Tours in SicilyAre you a discerning traveller who likes to really understand the places you visit? Our private tours in Sicily are designed and led by experienced scholars and specialists.
Tours in PalermoPalermo's rich artistic and architectural blend makes it one of the most interesting Italian cities to explore. Our tours in Palermo will help you unravel the city's exceptional patrimony.
Gastronomy in SicilyWalk through vibrant city markets, take a hands-on cooking class learning to prepare some of the finest Sicilian dishes, or discover ancient wine making techniques.
Study-visitsLearn on-site, interact with academics, and develop your critical thinking. Our study tours in Sicily, tailored to the students' academic backgrounds, usefully complement their curricula.
Don’t let the bad weather bring you down! With a long and dry Summer, a mostly sunny and mild Autumn, a very short Winter, and Spring that’s just around the corner, there is never a bad time to enjoy our cultural tours in Sicily. Check out our travel section to know more about traveling to Sicily.
Under Norman rule, Palermo enjoyed a new spirit of syncretism. Arabs, Latins, Jews, Greeks and Norman descendants lived together peacefully. Today, Palermo remains a multi-ethnic city, known for its tolerance. Take a tour in Palermo to take the pulse of this cosmopolitan city and discover the splendours of Palermo’s Norman architecture.
Sicily is an open-air museum with over 120 accessible archaeological sites. Visit the most remarkable ones on an expert-led archaeological tour in Sicily.
Rich and flavoursome gastronomic heritage:
In Sicily, Easter celebrations have resisted time and modernity. Sicilians celebrate this Catholic feast with joy and devotion. In Palermo, the procession of San Matteo is worth seeing on Holy Friday. Also for the celebrations.
If Spring is the perfect time to discover the Palermo’s beautifully decorated baroque churches, it is also undoubtedly the best time to enjoy the Cassata, Sicily’s famous cake, made of sweetened ricotta cheese, marzipan and candied fruit. This is also the season for fresh peas, fava beans and artichokes. You can discover these delicacies visiting Palermo’s markets
In Sicily traditions are the backbone of society. Plan your visit during theatrical and music festivals, religious feasts and gastronomy fairs. Experience how Sicilians live their culture and traditions.
Summer highlights in Sicily
Following 6 long years of restoration, the splendid 1800 years old mosaics of the Villa del Casale in Sicily, can be admired again. For more information go to http://bit.ly/O04d0Q
Another aristocratic palace has reopened its doors in Palermo. Indeed, the restoration of Palazzo Branciforte has recently been completed, and its exceptional archeological collection can now be seen in a magnificent new setting. The palace hosts a library rich of more than 50 thousand books on Sicily. The gourmet restaurant is also a good excuse to visit the palace following a cultural tour of Palermo.
Don’t let the hot weather discourage you from traveling to Sicily! In summertime, Sicily enjoys a particular light. Strong and persistent throughout a good part of the day, it becomes soft and almost magical as the sun goes down. Late afternoon is thus the best time to discover some of the best preserved archeological sites in the Mediterranean.
What better time to enjoy an ice cream or a sorbet than in summer. Sicilians are experts in the art of ice cream and sorbet making and eating… The best gelaterias prepare their ice cream using locally grown products such as pistachios and hazelnuts from the Etna area, black mulberries (gelsi) found almost everywhere on the island, and almonds from the area of Agrigento. To be enjoyed without reservation during or after a cultural tour in Palermo and other cities and towns!
Try out another summer delight: granitas. Granitas are semi-frozen desserts made of water, sugar and various fruit such as lemon, jasmine, almonds, black mulberries and mandarin. Catania and Messina have a strong tradition of chocolate and coffee granitas, respectively. Enjoy a granita on one of our walking tours in Sicily.
July and August
Don’t miss the festino, Palermo’s main religious event. On the 14th of July, the city celebrates its beloved Saint, Santa Rosalia, with grandeur and great enthusiasm. The festino’s climax is a procession where the statue of the Santuzza (the Little Saint), as Palermitans call her, is paraded around the city. The procession, which draws thousands of people, ends with fireworks. Santa Rosalia is said to have saved Palermo from the plague in the 17th century.
During the summer, many cities in Sicily organize music, theater and cinema festivals.
- In Palermo, the “Castello a Mare” (the Castle by the sea) has an good programme of dance and music with James Morrison and the theater Cabaret.
- Also worth checking is the Taormina Antic theater programme (http://www.taoarte.it/). Among the notable hosts this summer are George Benson and Ludovico Einaudi. Several classical music concerts are also to be held at the theater.
- Classical theater performances are particularly enjoyable at the Greek theaters of Segesta and Siracusa.
The town of San Vito Lo Capo, on the northwestern tip of Sicily, organizes a unique gastronomic festival named Couscous Fest, on the last five days of September. Chefs from all over the Mediterranean, although not exclusively as couscous is also prepared as far away as the Ivory Coast, present their best recipe for a friendly competition. Throughout the week, gourmets can discover the various ways of preparing couscous.
Every year, hundreds of climbers converge to San Vito Lo Capo for its climbing festival and to experience its unique cliffs overlooking the blue sea. This year’s fourth edition will include new sports including trail running, mountain biking and Kayaking. Athletes will compete on crags, trails and waves of one of the most enchanting Sicilian landscapes: the coast of San Vito.
A companion guide to Sicily:
Passage to Sicily is happy to announce its new collaboration with Maria Laura Crescimanno, a journalist and travel consultant, whose interests cover a wide range of topics about Sicily,
including nature reserves, gastronomy and culture. Her special focus is on small islands such as the Egadi and the Eolian.
Her latest work, Suggestioni di Sicilia, has also been published in English under the name Charming Sicily.
While recounting the land of Sicily, Maria Laura Crescimanno suggests a great variety of ways to discover Sicily. They include a selection of towns, sites and museums of great interest, secret beaches, well thought out thematic itineraries to be enjoyed on foot or by car, cultural events of significance, charming hotels, resorts and B&Bs and, importantly, all about a truly fascinating Sicilian gastronomy.
Charming Sicily is available in Italy’s main bookstores as well as at key airports and train stations.
A new collaboration with…
Passage to Sicily is glad to announce a new partnership with the Atelier-Peintner, which offers painting and sculpture courses in the charming atmosphere of Taormina and a special week of full-immersion painting course in October, in the beautiful and almost intact area of Marzamemi, in the extreme south side of Sicily. Ask for more infos at email@example.com