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Sicilian summers stretch well into September and beyond, so just when most people are heading back to work, a week or two in Sicily looks infinitely appealing. Enjoy Sicily’s spectacular sights without the fierce August temperatures and take your pick of local food festivals that celebrate the best local autumnal produce in towns and villages. Choose from some of our top holiday autumn Sicily. Holiday Autumn in Sicily East Grape-picking on Mount Etna (September and October) Be part of the vineyard action on a grape-picking day on the slopes of Mount Etna. Spend the day at a wine estate in…

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Despite a year-round calendar of events and festivities Sicily in August is the month when things really get busy. Alongside some of the more prominent celebrations, smaller villages and towns find plenty of – often food-related – reasons to celebrate and dramatic performances and concerts are staged at several of the island’s Greek theatres. Over the Bank Holiday of Ferragosto (15 August), the whole country stops work to have fun and fireworks light up the night sky. Book your Sicily villas with private pool and find the most prominent August events. Knights and jousting at Piazza Armerina The generally quiet…

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Finding a holiday that suits all is never easy and the chances are that, if you are holidaying with a group of friends, at least two of you will have differing opinions as to what constitutes a good holiday. The good news is that whether you a city sightseer or a classic sun worshipper, with careful planning, there are plenty of options for a holidays in Sicily in September. Get the best of both worlds this autumn with a late sunshine break in Sicily where you can combine sightseeing with beach time. As the fierce heat of the summer months…

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If you are panicking that you may have left it too late to find a two week holiday in Sicily this summer, think again. We still have several villas with pools available during July and August and splitting your stay across two locations means that you get to see more of the island and can enjoy two very different holiday experiences. How to spend two weeks in Sicily? Here are a few ideas and winning combinations to get you started. Two weeks in Sicily: city and beach Staying in a city such as Modica or Syracuse gives you plenty of…

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Packed with extraordinary art and architecture, Sicily’s south east coast corner is an ideal retreat at any time of the year. Try to find time for a few beach visits if you’re holidaying here in the heat of the summer but our guess is that at any time, you may still struggle to squeeze in everything there is to see in this unique region. If ever you needed an example of a silver lining to a natural disaster, the eight towns in the Val di Noto, a combined UNESCO site, are the perfect illustration. Flattened by an earthquake in 1693,…

The Greco-Roman amphitheatre in Taormina with Mt Etna behind.

With so much to see on one island, it is clearly not possible to see all of Sicily’s great sights in one go although with some careful planning, you can cover a fair bit in one trip. These are some of the things you might want to consider before you decide on the best place to stay in Sicily and book a villa for your holiday. Sightseeing v sunbathing Be realistic about how much time you want to devote to ‘seeing the sights’. If you prefer to do your sightseeing in small chunks and just focus on a couple of…

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Perched on Sicily’s north coast, just over an hour from Palermo city centre, Cefalù Sicily is one of the island’s top spots for a holiday villa in the sun.  Gorgeous sandy beaches are a major magnet but a fascinating historic centre and the city’s geographic location make it a great destination for anyone who finds it hard to choose between sightseeing and chilling on the beach. Make tracks for the beach The main beach at Cefalù is one of Sicily’s finest, a long sandy strip, overlooked by the lungomare promenade, which stretches alongside the town. Be prepared for the crowds…

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It would be easy to overlook the stretch of southern Sicilian coastline between Selinunte and the dramatic white rock face of the Scala dei Turchi, lured instead by the baroque towns and the sandy beaches of the island’s south east.  Rich in its own historic sites, however, and with pretty fishing towns and picturesque beaches backed by white cliffs, it is a great place for a beach and sightseeing holiday in the Sicily south coast. Sicily Greek temples: history and archaeology Bookmarked by the great Greek archaeological sites of Selinunte to the west and the Valley of the Temples at…

Cala Rossa - beautiful bay of Favignana island near Sicily.

One of the highlights of a holiday in Sicily is taking to the seas and exploring some of the smaller offshore islands, either on a private charter excursion or as part of an organised tour. Several of the islands, such as Lampedusa and Pantelleria, are too far to visit on a day trip but the Aeolian Archipelagos and Aegadian islands are well within reach. These are a few of our guests’ favourite offshore excursions. Day trips Sicily from Aeolian islands The dramatic scenery and spectacularly clear waters around the Sicily Aeolian Island make them a popular choice with hikers and…

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In need of inspiration this summer? Find out what’s on offer in May and June! Warm sunshine, tranquil beaches and some seriously discounted villas all add up to a great holiday. Take a break in Sicily in May or June and you can save up to 20% on the cost of your villa. These are some of our top savings and most popular villas for an early summer getaway.   Villa Arte Mare Blue – save 10% before 2 June Pop down to Cefalù’s sandy beaches or explore the hilltop villages of the Madonie mountains from your base at Villa…