What's on in Sicily: a month-by-month guide!
Find out the climate in Sicily for any given month, courtesy of The Thinking Traveller. Includes min and max temperatures, sunshine hours and rainfall.
The Thinking Traveller brings you the best activities for children in Sicily. Includes Madonie Adventure Park, puppet theatres and ceramic making.
Sicily is a great spot for golfers of all abilities. Play a range of fantastic courses - ideal for golf weeks, weekends and short breaks.
Enjoy a Ski break in Sicily. The Thinking Traveller will get you read to ski Mount Etna for the ultimate adrenaline rush.
Sicily is a great place to enjoy tons of different watersports. We've put together a selection and where you can take part.
If it's romance your'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!
We've pulled together a selection of maps we think will help you find your way whilst staying in Sicily!
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.
Discover the North of Sicily, well known for its beautiful rugged terrain and Madonie, Nebrodi and Peloritani mountains.
The East coast of Sicily, often known as the Ionian Riviera, is home to Taormina, Mount Etna, and the bay of Naxos.
Discover the South and East regions of Sicily, living under the watchful eye of Mount Etna.
Discover the wonders of the west of Sicily, including nature, food and wine, history and monuments.
Sicily's varied coastline offers sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, nature reserves, views of the Aeolian islands, and the chance to spot flamingos and turtles.
Inland Sicily offers hundreds of unique towns exhibiting thousands of years of European history, as well as wineries and vineyards, valleys, and mountains.
Sicily boasts an impressive selection of sandy beaches all within close reach of our villas.
Segesta is one of the best preserved and most beautiful of all the Greek archaeological sites in the Mediterranean.
Selinunte is, in our opinion, the most beautiful and evocative Greek archaological site in Sicily.
Discover the fascinating Graeco-Roman archaeological site of Solunto. The views from this site on Mount Catalfamo are incredible.
Syracuse (or Siracusa) was the most important city of Magna Graecia. Learn more about the archaeological site and the island of Ortigia.
Taormina is home to beautifully restored medieval buildings, breathtaking views and winding streets with shops, bars and restaurants.
Find out about the archaeological site of Tindari, the story of Black Madonna, the town's history and the extraordinary tongue of sand.
If staying near the Siracuse area walk to the Ilblei mountains and explore the "Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica", one of Sicily's UNESCO heritage sites.
The Valley of the Temples just outside Agrigento is one of Sicily's most famous historical attractions.
A popular tourist spot and home to some of the best preserved and extensive examples of Roman mosaics. Explore archaeological site Piazza Armerina.
The Stagnone Nature Reserve lagoon is home to a most peculiar mini archipelago, the centrepiece of which is the small island of Mozia (Mothya).
The Cave di Cusa and how Selinunte was built.
This timeline illustrates the fascinating history of Sicily. Beginning in 20,000 BC, through Greeks and Normans, to Sicily becoming an autonomous region.
Sicily is a land of great historical significance - the source of many famous myths and legends.
Siracusa was always the most Important and powerful Greek city in 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.
“As-Salamu `Alaykum” would have been a common greeting in Sicily a thousand years ago! Why?
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.
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...
1799, King Ferdinand I made Nelson the Duke of Bronte (a small town on Mount Etna) where still today it is possible to visit Il Castello di Nelson...
Learn about the story of Garibaldi and the liberation of Sicily.
Enter the Iron Prefect: Mussolini sends Mori to Sicily.
Sicily was the first part of Europe to be reclaimed by the Allied forces. Find out what happened to the country during the second World War.
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.
The Thinking Traveller's top 10 must-see castles in Sicily.
Gibellina, Poggioreale and the earthquake of 1968: how two towns came to terms with natural disaster.
A landmark exhibition at the British Museum on the history of culture and conquest of Sicily - the Mediterranean's largest island.
Etna is one of the world's most famous active volcanoes. It adds to the beautiful Sicilian landscape, while creating awesome activities for visitors.
Discover the Madonie Mountains, its gastronomic traditions and the main reasons to visit: Walking, hiking and plenty of other exciting activities.
The Nebrodi Mountains are home to wild horses and black pigs as well as unbounded views of astounding beauty.
The Vendicari Nature Reserve is a migrating ground for thousands of birds. Flamingos, herons, storks and cormorants are regulars during autumn.
A selection of stunning vistas from across Sicily.
Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve offers outstanding views, a huge variety of flora and wildlife including eagles, peregrine falcolns and lizards.
Visit the ancient salt pans between Trapani and Marsala and learn the importance of salt production for Sicily.
Torre Salsa Nature Reserve comprises over 760 hectares of pristine coastline and around 6km of gorgeous sandy beaches.
Explore the beautiful Aeolian Islands, how to get to them and what to do whilst there.
A few miles off the coast of Trapani lie the three Egadi islands. Discover isolated bays and coves, deserted mountain paths and complete relaxation.
Good food and wine, sea and sunshine, nature and complete relaxation - Experience all this on the island of Salina.
