When to Go in Sicily

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Depending on your reasons for wanting to visit Sicily your time of travel will greatly differ. From skiing to sightseeing to enjoying all the wonderful harvest festivals, there is never a bad time to take a trip to Sicily.


During the early spring the wildflowers start to bloom along the coasts of Sicily with the interior of the island not far behind. Easter processionals are very common with many of the towns having their own on different days of Easter week. During May there is the yearly tuna harvest that if you are lucky you may get to see in one of the fishing towns along the western coast of the island. Average high temperatures are 66 F/19 C and average lows are 56 F/15 C. There is the occasional rain during the spring season.


The summer season is perfect for hiking in the mountains of Sicily and the fruit trees begin to bear fruit. The beaches become a gathering place for locals and tourists alike and will undoubtedly be crowded before the end of August. Even with the tourism along the coast the undiscovered interior of the island is vastly unvisited by tourist even though there is much to see and do. At the end of August you can enjoy the salt harvest and grape harvest each of which is a site in its own way. The average temperatures are wonderful in Sicily during the summer with highs averaging around 82 F/28 C and lows averaging around 72 F/22 C.


Sicily becomes much less crowded come the fall when families have returned home. September is the beginning of the olive harvest and coastal storms begin to thunder their way in. Seasonal rains continue through October and November. Leaves begin to change color and orange and mandarin season begin. Other than the rain the weather of a Sicilian fall is wonderful average highs are right around 73 F/23 C and lows are 64 F/18 C. Pants and an umbrella will be the only real changes you will need to make in your suitcase to enjoy this time in Sicily.


Sicilian winters are full of skiers and snow. While the coast lines will rarely see snow, the mountains will begin to be just right for the skiers. Ski touring, snowshoeing, and horse trekking are wonderful things to do in the mountains this time of year. The citrus harvest is in full gear and the almond trees are taking blossom. You will need a jacket during your winter visits with the low temperatures averaging around 51 F/10 C and highs around 60 F/15 C.

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