Sicily, Italy

From the Paleolithic cave paintings at Levanzo, to the utterly magnificent ancient Greek and Roman ruins, there are few destinations which offer travelers a range of historical and diverse experiences as Sicily. Home to the forever remembered Corleone family in Mario Puzo’s masterpiece The Godfather, history and culture are an integral part of Sicilian life. With deep traditions in wine, citrus and oil, whatever your tastes, you are sure to be spoiled during your visit.

The cuisine is simply flawless. This is largely in part due to the sheer quality and freshness of the ingredients that Sicilian chefs have to choose from. The lemons and olives of the island are world-famous, as are the pistachios grown on Mount Etna. The warm currents of the Mediterranean also provide some of the best-tasting fish and seafood, including anchovies, tuna and prawns. Pair one of these delectable dishes with one of the ultimately satisfying local wine choices for a mouthwatering experience you’ll look back on for years.

If you’re up for some adventure and exploration, take a day trip to Mount Etna to satisfy your cravings. Feast your eyes upon the largest volcano in Italy, a natural wonder and must-see for any traveler who appreciates the exceptional. Extend your day trip to the beautiful town of Taormina, and enjoy the nightlife and restaurants of Catania, and you have the makings of a truly unforgettable Sicilian experience.

Relax in the sun along one of Sicily’s many beaches and endless shorelines, and enjoy the Mediterranean climate. The inviting climate attracts visitors not only from the region, but from around the world. Keep in mind, it is not just a beach destination, but skiing at Mount Etna is a definite must in winter. The location is characterized by moderate temperatures, wet winters and dry summers, most similar to the climate of southern California. Pack your sunblock in the summer months and your mittens in December and January, as Mount Etna receives snow for skiing and sledding adventures. Sicily’s climate also varies between its coastal and inland regions, and sea temperatures range from around 60ºF in the winter, and approximately 80ºF in the summer.

WEATHER: Monthly Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
High 54° 54° 55° 61° 66° 73°
Low 41° 41° 43° 46° 54° 59°
Rainfall 2.6 in. 1.6 in. 1.3 in. 1.4 in. 0.6 in. 0.4 in.
Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
High 79° 79° 75° 70° 63° 55°
Low 64° 66° 63° 57° 50° 45°
Rainfall 0.4 in. 0.7 in. 1.1 in. 1.9 in. 2.6 in. 3.1 in.