I do not know what time or what day it is, much less the date. This is how I would describe my holiday in Sicily with a view of Mount Etna. Carelessness, also the best vacation ever experienced in my life was just on this island. Italians say “when you visit Sicily, you have found the whole world”, make sure you are right. Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, and engulfing the three seas: the Tyrrhenian, Ionian and Mediterranean Sea.
Where to begin the story of Sicily? In the pictures you can immediately see all the beauty of the island, but the atmosphere, the food, the smells, the people, cordiality, openness, hospitality, that’s what pulls you to come back for more! That’s why I went there two years in a row.
Selection of a good travel arrangement
“silent suffering” for years. Looking at the price at the agencies, I kept thinking it was expensive and that I’ll need a lot of money. Besides the high price arrangements, especially in August, the thing that I didn’t like about agency was also that it leads you only in one place for 10 days, which I didn’t want because I wanted to visit several cities, but not to be captured in one city
Traveling by yourselves
And then I got the idea: “Why not try to organize my trip by myself, as I wish, I could save money and get to know the true face of the island along with the people who live there?” And so it all began….
I should mention that organizing trips by yourselves takes away a lot of time. You need to find air tickets, accommodation, organize how long you’ll stay in any city, explore the linkages between these cities (whether it is better by train or bus, what is a schedule, how much are tickets, etc.), and where is better to stay for several days, where will be enough a day or two.
Make sure you are well informed
Sicily is so large and has so many places that can be your “base”, it’s best to get information through blogs and forums, look at the pictures and ask for advice, so you could decided according to your own preferences where you want to stay.
No one can tell you where to go, because each city has its own advantages and disadvantages, so you must ask yourself a major and basic question: What do you want from your holiday, or what kind of vacation you want?
Active or passive vacation?
Did I want a whole day on the beach or go around the cities, archaeological sites, go to Etna, to go to the beaches in national parks (to whom I’ll need a car) to go around the village and the interior of the island, to go out in the evening? All this you should solve in advance and hope you can do anything.
When to go Sicily?
Advantage of Sicily is that it is a place where you can go even if it is not summer season. Why? Because it has everything from vivid towns full of historical and ancient localities, churches, from national parks and small and tucked villages to the beautiful and varied coastline and natural Etna. In the summer it is very difficult to fit all, unless you are not going on at least 2-3 weeks and you have a car, plus the heat really makes it difficult to tour major cities and localities. Out of season it is less crowded, housing is much cheaper, and the weather is still pleasant for all-day walks.
It is the most expensive in August or the first half of August. Then the Italians go on holiday, accommodation prices are much higher, and the bigger is the crowd on the beach and on the streets. Hot Sunday is the “Settimana di Ferragosto”, in week around August 15th, that’s when almost every Italian is on vacation and many local shops will not work. Nothing is working on August 15th!
Tour of Sicily
We’ve traveled the northern part of the island, visited Palermo, Taormina, Corleone mafia village, Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, indispensable Etna, the interior of the island is rich in lush vegetation. Madonie mountain is rich in forests, with many wildflowers (mostly jasmine and orchid), but also with a lot of arable land.
Island with rich vegetation
While traveling this part of the island we were attracted by arable land from which colorful lemons and oranges is growing. Sicily is one of the richest islands in the Mediterranean vegetation. In Sicily we ate the best peaches and nectarines, so juicy and sweet that just melt in your mouth. It is known that the Sicilians are rude and aggressive drivers, but traveling in this part of the island we had a chance to see a driver’s solidarity. Given the fact that the sharp turns, chauffeurs are honking each other, thus indicating that they come to meet and miss each other. They are very casual, and do everything slowly.