How to explore Sicily like a travel blogger
This is what you should not miss on a trip to Sicily, as well as some tips to see her as a real travel blogger.
Italy is one of the places in the world that many people fall in love with. And if you are a first time visitor and want to experience the good life, Sicily will amaze you with the things this place has to offer. From breathtaking views to excellent cuisine and rich history, Sicily is sure to provide you with an unforgettable vacation.
This guide will show you how to explore Sicily like a travel blogger – what to do, where to go, what to eat, what to drink and much more.
Tips for your holidays in Sicily
Sicily uses the euro, and it would be best to have some in your pocket for emergency cash. People here mainly speak Italian and regional dialects. However, in big cities you can find some who speak English. Having a phrasebook in your bag can be helpful, but it would be more convenient to install Google Translate on your smartphone.
Once you have your language translator, it’s time to learn some useful phrases to help the people of Sicily. One way to break the ice with the locals is to learn simple greetings in their language. But what better way to feel like one of the locals than learning to say “Buongiorno” or hello and also “Buona will” for good evening. And if you like people reaching out to you, you can say thank you or âGrazie Milleâ. Trust us, this simple appreciation will surely go a long way.
The perfect times to travel
Sicily is an island that is diverse and can accommodate guests all year round. Below are some of the highlights from each season that will serve as a guide for your next vacation in Sicily.
Summer equals hot weather. Warm weather equals sun, sand and sea. And yes, the Mediterranean has no shortage of famous summer destinations that will surely give tourists an unforgettable vacation.
The low season of March and April are the best times to visit Sicily in spring. Their archaeological sites have fewer visitors and the weather is forgivable. You should also consider the month of May as Noto has a baroque spring festival where they cover the city streets with flowers.
September is the month when Sicily tourism reaches its peak in terms of the number of visitors. But in October and November the crowds diminish, making it the best opportunity to fully enjoy Sicily’s tourist attractions.
Places to visit in Sicily
If you are visiting the island for the first time, you might want to visit the popular places that each of its towns has to offer. For repeat visitors, the culture, history and cuisine of Sicily will always keep them coming back for more.
Sicily’s rich history can be experienced in many of their well-maintained sites like the Greek Theater in Syracuse. The theater is still functional today and below, a jewel of attraction awaits you – the legendary cave called Ear of Dionysius.
Catacombs of the Capuchins
The Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo may be a tourist spot that is not for everyone, but its incredibly preserved history makes it a place to visit. And since you’re already in Palermo, you can visit the Ballaro Market and taste some of Italy’s best street food.
Etna and the mountain of the elephants of Catania
Etna is an active volcano and at its feet lies Sicily’s second largest city, Catania. Visit in winter and you might have a rare chance to see the Mediterranean, volcanic smoke, and snowfall at the same time. Meanwhile, in Piazza del Duomo, you can find a popular tourist spot – the Catania Elephant Fountain.
Valley of the Temples
In Agrigento, surrounded by almond trees and green fields, there are well-preserved Greek temples. Plan your visit here in March and witness the celebration of early spring at the Almond Blossom Festival.
Authentic cuisine in Sicily
One of the highlights of every trip is the food, and wherever you go, your vacation in a country won’t be complete if you don’t try their cuisine. The expression “eat well” is if Mangia bene in Sicily. Below are some of the foods and drinks that you would include in your budget when planning a trip to Sicily.
- Alla Norma pasta: Pasta alla Norma – a combination of ricotta cheese, tomatoes, basil and eggplant makes simple, tasty and perfect pasta. Combine this with red wine, the Sicilian Nero d’Avola and you have a dish your taste buds will thank you for.
- Granite: This authentic Sicilian version of ice cream, with coffee, pistachio and lemon as the base flavors, is to be enjoyed for breakfast, accompanied by a brioche bun with whipped cream.
- Cannoli : These shell-shaped fried pastries filled with sweet ricotta are one of the foods you must try in Sicily. Popular toppings include chocolate chips, orange peel candy, and pistachio.
- Ice cream : The star of all food in Sicily, their pistachio and Fichi d’India flavors are some of their bestsellers and worth checking out. Grown on infertile, volcanic organic soils, you’re sure to taste the freshest ingredients in every scoop.
- Zibibbo and Amaro: A type of dessert wine, Zibibbo is for those who want something to lengthen mealtime without the buzz. Made from Mt. Edna’s roots and herbs, Amaro di Sicilia is a liqueur that showcases local and authentic Sicilian flavors with every sip.
- Blood orange juice and espresso: Blood orange juice is a refreshing, non-alcoholic drink that comes from the citrus groves of Sicily. Espresso in Sicily, on the other hand, is a popular drink for locals and travelers alike and can be enjoyed during breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner.
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