Although part of the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is still a large island. Still, it is a mystery how the large port cities around it managed to develop over such a short space of time. The best part of any trip to Sicily is to take the time to explore the in-between, the semi-desert, and the lesser-known parts of the island.
Sicily has a history that can be traced back over 5000 years. The westernmost tip of the island used to be controlled by the powerful Etruscan civilization. Julius Caesar traveled through the area in 50 BC and Greek colonists then established the city in 40 BC. The island was once named after the mythical priest king Minos, who was half-man half-god.
humanity’s influence here was primarily felt in the form of Christianity, which took hold in the 1st century AD. During the medieval ages the island was ruled by the Byzantine Empire, then the Ottomans, and in the 17th century it was returned to peaceful Italy. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the island was taken again by the Italians and this time it became the favored place to settle due to its benefits in terms of easy access to the mainland and its own industries.
What are the best times to visit Sicily?
The best time to visit Sicily has generally been between April and October when the island was at its warmest. One advantage of visiting at this time is that you will avoid the often heavy summer temperatures of July and August.
The weather in Sicily is prone to extremes.Incorporated into the complex of four peninsulas that make up the island, temperatures can vary greatly within 30 degrees latitude. – But it is important to bear in mind that large areas of the island are naturally generate heat and cool, in keeping with its reputation as a popular spa and tourist destination.
The still waters off of the coast can be inviting in the summer months, while the cool sea temperatures only allow for add-ons if you have visited during the winter – such as in December or January.
Sicily’s fall and spring tourism seasons are also somewhat gentler than in the summer. The climate is still pleasantly warm but fewer tourists are drawn to the island to ski during the winter season, just make sure you pack warm clothes in a SKB case and everything will be fine. The resort tempo is a little slower than in the summer, which is great for those who like to tend to their own gardens, and for those who like to be outside skiing and naturing.
Just don’t forget to visit in spring or fall to experience the more pleasant temperatures.
Summers still rule the roost in Sicily
Of course, temperatures are perfectly comfortable in Sicily too, even in the summer month of August.
The average temperatures are about 20°C (68°F) from May through September, with July being the warmest month.
Sicily’s average day time temperature is about 16°C (60°F) from July through September, while average night time temperatures drop to about 9°C (27°F) in October.
Above Clausius the temperatures rarely dip below 16°C (60°F) in July or August.