Yes, Sicily appears like it’s being kicked out of Italy by the point of the boot, it’s very much a part of this multifaceted country. This island of Sicily Italy has its own separated cultures and is worthy a travel to all on its own – not least because it’s intriguing enough to get here from the Italian mainland that you really don’t want to short-change yourself by just taking a few days to see it.
There are various big and attractive cities to travel to, along with some really cool Greek ruins and a very active volcano. Do yourself a favor and pass at least a week, maybe more. Just remember that summers can get very hot, so try to keep away from going then.
Where to Go on Sicily holidays and What to Do
Palermo is Sicily’s capital city and is busy and active. You could well pass several days in Palermo and not see all. But you’ll want to get beyond Palermo, too. Research the Greek temples and other ruins in Agrigento and Syracuse (Siracusa) and a beautiful Greek theatre in Taormina, which is also a fashionable tourist resort on the Mediterranean sea. If you’re into skiing or mountain hiking, find how active Mount Etna is and whether you can safely ski or climb it – it has a disposition to spit ash and lava into the air every so often, so it’s always good to check safety ahead. And you can’t visit Sicily for holidays without sampling the local seafood.
Getting to Sicily and planning your trip
The best time of the year to go to Sicily is early fall (September) or spring (May and June). September is best for people who love to swim in the sea. The water is warm and inviting. Never go in late July and August when Italians take their annual holiday. That is when hotels charge the highest prices and the beaches are overcrowded.
Most people fly to Palermo or Catania airports which are served by traditional carriers and budget airlines. You can take an overnight ferry from Naples, but it’s cheaper and faster to fly. You can also take the train from Rome or Naples (again the train is more expensive than air travel), but be prepared for a long railway journey. There is still no bridge between the mainland and Sicily, and if cynical Italians are to be believed, there will never be one, even though the crossing is very narrow. What happens is the train arrives at the “toe” of the Italian boot, Reggio di Calabria, and the Italian railway workers put the rail cars on a ferry and, 25 minutes later, unload them at Messina in Sicily for the trip to Palermo.
Catania is a more convenient place to fly in and out of than Palermo, if you plan to stay mostly in Taormina and the eastern/southeastern part of Sicily. Rent a car and explore Palermo for one to two days. Although most of the preserved Greek temples are in Western Sicily (Agrigento and Segesta), that part of the island has fewer hotels and amenities for travelers.
Getting to your Sicily holidays
Palermo has a big airport, so if you are been after a trip to Sicily on its own it’s a great idea to fly in and out of Palermo. If you can’t do that for a sensible price, you can take a flight to Rome or Milan and then get a short flight to Palermo from the Italy. Start by hunting down for deals on airfare to Italy.
Where to Stay in your Sicily holidays
There are a lot of hotels and hostels scattered throughoug Sicily, though they’ll vary in price and quality. In cities like Taormina, which is a holiday resort area, you’re in all likelihood to find higher prices on accommodations – but you may find extraordinarily cheap accommodations far outside from tourist centers, too. Start with a research of these Sicily hostels and Sicily hotels and book a room today.