10 Best Reasons You Should Visit Sicily
June 16, 2022
By guy yefet

Planning a trip to Italy? Here you will find the best reasons to visit Sicily Italy. Sicily has interesting historical sites, impressive architectural, picturesque towns. come and visit Sicily!

The best reasons to visit Sicily

The island of Sicily in southern Italy is a great destination.

I spent two weeks in Sicily on a road trip around the island.

You have probably heard quite a few things about Sicily, the food, the people, but in the end, there is nothing like a sight to behold.

So, if you want to get out of your routine, forget all the troubles, and fall in love with the real Italy, you should visit Sicily.

aci trezza town and harbour sicily

Whether you are traveling with the kids and the family or you're dreaming of a romantic vacation, Sicily will provide you with the best ground for a pleasant holiday.

Sicily offers the best street food, a lush culture, and spectacular architecture. So you can be sure you will not have a bad moment on a trip.

It does not matter if you choose to spend most of your time in the capital or perhaps in small villages - what is certain is that Sicily will always surprise you for a good reason.

It has a rich history, problematic politics, and many other interesting aspects, so you can be sure that after the tour here you can say that you know Italy much more deeply.

10 reasons to visit Sicily:

1/ The weather

The weather in Sicily is mostly Mediterranean and temperate, thanks to the Mediterranean Sea that surrounds the island.

An exception to this is the Etna volcano, where there is snow on the summit for much of the year.

The shoulder seasons, and especially the spring, are the favorite seasons to travel to Sicily.

The temperatures are comfortable when you can expect a warm spring with cool nights, or comfortable autumn where the nights are cooler.

In the peak summer of July-August, it may still be less pleasant to go hiking on the island. You can also expect congestion of tourists at the main attractions. For holidaymakers, however, the months of July-August are the best time to take advantage of the beaches and resorts of Sicily.

The Sicilian winter is considered mild in European terms, but the main problem with it is the rainy days.

2/ The beaches in Sicily

In Sicily, you will find some of the most beautiful beaches in Italy.

While there is plenty to see and do in Sicily and you should dedicate a significant portion of your stay to a travel around the island, but do not forget to leave enough time to spend time at the beach as well.

Sicily is the island with the largest number of beaches in the entire Mediterranean Sea, spread over more than 1,000 kilometers of coastline. The main problem you will face is which beach to choose.

Read more: 12 Most Beautiful Beaches In Sicily

beach in sicily

3/ Active Volcanoes

Several active volcanoes are located in Sicily and above all the Etna Volcano, the highest active volcano in Europe, many people come especially to Sicily to experience Mount Etna up close.

Combine a visit to the Aeolian Islands: The Aeolian Islands is a group of islands located north of Sicily and are one of the most fascinating islands in the Mediterranean, the most famous of which is Stromboli Island which is actually a huge and active volcano, and Lipari Island, a charming and spectacular island.

You can reach these islands by sailing from the city of Milazzo located between Messina and Palermo, you can board most of your boats, usually, a visit to the Aeolian Islands including a night on one of the islands, although there are also day trips departing in the morning and returning in the evening.

In addition to these two islands also to the island of Volcano, one of the most fascinating geological destinations in the world.

etna volcano sicily
Mount Etna

4/ Island Hopping

In Sicily there are many groups of islands that are recommended to visit when coming to Sicily.

It is usually a day trip that leaves Sicily and is a short sailing distance. For those who have enough time in Sicily, it is highly recommended to visit one of the amazing islands that Sicily has to offer whether it is the Aeolian Islands with volcanoes and wildlife and especially the island of Stromboli, For those who want to experience a volcanic eruption up close.

On the other side, you have the Aegean islands from there you can reach the magical and beautiful island Favignana where one of the most beautiful beaches in Italy is located. You can take a day trip or more to experience the amazing islands that are near Sicily.

boat sailing in sicily

5/ Sicilian food

When you hear the words Sicilian food it means fish, it's seafood, it's pasta, ravioli with milky pistachio, almond cakes, olive oil, and tomatoes.

