Sicily is the perfect destination to plan a trip in autumn and visit this island full of Greek, Roman, Norman and even Arab ruins. The best way to enjoy your road trip around the island is to rent your car in Palermo or Catania and start the adventure of discovering all its corners.
If you want to avoid the crowds of tourists and discover beautiful places with total tranquility, autumn and winter seasons are the best to go to Sicily. We give you some ideas of places you can not miss and tips for organizing a rental car route through Sicily during the coldest months of the year.
Historical and cultural visits in Sicily
Syracuse is the premium stopover of the trip to Sicily for lovers of history, no matter the time of year! There you can see the ruins of what was the most important Greek city in the Mediterranean. A very interesting visit that is often overlooked is the Tecnoparco Museo Archimedes, where you can make fire the same way it was made centuries ago or take up the weapons used by our ancestors. It is a great visit to make with children in Sicily, located just 1 hour by car from Catania.
It is also highly recommended to stop by Agrigento, on the south coast of the island. In this town you can visit the Valley of the Temples, where you will find the ruins of several thousand-year-old temples, the original structure of the streets and also a necropolis. It is especially worthy of visit during the celebration of the almond blossom festival ("Mandorli in Fiore").
In addition to all historical and cultural visits, a trip to Sicily in winter will be a delight for lovers of sports. You can ski down the slopes of the Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. It is also a good time to enjoy the four golf courses of the island, located in Madonie, Picciolo, Verdura and Donnafugata.
Christmas and Carnivals in Sicily
Like many other European cities, when Christmas is near Palermo dresses itself with a Christmas market which is perfect to buy some ornaments and hang them on the tree when you go back home. But not only that, you can also visit several live nativity scenes in Sicily, you can even take part in them along with neighbors of towns such as Termini Imerese or Cammarata.
Do not think that the good atmosphere ends when the Christmas holidays are over. In fact, if you like shopping you may want to take a look at the sales starting in January. Accommodation prices are also much cheaper than in high season.
If you plan a trip to Sicily in February you will be able to enjoy one of the liveliest carnivals in the world. Rio de Janeiro and Venice have no reasons to envy the Carnival of Acireale, which has been celebrated since the 16th century.
Finally, we can only encourage you to visit the beautiful island of Sicily at any time of the year.