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Climate and seasons:

Visiting Sicily is enjoyable at all times of the year, although we recommend a holiday in spring or autumn because the climate is moderate, the beaches are not packed with tourists and life is cheaper.

April, May and June, September, October and November are ideal months to travel around the island.

From the end of July to the end of August the temperature can be around 35/40° and the number of holiday makers, as well as the prices, increase considerably.

In city centres it is particularly hot (July-August are the hottest months); however, as soon as you climb a little into the mountains, it is almost cool and very pleasant, and even advisable to wear a sweater in wetter areas.

At times the ‘sirocco’ wind blows for a few days, bringing sand from the Sahara. When this happens, the temperature rises up to 40° in summer and it becomes humid in the east and rather dry in the west. In winter you can even ski on Mount Etna or Madonie Park!

Tourist tax

Since 2011, municipalities in Sicily have been allowed to charge a tourist tax: this is usually from € 0,80 to 2,00 € (around 1-2 ) per day, per adult person on top of the original cost of your accommodation. This tax is paid to your landowner or host on arrival at your accommodation.

The government has not established a date for the introduction of this tax, nor even a specific amount. Many municipalities have set their tariff at one euro per person per night, while others have simply chosen not to introduce it.

Registration formalities for B&B, hotels, etc.

A valid ID or Passport is required to check in upon arrival at the hotel. A driving license is not considered an identity document.

Banks and Credit Cards

Banks are generally open from 09:30 to 13:30 and from 15:00 to 17:00 (closed Saturday and Sunday).

Credit Cards: Visa, Visa Electron, MasterCard, Maestro are accepted by most traders, but in the most traditional small villages, and in the Aeolian Islands, card payments are not accepted because internet connection is often unreliable. It is wise therefore to withdraw money from time to time in cash machines (called Bancomat), although be aware you will usually be charged by your bank for this transaction.

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