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Sicily in October – Where to Go and What to Do

October is a fantastic time to visit Sicily as the weather is fine and the food is front of the mind. The crowds have died down by this time so you won’t be trapped with hoards of tourists as you discover everything that Sicily has to offer. From stunning natural attractions and famous sites to […]

October is a fantastic time to visit Sicily as the weather is fine and the food is front of the mind. The crowds have died down by this time so you won’t be trapped with hoards of tourists as you discover everything that Sicily has to offer. From stunning natural attractions and famous sites to food festivals and local culture, Sicily has it all. If you’re ready to make the October trip, here’s where to go and what to do.

The Weather in Sicily in October 

October in Sicily ushers in a delightful transition from the scorching summer heat to more moderate and comfortable weather. Average temperatures across the island range from 20°C to 26°C, making it an ideal time to explore without the intense summer heat. Humidity levels begin to drop significantly, hovering around 60-70%, providing a more pleasant atmosphere. Rainfall in October is minimal, with occasional light showers, so it's generally a dry month, perfect for outdoor activities.

While there can be some variation in temperature across different parts of the island, the difference is usually not dramatic. Coastal areas, such as Palermo and Catania, remain slightly warmer than the inland regions due to the moderating influence of the Mediterranean Sea.

Sea temperatures in October are still inviting for swimming and water activities, averaging around 22-25°C. It's a great time to enjoy the beaches with fewer crowds, as the summer tourist rush has tapered off.

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What to Pack for Sicily in October

Packing for Sicily in October requires versatility to adapt to the transitioning weather. It's advisable to bring a mix of both summer and autumn clothing. Lightweight, breathable fabrics for daytime and layers for cooler evenings are a good choice. 

A light jacket or sweater is handy for cooler nights, and an umbrella or a waterproof jacket can be useful for occasional showers. Comfortable walking shoes are essential for exploring the picturesque towns and historical sites. Don't forget your swimwear for those warm, sunny days, and a pair of sunglasses to shield your eyes from the still-bright Mediterranean sun. 

Overall, packing for Sicily in October means being prepared for the pleasant shoulder season, where you can enjoy the best of both worlds – the remnants of summer and the early hints of autumn.

Travelling to Sicily

Sicily offers several convenient ways to reach its captivating shores. The easiest and most common method is taking a flight to one of the island's two major international airports, Catania-Fontanarossa Airport or Falcone–Borsellino Airport in Palermo. Direct flights from major European cities are readily available, and the travel time can range from 2 to 4 hours, depending on your departure location. 

Another popular option is traveling by ferry or hydrofoil from various Italian mainland ports, including Naples, Reggio Calabria, and Salerno. The ferry journey from Naples to Palermo typically takes 10 to 12 hours, offering a scenic voyage across the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas.

Once in Sicily, getting around is relatively straightforward. The island boasts an extensive network of trains and buses, making intercity travel convenient and affordable. Renting a car is also a popular choice, allowing you to explore remote and picturesque locations at your own pace.

However, be mindful that shoulder season, including October, may affect ferry schedules, with reduced frequency compared to the peak summer months, so it's wise to check timetables and book in advance if necessary. Otherwise, Sicily's diverse transportation options remain accessible and efficient throughout the year, ensuring a seamless travel experience.

Festivals and Events in Sicily in August

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Della Salsiccia (sausage festival)

Located in Caccamo, this sausage festival brings together food lovers from all over the country and the world. Caccamo is a mountain town that produces its very own variety of sausage which is at the centre of the celebration. Foodies will love this festival as the eating is good and the culture is quite unique.

Sagra del Miele (honey festival)

This festival is located in Sortino, Syracuse, which is found right beside Pantalica National Park. The festival is inspired by Hyblea honey, which was famous amongst the Romans and Greeks. Expect to taste lots of different honey varieties as well as dishes made with the selection. This is a great place to pick up a few souvenirs to bring home to your friends and family.

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Sagra del Vino (wine festival)

This festival is located in Montevago, Agrigento, and is a must-visit if you love wine. And, what is a visit to Italy without wine tasting? The festival is located in Sicily’s southwest region, which is known for its premier bottles. They celebrate the grape harvest each year in October by hosting a wine-centric party that everyone can join.

Ottobrata Zafferanese

This cultural fair takes place in the town of Zafferana Etnea in eastern Sicily. It’s a celebration of the bounty of Mount Etna, and it takes place over the course of a month. It began during the end of the 70s and still holds strong today. Visitors can expect wine, food, music, crafts, and lots of local traditions. This isn’t just one festival though as it’s divided up into four or five, depending on how many weeks are in the month. There are celebrations for honey, grapes, apples, mushrooms, and chestnuts.

