Travelling to Sicily? Andante’s Five Top Tips28th November 2017
Italy’s largest island is a hub of ancient archaeology and cross-cultural discoveries. Here we round up our five top tips to help you get set for a sensational Sicilian experience.
- Don’t burn out – Sicily can be extremely hot and busy in the summer, hampering site visits and taking a lot of the fun out of adventuring. Plan your Sicily holiday for the spring or autumn, to ensure a welcome that’s still warm and sunny, but substantially less stressful
- Learn a little of the lingo – The eastern tip of Capo Peloro may only be a couple of miles from the mainland, but while Sicilians can speak and understand Italian, their own language is ever so slightly different. While Italians use an emphatic “ciao” for hello and goodbye, the Sicilian word is the flatter-sounding “ciau” (pronounced cha-oo). Other useful Sicilian phrases include “pi fauri” for please, “grazij” for thank you, and “â saluti” for cheers
- Save room for dessert – Without a doubt, one of the best things about a Sicilian holiday is the food and drink, but whatever you eat for savouries, don’t forget to save room for dessert. Treat yourself with ricotta-stuffed cannoli, almond cookies, or mattonella di cioccolato con fichi – the “little brick of chocolate with figs”. Order a glass of marsala wine to go with it, and life will taste all the sweeter
- Know your history – While some visiting Sicily confine their holidays to the beach, to do this is to miss out on what makes the island truly special. Whether flying into Palermo or Catania, it’s easy to immerse yourself in Sicily’s thrilling past. Visit Cappella Palatina for glittering Norman grandeur; San Giuseppe Jato, a village that dates from prehistory and thrived under Arabic rule; the ancient Greek city of Agyrion, and you’ll barely have scratched the surface…
- Remember to Relax – Spending all day at the beach might not be the best way to experience what Sicily has to offer – but pausing to enjoy the peace is certainly well worth it. Be sure to build some down time into an active Sicily holiday, as we do with all of ours: a rest among the coastal ruins of Syracuse; a break for cake and coffee in hilltop Erice; an evening watching the sun set over the sea. By turns stimulating and restful, the island has all you need to enjoy a ravishing, well-rounded break.