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Sicily (Catania Region) at a glance

Sicily, a captivating island, seamlessly blends the best of Italy with enchanting island traditions and year-round sunshine. It's a living testament to the fusion of three continents in its history, cuisine, language, and its wonderfully diverse citizens. Much like their heritage, the people here are as varied as they come, forming a vibrant and welcoming tapestry.

Draped in breathtaking landscapes, architectural marvels, and pristine beaches, this island has long been a cherished haven for the elite, dating back to its inclusion in the European Grand Tour.

Sicily is also a vibrant host for numerous cultural, artistic, and religious celebrations. In the spirit of the ancient Greeks, Sicilians infuse Easter and Christmas with infectious enthusiasm. In every town and village, cherished patron saints' name days are celebrated with vibrant fireworks, sumptuous feasts, and spirited revelry. The local culture weaves a unique and unforgettable tapestry that begs to be experienced and cherished.

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The picturesque town of Catania, nestled on Sicily's vibrant East coast, boasts a thriving music scene that resonates through its charming baroque squares. This cultural hub also features an array of smart cafes and bars, creating an inviting atmosphere for both locals and visitors.

Just a stone's throw away, you'll discover the dramatic resort town of Taormina, renowned for its breathtaking vistas, and the beautiful Giardini-Naxos, both of which grace this stunning region of Sicily with their alluring presence.

Sicilian cuisine, deeply rooted in ancient traditions, is celebrated worldwide for its mouthwatering delights. The local culinary heritage places a strong emphasis on seafood, with traditional dishes like succulent tuna and swordfish, often paired with flavorsome onions, or the crispy 'lampuga' (common dolphinfish). Anchovies with toasted breadcrumbs offer another delectable specialty. Sicily is also home to the coveted Pachino IGP cherry tomato, featured in many traditional recipes, either fresh or sun-dried, adding a burst of flavor to each dish. As for sweets and desserts, indulge in 'cubbaita,' a sesame nougat, or 'cuccia,' a delectable grain-based sweet generously garnished with cream or ricotta.

Sicily's vibrant outdoor markets are a testament to the island's enduring traditions. These lively bazaars grace the same ancient streets that they did in the 10th century, offering a treasure trove of gastronomic delights and unique souvenirs. While Palermo and Catania boast some of the most renowned markets, nearly every town in Sicily hosts its own charming weekly market, each a delightful opportunity to immerse yourself in the island's rich culture.

Things To See

Discover Agrigento: Where Ancient Temples Tell Timeless Stories

Journey back to 528 BC when Agrigento was founded, a city that now stands as one of the Mediterranean's most significant gems. Its mesmerizing temples, enshrined on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1997, gracefully grace the valley below the modern town. As you wander through this historical tapestry, the Temple of Olympian Zeus majestically guards the right flank of the Aurea gate. Surrounding it, a vast sacred expanse unfolds, where the iconic Temple of Castor and Pollux, with its striking angular columns, whispers the secrets of centuries past.

Mount Etna: Europe's Towering Volcanic Wonder

On the enchanting east coast of Sicily, in the metropolitan city of Catania, you'll find the towering sentinel of nature - Il Monte Etna. This iconic volcano, considered one of the world's most emblematic, has been a proud member of the World Heritage List since 2013. Earthquakes and rivers of molten lava have tirelessly sculpted its landscape, birthing extraordinary fertility that blesses the land with precious agricultural bounties. Here, the relentless forces of nature offer both beauty and sustenance in equal measure.

Pantalica: Sicily's Ancient Necropolis Unearthed

Venture to the serene southeast of Sicily, where the timeless Necropolis of Pantalica waits to reveal its secrets. This hallowed ground hosts an intricate collection of cemeteries, their rock-hewn chamber tombs dating back from the 7th to the 13th centuries BC. With every step, you'll uncover the whispers of an ancient civilization, forever etched into the very rocks they called home.

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Weather

August is the hottest month in Catania with an average temperature of 28°C (82°F) and the coldest is January at 13°C (55°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 14 in July. The wettest month is October with an average of 102mm of rain. 

Max_temp Max Temp C Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Catania 13 13 15 16 20 25 28 28 25 21 17 14
London 6 7 10 13 17 20 22 21 19 14 10 7
Sun Sunshine Hours Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Catania 6 8 9 10 12 13 14 13 10 8 8 7
London 1 2 4 5 6 7 6 6 5 3 2 1