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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

Radice Pura
"Radice Pura Garden Festival is the first international event dedicated to Mediterranean garden design and landscape architecture," featuring "young designers, institutions, firms, and leading protagonists of landscape art and architecture."

Where? Giarre (on the east coast of Sicily between Acireale and Taormina)
When? 21st April-21st October 2017

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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? 1st-2nd July 2017

La Boheme
Puccini's great tragic-romantic opera set amongst the impoverished artists' garrets of Paris. 

Where? Teatro Antico, Taormina 
When? 6th and 8th August 2017

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? 8th July 2017

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? 7th-9th July 2017

Zubin Mehta -Beethoven's 9th Symphony
The legendary maestro conducts the orhcestra and chorus of Palermo's Teatro Massimo in a rendition of Beethoven's monumental 9th Symphony. 

Where? Teatro Antico, Taormina
When? 8th July 2017

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? 16th July - 3rd September 2017

The popular English Indie Rock band in concert

Where? the Teatro Antico, Taormina
When? 19th July 2017

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 2017
Find out more here >>

Carmen the ballet
José Perez stars in this ballet version of Bizet's masterpiece.

Where? Teatro Antico, Taormina
When? 19th August 2017

Verdi's epic opera set in Egypt.

Where? Teatro Antico, Taormina
When? 19th, 21st, 31st August 2017

Charles Aznavour in concert
The legendary French-Armenian crooner, who has sold over 180,000 million records, stops off in Taormina to entertain anyone lucky enough to be in the area.

Where? Teatro Antico, Taormina
When? 21st July 2017

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 2017

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? 26th - 30th July 2017

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? 29th-31st July 2017

Sciaranova Festival
The third edition of Planeta's theatre festival in the natural theatre of their Etna winery. There are four performances (two in July and two in August).

Where? Planeta's Sciaranuova vineyard in Passopisciaro (Castiglione di Sicilia)
When? 28th-29th July  and 4th-5th August 2017

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? 31st July 2017

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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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