Where to go in Sicily in autumn

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Joel Fulleda

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With one of the mildest climates in the boot, Sicily is a splendid region to visit all year round. But, if you were wondering what time is best to visit outside of the scorching summer, autumn might be the answer. September still offers respectable temperatures, from the beach, and, continuing with the months, the region is tinged with colors, shades, of parties and festivals of all kinds that delight the most demanding palates and the most attentive tourists. Let's see then where to go in Sicily in autumn.


  1. Info climate and temperatures
  2. Holidays in the city between art and culture
  3. Holidays in nature: villages, trails and mountainous routes
  4. Weekend in Sicily: events, festivals and autumn celebrations
  5. User questions and comments

Info climate and temperatures

Holidays in the city between art and culture

1 - Palermo and Monreale

Autumn in Palermo is a season with a very sweet flavor, you can still go for long walks on the beach and the city offers perfect temperatures to tour it all on foot as it deserves. At this time you can dedicate yours tour to the architecture of the city, to the palaces, for example Palazzo dei Normanni, for this reason it will be even more interesting to include Monreale with its splendid Cathedral in the trip, so you will have a complete view of the area once under Norman and Arab rule. If you don't want to miss any of the fantastic attractions on offer, buy the half-day historical tour.

Then there are the local markets where you can taste the palermo street food such as the sandwich with the spleen, or even take an excursion to Monte Pellegrino and the Addaura Caves.

Autumn is also special because Le vie dei Tesori will be held from early October to early November, a very interesting festival dedicated to the rediscovery of our artistic and cultural heritage, a real widespread museum that offers the possibility to visit 150 attractions in Palermo with a single coupon. For example, with the € 10,00 coupon you are entitled to 10 visits. Discover more info on Le Vie dei Tesori in Palermo

  • Ideal for: families / couples
  • Recommended period: from 4th October to 3rd November when Le vie dei Tesori will be held
  • starting from € 45,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -
  • Monreale and Cefalù: half day tour from Palermo Palermo: private walking tour, Palatine Chapel and lunch Palermo, Monreale and Mondello: private tour and street food

2 - Syracuse and Pantalica

Syracuse is a Baroque-style city with many treasures to discover, here is that autumn becomes a season suitable for shooting it even in the hottest hours. Ortigia, the island within the island connected to the city by bridges, it is a jewel to be explored on foot among its own baroque palaces and the tangle of streets from which, suddenly, the blue sea appears with breathtaking views. Absolutely not to be missed are the Apollo Theater and Piazza Archimede, from which you can easily reach Piazza Duomo and the Arethusa spring.

At about 50 km from Syracuse, you can also visit the necropolis of Pantalica, a really interesting archaeological park, with thousands of tombs that overlook the valley of the Anapo river like many windows overlooking the valley. It is a rather difficult point to reach, but its charm is great, and moreover, if you love trekking, the paths are numerous and very beautiful to go.

  • Ideal for: families / groups / children
  • Recommended period: the San Martino Puppet Fest is held in Syracuse in early November, with puppet shows, stalls, processions and concerts
  • starting from € 55,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -
  • Syracuse: Ortigia and Neapolis Walking Tour Explore Syracuse Nature Reserve and Necropolis of Pantalica: Private Tour

3 - Val di Noto (Noto, Ragusa Ibla, Modica, Caltagirone, Palazzolo Acreide)

Choosing Val di Noto for an autumn trip means doing a dip in the splendid baroque style that animates these lands, full of cities rebuilt after the earthquake of 1693 by a battalion of architects and stonecutters.

The tour starts from Noto, also called the stone garden for its appearance, whose historic center is recognized as a World Heritage Site by Unesco, where you can admire splendid richly decorated palaces, especially in the Town Hall square. Find out what to see and what to do in Noto

Then Ragusa Ibla, where you can follow the itinerary of the stairs that from Santa Maria delle scale lead to the baroque quarter of Ibla, and be amazed at every glimpse that opens onto the city. Caltagirone, also a city on several levels animated by the steps of Santa Maria del Monte, with the beautiful Villa Cusmano and the Regional Museum of Ceramics. The baroque tour continues to Palazzolo Acreide, where a visit to the rock sanctuary of the Santoni is a must, a very special archaeological park, and finally Modica, where you can also take a dip ... in chocolate! The Chocomodica is held in Modica between October and November, what better time to visit the whole area?

