Since Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, it has a ton to offer. From intriguing cities to coastal hangouts and historic sites, this Italian destination is a great place for a holiday. If you’re visiting Sicily in August, it will be a great time to explore the outdoors while taking plenty of breaks to cool off at a local bar, restaurant, or museum. Ready to visit Sicily this summer? Here’s where to go and what to do.
Attend La Sagre del Mare
Visit Mazara del Vallo this August if you want to attend La Sagre del Mare festival. It celebrates the fresh food that comes from the sea, so expect lots of locally prepared seafood dishes. You’ll find gigantic frying pans cooking up octopus, prawns, squid, and fish. Don’t forget to wash it all down with some locally made wine.
Attend La Scala Illuminata
Visitors to Caltagirone will get to experience La Scala Illuminata festival in August. It’s one of the most famous festivals in the region. You’ll witness the town’s beautiful ceramic staircase come alive with lanterns that are lit for Sicily’s patron saint, St. James.
Attend Palio dei Normanni
Visit Piazza Armerina in August to attend this Renaissance festival. You’ll witness equestrian games, costumes, parades, and Medieval shows. There’s a battle of the knights, a horsemanship competition, reenactments of historical events, dancing, and live entertainment.
Cool off by taking a dip in the remote waters of Levanzo. This is a paradise for experienced divers who are willing to swim 30 meters below to look at the Roman shipwreck. Divers will see the 10,000-year-old wall paintings and neolithic drawings on their way down. These inscriptions were discovered in 1949 so there may be more to uncover for brave explorers.
August is hot so keep away the heat by spending more time in the sea. This getaway offers plenty of diving in the cobalt-blue water (and a shipwreck too!) Le Formiche is full of colourful seaweed, sponges, and rocks. The shallow water here shows off the colours of life below so expect plenty of red, orange, and yellow.
This is one of the most beautiful regions of Sicily. Ragusa is situated on a limestone hill that overlooks the vast valleys. It’s split between the old town and the new town so visitors will get to see modern beauty next to historic charm. Spend some time wandering around this charming city, checking out the gardens, and lazing around the elegant cafes.
Valley of the Temples – Agrigento
Spend some time visiting the Valley of the Temples if you want to look at ancient architecture and learn all about the local history. This open-air museum is filled to the brim with ancient artefacts and temples. Agrigento used to be a wealthy city full of immense temples that were dedicated to the gods. Make sure to visit Temple of Concordia, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Temple of Hera, Temple of Heracles, and more.
Anapo River Valley
This beautiful river valley can be found within Pantalica Canyon. It’s a World UNESCO Heritage site because of its beauty and history. This is a top destination for outdoor enthusiasts who want to spend the day trekking. If you visit for a trek, expect steep cliffs and a beehive of rocky tombs. It’s an off-the-beaten path destination in Sicily that is one of the most beautiful places in the country.
If you’re visiting Sicily in August you’ll have plenty to see and do. Between the ancient sites, quaint cities, and natural attractions, you won’t want for things to see. Make sure to check out Italian Breaks for where to go, where to stay and what to do. Happy travels!