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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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Festivals and events

Mario Biondi in concert
The Catanian-born international star of jazzy, funky, soul music is back in his homeland for a concert in the magical surroundings of Taormina.

Where? Teatro Antico, Taormina
When? 2nd September 2018 (tbc)

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

PaniCunzato Fest
Pani Cunzato is no ordinary sandwich, but a delicious mix of crusty bread, cheese, olive oil, anchovies, oregano and tomato, typical of Scopello. It's so tasty that it's celebrated each year.

Where? Scopello
When? 2nd September 2018

Calatafimi-Segesta Festival
57 events in a month and a half of theatre, 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? 18th July - 2nd September 2018

Etna in Festa
A week of events celebrating the very best of Mount Etna, including its traditional recipes, its wine and its traditions.

Where? Linguaglossa
When? 4th - 10th September 2018

Ricci Weekender
Four days of music, food and wine in and around Catania. DJs include Gilles Peterson, Daniele Baldelli and Sally Rodgers,  and musicians include Yasmin Lacey, Midlife and Alfio Antico.

Where? in and around Catania
When? 6th - 9th September 2018

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

Where? Milo, on Mount Etna
When? 2018 dates not yet confirmed.
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The Barber of Seville
Fun and frolics in Rossini's dazzling opera.

Where? the Teatro Antico, Taormina
When? 6th - 7th September 2018

Sagra dell'Arancino
A four-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? 6th - 9th September 2018
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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? 7th - 9th September 2018

Festival del Cinema di Frontiera
Four days of al fresco screenings in the picturesque piazza of Marzamemi. The festival promotes independent, inter-cultural films dealing with the theme of geographical, cultural and artistic borders.

Where? Marzamemi
When? 12th - 15th September 2018

Le Vie dei Tesori
Over 100 sites - hidden churches, lesser-spotted oratorios, unfrequented museums, private aristocratic palaces, art galleries, panoramic terraces, subterranean Arabic waterways, secret gardens and closed courtyards - October's Le Vie dei Tesori opens doors to dozens of rarely visited treasures and organises over 100 guided urban walks. If you're looking for a cultural weekend break this October, there's no better place than Palermo.

Where? Palermo
When? 14th September - 30th October 2018

Pope Francesco
Pope Francesco visits Palermo.

Where? Palermo
When? 15th September 2018

Sagra dell'Uva
The grape harvest is well underway by mid-September and the first step in the production of wine - must - is complete. Basically non-alcoholic grape juice, must is not only drunk but also used to make jams and conserves, which will be available to taste. There'll also be some wine proper, not to mention the local speciality: sausage.

Where? Chiaramonte Gulfi
When? 15th - 16th September 2018

Festa della Vendammia
When the grape harvest has been completed, most villages and towns celebrate and give thanks. Piedimonte Etneo is no exception and wine, grape products, local specialities, arts and crafts and music and dancing take over the town for a weekend.

Where? Piedimonte Etneo (on the northern flanks of Mount Etna)
When? 21st - 23rd September 2018

Carolyn Carson Contemporary Ballet
The renowned choreographer has created a series of contemporary ballets to music by, amongst others, Philip Glass.

Where? Teatro Massimo, Palermo
When? 20th-25th September 2018

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? 2018 dates not yet confirmed.
Villas in the south-west of Sicily >>

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? 21st - 30th September 2018
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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 to coincide with the festival of  Santi Cosma and Damiano, protectors of fishermen. 

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

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? 27th - 30th September 2018

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? 17th - 19th August and 7th - 9th September 2018

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? 28th-30th September and 5th-7th October 2018

Villas in Sicily near Catania >>

What's on in Sicily in October >>

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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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