whilst staying in Sicily!

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Cycling in Menfi

Where a narrow gauge freight railway once ran are now 20km of cycle paths, allowing locals and visitors to peddle (or run) through the area’s gorgeous landscapes.

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GEOGRAPHY OF SICILY

The coast of Sicily

Sicily's varied coastline offers sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, nature reserves, views of the Aeolian islands, and the chance to spot flamingos and turtles.

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The interior of Sicily

Inland Sicily offers hundreds of unique towns exhibiting thousands of years of European history, as well as wineries and vineyards, valleys, and mountains.

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ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES IN SICILY

Segesta

Segesta is one of the best preserved and most beautiful of all the Greek archaeological sites in the Mediterranean.

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Selinunte

Selinunte is, in our opinion, the most beautiful and evocative Greek archaeological site in Sicily.

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Solunto

Discover the fascinating Graeco-Roman archaeological site of Solunto. The views from this site on Mount Catalfamo are incredible.

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Syracuse

Syracuse (or Siracusa) was the most important city of Magna Graecia. Learn more about the archaeological site and the island of Ortigia.

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Taormina

Taormina is home to beautifully restored medieval buildings, breathtaking views and winding streets with shops, bars and restaurants.

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Tindari

Find out about the archaeological site of Tindari, the story of Black Madonna, the town's history and the extraordinary tongue of sand.

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The Necropolis of Pantalica

If staying near the Siracuse area walk to the Iblei mountains and explore the "Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica", one of Sicily's UNESCO heritage sites.

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Villa Romana del Casale

A popular tourist spot and home to some of the best preserved and extensive examples of Roman mosaics. Explore archaeological site Piazza Armerina.

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SICILIAN HISTORY

A mythical land

Sicily is a land of great historical significance - the source of many famous myths and legends.

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The Roman sack of Sicily

The Romans ruled Sicily for over six centuries and the largest island in the Mediterranean was seen principally as an important source of food.

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A unique architectural fusion

When the Normans ousted the Saracen forces from Sicily in 1090 there was to be no obliteration of all things Arabic. Rather than destroying the culture, they embraced it.

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The Sicilian Vespers

How do you pronounce "Cicero"? If you mispronounced it in Sicily in 1282, you'd have been in serious trouble! Why, you may be asking...

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The Marettimari of Monterey

Around the beginning of the 20th century, a small group of islanders decided they had no choice but to leave Marettimo and seek their fortune elsewhere.

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AREAS OF NATURAL BEAUTY

Mount Etna

Etna is one of the world's most famous active volcanoes. It adds to the beautiful Sicilian landscape, while creating awesome activities for visitors.

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The Madonie Mountains

Discover the Madonie Mountains, its gastronomic traditions and the main reasons to visit: Walking, hiking and plenty of other exciting activities.

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Vendicari Nature Reserve

The Vendicari Nature Reserve is a migrating ground for thousands of birds. Flamingos, herons, storks and cormorants are regulars during autumn.

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Torre Salsa

Torre Salsa Nature Reserve comprises over 760 hectares of pristine coastline and around 6km of gorgeous sandy beaches.

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ISLANDS AND ARCHIPELAGOS

The Egadi Islands

A few miles off the coast of Trapani lie the three Egadi islands. Discover isolated bays and coves, deserted mountain paths and complete relaxation.

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The island of Pantelleria

The black volcanic island of Pantelleria has an impressive and varied coastline. Visit La Montagna Grande, a national park area for amazing views.

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TOWNS AND CITIES IN SICILY

Acireale

Explore Acireale with The Thinking Traveller. Discover the area, its history and what to do if you visit.

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Agira

Discover Agira - Sicily's fashion mecca, and resting place for 490 Canadian soldiers.

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Catania

Sicily’s second largest city Catania has a population of around 300,000. It lies on the Ionian Sea, under the shadow of Mount Etna.

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Cefalù

Cefalù offers so much. Discover sandy beaches, fascinating history and restaurants serving the freshest of fish.

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Enna

Enna is an impressive sight for anyone travelling across the centre of Sicily, sitting at a height of 1,196 metres above sea level.

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Erice

Erice is a wonderfully preserved medieval town offering breathtaking views and fascinating history.

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Marsala

Marsala is internationally famous for its wine as well as having a long, illustrious history.

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Marzamemi

A guide to the fishing village of Marzamemi, in south-east Sicily, brought to you by The Thinking Traveller

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Milazzo

Milazzo offers a lot to do and see, as well as being the main port of departure for the Aeolian Islands.

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Monreale

Learn about the history of one of the world's most stunning architectural treasures: The Duomo in Monreale.

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Noto

Explore Noto, a baroque town with beautiful architecture.

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Palermo

Palermo, the regional capital of Sicily, is full of wonders. Read our itineraries to help you choose what to do from the endless possibilities.

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Piazza Armerina

Visit the Villa Romana del Casale and see some of the best preserved and extensive examples of Roman mosaics.

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Ragusa

Ragusa is one of the most fascinating towns in Sicily with plenty to see and explore.

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Sciacca

Sciacca, a port town has an interesting past and fishing is still its main industry today. Wonderful, uncrowded beaches can be found up nearby.

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Scicli

Scicli is a fascinating and beautiful town with long sandy beaches nearby.

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Syracuse

Syracuse is brimming with incredible history. Visit archaeological sites and Ortigia, Syracuse's island heart.

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Taormina

Taormina is a charming historical city with one of the world's greatest views. Learn about its past.

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Trapani

Trapani is well worth a visit and is an essential point of departure for the Egadi Islands, a few miles off its coast.

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ALL THINGS SICILIAN

Christmas in Sicily

The Thinking Traveller lets you discover how the Sicilians celebrate Christmas, including traditions, events, and more.

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Easter in Sicily

Discover how Sicilians celebrate Easter from an Easter villa in Sicily, including traditions, events, and more.

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La "mattanza"

The months of May and June mean one thing for gourmets in Sicily: Tuna. Learn about the cull.

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The Targa Florio Rally

Originally conceived by Vincenzo Florio, the Targa Florio Rally takes place every year in May, starting in central Palermo before heading to the Madonie Mountains.

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One big film set

The enormous variety of landscapes, towns and sea views that Sicily boasts has long made the island a favourite location with film directors.

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FOOD AND WINE IN SICILY

Sicilian food

Sicilian cuisine is influenced by a variety of European countries. Most ingredients are sourced from local producers, resulting in delicious fresh food.

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Sicilian wine

Wine is deeply rooted in Sicilian culture. Learn about the varieties, the local winery tours and wine delivery service from The Thinking Traveller.

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Sicilian recipes

The Thinking Traveller helps you find info on some classic Sicilian dishes, including Swordfish Stew, Sicilian Aubergine Relish, Spaghetti alle Vongole, and many more.

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Sicilian olive oil

Sicily produces about 10% of Italy's olive oil. Find out about its production and how you can organise your own olive oil tasting.

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OUR SICILY HIGHLIGHTS