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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘salve ’
( sahl-veh )
Best time to go
22.2°C / 72°F
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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Double room in a B&B or budget hotel: €60–80
  • Pizza or pasta: €15–20
  • Bus or train tickets: €5–10
  • Double room in a hotel: €80–150
  • Lunch and dinner in local restaurants: €30–60
Top end (more than)
  • Double room in a four- or five-star hotel: from €150
  • Lunch and dinner in top restaurants €60–120


Generally not required for stays of up to three months.

When to go and weather

Getting to Sicily

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Flights to Sicily

The best price found from United States to Sicily is on November 9th, 2018, travelling with Spirit Airlines. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

Baltimore Washington International
from $293.00
Catania Fontanarossa

Getting around Sicily

Train Trenitalia service is dependable and frequent along the Palermo–Messina and Messina–Syracuse coastal routes. Other well-served routes include Palermo to Agrigento and Trapani to Marsala to Mazara del Vallo.

Ferry/hydrofoil Efficient ferries and hydrofoils serve Sicily's outer islands. Main ports include Milazzo for the Aeolian Islands, Palermo for the island of Ustica, Trapani for the Egadi Islands and Porto Empedocle for the Pelagic Islands.

Car The most convenient option for visiting smaller interior towns and remote archaeological sites (Segesta, Selinunte, Piazza Armerina etc). Car hire is readily available at airports and many towns.

Bus The best option for certain intercity routes, including Palermo–Trapani, Palermo–Syracuse and Catania–Agrigento. Also useful for some villages not served by train.

Health and safety

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Advice for travellers

Travelling with children

Few places are as friendly to children as Sicily. Families are welcomed at restaurants, cafes and hotels, and staff are generally diligent in accommodating your needs. Family-friendly attractions abound (beaches, ice-cream shops, puppet theatres), and you’ll benefit from family discounts...

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Women travellers

Sicily in general is a welcoming and safe place for women travellers, including those travelling solo. Cultural stereotypes of Italian men harassing lone foreign women are largely outdated and exaggerated.That said, eye-to-eye contact remains the norm in Italy’s daily flirtatious...

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