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Sagra Castelbuono e i funghi (mushroom festival)

Located in Castelbuono, Palermo, this festival is perfect for mushroom lovers. You’ll have the chance to taste a number of varieties and traditional dishes that are made with them. When you aren’t sampling the mushrooms, make sure to visit, Parco delle Madonie nature reserve with a guide who speaks English so that you can learn all about the area.

Things to Do in Sicily in October

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Mount Etna

After all of the eating and drinking, why not get a little exercise in the fresh October air? Take a trek up Mount Etna, the main natural attraction in Sicily. In fact, it’s the largest active volcano in Europe, that offers beautiful views from the bottom to the top.

Valley of the Temples in Agrigento

The Valley of the Temples in Agrigento is a mesmerizing archaeological site that stands as a testament to ancient Greek civilization's grandeur. Located on a ridge overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, this UNESCO World Heritage site boasts a stunning collection of exceptionally well-preserved Doric temples, once dedicated to the Greek gods. 

The most iconic among them is the Temple of Concordia, known for its remarkable state of preservation. Visitors can explore the intricately designed temples, marvel at the colossal stone columns, and soak in the breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. 

Where to Stay in Sicily in October

Nestled in the charming seaside town of Lido di Noto, just 35 kilometers south of Syracuse, Villa Saveria is a delightful beachfront retreat offering a jacuzzi and direct beach access.

Perfectly suited for families or groups of friends, this villa is nestled in a residential area mere minutes away from Noto's historic center, where an array of shops, restaurants, and banks await exploration. The location also places you within easy reach of popular attractions such as the Vendicari nature reserve, Portopalo di Capo Passero, and the stunning baroque towns of Syracuse, Modica, Scicli, and Ragusa Ibla.

Spanning 120 square meters, it is a single-level haven. The villa boasts a luminous open-plan living room with a comfortable seating area, a well-equipped kitchen, and a shaded veranda featuring a dining area with seating for six. The sleeping quarters comprise a double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom featuring a shower, another double bedroom, and an additional bathroom with a shower.

Outdoors, a garden beckons with a covered terrace boasting mesmerizing sea views, a jacuzzi hot tub (heated to a soothing 28°C) perfect for the slight Autumn chill, a lounge area, and a sun terrace complete with inviting sun loungers. The outdoor amenities also include a convenient outdoor shower and a barbecue, ensuring a relaxing and enjoyable stay by the sea.

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Other Tips for visiting Sicily in October

Beyond the essentials covered in this blog post, here are some additional tips to enhance your Sicilian adventure in October. Embrace the slower pace of the shoulder season and take advantage of fewer crowds at popular tourist sites. It's an ideal time for more intimate experiences and unhurried exploration. 

Sicilian cuisine is a must-try year-round, and October offers a bounty of seasonal delights. Savor freshly harvested figs, grapes, and pomegranates, as well as delectable local dishes like pasta alla norma and panelle. 

Don't miss the chance to sample Sicilian wines, as the grape harvest season, known as the vendemmia, is in full swing, and wineries may offer tours and tastings. Visit the scenic vineyards and olive groves of the countryside, where you can partake in olive oil tastings and wine tours. 

Sicily in October is an excellent time to explore the island’s natural wonders; the milder temperatures and blooming flora make a perfect environment for nature enthusiasts. Consider taking a hike through the Madonie, Nebrodi, or Etna regional parks. The moderate temperatures and lush landscapes make it an ideal season for outdoor adventures. Don't forget to pack comfortable walking shoes and a good pair of binoculars for birdwatching in the various nature reserves.

Be sure to check local event calendars for festivals celebrating the harvest season and regional traditions, as these can provide unique insights into Sicilian culture. Lastly, always carry some cash, as smaller towns and markets may have limited card payment options. With these tips in mind, your journey to Sicily in October promises to be a well-rounded and enriching experience.


Sicily in October is a captivating blend of ancient history, natural beauty, and culinary delights. The shoulder season offers the perfect opportunity to savor the best of the island with milder weather, fewer crowds, and seasonal delights.

From exploring ancient ruins and charming baroque towns to hiking in lush national parks and partaking in the grape harvest festivities, Sicily in October caters to a diverse range of interests. Whether you're a history buff, a nature lover, a foodie, or simply seeking relaxation on tranquil beaches, Sicily welcomes you with open arms. 

As you plan your October escape to this Mediterranean gem, prepare to be enchanted by its rich culture, warm hospitality, and the timeless allure that is Sicily. With each passing day, you'll uncover new layers of this vibrant island, creating memories that will linger long after your journey's end.

Tempted to visit Sicily in October? To learn more about this paradise island in autumn, you can visit our Italian Breaks website to discover the fabulous selection of villas on offer. Alternatively, contact a member of our team who are on hand to answer any questions you may have.

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Visiting Sicily in October is a great idea, especially if you love food, wine, and culture. So, pack your bags – what are you waiting for?









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