Sicily Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Sicily

The best time to visit Sicily is from May to June or September to October. These late spring and early fall months offer hospitable temperatures in the 70s and low 80s, which are ideal for temple gazing, beach lazing or hiking. These are both considered shoulder seasons, and you may be able to score some discounts. If you plan a July or August vacation, you'll contend with lots of crowds, high prices and the hottest temperatures of the year. Winter sees temperatures in the 50s and low 60s; you can find greatly reduced hotel rates, but swimming in the ocean isn't an option.

Weather in Sicily

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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

May-June

These two months see 70- and 80-degree days, which make beach bumming a pleasure. Still, you may be wrestling with crowds, including children visiting on school buses, at some of the top attractions, since this is one of Sicily's shoulder seasons.

Key Events:

July-August

Monthly highs reach the mid-80s during this period. To beat the heat, there are usually throngs of people along beaches. Many businesses and hotels close temporarily in August, so be sure to confirm reservations before you visit.

Key Events:

  • Feast of Santa Rosalia (Palermo, July)
  • Ferragosto (August)
  • Palio dei Normanni (August)

September-October

Following Sicily's hot summer, early fall brings in 70-degree temperatures once again. Along with May and June, this is the Italian island's shoulder season.

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November-April

Sicily is cool in the winter, with temperatures ranging from the high 40s to the mid-60s. And many of the top things to do – relaxing on the beach, climbing Mount Etna, hiking through the natural preserve – take place out of doors. Yes, you can find some massive deals, but you won't see Sicily at its best, as some attractions close earlier, as well. What's more, Easter and Christmas are also considered high season, so it may be best to avoid the island over the holidays. This time of year can also see heavy rains.

Key Events:

  • Almond Blossom Festival (Agrigento, February)
  • Feast of St. Agatha (Catania, February)
  • ChocoModica (October)

Popular Times to Visit Sicily

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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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