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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.

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

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Festivals and events


Buongiorno Ceramica!
A nationwide event celebrating Italy's unparalleled traditions in the creation of ceramics. In Sicily, artists' studios, craftsmen's workshops and museums in four of the region's most renowned centres of ceramics production will be open to the public. And of course there'll be some wine and food on offer, too!

Where? Caltagirone, Burgio, Santo Stefano di Camastra and Sciacca 
When? 2018 dates not yet confirmed


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? 2018 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 2018 season features Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles, Herakles by Euripedes and The Knights by Aristophanes.

Where? Syracuse
When? 10th May - 8th July 2018
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Rapsodia Satanica and Cavalleria Rusticana
A double bill of Mascagni, starting with a screening of the Nino Oxilia's 1917 silent film accompanied live by the orchestra of the Teatro Massimo. After the interval is one of the best loved of all Italian operas, Cavalleria Rusticana.

Where? Teatro Massimo, Palermo
When? 8th - 23rd June 2018


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? 2018 dates not yet confirmed


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


L'Elisir d'Amore

One of Donizetti's operatic masterpieces.

Where? Teatro Massimo, Palermo
When? 16th - 24th June 2018


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? 23rd - 24th June 2018


Teatro dei Due Mari di Tindari

The Greek Theatre Festival in Syracuse is rivalled by the smaller but no less interesting Festival del Teatro dei Due Mari at the wonderful Greek theatre in Tindari's archaeological site. With the sea and the Aeolian Islands as the backdrop you can watch two plays. 

Where? Tindari archeaological site
When? 2018 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? 2018 dates not yet confirmed



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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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