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SICILY TRAVEL GUIDE - PLAN YOUR VACATION IN SICILY

Six reasons why you should travel to Sicily

Perfectly located in the heart of the Mediterranean, Sicily has been captivating travelers for years with its dramatic landscapes and cultural riches. Use this Sicily Travel Guide to find out more about this large island in the southernmost part of Italy, known for its fantastic food, ideal climate and architectural gems with over 2500 years of ancient history. Sicily is where you’ll find some of the Mediterranean’s best beaches, with powder-fine white sands, smooth gray pebbles, and hidden coves. The landscape is evocative and diverse. Beyond the beaches, there are lush mountains, towering cliffs, and deep forests. Sicily is the perfect place for outdoor activities, as visitors can climb the erupting volcano of Mount Etna, dive in the pristine, warm waters or explore the many offshore islands. Known for its amazing food culture, the fertile island is the perfect growing site for flavorful local ingredients. Award-winning wines, rich olive oil, fresh fish and delicious pasta dishes are some of the island’s “must haves.”From Byzantine mosaics to ancient Greek temples and Roman cathedrals, Sicily is dotted with rich sites of ancient history and architectural masterpieces.The capital city of the island, Palermo, has been the center of a vibrant cross-cultural exchange for millennia, and crumbling 12th-century ruins are scattered between enticing markets and modern museums.- Where is Sicily?Sicily is an island in the central Mediterranean Sea, forming the southernmost region of Italy. It is separated from the Italian mainland to the east by the Strait of Messina and is situated about 56 miles north of the island of Malta.- What is the best season for a vacation in Sicily?Sicily enjoys a long summer, where the balmy weather starts in spring and continues into autumn - and even when the temperatures soar in midsummer, the northeastern side of the island is cooled by the coastal breeze. In May and June, you’ll find the harbors bustling with fishermen bringing in fresh tuna, and it’s also when the orange and almond trees burst into bloom. For a cozy winter getaway, Sicily’s hilly interior enjoys snowfall in winter, and Mount Etna is usually capped with white peaks from October to May.

Practical Information

A holiday to Sicily offers fun-filled days spent enjoying the Mediterranean seaside, traveling to lofty, historical landmarks and eating scrumptious Sicilian cuisine.Before planning an itinerary and booking a trip to Mount Etna or exploring the pristine Aeolian islands, it's essential to have the correct Sicily travel information. Here’s helpful tips on insurance requirements, visa and travel documents, money management, communication, health and packing tips.
  • WHAT DOCUMENTATION DO I NEED TO TRAVEL TO ITALY?
    All citizens traveling to Sicily need a passport with at least six months validity before the date of departure. European Union (EU) citizens can enter with a current identification card or passport, but nationals from countries outside the EU should find out about visa requirements at the Italian Embassy in their country, as Italy is a Schengen country."
  • DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE IF TRAVELING TO ITALY?
    The Italian national healthcare system provides emergency medical care free of charge in emergency rooms of public hospitals. EU citizens with European Health Insurance Cards can access state-provided healthcare at reduced costs or sometimes for free, depending on the type of care required. Most medical practitioners such as GPs and dentists, as well as private hospitals, expect payment upfront. Before traveling, find out what services your health insurance covers to ensure you’re reimbursed in the event of unexpected medical treatment. Private hospitals can be expensive, so health insurance is recommended. As with all traveling, many insurance policies cover potentially hazardous activities such as motorcycling and watersports. To guard against injury and theft of valuables take out comprehensive travel insurance.
  • IS IT DANGEROUS FOR MY HEALTH TO VISIT ITALY?
    Sicily is a low-risk country in terms of health safety. Officially, travelers do not require any vaccinations. However, MMR, Tetanus-Diphtheria and Influenza vaccinations are recommended.
  • HOW DO YOU PAY IN ITALY?
    Sicily’s official currency is the Euro. It’s advisable to exchange some money before departing as airport ATMs have been known to run out of cash during busy arrival times. While exchange bureaus are present in most tourist areas, the rates tend to be pricier than back home. ATMs are widely available, and most places accept MasterCards and Visa Credit Cards, however, because some museums and smaller establishments might only accept cash, it's recommended tourists carry a few Euros with them. In general, traveler's cheques can be difficult and time-consuming to cash in. When it comes to service, tips are usually automatically added to the restaurant bill, so tipping isn’t necessary but if need be adding up to 10% of the total bill is considered acceptable. In restaurants, paying for bread appetizers and a cover charge is standard practice. Leaving small change for taxi drivers, coffee baristas and bartenders is common.
  • WHAT ARE THE TIMEZONES IN ITALY?
    Sicilia se rige por la hora de Europa Central, UTC+1.