  • Ideal for: families / groups / couples / children
  • Recommended period: between October and November on the occasion of the Chocomodica
  • starting from € 50,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -
  • From Catania: Modica Private Tour w / Chocolate Tasting From Catania: Noto, Modica and Ragusa Baroque Tour

4 - Agrigento, Segesta and Selinunte

Autumn is the ideal season to finally make that journey to discover the archaeological parks of western Sicily you have always wanted to do, but, with the very hot summer days and the little shade of these places, it has always seemed difficult.

It starts from Agrigento, in the south of the region, a splendid city where, in the south, the Valley of the Temples is located: a huge archaeological park which therefore deserves a thorough visit. Inside there are 8 temples, dating from the period between 510 and 430 BC., the entrance ticket costs € 10,00 and you can also buy the ticket for the Archaeological Museum, in fact the combined entrance is available for € 15,00. In Agrigento, of course, don't miss the historic center and a walk around town.

The itinerary can continue further north, in Selinunte archaeological park, an ancient city historically at war with Segesta. To visit the two archaeological parks the cost of the ticket is € 6,00 for each park, the advice is to dedicate at least one day to each of the parks, even if these places offer the possibility of making many itineraries and even nature trails, for example the beaches of Selinunte, therefore, are suitable for more than a day's visit.

  • Ideal for: families / groups / couples
  • Recommended period: at the end of September in Raffadali, in the province of Agrigento, the pistachio festival is held.
  • starting from € 42,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 90,00 per room -
  • Agrigento: Valley of the Temples entrance ticket Agrigento: E-scooter tour in the Valley of the Temples Valley of the Temples and Archaeological Museum: guided tour

Holidays in nature: villages, trails and mountainous routes

1 - Linguaglossa and Etna Park

Linguaglossa and the Etna Park is the autumn holiday ideal for nature and trekking lovers.

From Linguaglossa you can reach the ski lifts that take skiers to the top in winter, and here you can admire the spectacle: from 2.700 meters high the sea looms on the horizon, taking the breath away of those who witness this wonder.

It goes without saying that in this period Etna, at least this side more luxuriant from the point of view of vegetation, is dressed in warm autumn colors. Inside the park there are numerous paths that can be followed discovering nature and the volcano, up to the summit craters on the side of Nicolosi: here the landscape becomes lunar.

In the vicinity of Linguaglossa you can also go rafting in the Alcantara Gorges (from € 115,00) and visit the Botanical and Geological park. Then, in the evening, you can relax and enjoy the gastronomic specialties of the area and the Etna wineries. A perfect holiday for sportsmen and nature lovers.

  • Ideal for: families / groups / children
  • Recommended period: in November the Feast of San Martino is held in Linguaglossa, with food and wine tours and competitions of skill among the Etnean cellars, barrel competition, chestnut, polenta and wine tastings.
  • How to get there and how to get around: Linguaglossa is about 50 km from Catania, it is recommended to rent a car also to move around the park. As for the means, there is the Circumetnea that leads from Catania to the Etna villages, by rail and bus, timetables and routes to check on their website.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 45,00 per room -
  • Etna: summit and crater trekking Etna and Alcantara Gorges: tour from Taormina From Catania: Etna flavors and nature half day tour

2 - San Fratello and Nebrodi Park

The Nebrodi Park, on the northern coast of Sicily, constitutes the largest protected area in the region. This park is also the holiday perfect for immersing yourself in nature and take long walks when the vegetation changes its mantle.

