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  • The salts-pans area in Nubia, Trapani
    The salt pan area in Nubia, Trapani
  • Citrons and tangerins at the market in Catania
    Citrons and tangerins at the market in Catania
  • A corner of the 18th century village of Marzamemi, Syracuse
    A corner of the 18th century village of Marzamemi, Syracuse
  • The stunning Scala dei Turchi near Realmonte, Agrigento
    The stunning Scala dei Turchi near Realmonte, Agrigento
  • A colorful wall again in Marzamemi, Syracuse
    A colorful wall again in Marzamemi, Syracuse
  • Local folklore in the Medieval town of Gangi, Madonie area
    Local folklore in the Medieval town of Gangi, Madonie area

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Sicilian climate


January
It is generally the coldest month of the year. The average temperatures on the coast should still be hovering around the 8/10°C mark, though on sunny days it can be warmer. It is cooler at night and much cooler in the higher mountains. Skiers will be hoping for some serious snowfalls on the slopes at Piano Battaglia and on Mount Etna. The citrus harvests are continuing apace.

February
The days are starting to get warmer, although conditions in the mountains are still very wintery. Skiing, snowshoeing and horse trekking on the snow are unforgettable experiences on Mt Etna. The almond trees are in blossom and you may think to visit Agrigento and its “Sagra del mandorlo in fiore” during mid February taking place at the Valley of the Temples where almond trees are spread all around.

March
On the coast the winter might be over, the days lengthening and the average temperatures may make warm clothes uncomfortable. Spring is coming and wild flowers starts in abundance.

April
Spring time is smply beautiful in Sicily. On the coast the first brave bathers start taking to the beaches. The interior is now warming up fast and the array of colours is spectacular. You may think to experience the Easter processions, bringing together folklore and tradition in an incredibly mystic way.

May
Maybe one of the best months to travel around the island with tThe temperatures on the coast and in the islands extremely comfortable. The interior is spectacular, with the mountain slopes exploding in colour and the temperatures ideal for walking.

June
Summer is coming, colours on the coast get stronger and the lower plains succumb to the bleaching rays of the sun. This is probably the perfect time for walking in the higher Madonie and Nebrodi mountains. The temperatures everywhere are generally agreeable, though the Scirocco wind can send them soaring for a few days. The sea is warm but the beaches may be deserted, except at weekends when the first Sicilians start to brave the waters. The fruit trees are laden with cherries, plums and the local speciality “gelsi”.

July
The sea is now the focus for most Sicilians (and visitors) and the major resorts testify to the glorious temperatures and sea conditions. Do not shy from the interior though, where the walking is wonderful and the upper slopes cool and still luxuriantly green. Peaches and water melon are in season.

August
the sometimes stifling heat of the cities and the general holiday feel pushes almost everyone to the coast, now  invariably crowded. The beautiful areas of the interior (and a few “undiscovered” parts of the coast) are however relatively unfrequented. Towards the end of the month begins the spectacle of the salt harvest in the salt pans around Trapani and the grape harvest or “vendemmia” all over the islands. Fig trees and prickly pears are laden with their welcoming fruit. During second half of the month the summer may be often interrupted by coastal storms.

September
The vendemmia continues in earnest and all hands move to the fields. Temperatures remain very comfortable everywhere, and the coast and islands retain that summer feeling, but without the crowds.

October
The wine is being made and the vines turn to reds and oranges making this one of the most beautiful periods for country walking. Seasonal rainfalls help develop an astonishing variety of mushrooms. The prickly pears are at their best.

November
Autumn is well and truly here, though the temperatures can stay in the high twenties during the day. The orange and mandarin season is starting. Don’t forget to taste the typical orange salad especially in Catania area.

December
You can still have extremely agreeable temperatures during the days, though the sunlight hours are clearly at their lowest of the year. Still, Christmas is an important festival here and many small towns light up the night with their traditional processions.

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