The large island treasures diverse flavors, influenced by different cultures that have ruled it over the past 2,000 years.

Each region in Italy has its own street food. The more popular the county, the more vibrant and interesting its street food culture.

Sicily is perhaps the significant player in this field when literally every town has its own typical food.

You can not visit Sicily without tasting Sicilian street food like Frittola, Arancini, Pistachio, Granita, and of course Cannoli.

This is just a small part of the Sicilian food that awaits you on a visit to Sicily.

Cannoli sicilian food

6/ Authentic Experience

The main tourist sites in Sicily are important but the authentic face of the island really only comes out in the day-to-day life of the smaller towns away from the larger cities.

The best way to see Sicily is by visiting Sicilian towns which means hiring a car for a day to explore the countryside or day tripping around.

In this way of visiting the small towns of Sicily you will get to see the simple daily life of the locals. The beauty and simplicity of the people make Sicily a particularly authentic experience.

street market in palermo sicily
Local market in Sicily

7/ Charming towns

Sicily is studded with stunning cities: some small and authentic, others slightly larger and more modern. Some are small towns or fishing villages and others are remote with nature reserves, mountains, and lakes.

Sicily is a sea culture and as such every fishing village has its tradition that has not changed. Many places still look as they were and if you are looking for authenticity visit them at any beach you are.

When visiting Sicily there are some stunning towns that must be seen!

Read more: 12 charming towns to visit in Sicily

Beautiful view over the beah and toarmina town

8/ Celebrations and festivals

During the year Sicily hosts a variety of different events and festivals, in which the locals and quite a few tourists, who come to them especially take part.

Santa Rosalia Festival - As part of this special festival, celebrated in the city of Palermo in Sicily, in honor of the patron saint Rosilla, various cultural events are held to mark this important day. According to stories, St. Rosalia saved the inhabitants of the city from a severe plague, and in honor of this, great celebrations are held in gratitude. These are particularly colorful and joyful celebrations, held throughout the entire city. June 15th, Palermo.

Sicilian Cross Festival Holy Cross and Tatarata Festival - This is a particularly colorful celebration, held every year in honor of the invention of the cross, made of wood in 70 BC. The fascinating locals. May, Casteltermini.

The Infiorata di Noto - This is one of the most spectacular events on the entire island taking place on the third Sunday in May. You will be impressed by spectacular flower rugs made by artist days alongside other varied activities.

The Processione di Misteri di Trapani - This is the oldest and longest procession in all of Sicily. For 24 hours men carry on their shoulders ancient and heavy exhibits depicting significant moments in the last days of Christ until his crucifixion (starting on Holy Friday from 2 pm until the next day).

9/ The Godfather

The iconic film by Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather (1972) made actors Marland Brando, Al Pacino, and Robert De Niro star on an international scale.

The film was mostly shot in New York, but the scenes related to the family's roots in Sicily were shot in several villages and towns on the island (mostly near Catania).

In Godfather and Godfather 2, photographs were taken in: Fiumefreddo di Sicilia, Forza D’Agrò, Savoca, and in the village of Motta Camastra. In Godfather 3, a scene was filmed at the Massimo Theater in Palermo.

There is a great tour that takes you to all the places where the legendary film was shot for a perfect experience.

10/ Regional Wine

Like many regions of Italy, Sicily has a huge wine country.

Sicilian wineries are known for having their own table and dessert wines, along with varietals such as Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Sicily may be best known for Marsala wine. be sure to taste the local wines on offer while out for dinner or in a wine bar.

Sicilian winery

final thoughts

Sicily is one of my favorite destinations and not for nothing, the people, the food, the simplicity, the authenticity of the streets and markets.

Sicily is unique and different from the rest of Italy, and you have to visit Sicily to figure it out for yourself, so you should add Sicily to your bucket list!

Thank you for reading my post on the best reasons to visit Sicily.

I hope it inspires you to visit this beautiful island.

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