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Whether you’ve already fallen in love with Italy or are planning your first trip to experience la dolce vita, Sicily will spoil you with some of the best the Mediterranean has to offer. From excellent cuisine to rich history and breathtaking views, Sicily has you covered for an unforgettable stay. In this Sicily Travel Guide, you’ll find the best things to do in Sicily, the top places to visit in Sicily on tour, and so much more.
Languages: Italian, regional dialects, and some English in larger cities. It may be helpful to download a translation app or bring a phrasebook to use when you travel to Sicily. If you want to learn a bit of the lingo before you take off, check out some Italian phrases to know before you go.
How to travel in Sicily: On foot or by private motor coach. Once you’re settled in a city, most sites will be within walking distance. When traveling between cities, taking a private bus offers views of Sicily’s beautiful countryside and allows for stops along the coast or in smaller, scenic towns.
Phrases to know: Picking up simple greetings is a great way to strike up a conversation with the locals. It’s also one of our favorite tips for traveling to Sicily. Using “buongiorno” for a quick good morning and “buonasera” for good evening will have you feeling like a local. “Grazie mille” goes a long way for many thanks to anyone who helps you along the way.
The island of Sicily has so much to offer year-round. We’ve outlined some of each season’s highlights in this Sicily Travel Guide so that you can plan for an incredible trip to Sicily any time of year!
Summer months call for lighter clothing, while off-season travel means packing layers. Even coastal cities can get quite hot, so you’ll want to be prepared for beach weather. Its proximity to the Mediterranean keeps Sicily’s weather relatively mild, but you’ll still want options in case of wind or rain in the off-season. Keep these tips in mind so you can spend less time packing and more time thinking about what to do in Sicily.
Visiting Sicily for the first time? You’ll want to catch some of the island’s historical highlights and incredible Mediterranean views. If you’ve been before, you know there’s so much left to discover. Sicily will have you returning for its history, culture, and cuisine as often as possible. Each city boasts unique sites to visit. Here are a few of our favorite things to see in Sicily on our Sicily tours or during free time.
One of the best ways to enjoy Sicily is to live like the locals. That means having an easygoing, open approach to your free time to see where the day takes you. No one will blame you for spending hours enjoying a meal, relaxing at a beach, or admiring ornately decorated churches and historic architecture. If you ask a local for things to do in Sicily, we guarantee they’ll suggest one or two of those laid-back activities. Here are some recommendations for free time in Sicily’s unique cities and natural attractions.
In Sicily, they say si mangia bene, which means you’ll be eating well! So hopefully your list of things to do in Sicily involves eating lots and lots of food. In fact, the food may very well be one of the best things about your trip. We don’t blame you if you get nostalgic for some of these dishes once you’re back home. Pro tips for Sicily: Add the Sicilian villa lunch & Noto village excursion. It’s one of our travelers’ favorite things to do in Sicily—and your taste buds will thank you.
Check out how to order gelato in our article here.
Whether you’re looking to start the day off strong with a classic espresso, or are winding down after a bountiful meal, Sicily has you covered with these traditional drinks.
It’s normal to be be a little sad about having to return home after experiencing Sicily’s natural beauty. Here are some souvenirs you can take with you that will keep you dreaming of your next trip!
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