Sicily Travel Guide

Planning a holiday to Sicily? Find out the best time to visit, the best places to see and top travel tips.

Best time to go to Sicily

Early July to the end of August is peak tourist season and visitors can expect a lively atmosphere at the beach resorts as well as very hot, sunny weather. May to June and September to October are ideal for relaxing and sightseeing in Sicily, with fewer crowds at the coast, plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the region of 25-30C.

Top Tourist Attractions In Sicily

Experience Sicily - A Holiday You Can't Refuse

Experience Sicily - A Holiday You Can't Refuse

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Food and drink in Sicily

Sicilian food is similar to mainland Italy, but there are more influences from its Greek and Arab neighbours. When you fancy a snack, try the Arancini, tasty fried rice balls filled with various ingredients, from meat to mozzarella. For bigger appetites, freshly caught seafood is always a good choice, or try a local pasta favourite; Pasta con le Sarde – made with sardines, fennel, pine nuts, raisins and toasted breadcrumbs in olive oil. Cannoli, a rolled pastry filled with ricotta and candied fruits is a classic Sicilian sweet treat. Accompany your meal with a robust Nero d’Avola or a light Grillo, just some of the excellent wines produced on the island. To finish, enjoy a glass of Marsala, Sicily’s renowned fortified wine.

Sicily Travel Guide FAQs

Do Sicily hotels provide entertainment and is free WiFi available?


In Sicily, WiFi is free in most restaurants, bars, cafes and hotels, but in hotels it may be free of charge in the public areas only. Some resort-based hotels in Sicily feature live entertainment, but do check your hotel facilities. During the summer months, musical entertainment can often be enjoyed at pavement cafes and outdoor public spaces in Giardini Naxos, Taormina and other towns along the coast.

Can hotels in Sicily provide meals to suit my dietary requirements?


When notified in advance, Travel Department can inform our Sicily hotels of  your dietary requests, such as gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan foods.Please note that choices may be limited compared to the offering found in hotels at home.  

Is there a dress code at my hotel or going out in Sicily?


For restaurants and hotel dining rooms you can dress casually, but we suggest you avoid wearing “beach wear”, such as shorts and flip flops. When visiting churches and holy places, cover up bare flesh; shoulders, chest, legs.

I have walking difficulties, is a holiday in Sicily suitable?


Our guided tours in Sicily will involve periods of walking and standing, at times on uneven or cobbled surfaces. There will be steep inclines or steps to negotiate at certain locations and early morning starts for some excursions. A reasonable degree of health and mobility is required. For all our tours we have an activity level guide to help you decide which holiday suits you best. For specific advice regarding our Sicily tours and to discuss any special needs, please contact us directly and we will be happy to assist you.    

Is Sicily a good holiday destination?


Sicily's chequered past has resulted in a rich and unique culture, with traces of former civilisations including Roman amphitheatres, Greek temples and Aragonese churches waiting to be discovered throughout the island. North of the island lies the Aeolian Island archipelago, a group of volcanic islands that exhibit incredible natural beauty, earning them a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Both Sicily and the Aeolian Islands still have some active volcanoes, the most famous being towering Mount Etna. Sicily also has charming seaside towns and villages located along the coastline; it’s one of the best places to experience an authentic Italy holiday

Useful Links

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