Why choosing Sicily for your next trip
Next April 17 is going to be Easter. What are your plans? Heading anywhere where it’s sunny and warm? If you have not made up your mind yet, you should consider checking a last minute flight to Sicily and experience the most beautiful island of the Mediterranean Sea during these Easter 2022 festivities. Even better if for you that means visiting Sicily for the first time. This is the perfect time for Sicily.
Deal! Plane ticket bought and suitcase almost ready. And now? Well, if the question is what are the things to do in Sicily for Easter 2022, I can promise you that you won’t be disappointed. Options are unlimited but that requires you being a smart traveler and figure out what to do in Sicily that would suite you preferences the most. Sicily cities for example? If you are more a person who likes the livelihood of bustling cities then go to Catania or the Sicily capital: Palermo.
If you instead prefer the calm and tranquility of a Mediterranean seaside village enriched with great local food products, then maybe Taormina, Marzamemi, San Vito lo Capo or Marsala would be the ideal places for you. Otherwise if archaeology is your thing, the Greek cities of Selinunte or the Agrigento Valley of the Temples are your must-go places in Sicily. What if nature is your thing? Then devote your weekend to a hike over Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe!
Easter in Sicily
Easter is a special moment in Sicily. Although its culture fully embraces the values of modernity, it also embeds a great deal of traditions from the past, which are linked to Christianity. Should you have the chance to visit Sicily over the Easter weekend for example, you might want to experience the “Vasa vasa” procession in Modica, a lovely Baroque town in the South East of Sicily. It is maybe one of the most theatrical processions in Europe, rivalling with all the famous events of the Semana Santa in Spain. The Virgin Mary and the Christ wander around the town little streets looking for each other, and finally end up in a large square to greet and hug like mother and son. If you couple this experience with some Modica chocolate or Sicilian cannoli, well you might legitimately claim that your Easter weekend was a truly Sicilian one.
What is special about Sicily
Is Sicily a country on its own right? This is what I hear often from foreign or even Italian travelers. To a large extent this is very true. Although Sicily nowadays belongs proudly to Italy, its historical past of foreign dominations and its insularity shaped a peculiar identity, which sets it apart from other mainland Italy regions. Another common question I receive from the travelers we help is: which side of Sicily is better? Well, this is a tricky one to answer. As Sicilian I must say that every corner I have visited surprises me every single day, regardless of whether it’s in the East or in the West.
Therefore, I would suggest that especially for a short Easter weekend you just focus on either the East coast or the West coast. The West will conquer your heart with the best beaches in Sicily. While the variety of the East will give you such a wide choice among culture, nature, and experiences. For example should you fly to the East Coast over the Easter weekend, you might want to follow our two favorite itineraries:
- A weekend in North East Sicily: three days based in the picturesque town of Taormina, combining beach, volcano hikes and a lively bars/restaurants scene
- A long weekend in South East Sicily: four days in the midst of the baroque settings of Siracusa and Noto, combined with long and untouched sandy beaches and a lovely olive trees countryside
Choosing the right town to stay in Sicily
Once you know that you will fly to the East coast, your next question might be: which is better Catania or Taormina? You will inevitably pass through Catania international airport, therefore I would suggest that you stop for a city center visit, or if you prefer a more relaxed schedule just plan a night in Catania to discover its volcanic identity, and why not its vibrant nightlife. Then head to Taormina for the beach holiday part of your trip. Sicily weather over Easter is typically sunny, with an average temperature of 20 ⁰C (ca. ⁰70F) and only 5 days of rain during the month of April. Hence, this is a no brainer. The perfect Mediterranean weather for an Easter 2022 weekend escape.
In Sicily you can fly either to Catania airport or Palermo airport, depending on whether you have decided to go to the East or the West Coast. All the major European airlines serve routes to the Sicilian airports, such as EasyJet, Ryanair, Wizzair, British Airways, Air France, Transavia, KLM, Swiss, Edelweiss, Lufthansa, Austrian, Eurowings, Vueling to mention a few. The last covid travel restrictions have been lifted, therefore you shouldn’t ask yourself “can I travel to Italy right now?” or “is Sicily open to tourists?”. The latest information can be found here.
Our Ebook Travel Guide Books
At Time for Sicily we have shaped an eBook Travel Guide Sicily that is concise, interactive, media-enriched to help you plan your holiday in Sicily as well as guide you on site with actionable travel itineraries and direct integration of tested third-party providers links (including a selection of hotels and restaurants!). To see how fun we have made for you to organize your summer holidays, check out Sicily travel guide pdf . There you can choose among all the Sicily travel ideas that match your preferences and desires. Inside, you will also find an interactive Map of Sicily where you can click on the suggested locations and in the blink of an eye see some pictures to inspire you. If you liked it, you can customize your own tour including that additional stop.
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