That's where I want to go on my next trip abroad! Just
imagine, a holiday on this delightful island in the middle of the Mediterranean,
with its 700 miles of coastline, fascinating old cities, important museums
and archaeological sites, Europe's largest active volcano, unique offshore
islands; all accompanied by delicious food and prize-winning wines!
The richly complex personality of Sicily is due to its splendid position, a stepping-stone between Europe and Africa, mid-way between the Straits of Gibralter and the Bosphorus; the fertile soil and mild climate have made it a land to be conquered at all costs, so in the course of the centuries, about 18 different ethnic groups have made it their home. It's a melting pot! Nothing could be easier than to organize your tour, thanks to our fleet of vehicles; cars which you can hire with or without driver, buses and vans. On request, we can supply English-speaking drivers, or even driver-guides to accompany you on your tour. Enlist the precious help of one of our expert, fully authorized tour guides, in order to get the most out of your trip. You can easily learn to cook Sicilian-style during your holiday; appreciate the art of wine production; go to the opera in the lovely theatres of Messina, Palermo or Catania; play some golf; or even trace your Sicilian ancestors - look up your roots!
20% of the island is protected by nature reserves and parks, ideal for birdwatching or trekking.
Travelling in Sicily is possible year round. It is, after all, a kind of paradise on earth. But travellers should bear in mind that there can be heavy rainstorms in October and November and that it is usually very hot in July and August; when the scirocco blows the temperature can reach 40° C and higher. Springtime is lovely and February-March is the best time to see the wild flowers. In March, April and May school parties can often descend on historical sites and museums but with a little careful planning one can avoid them. Often the best time to visit the Roman Villa at Piazza Armerina or the Greek Theatre in Taormina, for example, is at lunch time (between 13.00 and 15.00) when it can be quite peaceful. The maestrale, the prevailing wind around Messina and the Aeolian Islands, blows from the northwest, often making it difficult for the hydrofoils to reach the offshore islands in winter, and sometimes even the ferryboats have problems. Strong winds sometimes affect communications between Trapani and the Egadi Islands. But the advantages of travelling in Sicily during the winter are fewer crowds, cloudless skies, mild weather, and the incomparable spectacle of Mount Etna covered in snow.