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Planning Your Trip To Sicily – We Tell You How!

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Planning Your Trip To Sicily - We Tell You How!

There are a few things you need to know before planning your trip to Sicily and that’s after you figure out the language and the accents. Research is just as important as your passport when it comes to traveling. As travelers we are always adjusting to new cultures and stereotypes are definitely something that we want to avoid.

Know the Basics

Sicilians rarely refer to themselves as Italians. Although the island is right off the tip of Italy’s boot and it is technically a region of Italy, think of Sicily more as its own individual region. Sicilians are proud to call themselves Sicilian and it can be inconsiderate to crowd the two together.

The island is home to many and there are a number of different cultures and ethnicities that come together in Sicily, which is another reason to make no assumptions when it comes to this lively island.

Don’t Joke About the Mafia

True Sicilians can tell you that crime has played a major role in the history of their island. However, that history is riddled with winding, bumpy roads of reality and misconstrued myths. The Mafia has been tied to political unrest, corruption, and various other issues that should not be joked about by those visiting. Organized crime can be an interesting topic that can be researched and discussed but visitors should be careful when discussing such a sensitive subject.

Siesta in Sicily

It’s a real thing, not just something we dream about. Most of Sicily participates in an afternoon siesta, which is between 1 pm and 4 pm, depending on where you are exactly. This time is literally taken as a time to nap, rest, and rejuvenate, usually before heading back to work. If you’re not used to this it can be a little difficult to adjust to. Though, I’m sure more than a few of us would happily take a midafternoon nap. Just beware that this is taken seriously by most Sicilians and many businesses close during this time. Be careful to take this into consideration when planning your trip.

Black Sand Beaches

Some of the most spectacular beaches can be found on the island of Sicily. With plenty to choose from, check out a few of the black sand beaches. The black sand is a result of the volcanos on the island and is a mixture of volcanic minerals and fragments of lava. The famous black beaches are definitely something you should experience in your life and on the island.

Top Destinations

The beaches would be enough to keep many of us occupied but if you’re looking for a little more there are plenty of destinations to get you excited.

Mount Etna is the tallest volcano in Europe that is still active today and its home is on the island of Sicily. This monster is even visible from the moon. There’s some motivation to see it for yourself. If you really want to get your blood boiling, there are tours of Mount Etna and even wine tasting in the area.

Palermo, as the largest city and the capital, is a taste of true Sicilian culture. Although the authentic and culturally charged markets tend to attract crowds of tourist, they are still a favorite for locals as well. The city is stocked full of good food, rich history, and stunning architecture. If Palermo is on your list, you’re sure to get the full Sicilian experience.

Taormina is a gorgeous town that rests on top of a mountain and overlooks the coast in eastern Sicily. The town is a busy tourist attraction making October through March the best times to visit. Restaurants, shops, nearby beaches, and more are what keeps the tourists coming back every year. In addition, you can catch a glimpse of the Greek Amphitheatre and some other ancient architecture like the stone walls that enclose some of the city streets.

Relax

Sicily is not the vacation that you want to spend with a jam-packed itinerary. The many attractions and destinations may tempt you, but to fully experience Sicily you have to be willing to do nothing for a while. Doing nothing, relaxing is a large part of

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26 Comments

  1. Robin rue says

    I have always wanted to go to Sicily. My husband and I talked about going there all the time.

  2. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    We’ve always wanted to go to Sicily. We’ve been to Europe several times, but we’ve never made it to the island. I think the next trip we take needs to be there.

  3. Jen Rattie says

    I would love to visit Sicily one day. I saw an episode of Nova (I think) all about Sicily, and it’s a truly amazing place.

  4. GiGi Eats says

    I only spent a few hours in Sicily and I guess we didn’t go to the good parts (no we didn’t)… Because the sights of your video aren’t really anything I remember seeing! 🙁

  5. mitch says

    Sicily was on our list until we got side tracked and had a kid! We used to go to Italy twice a year!

  6. Sarah Bailey says

    I would absolutely love to visit Sicily one day and the black sand beaches would have to be a must stop for me I think.

  7. Meagan says

    I would love to visit Sicily. It looks absolutely stunning!

  8. Catherine Sargent says

    I would love to visit Sicily one day. I would have to check out the black sand beaches.

  9. Lisa Favre says

    I have never been to Italy but I have so many friends whose friends are Italian and I hear such wonderful things. I would LOVE to plan a trip to Sicily.

  10. Crystal says

    It’s good to do your research before heading somewhere new. For now I’m just daydreaming. I would love to visit Sicily, and this is making it even more enticing.

  11. Cacinda says

    I wish, it is so beautiful! Sicily is on my travel bucket list but my guess is it will still be there for a while.

  12. Amanda Love says

    Sicily is one of the most beautiful places and I think it’s important to know how to behave when you’re there. These are great tips! I’d love to see all the top destinations!

  13. Kelly Hutchinson says

    I have always wanted to visit Sicily! I have never seen a black beach, but I think it would be stunning.

  14. Pam says

    This is important information for anyone visiting Sicily. Especially about the siesta, you don’t want to be unaware of that.

  15. valmg @ Mom Knows It All says

    I’ve always wanted to go to Italy, including Sicily. We had a close family friend that was Sicilian and the culture always seemed interesting. And I’m alwys down for a nap!

  16. Theresa says

    I think nap time and black sand beaches would be my cuppa tea. I’d love to vacation in Sicily some day!

  17. Tracey says

    Funny enough my parents just got on a plane to Sicily TODAY! I am so jealous of them after reading this post. Gotta add it to my bucket list!

  18. Seattle Travel Blogger says

    Thank you for the very interesting travel article.
    I plan on bookmarking this for future use.
    It contains great information – for example, I had no idea how independent and individualized these people are.

  19. Jeanine says

    This is a trip I’d love to take someday! I would love to see if for myself, what a beautiful place!

  20. Our Family World says

    What a stunning place that is! Oh I would love to go to Sicily! If I were given the chance, I would explore each every spot and eat in every restaurant.

  21. Chrystal | Nevermore Lane says

    Such a beautiful place. I can’t imagine traveling anywhere and making it a point to talk about the mob or mafia that may or may not be affiliated with the place.

  22. Sheena Tatum says

    Some of this I would have never thought. Extremely useful information and tips!

  23. Shannon Gurnee says

    I’ve never been to Sicily before, but I would love to go there someday! What a beautiful place to visit!

  24. Adrianne Betz says

    I love traveling to other countries like this. This is some handy information because it can be stressful!

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