Useful information : When to go, Getting around...
When to go
Visitors should be aware that Sicily swelters in the summer sunshine, and that the south of the island is subject to the violent sirocco winds from Africa. Summertime is also the peak tourist season and extremely popular with Italian and foreign tourists. Prices rise with the thermometer!
This Mediterranean jewel is thus best discovered in spring, when the wild flowers are a riot of colourful blossom. You can enjoy the mild climate to quietly visit prestigious sites or relax on the long sandy beaches. Don’t miss the b>Easter week celebrations at Enna and Caltanissetta.
Autumn is equally idyllic. The temperatures are mild, prices low and the island is bathed in warm ruddy colours.
The winters are quite sunny but the days are cold. In December, the towns and villages become gripped by Christmas fever. If you are on the island at the time, pay a visit to the nativity scenes of Caltagirone.
Formalities and useful addresses
Official Tourist Office of Sicily – pti.regione.sicilia.it
By plane – Sicily's two main airports are Falcone e Borsellino international airport and Fontanarossa de Catane airport.
By boat – Many crossings from southern Italy:
Grandi Navi Veloci – From Naples - www.gnv.it - around 10 hours – From Naples - www.tirrenia.it - around 10hr30mins.
Ustica Lines – From Reggio di Calabria or Villa San Giovanni - www.usticalines.it