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For families looking for sunnier climes without the cost, Sicily is an inspired choice. With April temperatures nudging 18°C, the weather is ideal for a family adventure on one of Europe’s most fascinating islands. Climb a volcano Wander across the lunar landscape of Europe’s highest active volcano. Choose from a selection of jeep tours and guided walks, depending on the age of your children, to explore the smoking craters and snaking lava flows of Mount Etna. Villa Viscalori is a traditional Sicilian villa, with antique furniture and ceramics with a pool and huge garden that overlook the slopes of Mount…

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Springtime in Sicily is awash with spectacular processions, floral displays and warm sunshine. Take a look at some of our favourite Spring events. Easter on Sicily’s north west coast The Procession of the Mysteries in Trapani on Good Friday is amongst the most evocative and traditional of Sicily’s Easter celebrations. The 24-hour event sees a two-mile procession of thousands of people and marching bands follow the 20 wooden ‘Mysteries’ as they are carried on volunteers’ shoulders through the streets of the city. Nearby, there are also Good Friday processions at Erice and Buseto Palizzolo. Cupole Arabe’s unique dome-shaped accommodation is…

sicily water activities

Warm weather in Sicily summer with temperatures currently nudging 30° plus, the only way to really cool down is to make tracks for some water.  Most of our Sicily villas with private pool have a direct access to the sea but if you are looking for something a little more active, there are also water-based activities for everyone in the family. Sicily water activity in the Alcantara Gorge Situated on the east coast of Sicily, just inland from Taormina, the Alcantara Gorge is the place for adrenalin-charged activities.  River trekking and body rafting are both on offer and canyoning can…

Noto

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,…

best family activities in Sicily

One of the reasons that we think Sicily is so great for a family villa holiday is that it offers things to do so much more than a just a beach break. Like everyone else, we certainly need our dose of holiday inertia but throwing in a couple of activities is great for family bonding and having fun together. Not every activity needs to involve action man levels of energy – in fact some are distinctly laidback – but they are all guaranteed to keep everyone in the family entertained with exciting events.   Street food tour Start with the…

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Blessed with around 300 days of sunshine a year, Sicily’s climate is heaven sent for wine-making. Add to that the island’s territory and tradition – no less than 25 centuries of wine-making – and you start to understand some of the reasons for the growing interest in Sicilian wine. The wine renaissance on the island first started to gain momentum in the 1990’s and gradually the focus has shifted from quantity to quality, bringing with it a new wave of boutique wineries focused on bringing some superior wines and vintage experiences to the wine-loving world. Compared to regions such as…

Infiorata di Noto

With its broad mix of invaders and fascinating history, it is not surprising that Sicily’s cultural calendar is peppered with colourful events and celebrations. From re-enactments of Norman conquests to the decoration of streets with floral carpets, the Mediterranean’s largest island provides its visitors with plenty of spectacular events throughout the year.   Palio dei Normanni at Piazza Armerina The otherwise sleepy town of Piazza Armerina springs into action between 12-14 August (weather is usually good) each year with the medieval pageant of the Palio dei Normanni. Re-enacting the key historical moment of the conquest of Sicily in 1061 by…

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Top of the class? Make learning fun on a holiday in Sicily Travelling is by its very nature educational but there’s nothing to say that you can’t have fun at the same time! Greek ruins, history by the bucket load and a landscape that would enhance any geography lesson all make Sicily a fascinating destination. Better still, with castles, caves and Europe’s tallest active volcano, the island is as appealing for kids as for adults. So while some in your party might be more than happy to lounge on the beach or chill by the villa pool, there are enough…

budget-villas-in-sicily

We’ve got a few suggestions for holidays in Sicily that cost under £50 per person per day! Pick your dates and accommodation wisely and you can holiday in Sicily this spring or summer for less than £50pp per day, including your accommodation and flights!  A mid-April Easter weekend in 2017 makes an Easter break in Sicily more appealing than ever but there’s also plenty going on in Sicily right through the year if you are looking for inspiration.   Easter in Modica: one week from £252 per person Visit Modica at Easter and you’ll get the best of all worlds:…

The Times Wish Sicily

MORE THAN JUST A HOLIDAY Wish Sicily included in the Times’ round-up of family holidays with an educational twist   Just how educational do you want your holiday to be? As stories emerge of parents taking tutors on family holidays and holiday companies offering language lessons, there’s little doubt that just being in a different environment and absorbing the local culture can be hugely educational. Add to that some exceptional geographical features and a bit of ancient history, and you’re on to a winner! The Times newspaper’s feature on holiday breaks that inspire and educate includes staying in one of…