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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.