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What's on in Sicily this July


Here's a guide to all that's happening in Sicily this July, including some top tips from our local experts.

Festivals and events >>
What to eat >>
Our top tips >>

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Festivals and events

Calatafimi-Segesta Festival
Two months of theatre (including Shakespeare and classical Greek plays), classical and jazz concerts and much more besides, all in the magical surroundings of Segesta's Greek theatre. Most performances are in the evening, but some start at dawn! For the full programme, please click here

Where? the Greek Theatre of Segesta
When? 1st July-4th September 2016

Madame Butterfly
Puccini's stirring masterpiece performed in equally stirring surroundings.

Where? the Teatro Antico, Taormina
When? 7th and 9th July 2016

La Festa di Santa Rosalia
Palermo's citizens pay tribute to their Patron Saint with an enormous procession, lots of partying and a pyrotechnic fireworks display over the sea.

Where? Palermo
When? the night of 14th July 2016
Find out more here >>

Puccini's oriental work of riddles and love.

Where? the ancient Greek theatre in Siracusa
When? 14th July 2016

Cavalleria Rusticana
Mascagni's great masterpiece is one of the 19th century's most popular operas.

Where? the ancient Greek theatre in Siracusa
When? 15th and 16th July 2016

Verdi's great opera about love, treachery and revenge.

Where? the ancient Greek theatre in Siracusa
When? 22nd and 23rd July 2016

The Chicago-born singer songwriter live in concert.

Where? the Teatro Antico, Taormina
When? 22nd July 2016

Robert Plant
The legendary frontman of Led Zeppelin brings his own special brand of rock to Taormina.

Where? the Teatro Antico, Taormina
When? 24th July 2016

A celebration of street food both Sicilian, Italian and Tunisian, all washed down by good local wine and accompanied by music and other events. Food stands are open all through the town from 6.30pm to midnight.

Where? Trapani
When? 27th-31st July 2016

La Scala Illuminata
The 142 steps of the Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte in Caltagirone are illuminated hundreds of small oil lights to create a polychromatic effect of great beauty.

Where? Caltagirone
When? 24th-25th July 2016

DiVino Festival
A celebration of Sicilian wine (and music) in the lovely surroundings of the castle in Castelbuono. The last night coincides with the beginning of the Blues and Wine festival, which mixes Bacchus' great gift to mankind with Robert Johnson's.

Where? Castelbuono (in the Madonie Mountains, south of Cefalu)
When? 28th-31st July 2016

Gibellina Photoroad
An international open-air photography festival including exhibitions, talks, portfolio reviews, workshops and much more. In total there will be 30 photographic exhibitions showcasing the work of both internationally renowned and emerging artists.

Where? Gibellina (mid-way between Palermo and Mazara del Vallo)
When? 29th-31st July 2016

Sciaranova Festival
The second edition of Planeta's theatre festival in the natural theatre of their Etna winery. The four performances (two in July and two in August) are directed by Paola Pace and include a dramatization of a novel by Vincenso Pirrotta, a theatrical concert of Sicilian songs, a nocturnal monologue by the poet Nino Gennaro, and a play by Rosario Tedesco
that follows in the tracks of Goethe's Italian Journey.

Where? Planeta's Sciaranuova vineyard in Passopisciaro (Castiglione di Sicilia
When? 29th-30th July and 5th-6th August 2016
For more information or to book tickets: click here, email or call +39 0925 1955465


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What to eat in Sicily in July

July is a great month to come to Sicily if you like your food! Here are some ideas about what ingredients are in season (if you're cooking at your villa!) and what to order if you're eating out!

In-season local ingredients

chick peas
green beans
leaves of the "long" courgette - tenerumi
courgette flowers
zucchini lunghi (long, light green courgettes)
seafood and fish in abundance

What to order

Pasta con i tenerumi (a light very liquid soup often served cool with tomatoes, garlic, the leaves of the "long" courgette (tenerumi), onion and broken spaghetti)
Insalata all'Eoliana (light salad of anchovy fillets, capers, red onion, garlic, cherry tomatoes and toasted bread)
Caponata (a chutney of fried aubergine chunks, tomatoes, capers, olives, onions, celery, vinegar and olive oil
Pasta con pesto Trapanese (pasta with a raw paste of tomatoes, garlic, almonds and a little basil)
Involtini di pesce spada (swordfish roulades filled with breadcrumbs, raisins and pine kernels)
Pepata di cozze (mussels cooked in lots of pepper, olive oil and garlic)
Frutta di stagione!

See our definitive Sicilian recipe page >>

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Our top tips for July in Sicily


1. Go to the beaches "off-the-beaten-track": many of Sicily's best beaches can get crowded in late July so why not head to those which remain relatively free. You will have to walk a bit, and take provisions for the day (there are no lidos at the following beaches) but it is well worth the effort and you'll be on some of the most unspoilt stretches of sand anywhere in the Med! Try the pebbly coves and transparent waters of Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve, accessed from Scopello or San Vito Lo Capo in the north-west of Sicily, or the Vendicari Nature Reserve in the south-east, near Noto. Just east of Sciacca is the beach of Torre Salsa and a little further east the large pine forest-enclosed beach of Eracloa Minoa.

2. All aboard! Another way of beating the sometimes crowded beaches in July is to hire a boat for a day or two. It's a great way to discover parts of the coast that are difficult to get to on foot and you'll always find some translucent waters in which to dive... Take a look at our boat charters!

3. Take a nap in the afternoon... It can get quite hot in July in the early hours of the afternoon, so why not do as the locals have done for centuries? Head off to the beach or to see the sights early in the morning, have a light lunch and then take to your bed for a snooze. Then, at around 4pm, head back to the beach or your pool and start anticipating the balmy, Epicurean evening ahead, complete with well-earned aperitif, and a convivial al fresco dinner stretching long into the night!

4. Head up Mount Etna for the last of the snow! That's right, over the 3,000m level you might still find a little snow on Etna! The summer is an excellent time to go up A Muntagna, with visibility often good. You can get off the beaten track by taking one of our 4x4 vulcanologist-guided trips...

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