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A guide to all that's best about Sicily in September!


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

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What to eat >>
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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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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! For the full programme, please click here

Where? the Greek Theatre of Segesta
When? 16th July - 3rd September 2017

The World Press Photo 2017 Exhibition
An exhibition of award-winning press photos, now in its 62nd edition. The exhibition  is shown worldwide in 100 cities, which this year include Tokyo, Ottawa, Mexico City, Edinburgh, Helsinki, Vienna and Palermo.

Where? Palazzo Bonocore, Palermo
When? 2nd-24th September 2017

Planeta's Summer Nights
In August and the first week of September, Planeta's Cantina Buonivini near Noto opens its doors to guests wishing to enjoy a summer evening in the beautiful surroundings of a vineyard, tasting wine and dining amongst the vines. 

  • Mondays and Wednesdays: from 18.00, wine-tastings, light suppers and dinners
  • Tuesdays: at 17.00, wine-tastings; from 19.30, light suppers and dinners
  • Thursdays and Fridays: from 19.00, Wine Happy Hour
  • Saturdays: from 10.00 to 14.00, wine shop open for purchases and tasting

For more information about prices or to make a booking (essential), email or call +39 0925 1955465.

Where? Cantina Buonivini, near Noto
When? 24th July - 4th September 2017

Wine, Slow Food stands, art exhibitions, masterclasses, demonstrations... over two weeks of bliss for wine lovers!

Where? Milo, on Mount Etna
When? 28th August - 10th September 2017
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Festival Belliniano
A celebration of the music of Bellini, Catania's favourite son, featuring the most popular arias, duets and scenes from his operas, including Norma, La Sonnambula, I Pirati and I Puritani.

Where? the Teatro Antico, Taormina
When? Exact 2017 dates not yet published.

Sagra dell'Arancino
A three-day of homage to one of Sicily's signature snacks, the arancino (a deep-fried rice ball filled with all manner of goodies, including meat ragu, mozzarella and ham, spinach and many others.

Where? the Ficarazzi area of Aci Castello (just north of Catania)
When? 7th-10th September 2017
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Cefalù Street Food Festival
For two days in mid-September, Cefalu unofficially changes its street names: welcome to Farm Square, Pannelle Place, Milza Avenue, Beer Street, Wine Road and Ice-Cream Alley. There's lots to taste and lots to enjoy at this celebration of some of Sicily's most delicious street food.

Where? Cefalù 
When? 9th-11th September 2017

Midsummer Night's Dream
Benjamin Britten's magical opera.

Where? Teatro Massimo, Palermo
When? 19th-27th September 2017

Sagra della Salsiccia
A celebration of the mighty sausage! Of course there are also stalls, fairground rides, music, and a homage to the local patron saint, San Vincenzo, but the sausage reigns supreme!

Where? Aragona, near Agrigento
When? 9th September 2017
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CousCous Fest
The CousCous Fest  in San Vito Lo Capo is one of Sicily's most popular and international festivals, celebrating a dish that is eaten by millions and cooked in myriad different ways around the Mediterranean basin. The focus of the festival is a highly competitive cook-off with chefs arriving from Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Marocco, Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Turkey the Ivory Coast and many other nations. Live music, dancing and a carnival atmosphere make the event  a must for anyone staying in western Sicily towards the end of September!

Where? San Vito Lo Capo (near Trapani on Sicily's most northwest tip)
When? 15th - 24th September 2017
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Sagra del pesce
As with most islands, the Aeolian cuisine centres around fish and seafood. It should come as no surprise, then, that Lipari, the largest island in the archipelago has a festival dedicated to the bounty of the sea. 

Where? Lipari, the Aeolian Islands
When? 24th-26th September 2017

For three days, Ragusa Superiore will become an open-air gallery of street art with contributions from urban artists from all over the world.

Where? Ragusa Superiore
When? Exact 2017 dates not yet published.

Ursino Buskers Festival
The streets around Catania's Castello Ursino come alive with street performers of all types, from acrobats and jugglers to fire-swallowers and musicians. Great fun for all the family.

Where? Catania
When? 15th-17th September 2017

Sherbeth Festival
If you like ice-cream, this festival is a must! Sherbeth, from the Arabic for frozen drink, celebrates the very best creations of the very best artisinal ice-cream and granita producers around... Yum! There are also concerts and other events.

Where? Palermo
When? 28th September - 1st October 2017

Festa della Vendemmia

Three days devoted to Bacchus and the grape harvest, showcasing wine-making traditions, lots of wine-tasting and plenty of goodies to eat too!

Where? Piedimonte Etneo
When? Exact 2017 dates not yet published.
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A celebration of Sicilian beer with more than 100 craft beers from 12 Sicilian breweries to try. There'll also be plenty of food, music and other events.

Where? Ragusa
When? Exact 2017 dates not yet published.

Sagra del Pistacchio
Bronte is known for its Castello di Nelson (yes, that Nelson!) but rather more for its pistachio nuts, widely considered to be amongst the best in the world and protected by a DOP label. Come and try them in all forms - cakes, ice-cream, pasta and much more - at this wonderful tribute a humble but exceedingly tasty and versatile nut!

Where? Bronte (on the western flanks of Mount Etna)
When? 22nd September -1st October 2017

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What to eat in Sicily in September

August in Sicily is time for light meals, fresh fish suppers, salads and lots of excellent refreshing fruit. 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

green beans

What to order

Insalata di polpo (salad of boiled octopus, potato, olives, carrot and parsley)
Pasta con i zucchini (pasta with fried slices of courgettes and mint)
Cous-cous di pesce (cous cous with fish and a rich, spicy sauce, typical of Trapani)
Pasta con gamberi e pesto di pistacchio (pasta with prawns and pistachio pesto)
Pesce spada alla Messinese (slices of swordfish cooked with olives, capers, anchovies, garlic, onions and tomatoes)
Calamaretti fritti (little cuttlefish fried in a tasty batter and eaten whole)
Carne alla pizzaiola (slices of beef covered with onions, tomatoes and mozzarella, baked in the oven)
Salsiccia arrosta con patate e salsa di pomodoro (oven-baked sausages and potates in a rich tomato sauce)
Zucchini trifolati (slices of courgette cooked slowly olive oil, garlic, parsley and chili pepper)
Dolci con i pistacchi (pistachio cakes)
Gelato di pistacchio (delicious Sicilian pistachio ice-cream) 

See our definitive Sicilian recipe page >>

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Our top tips for September in Sicily

1. Take advantages of the drop in rental prices: at the end of August our prices drop significantly, making our villas even better value. If you've booked already for September, well done! If you haven't, why not book one now?

2. Enjoy the beaches as they empty... As the high season winds down, tourists go home and the locals return to school and their daily life, Sicily's beaches empty significantly and September visitors will find themselves with plenty of space. The sea has been warmed up by the August sun and is at the perfect temperature for swimming or just floating around.

3. Get out and about: September is a great month for sightseeing and visiting Sicily's plethora of world class archaeological sites and delightful, historic towns.

4. Join in the party! In September, Sicily hosts some of its best sagre and events, including, Palermo's ice-cream festival, Sherbeth and San Vito Lo Capo's Couscous Fest (see festivals and events section above). The whole island comes alive with the grape harvest and many villages throw a party to celebrate Dionysus' fabulous gift.

5. A night at the opera: Europe's third largest opera house, the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, re-opens for the autumn opera season in September. Why not have take in a performance at Europe's third largest opera house? 

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