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Sicily and summertime go hand in hand but with a warm weather season that stretches from April to October, the summer months are by no means the only time to visit this vibrant island. We take a look at each of the seasons and weigh up the pros and cons of visiting Sicily at different times of the year. Spring Possibly the loveliest time of year to visit Sicily, the months of April and May are bathed in gentle sunshine and so ideal for walking or exploring the island’s fascinating sights. This is the time to drink in the sight…

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Sicily’s reputation as the go-to destination for beach-lovers is well-known. Stretching for an eye-catching 1,000km or so, the island’s coastline is a wonderful combination of sandy beaches, pebbly coves and untamed nature reserves. Yet it only takes one visit to Sicily to quickly realise that its towns and cities are as big a draw as its beaches. While away the hours wandering through narrow winding streets and explore the magnificent squares and imposing cathedrals that dominate ancient historic town centres. To help you on your journey, we highlight some of the best villas and locations for a city break in…

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There’s plenty of good advice in the Times travel section today on where to find the best last-minute budget breaks in school holidays and beyond. Wish Sicily is top of the list of 50 best budget holidays for summer. Suggestions include Villa Rebecca, a brand new 4-bedroom villa with private pool and Casa Sant’Anna, a family villa for 5. Finding high-quality villas with a pool is never easy at this time of year, so, not surprisingly, the villas are getting snapped up quickly. However, there are still several school holiday weeks available, as well as all of September, so the…

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Anyone who has holidayed in Italy in mid-August will know that 15 August is Ferragosto, the national Bank Holiday which sees most of the country shutting up shop and heading for the beach. Essentially marking Assumption Day, the national holiday is a religious one, but it also marks the beginning of Italy’s holiday period. Ferragosto celebrations take place across the country, ranging from local village-based events to huge crowd-pulling occasions such as Siena’s Palio. In Sicily, most activities are focused around the beach, with some towns and villages also organising festivals, processions and fireworks. Not surprisingly, the celebrations spill out…

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How much do you know about Sicily? The Mafia, beaches and great food immediately spring to mind but delve further and you may be surprised by what you find.  In fact, holiday just once in Italy’s southernmost region and you may find yourself curiously addicted. Read on for some insider tips on some of the best things to see and do in Sicily. Visit some of the Med’s top archaeological sites Sicily was the star of Magna Graecia and rivals Greece for ancient Greek architecture.  At the Valley of the Temples near Agrigento, the remains of the Doric temples are…

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If, like us, you’re longing for bright skies and warm Spring sunshine, the chances are you’ll be poring through online magazines and websites for holiday inspiration. Luckily for us, Spring comes early to Sicily so while much of Europe is still wrestling with late April showers, our thoughts are turning to fresh Springtime flavours and flowers. Read on to discover just five of the many reasons why Sicily is perfect for a holiday in May or June. Top tourist attractions Sightseeing in May or June means relatively crowd-free attractions. Sites such as Segesta and Selinunte are fascinating for anyone interested…

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If you’re anything like us, as soon as the last crumbs of panettone are hoovered up, summer holidays are next on the agenda! While it’s tempting to put off any final decision making, if you’re one of the lucky ones with some time off work between Christmas and New Year, this is the ideal opportunity to put your heads together. So just to start you on your way, we’ve gathered together some of our favourite holiday ideas. Happy holiday planning and Happy New Year! Easter treats Bask in some early Spring sunshine on an Easter break in Sicily. As well…

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Holiday habits have changed enormously in recent years, with many of us finding that just a few days away can be a wonderful way to recharge your batteries at any time of year.  There is certainly something very thrilling about hopping on an early morning flight on a Thursday or Friday with the prospect of three glorious days filled with new sights, warm sunshine and delicious local food ahead of you! Short city breaks have always been popular and with its glut of beautiful cities and Instagrammable sights, Italy has always been one of the top spots for short breaks…

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If you have always assumed that the best time to visit Sicily is in the summer, think again. Take a holiday in Sicily in September or October and you can enjoy the double delights of the last of the summer sun and delicious food found in Sicily in Autumn. If you holiday in Sicily in November and December, there are crowd-free museums, churches and archaeological sites and some spectacular Christmas nativity scenes. A trip to Sicily in winter may be all you need to get into the festive spirit. Autumn in Sicily With a longer warm-weather season than northern and…

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Choosing a villa overseas can be a bit of a minefield, even when you know the destination, so finding a Sicily travel guide is a wise place to start. If you are looking for somewhere to stay in an unknown location, careful planning and research is key to making the best of your holiday in Sicily, for everyone.  Identify the needs and interests of your group and, if you are planning a holiday with other families or a large party, establish a realistic budget from the outset. You should also decide which part of Sicily you want to visit during…