Travel Advice for Italy

Don Camillo Ristorante, Siracusa

7 Signature Sicilian Dishes and the Best Places to Try Them

In Sicily, culinary tradition is a unique mix of flavors from the Greeks, Arabs, and Normans who once called this island home. Dynamic food experiences reach far beyond Sicily's famed eggplant specialty, caponata. To give you a glimpse of Sicily’s food culture, we share a few less-talked-about (but equally important) signature dishes—paired with a list of restaurants locals swear by.

Temple of Juno, an ancient Greek landmark in the Valley of the Temples outside Agrigento.

A Week in Sicily: 3 Great Self-Drive Itineraries

If you have a week in Sicily, it’s best to focus on one or two regions as opposed to trying to see everything. There's the wine country of the west, the medieval villages of the southeast and the giant Etna volcano in between. The following 7-day itineraries offer some of these attractions, plus incredible food, dramatic coastal views and a history and culture that stretches to time immemorial.

The salt pans of Trapani at sunset

Sicily in 3 days: 2 Short Coastal Tour Options

With three days you can encounter a slice of Sicily and its wonderful coastlines, culture and ancient ruins. We have brought together two itineraries that show off these highlights and more. One trip starts from the bustling city of Palermo and continues to the scenic wineries of western Sicily. The other takes you to the younger Catania, located in the shadow of Mt. Etna and close to quaint seaside resorts. Both itineraries will introduce you to Sicily's culture of wine, food and music that together create an unforgettable experience.

The ruins of Taormina theater at sunset

How many days do you need in Sicily?

Sicily can be experienced in as little as 3 to 5 days if you are short on time and interested in a quick coastal retreat. However, it’s much better to spend at least a week discovering this Mediterranean paradise. If you have 7 days you can explore a meaningful section of the island. Lucky travelers who have 14 days for their trip to Sicily can comfortably drive around Italy's entire coastline, experiencing the island's colorful clash of amazing flavors, ancient ruins, medieval villages, beaches and volcanoes.

A woman walks the empty beach of Cefalu in the winter.

When is the best time of year to Visit Sicily

Sicily's iconic beaches, historic palaces and cathedrals are best visited from May to June or September to October, when temperatures hover around 70ºF (21ºC). While the weather is ideal during these periods, be prepared for larger crowds and higher prices. Prices for accommodation drop and the tourist crowds thin out at other times of the year, making off-season travel a good option. Travel in November and December is highly recommended for these reasons.