Travel Planning
Sicily
Travel Planning
Sicily

Sicily at a Glance

The island of Sicily and the scattered smaller islands to its north are some of Italy's sunniest and warmest spots. This area has been a crossroads of cultures for generations and is a wonderful place to enjoy history, architecture and distinctive Mediterranean cooking. 

Whether you enjoy antiquities, beaches or steaming volcanoes, there will be an activity for you on the island of Sicily or on a nearby island accessible via ferry. Explore mosaic-clad churches and older Roman structures. Wander through dusty medieval streets or discover an ancient Roman forum. Admire architecture with Arab, Byzantine, African and European influences. Taste tomatoes, ricotta, eggplants, basil, olives, pine nuts and almonds that are the staples of regional cuisine. 

Hikers will be drawn to the smoking crater of nearby Stromboli or the famous crater of Etna. Relax in hot mud baths, or take your seat at the beach.  

What to Expect
High Season
May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Falcone-Borsellino Airport
      • Major Airport Catania–Fontanarossa Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter Italy if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. For more information, visit an Italian Consulate's office. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Railroad Palermo Centrale
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Sicily's hot, Mediterranean climate is warm year-round. 

      Safety Concerns Watch out for the pick pockets and scammers that frequent Italy's tourist attractions. Protect your belongings, and never leave them unattended. If you rent a car, take precautions to make sure that it is not stolen. 

      Health Concerns Sicily has good drinking water and a good public health record. Stay healthy by practicing good personal hygiene.