The island of Sicily has everything you need to spend an amazing summer in Italy. From sunny weather, to Italian cuisine, historical sites, breathtaking landscapes, and a mix of lively cultures, Sicily is an ideal summer destination for any traveler. Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea but still the perfect size to rent a car and explore on a road trip through Sicily. With good main roads and four motorways, driving in Sicily is fairly easy, although smaller roads up in the mountains can be a bit tricky. However, the panoramic views make it worth the challenging drive. Getaways in Sicily are best in the summer months. From May to August, the sun is out and it hardly rains, so there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities on this beautiful island. During the summer, visitors can take a break from swimming and hiking to enjoy the fresh figs, strawberries, watermelon, and citrus from the summer harvest. Sicily has so much to offer. This summer, don’t miss out on Sicily’s top warm weather attractions.
MOUNT ETNA, PROVINCE OF CATANIA
Mount Etna is the tallest mountain south of the Alps and the largest active volcano in Europe. Rent a car in Catania to see this 10,921-foot giant is located in Eastern Sicily within Parco dell’ Etna, a 227 square mile national park that spans across 21 picturesque Sicilian towns.Mount Etna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The volcano is in a constant state of activity with frequent eruptions from the dangerous fissure and old crater spots, as well asÂ less frequent but more spectacular four-summit crater eruptions. Therefore, the volcano is an exciting place to visit at any time of the year. Some people enjoy skiing from the snow-capped peak of Mount Etna during the winter; however, the best time to visit is during the summer months when the weather is hot. Here, visitors can take a guided climbing tour, rent a 4×4 and explore the area, or tour the vineyards where the region’s famous DOC wine is produced. Don’t forget to bring a jacket! Despite the warm summer temperatures, the summit regions of Mount Etna are still chilly.
TRAPANI SALT FLATS, PROVINCE OF TRAPANI
Spend part of your summer in Italy learning about the salt flats of Trapani. This coastal wetland and nature reserve is home to 3,000 years of sea salt harvests. Along the coastline, the tides naturally sweep salt to the shore; then, when the tide recedes, the salt is collected and ground in ancient windmills. At Museo Del Sale, tourists can learn about this historical process and the important economical role that salt has played in this region. Tourists who drive through Trapani in August, when the sea salt harvest begins, will also get to see the harvest in action. Lastly, for an additional excursion, visitors can take a boat tour of the area’s stunning coastline and crystal clear waters.
ERICE, PROVINCE OF TRAPANI
One of the best summer getaways in Sicily is Mount Erice, located 800 meters above the port town of Trapani. The best way to reach Mount Erice is via the cable car that starts in Trapani and ascends to Erice. On the cable car, tourists can see medieval sites, the coast of Tunisia, the Tyrrhenian Sea, and the Egadi Islands. A trip to Mount Erice in the summer is a must because from mid-January to mid-March this spectacular cable car ride is closed, so you can’t catch the views at just any time of the year. On Erice, there are several must-see attractions, such as Pepoli Castle, which was built by the Arabs, and Venus Castle, which was a Norman construction. Additionally, there are sixty churches to explore and plenty of cobblestone streets lined with old timber houses and authentic ice cream shops.
SAN VITO LO CAPO, PROVINCE OF TRAPANI
Spend a summer in Italy at an undiscovered, sandy beach in a beautiful seaside town. San Vito Lo Capo is one of the best getaways in Sicily. It is an enchanting Sicilian village with a North African feel. The streets are lined with Moorish, colorful houses with flat roofs and the sandy, white beach is situated between limestone cliffs and light blue waters. Swim, snorkel, and dive all summer long. With dozens of eateries located alongside the beach, you’ll have everything you need within walking distance of the sea. San Vito Lo Capo is a laid-back town with plenty to do. In May, participate in the International Kite Festival. In July, hear the funky sounds from the Jazz Festival. If you can stay until September, enjoy the flavors of the annual Couscous Festival.
VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES, PROVINCE OF AGRIGENTO
The Valley of the Temples is located outside the town of Agrigento. With 1300 hectares, it is the largest archaeological site in the world. This ancient attraction boasts eight Doric-style temples built between 510 BC and 430 BC. The temples are some of the best examples of Greater Greece art and architecture, especially the Temple of Concord, one of only two completely standing Greek temples in Sicily. Despite its location near a modern city, the surrounding olive groves and almond orchards help visitors experience the ambiance of ancient history.