Sicily, sitting off the southern toe of the Italian peninsula, is quite simply a different world. With a mid-Mediterranean setting at the crossroads of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, the island is a kaleidoscope of historic and cultural influences, more in common Morocco than Milan.

Former occupiers of the island include – to name a few – the Greeks, Romans, Saracens, Vikings, Normans, and Spanish, each of whom has left fingerprints all over the island’s architecture, culture, and cuisine. Nowhere else in Europe can you tour a Baroque cathedral before taking in an evening show at a Greco-Roman amphitheater, enjoy gelato for breakfast and couscous for dinner, or take in a modern art exhibition in a Norman town square flanked by swaying date and palm trees. 

Sicily’s historic cities Palermo and Catania are bustling Baroque hives, boasting beautiful stucco-clad churches, medieval commercial centers, and mouthwatering street food. Inner Sicily is breathtakingly beautiful, with rolling mountain passes, gently spewing volcanoes, and a carpet of food and wine production which includes some of the Mediterranean’s best wines. Each of its three coasts boasts fine pebbled and sandy beaches, lapped by gentle Mediterranean waves, with typically laidback terraces and bars to kick back in.

The contemporary traveler will Sicily an absolute delight. With so many historical influences you’ll find discover a wealth of heritage treasures, from the soaring ruins of Agrigento to Palermo’s glittering Norman palace and cathedral. Art enthusiasts will marvel at the stuccos and mosaics of the island’s innumerable fine churches, museums, and galleries. Adventure enthusiasts will love the great Sicilian outdoors, with rugged hills to bike and walk, and steaming Mount Etna to climb. Gastronomes, quite simply, may never find a better spot on the planet. 

In spite of all this attraction, Sicily has yet to succumb to mass tourism and feels a world away from the dense crowds of Rome and Venice. You’ll find warm and truly genuine hospitality all across the island, and each day encounter a gallery, hotel, or cafe which feels you’ve stumbled across a hidden gem. One thing we guarantee is that the island won’t remain a secret forever, so contact our specialists today to set up your unforgettable custom tour of Sicily.

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When to visit Sicily

Situated off the very southern tip of Italy, Sicily’s Mediterranean climate is slightly warmer year-round than the rest of the country. It experiences four distinct seasons, but with markedly hot summers and mild winters. Temperatures in December & January range around 40-50F, hitting a peak of 65-80F in July & August. Summer months are also remarkably dry, with minimal rainfall from April through to October. We’d recommend timing your visit for the ‘shoulder’ seasons April, May, early June, and then September & October, at which time you’ll find comfortably warm temperatures and clear blue skies – ideal for the island’s culture, scenery, and great beaches.  

 
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How long does it take to tour Sicily?

Sicily is a very large island with plenty to see – you could spend weeks here and still keep on uncovering great beaches, mountain villages, and foodie spots! However, we typically find a tour of around 8-9 days is ample to cover the key spots such as Palermo, Taormina, Syracuse, and Agrigento. 

What is the ideal Sicily itinerary?

As above, the most important places to visit in Sicily are the island capital Palermo, the chic mountainside resort town Taormina, history-rich Syracuse, and the graceful ruins of Agrigento. This itinerary leans heavily on Sicily’s rich and colorful history, but along the way you’ll doubtless encounter amazing food, fine wines, breathtaking scenery, and the wonderfully warm Sicilian people.

Is Sicily safe for tourists?

Absolutely. Thanks to glamorous film and TV portrayals (mostly of Sicilian diaspora on the other side of the Atlantic) Sicily has something of a murky reputation, but the reality is totally different. The island is just as tourist-friendly as anywhere else in Italy with a very low crime rate and warm, hospitable locals. 

 

How expensive is Sicily?

Generally speaking, Sicily is a cheaper destination for accommodation, food, and general travel expenses than the established tourist destinations of northern Italy such as Rome, Florence, or Venice. Furthermore, mass tourism has yet to take hold across the island, so you’ll find far fewer overpriced souvenir shops and tourist trap restaurants trying to part you with your tourist dollar!

 

What is the best way to travel around Sicily?

Sicily is a deceptively large island. Buses and trains take a long while to get from one city to the next, and while self-drive is certainly appealing learning to drive like a local is not necessarily the most relaxing way to spend your holiday! By far the best way to travel is on one of our private customized tours, with a private driver escorting you around the island and private expert guides accompanying for all sightseeing.

 
 

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