Sicily

This Mediterranean island has a unique history and geography all its own. Travel from the resort town of Taormina to the slopes of Mt. Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. Explore Syracuse, the birthplace of Archimedes, the ancient temples of Agrigento, and Palermo’s extraordinary architecture. Taste local honey in Zafferana and the sweet wine made in the seaside town of Marsala.

Tours & Packages to Sicily

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Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Sicily? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Palermo
Population: 5.082 million
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Languages: Sicilian & Italian
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: CET (UTC +1)

Weather

Sicily has a typical Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers.

Entry requirements

<p>U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least 90 days after your return date, though we strongly recommend at least six months.</p>

<p>U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Italy for stays up to 90 days. See the <a href="http://www.travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/italy.html" target="_blank">U.S. Dept. of State website</a> for more information.</p>

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

Shopping

While in Sicily, you should shop for olive oil, preserves, ceramics, local wines and liquors. 

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

There are no health requirements or precautions to enter Sicily.

 

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Power & Adapters

230 volts. Plugs C, F & L. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Tipping

Restaurants sometimes include a service charge in your bill. They also have a cover charge which is a charge for bread and table settings. If you are happy with the service, leave and additional 5%. Leave 10% if no service charge is applied. Tipping in taxis is not obligatory, either, but a tip of 1 euro or so is usually given to the driver.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are ATMs available in Sicily?

    ATMs are available outside almost all banks. 

  2. Can I take my cell phone?

    See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

Rave Reviews

My husband and I learned about Friendly Planet Travel through friends who went on a trip to China. They returned home raving about the great value and good time they and other travelers had while in the Far East. We began our own study of Friendly Planet trips and found one to Italy that offered just about everything but cannolis. Based just outside San Gimignano, we were more than satisfied with the family-owned Hotel Sovestro, had no issues with our little rental car, found it an easy public bus ride to and from Florence and even a night of opera music in Siena. Added to our travel bliss was a non-stop Emirates flight to and from Milan and JFK/New York. There was also much joy in making new friends who were also guests at Hotel Sovestro. Thank you, staff, for making this a most memorable trip. You'll be hearing from us again.

Gail Giannetto, Wakefield, MA