Averages for Sicily in January
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, located west just off the south coast of Italy. The island enjoys a Mediterranean climate, much like Agrigento, with long, hot summers and short, mild winters. Rain is common throughout each month, which keeps Sicily in bloom all year round.
January is one of the coldest and wettest times to visit Sicily. Temperatures rarely reach above 13°C during the day and they can drop as low as 8°C after sunset so plenty of warm clothing is needed.
Dates for the diary
If you visit Sicily in January you might just be in time to enjoy Sagra della sfincia di priescia in Montelepre. This is a town festival dedicated to a sweet dish typical of the area. During January there will be various stalls offering the sfincia sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar that you can try for free.
Things to do
Ex Stabilimento Florio in Florio is a great place to spend a rainy day. This building used to be a tuna canning factory and is now a place brimming with architecture, art and history. The museum is completely free to enjoy and is one of the most popular attractions in Sicily.
Syracuse Cathedral (also known as the Temple of Athena) is a unique Christian cathedral built from the ruins of ancient Greek temples. Inside, tourists can see ancient Greek ruins seamlessly blended in a renaissance building and infused with Christian imagery and artistic styles. The Cathedral is free to visit.
Syracuse Cathedral, Sicily.
Where to eat & drink
Al Vicoletto is arguably Trapani’s best and swankiest restaurant. The food here is meticulously cooked and will satisfy even the most discerning tastes. The restaurant is known for organising special event nights and for being family friendly; despite being a fine dining establishment. The prices are fairly high compared to most other restaurants in the area but you won’t find better food in Trapani.
Make sure you stop by Pasticceria Capriccio at least once during your stay. This amazing bakery offers freshly-prepared pastries, cakes and biscuits of all types. If you’re lucky, you might be invited to sample a few before choosing one. Highlights include cannolis, cockles marzipans and lots more.
La Madia is a contemporary Italian restaurant that specialises in modern pasta dishes as well as creative renditions of classical Italian favourites. The restaurant is family-friendly, extremely welcoming and serves delicious fresh seafood pasta. Buon Appetito!
Located in a beautiful neighbourhood in Palermo, Malox is a rock style cocktail bar attached to a local brewery. This unconventional bar attracts a mixed and friendly crowd and is well known for an up-beat, laid-back atmosphere.
Where to stay
Couples and families looking for a winter break in Sicily should take a look at the Hotel Riva del Sole. Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, this stylishly furnished hotel offers a wealth of facilities and has various rooms to suit all budgets and group sizes.
Hotel Riva del Sole pool area , Sicily.
The Disio Resort is a fantastic golf and spa retreat. The hotel’s spa is impressive and offers a wide array of treatments including numerous different massage styles, aromatherapy, yoga classes and many more. The golf is highly rated, too.
Casa Vacanze "Monovano Centro Storico" offers affordably swish guest house accommodation in high ceiling, multi room apartments. This relatively large guesthouse focuses on quality to deliver a quiet, relaxing and home-from-home atmosphere. The décor is minimalist and definitely inspired by Italian and Sicilian themes.
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January events in Sicily
New Year's Day
1st January 2015
This is a day of rest in all regions in Sicily. Recover from drinking and dancing from the night before by indulging in some tasty cuisine.
6th January 2015
Christians annually celebrate this public holiday in many countries. The Epiphany consists of two events in Jesus Christ’s life, according to the Christian Bible. The first event was when the three wise men, or kings, visited infant Jesus. The second event was when St John the Baptist baptised Jesus.
Feast of Saint Sebastian
20th January 2015
The towns of Acireale, Maniace, Piedemonte Etneo, and Giarre all honour and celebrate St. Sebestian with the eating of traditional marzipan cakes.
Almond Blossom Festival
30th January 2015 to 8th February 2015
Visit the City of Agrigento for this fun-filled festival. During this time, experience parades, stunning views of almond trees, and theatre performances.
31st January 2015 to 17th February 2015
Sicily's most elaborate carnival features music, parades, eating and fireworks. This entertaining event is located in the town of Acireale, just up from Catania.