You can take the village of as a starting point San Fratello, from which you can enjoy a spectacular view over the entire valley which descends towards the sea, and from here set out to discover the territory and the nature trails. In San Fratello it is absolutely worth visitingthe Church of Maria SS Assunta, which preserves a library from 1500 inside. Also, still in the village but more secluded, there is the Sanctuary of the Three Saints which looks like a hermitage immersed in the quiet of the place. Inside the park you can reach the Rocche del Crasto, fascinating rock formations, and then the Fauna Museum in Mistretta.

  • Ideal for: families / couples
  • Recommended period: in November the Martin Fest is held in San Fratello, with tastings and street food
  • How to get there and how to get around: San Fratello is 118 km from Messina and 142 km from Palermo, it is recommended to rent a car in particular to move around the park.
  • Recommended activities: nature trails of the park, Museum of the Fauna, visit of the historical places of San Fratello
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -

3 - Petralia Soprana and Madonie Park

The Madonie Park hosts, in addition to an exceptional natural environment, the country that in 2018 he won the Borgo dei Borghi award: Petralia Soprana. This beautiful perched village seems to have stopped in time and its stones entice you to walk through it and discover it, even from an artistic point of view: here you can follow the itinerary of the Sicilian sculptor Gagini, and then to discovery of gastronomic delights, in particular cheeses and cured meats. But this holiday cannot fail to include a series of naturalistic itineraries inside the park, both on foot and by bicycle.The park also hosts numerous museums dedicated to fauna and flora and also the Geopark, on the geology of the area which has numerous peculiar characteristics, with large rock masses and a network of waterways.

  • Ideal for: families / groups / couples
  • Recommended period: in September there is a traditional group excursion along the Salso river and parties and concerts almost every evening
  • How to get there and how to get around: Petralia Soprana is about 100 km from Palermo, we recommend renting a car also to move around the Madonie park
  • Recommended activities: nature trails, visit of Petralia Soprana and its palaces, visit of the naturalistic museums scattered around the park, food and wine tastings.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -

4 - Sambuca di Sicilia and Orange Lake

Also Sambuca di Sicilia, in the province of Agrigento, in the past it was decreed Borgo dei Borghi, and a short walk will suffice to understand why: the country is truly fascinating. First of all the glance which you can enjoy from the Belvedere Terrace on the surrounding green and luxuriant valley; the Arab quarter is suggestive, located in the upper part of the town, characterized by a truly unique oriental atmosphere, with arches and small welcoming courtyards. To visit the Mother Church of Sambuca, with the façade in tuff, but also the Church of the Rosary and that of the Conception, the town is really full of religious buildings. In the vicinity of Sambuca there is the Orange Lake, an artificial basin that goes well with the green surroundings, a place to relax and from which to go for excursions and walks in nature, for example along the Tardara Gorge.

  • Ideal for: families / couples
  • Recommended period: at the end of September, on the occasion of the patron saint's festivities, the Minni di Vergini festival takes place, typical sweets of Sambuca.
  • How to get there and how to get around: Sambuca di Sicilia is about 80 km from Palermo, accessible by car, also to move around the surroundings, or there are the Gallo Bus lines that make trips from Palermo at least once a day in about 1 hour and a quarter, we recommend their website for prices and timetables.
  • Recommended activities: excursions from Lago Arancio, walks in Sambuca, visits to churches
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -

Weekend in Sicily: events, festivals and autumn celebrations

1 - Cous Cous Fest, San Vito Lo Capo (Province of Trapani)

In September the Cous Cous Fest takes place in San Vito Lo Capo, an event dedicated to the excellent dish of North African cuisine, which came to Sicily centuries ago during the Arab domination and is now perfectly integrated into Sicilian gastronomic traditions. Exactly for this reason couscous, which lends itself to numerous reinterpretations and interpretations, today becomes a flat symbol of integration and peace between men, through this cheerful and colorful celebration. The event includes tastings, competitions between chefs, show cooking, free concerts with popular singers, this year there is Mahmood for example, and much more. A welcome opportunity also to visit the town of San Vito, a beautiful seaside village.

