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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

The Greek Theatre Festival

A month and a half of ancient Greek plays in the original Greek Theatre in Syracuse. The 2018 season features Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles, Herakles by Euripedes and The Knights by Aristophanes.

Where? Syracuse
When? 10th May - 8th July 2018

Tony Hadley in concert
The ex-frontman of Spandau Ballet comes to Sicily.

Where? Teatro Antico, Taormina
When? 8th July 2018

One of Verdi's best loved operas takes centre stage in Taormina's summer festival.

Where? Teatro Antico, Taormina
When? 9th - 12th July 2018

Manifesta 12
Manifesta is Europe's premier itinerant biennial of contemporary art. Every two years it moves to a new host city, where, through a series of workshops, conferences, publications, educational initiatives and exhibitions, it explores the prevailing historical and cultural identity of its temporary home and maps out a "new cultural topography".  moves to a new host city, where, through a series of workshops, conferences, publications, educational initiatives and exhibitions, it explores the prevailing historical and cultural identity of its temporary home and maps out a "new cultural topography". 

Where? Palermo
When? 16th June - 4th November 2018

La Festa di Santa Rosalia
14th July means one thing only to Palermitani: the climax of the annual celebrations of their beloved patron saint, Santa Rosalia. Find out more here.

Where? Palermo
When? 14th July every year

Sagra del ciliegio
Sicily's food culture is one of seasonality. Excitement fills the air when favourite fruits or vegetables return to tempt the palate each year. Cherries are no exception and in Sant'Alfio, the locals celebrate their favourite fruit for two days each year.

Where? Sant'Alfio, on the eastern flanks of Mount Etna
When? 2018 dates not yet confirmed

Sagra della scaccia modicana e del pane
The favourite snack of most Sicilians in the southeast is a scaccia. Thin pastry topped with cheese, tomato sauce, ham or salami and then rolled up and baked in the oven. It's so good they dedicate a festival to it!

Where? Modica
When? 2018 dates not yet decided

Sagra del pesce spada
The second instalment of Aci Trezza's tribute to the might swordfish!

Where? Aci Trezza (on the Ionian coast between Catania and Taormina)
When? 2018 dates not yet decided

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! 

Where? the Greek Theatre of Segesta
When? 2018 dates not yet decided

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 2018

A celebration of street food both Sicilian, Italian and Tunisian, all washed down by good local wine and accompanied by music and other events.

Where? Trapani
When? 25th - 29th July 2018

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? 2018 dates not yet confirmed

Sciaranova Festival
The fourth edition of Planeta's al fresco theatre festival in the beautiful natural theatre of their Etna winery.

Where? Planeta's Sciaranuova vineyard in Passopisciaro (Castiglione di Sicilia)
When? 20th - 21st and 27th - 28th July 2018

For more information or to book tickets: click here, email or call +39 0925 1955465.

Sagra dell'Olio
High in the Nebrodi Mountains, the townsfolk of Furnari invite all-comers to taste the fruit of their labours: bread oozing locally produced olive oil, bruschette, olives and wine. Music plays an important role as the locals and their guests let their hair down. 

Where? Furnari (in the Nebrodi Mountains above Tindari)
When? 2018 dates not yet confirmed

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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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