Our guide to what's on in Sicily this June

THE BEST OF JUNE IN SICILY

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

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Festivals and events


Ciclopica: Great Sculpture from Rodin to Giacometti
An 8-month exhibition of sculpture with pieces ranging from a 16th-century head of Buddha from China to examples of Henry Moore's curvaceous masterpieces.

Where? Ex Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, Syracuse
When? 27th March - 30th October 2019


Festa del Cappero in Fiore
Salina, one of the seven Aeolian Islands, is known for its uncontaminated beauty, its wines and its capers! This Slow Food festival is a great opportunity for learning about capers and trying some of the island's delicious caper-infused recipes!

Where? Salina (in the Piazza di Sant'Onofrio in Pollara)
When? the first Sunday in June every year


Cùscusu
A delicious tribute to one of western Sicily's signature dishes: cous cous. Trapani's old town centre - and in particular around the old fish market -  will fill up with stalls offering tastings not only of cous cous but also wine and other local products.

Where? Trapani
When? 2019 dates not yet confirmed


The Greek Theatre Festival
A month and a half of ancient Greek plays in the original Greek Theatre in Syracuse. The 2019 season is dedicated to the theme of women and war, and includes the following plays: The Trojan Women and Helen by Euripedes, and Lysistrata by Aristophanes.  

Where? Syracuse
When? 9th May - 6th July 2019
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Pagliacci
Leoncavallo's much-loved opera.

Where? Teatro Massimo, Palermo
When? 15th - 23rd June 2019


Sagra del Pesce Spada
Swordfish has long been one of Sicily's gastronomic highlights and can be found on pretty much every menu across the island. The fish that feeds a hundred mouths is celebrated with a huge barbecue at the little fishing port of Aci Trezza, coinciding with celebrations of the village's patron saint, San Giovanni. 

Where? Acitrezza, on Sicily's east coast just north of Catania
When? 7th - 9th June and 12th - 14th July 2019


Festa del pesce azzurro
Two days devoted to all "blue" fish, which include sardines, anchovies, scabbard fish, mackerel and more. There's plenty to eat and plenty to see and do.

Where? Marzamemi
When? 28th - 30th June 2019


Nightime visits to Taormina's Teatro Antico

Taormina's magical Graeco-Roman theatre just got even more magical: for six nights only, it will be open until 11.00pm. 

Where?  Teatro Antico, Taormina
When? 2019 dates not yet confirmed


Sagra della scaccia 
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? Ragusa
When? 2019 dates not yet confirmed


Inycon a Menfi Wine Festival
A chance to taste some of Sicily's finest wines and visit some of the local cantine in one of the island's most important wine-producing towns. Apart from Bacchus' tipple, there are tastings of local olive oil and other gastronomic products not to mention concerts and shows.

Where? Menfi
When? 21st - 23rd June 2019


Malvasia Day
A whole day dedicated to Salina's fabulous Malvasia wine with guided tastings, pairings, lots of excellent food and fascinating insights into this unique, historic wine.

Where? Capo Faro Resort, Salina in the Aeolian Islands
When? 22nd June 2019


Scirocco Wine Fest In Viaggio nel Mediterraneo 
Three days dedicated to wine, with particular attention given over to western Sicily's best vintages.

Where? Gibellina
When? 27th - 30th June 2019


FedEricina
A costumed recreation of the visit to Erice of King Federico III of Aragon during the War of the Vespers in the late 13th century. Mediaeval is the name of the game and there'll be food, wine, music and dancing all of that period (as well as some delicious contemporary treats as well!).

Where? Erice 
When? 28th - 30th June 2019


Festival del pesce azzurro
Two days of delicious seafood, in particular pesce azzurro (including sardines, anchovies and mackerel), in the picturesque surroundings of the harbour and piazza of Marzamemi.

Where? Marzamemi
When? 28th - 30th June 2019


Sagra delle Fave di San Pietro
One of Sicily's favourite foodstuffs, fava beans, are celebrated every year at Isnello in the Madonie Mountains. Accompanied by roasted onions, boiled potatoes and lashings of local wine

Where? Isnello (in the Madonie Mountains)
When? 29th June every year



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What to eat in Sicily in June

 
June 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

tuna fish
lamb
peas
aubergines
green beans
zucchini lunghi (long, light green courgettes)
courgette flowers
wild fennel
asparagus
peppers
tomatoes
strawberries
melons
peaches
apricots
cherries

What to order

Pasta con zucchine (pasta served with fried slices of Sicily's long, light green courgettes, garlic and mint)
Parmigiana di melanzana (layers of aubergine, tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese)
Insalata di mare (sea-food salad of squid, octopus, prawns and clams)
Pasta al lido (pasta with chunks of swordfish, aubergine and mint)
Pasta al pesto alla Pantesca (pasta with capers, olives and tuna fish)
Pescespada alla Messinese (slices of swordfish cooked in tomatoes, capers and olives)
Involtini alla Palermitana (meat roulades filled with ham, cheese, breadcrumbs, raisins and pine kernels)
Cannoli di ricotta (crunchy fried pastry cylinders filled with sweet ricotta... maybe the most famous of all Sicilian desserts)
 

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Our top tips for June in Sicily


1. Enjoy some of Sicily's best beaches without the summer crowds: many of Sicily's best beaches can get crowded in late July and August. Going in June, however, you'll have lots of space to yourself! Try the beaches at Porto Palo di Menfi near Sciacca (and combine it with a great fish lunch at the beach-front restaurant Da Vittorio), Cefalu, Letojanni just a few km north of Taormina or Sampieri in the south-east near Scicli.

2. If you're in the west of Sicily, why not take a trip to the island of Mothya (or Mozia) in the lagoon between Trapani and Marsala? A little boat will take you across to what, over 2,500 years ago, was one of the first Phoenician towns in Sicily. Take a picnic and enjoy the wonderful environment and the fascinating archaeological remains.

3. If you're in the east of Sicily, why not go for a lovely spring walk to the Necropolis of Pantalica near Syracuse. Hidden at the bottom of a gorge, a visit is an excellent excuse for a walk through some lovely countryside and a picnic in an extremely evocative place.

4. Island hopping! Before the July and August holiday-makers arrive we recommend a hop over to the Aeolian Islands, which are easy to visit if you're staying along the north coast of Sicily (or even from around the Taormina area). Hydrofoils leave frequently from Milazzo but also in the summer months (starting in June) from Capo d'Orlando and Cefalu. Similarly, if you're staying in the west, you should definitely take a hydrofoil from Trapani or Marsala to the beautiful Egadi Islands.


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