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A guide to all that's best about May in Sicily

WHAT'S ON IN SICILY IN MAY

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

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

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Festivals and events in Sicily

Giro della Sicilia
A semi-competitive cycling tour for keen amateur riders, spread over 5 stages.

Where? the north coast of Sicily, the Madonie Mountains, the Nebrodi Mountains, and Mount Etna 
When? 27th April-2nd May 2019


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 Euripides, and Lysistrata by Aristophanes.

Where? Syracuse
When? 9th May - 6th July 2019
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Settimana delle Cultura
An annual week-long programme of cultural activities, concerts, exhibitions and much more besides. 

Where? Palermo
When? 11th-19th May 2019


Avinando WineFest
A weekend of wine-tastings, workshops and opportunities to discover the world of Sicilian wine in all its many guises. Many of the island's most prestigious producers participate.

Where? Palermo
When?
11th - 12th May 2019


Little Sicily
A celebration of all things Sicilian, including food, wine, music, ceramics, puppet theatre, film, folklore and cinema.

Where? Capo d'Orlando
When? 2019 dates not yet confirmed


Buongiorno Ceramica!
A nationwide event celebrating Italy's unparalleled traditions in the creation of ceramics. In Sicily, artists' studios, craft workshops and museums in four of the region's most renowned ceramics centres will be open to the public. A piece of Sicilian ceramics is the perfect gift for someone at home (or indeed for yourself!).

Where? Caltagirone, Burgio, Santo Stefano di Camastra and Sciacca 
When? 18th and 19th May 2019


Pink Floyd Carmen Suite
Svetlana Zakharova  the great Russian ballerina stars in a ballet created by Micha van Hoecke to the music of Atom Heart Mother by Pink Floyd.

Where? Teatro Massimo, Palermo
When? 8th May - 14th May  2019


The Infiorata di Noto

A flower art festival during which artists come from around the world to cover Via Nicolaci with their petal mosaics. This year's theme is I Siciliani in America (Sicilians in America).

Where? Noto
When? 17th - 19th May 2019
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International Kite Festival
The 10th edition of this wonderful family event. The long, white sandy beach of San Vito lo Capo is given over to an exhibition of kite-flying from all over the world. 

Where? San Vito lo Capo (on the northwestern tip of Sicily)
When? 2019 dates not yet confirmed


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? 2019 dates not yet confirmed


Madame Butterfly
One of Puccini's most popular operas.

Where? Teatro Bellini in Catania
When? 10th - 17th May 2019


Beer Catania Spring
For those with a taste for craft beer, Catania beer festival is the place to be at the end of May. In the fine surroundings of the cloisters of Istituto Ardizzone Gioeni, near the top of Via Etnea, there'll be around 20 producers, street food stands and live music.

Where? Catania
When? 24th - 26th May 2019


Cantine Aperte
As part of a nationwide event, over 30 of Sicily's best wineries, including our friends at Planeta, will be opening their doors to the public. Guests will be able to take tours of the vineyards and the cantine, taste wines and indulge in some tasty local specialities.

Where? Planeta's wineries: Ulmo, in Sambuca di Sicilia near Menfi; Feudo di Mezzo in Passopisciaro, on the northern flanks of  Mount Etna; and Buonivini near Noto
When? 25th  - 26th May 2019




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What to eat in Sicily in May


May is the month when Spring is at its most bountiful in Sicily. 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
mint
peas
fava beans
artichokes
wild fennel
asparagus
medlars
strawberries
apricots

What to order

Fritella (a sweet and sour dish of fresh peas, fava beans and artichokes)
Carciofi al forno (roasted artichokes stuffed with garlic, breadcrumbs, ham and cheese)
Pasta con le sarde (pasta with sardines and wild fennel)
Pasta con i piselli (pasta with peas)
Tonno in agrodolce (tuna steak with sweet and sour onions)
Agnello alla Messinese (roast lamb with potatoes)
Granita alla fragola (a refreshing strawberry crushed ice dish)
Cannoli di ricotta (one of Sicily's signature desserts - a crunchy pastry tube filled with delicious sweetened ricotta cheese and chocolate chips) 

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Our top tips for May 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 May, however, you'll probably have most of the sand to yourself! Try San Vito lo Capo near Trapani (voted Italy's best beach by TripAdvisor users), Mondello (near Palermo), Mazzaro' below Taormina or Marina di Ragusa in the south-east.

2. May is the perfect month for visiting the sights: the weather in May is generally sunny and warm, but never too hot! This makes it an excellent period in which to visit Sicily's wealth of Greek archaeological sites and historic towns.

3. Go walking in the blooming mountains! Sicily's mountains really come to life in May. Spring flowers carpet the slopes and the weather is perfect for hiking and walking. We're particularly fond of the Madonie Mountains, but the Nebrodi Mountains are spectacularly beautiful too.

4. Go flamingo-spotting at Vendicari! Vendicari Nature Reserve is a fabulous place to go in May. The beaches are sublime and it's a great spot for a walk and a picnic... and, if you're lucky, you'll even see some flamingoes feeding in the salt-water lagoons!

 


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