The black volcanic island of Pantelleria has an impressive and varied coastline. Visit La Montagna Grande, a national park area for amazing views.
Lampedusa and Linosa are the perfect holiday destinations for those wanting white sandy beaches and cobalt blue waters.
See a selection of our favourite photographs of Sicily's islands and archipelagos.
A guide to Lipari - the capital of the Aeolian Islands
Explore Panarea, the smallest of the inhabited Aeolian Islands and what to do whilst there.
Learn about the Aeolian Islands Preservation Fund.
Explore Acireale with The Thinking Traveller. Discover the area, its history and what to do if you visit.
Discover Agira - Sicily's fashion mecca, and resting place for 490 Canadian soldiers.
For millennia ceramics have been the name of the game in Caltagirone.
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.
Cefalù offers so much. Discover sandy beaches, fascinating history and restaurants serving the freshest of fish.
Enna is an impressive sight for anyone travelling across the centre of Sicily, sitting at a height of 1,196 metres above sea level.
Erice is a wonderfully preserved medieval town offering breathtaking views and fascinating history.
Marsala is internationally famous for its wine as well as having a long, illustrious history.
A guide to the fishing village of Marzamemi, in south-east Sicily, brought to you by The Thinking Traveller
Exploring the town of Mazara del Vallo with The Thinking Traveller's Guide to Sicily
Learn about the history of Messina, the gateway to Sicily.
Milazzo offers a lot to do and see, as well as being the main port of departure for the Aeolian Islands.
Discover Modica, home of Sicily's Aztec chocolate.
Learn about the history of one of the world's most stunning architectural treasures: The Duomo in Monreale.
Explore Noto, a baroque town with beautiful architecture.
Palermo, the regional capital of Sicily, is full of wonders. Read our itineraries to help you choose what to do from the endless possibilities.
Visit the Villa Romana del Casale and see some of the best preserved and extensive examples of Roman mosaics.
Ragusa is one of the most fascinating towns in Sicily with plenty to see and explore.
Sciacca, a port town has an interesting past and fishing is still its main industry today. Wonderful, uncrowded beaches can be found up nearby.
Scilcli is a fascinating and beautiful town with long sandy beaches nearby.
Syracuse is brimming with incredible history. Visit archaeological sites and Ortigia, Syracuse's island heart.
Taormina is a charming historical city with one of the world's greatest views. Learn about its past.
Trapani is well worth a visit and is an essential point of departure for the Egadi Islands, a few miles off its coast.
Find out what gives each part of Sicily it's own distinct flavour, with a guide to festivals and culture in Sicily.
The Thinking Traveller lets you discover how the Sicilians celebrate Christmas, including traditions, events, and more.
Discover how Sicilians celebrate Easter from an Easter villa in Sicily, including traditions, events, and more.
The people of Palermo celebrate their patron saint, Santa Rosalia on 14th July. A must-see for anyone staying near Palermo.
Learn about the traditional festival of Sant'Agata, the patron saint of Catania
It is one of the most colourful festivals in the world and takes place every year over the third weekend of May.
One of Sicily's most visited attractions. From mid-May to the end of June it is transformed into a buzzing hive of dramatic activity.
The months of May and June mean one thing for gourmets in Sicily: Tuna. Learn about the cull.
Originially conceived by Vincenzo Florio, the Targa Florio Rally takes place every year in May, starting in central Palermo before heading to the Madonie Mountains.
The enormous variety of landscapes, towns and seaviews that Sicily boasts has long made the island a favourite location with film directors.
Learn more about the Sicilian people, including their customs, history, and manner.
Find out about the Sicilian spoken dialect, language, and word derivations with The Thinking Traveller.
The history behind the Sicilian flag.
Find out information regarding some of the great Sicilian writers.
A guide to the locations used in the Montalbano TV series and nearby holiday villas. Includes some of Sicily's most beautiful sights.
Sicilian cuisine is influenced by a variety of European countries. Most ingredients are sourced from local producers, resulting in delicious fresh food.
Wine is deeply rooted in Sicilian culture. Learn about the varieties, the local winery tours and wine delivery service from The Thinking Traveller.
The Thinking Traveller helps you find info on some classic Sicilian dishes, including Swordfish Stew, Sicilian Aubergine Relish, Spaghetti alle Vongole, and many more.
See what seasonal specialties are not to be missed whilst dining in Sicily.
See what restaurants we recommend for a delicious Sicilian meal!
Find out when you can experience the many food and wine festivals that happen in Sicily throughout the year.
Sicily produces about 10% of Italy's olive oil. Find out about its production and how you can organise your own olive oil tasting.
The Aubergine has been adopted as a speciality ingredient in Sicily, featuring heavily in many of the region's signature dishes.
Giorgio Locatelli is widely considered to be one of the best Italian chefs working in the UK.
Busiate al Pesto Trapanese from Giorgio Locatelli's Made In Sicily: Exclusive to The Thinking Traveller.
Pasta Facts and Information - The Truth About Pasta Infographic