  • Period: the event takes place from 20 to 29 September 2019
  • How to get there and how to get around: San Vito is 40 km from Trapani, which can be traveled by car, and 115 km from Palermo, which can also be traveled by Autoservizi Russo, making two trips a day from Palermo lasting 3 hours, at the price of € 10,00 each way.
  • Recommended activities: visit and stop at the beaches of San Vito, visit of the village and the Sanctuary-Fortress
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -

2 - Ottobrata Zafferanese, Zafferana Etnea (Province of Catania)

October is the month in which the town of Zafferana Etnea, a village located inside the park of the Etna volcano, is transformed into an authentic market exhibition of typical local products that give their best at this time of the year: here then a riot of cheeses and cured meats, wine, apples, honey, mustard, grapes, forest mushrooms, walnuts, chestnuts, pistachios ... and much more. Sundays in October open with excursions to discover the naturalistic places where these products are born, and then continue in the village with the tastings, the market, games for children, concerts, besides the historical center of Zafferana on this occasion it hosts an exhibition of ancient crafts, the workers offer a direct view on the creation of sculptures with lava stone and wood, then there are painters of Sicilian themes, embroiderers, creators of puppets. In parallel there are also exhibitions of photography and crafts.

  • Period: the event takes place from 6th to 27th October 2019, on weekends
  • How to get there and how to get around: Zafferana Etnea is 46 km from Catania, the use of a rental car is recommended.
  • Recommended activities: excursions on Etna and inside the park
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -

3 - Expo del Pistachio DOP, Bronte (Province of Catania)

The Bronte pistachio has now become famous all over the world and its applications no longer concern only pastry and cooking, but even cosmetics. Here then is the homeland of this extraordinary product of the Etna area, Bronte, dedicates a party to him between the end of September and the beginning of October, best period for pistachio, in which it will be possible to know, and taste, all its uses. The Pistachio Expo is now a historical event and has become a real tourist circuit for Bronte: not only pistachio, therefore, but also, parallel to the party, guided tours of the historic city center, contemporary art exhibitions organized throughout the country within which the artists will exhibit their works. Pastry shops come from all over Sicily to showcase their sweet creations and to let us taste them; even pastry chefs come from abroad, because this product is now used worldwide.

  • Period: the event takes place on the last weekend of September and the first of October 2019
  • How to get there and how to get around: Bronte is located just outside the Etna park, about 50 km from Catania. We recommend renting a car to get around.
  • Recommended activities: visit to the historic center of Bronte, visit to the Museum of the Sicilian cart
  • Hotels and b & b starting from € 60, XX per room -

4 - Blue Sea Land, mazara del vallo (Province of Trapani)

Blue See Land is a multicultural event which takes place in the frame of the Kasbah, the intertwining of suggestive streets of the historic center of Mazara del Vallo in the province of Trapani. It is an event born thanks to the support of the Fishing Production District and the Ministries in order to enhance and promote fishing and the fish market of the Mediterranean countries, from Sicily to all of Italy, up to the countries of North Africa. It is therefore an appointment that allows you to create cohesion and sharing with the other countries that overlook the middle sea, and to protect and protect all together the incredible treasure of these waters. This year's theme will be sustainable fishing. Visitors will therefore be able to get to know and taste the typical products and dishes of this sea, but also attend conferences and debates on the theme of the Blue Economy, that is the circular economy. Really very interesting for everyone, merchants and consumers. The beating heart of the event is the ancient Arab market of Mazara del Vallo, which is reconfirmed, today as centuries ago, a center of exchange and meeting between the cultures of the Mediterranean. A special occasion to learn more about the splendid seaside village of Mazara.

  • Period: the event takes place from 17 to 20 October 2019
  • How to get there and how to get around: Mazara del Vallo is 60 km from Trapani, accessible by car or by regional train, there is one every hour and a half, the journey takes an hour and the ticket costs € 5,10 each way.
  • Recommended activities: visit of Mazara, of the beaches in particular of the Tonnarella, visit of the Church of San Francesco, of the Museum of the Dancing Satyr
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 100,00 per room -

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