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The Ghost Island of Sicily: Isola Ferdinandea

If the ghost island of Sicily, Isola Ferdinandea exists, perhaps Atlantis too?

Sicily is a region with lush islands at the foot of Italy. A couple of hundred years ago, almost forgotten by many, a volcanic island appeared in Sicily between Tunisia and the mainland. It is the ghost island of Isola Ferdinandea. The island erupted, submerged and had never been seen again.

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Sunday in Italy – free museums in Sicily

Do you know that the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage a program called #IovadoalMuseo? It offers free entrance every first Sunday of the month to Italy and also Sicily.

Travelling to Sicily does not need to be expensive with cheap holiday rentals, local services, and projects like this. You can find ways to fit your budget and be creative. Enjoy the unique Sicilian experience without spending too much.

#IoVadoAlMuseo – Sunday in Italy from October to March

The #IoVadoAlMuseo is a 20-day free admission tourism movement in Italy. It also is known as the Italy Free Museum Sunday. Everyone can avail the free museum entrance in Italy every first Sunday of the month. Please note that it is only available during Autumn and Winter, from October to March. Museums include historical and excavation sites, galleries, parks and gardens.

#SettimanadeiMusei – A week in the Museum

Aside from the Italy Free Sunday, the ministry also introduced another campaign called A week in the Museum. It is usually held around January to March. Six days of free entry to museums and other sites in Italy.

Some cities also offer cheaper options to tourists travelling in low season months. Please check on the website of the town you want to visit to know more about Italy free tour and entries. They also post updates on their Facebook page. If you are under 18, entry is generally for free. And from 18 to 25 the ticket might cost for as low as 2 euros!

To know more details about these programs, please visit the official website

Sunday in Sicily, Italy

In case you are coming to Sicily, Italy in peak seasons, there are also other free places and homes on the island to explore. We listed here the free and cheapest things to do in Sicily so you can save even more.

Sunday in Sicily means a lot of things to many people. For a typical Sicilian family, it is a day at the Church and meeting the extended clan afterwards for a weekly reunion. In small villages, many stores only open on mornings too and close down in the afternoon for these reasons. During mid-Spring to the entire Summer, it is a lazy day at the beach, young and old lounging, swimming and having fun. Visiting Sicily museums and galleries is a must, but you do not need to visit them all at once. Pause for a minute. Admire the views, relish the moment. Sicily will speak within you in a way that it will touch your soul.

5 ways to spend New Year’s Eve in Sicily

Sicily is famous as a dream destination which offers a lovely mix of traditions and plenty of choices for adventures. In case you are looking for the best places to stay for Christmas and New Year breaks, Sicily in Italy is the right island for you. Come and join us as we end the year with amazing memories and welcome a fresh start. Here are the 5 ways to spend New Year’s Eve and the first days of the year in Sicily.

1. Countdown to New Year with a big crowd

new year's eve countdown sicily

Major cities in Sicily, as well as entire Italy, are lively during New Year’s Eve or Il Capodanno. Either city halls or local TV stations organized firework displays and programs. They also invite performers and celebrities to toast together for a better tomorrow with the crowd. The concerts are usually held in city squares which features fascinating views of architectural buildings. In Palermo, the New Year’s Eve events take place in Piazza Politeama while in Catania, they hold it in Piazza Duomo. You can enjoy this night of music, culture and fun counting down to New Year and new beginnings.

2. Traditional New Year’s Eve Dinner

Together with the noise and colours of the fireworks, the Sicily New Year food traditions also make the evening extra special. If you are staying in a holiday rental with a kitchen, we suggest trying out these typical Sicilian cuisines. In case you happen to know a few locals, blending with them and their families in this joyous holiday is also a great experience. Most Sicilian Mammas love cooking a feast for everyone and sharing the meanings of these lucky foods. The traditional tombola or bingo followed the sumptuous dinner. However, if it is not possible, Agriturismo farmhouses will also provide you with this authentic Sicilian feel. Another alternative is reserving a restaurant in the city centre. We advise choosing one with a panoramic view to appreciate the fireworks more or in one of those palace hotels for a fancier New year celebration in Sicily.

3. Dance the year away

new years eve party sicily

New Year’s Eve also means hundreds of after dinner parties taking place in every corner of Sicily from midnight till dawn. From the largest cities to seaside towns and mountain villages. There will always be a club or a hall to dance your year away, either in formal settings or casual scenes. Many sell tickets in advance online through group chats or facebook pages, others, you can come across while exploring or bar hopping. Some of the parties are also by invitation through families, friends or acquaintances.

4. Witness nature’s fireworks in Stromboli

new year in stromboli
photo courtesy of Veronique Mergaux

If Sicily New Year weather condition is suitable and you do not mind travelling by water, head to the Aeolian Islands. Faraway from the noise of the mainland is a paradise of a peaceful panorama. The archipelago has small islands which feature stunning mountainscape and vistas of the beautiful coasts and the blue cobalt sea. Daydreaming and walking are some of the activities you can do here in colder months. For a breathtaking experience during New Year’s Eve, you can join excursion groups that organised trekking to the Stromboli island and witness nature’s blasting fireworks.

5. New Year’s Day Dip

Brave the cold and take your first bath of the year in the Mediterranean sea. Sicily is known for its very mild Winter climate, from around 8 to 15 degrees with bright sunshine frequently. This New Year’s Day dip will be an easy one. Swim together with your loved ones and continue the thrill of New Year’s Eve into the year of excitement and positivity.

What’s more, can you do on New Year’s Eve? Please comment your suggestions below. We love adding cool ideas and helpful tips for our guests.

Happy New Year!

Epiphany Tradition in Sicily – religious customs

Epiphany by definition is a sacred festivity honouring the birth of Jesus Christ with the visit of the Three Kings bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for the Son of God. TheCatholic church and other Christian rites also celebrate various kinds of Epiphany tradition. In case you are on the island around the first and second week of January, here are the best places to observe traditional customs during this event.

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Places to visit in Palermo with kids

Are you looking for great places to visit in Palermo with kids? Travelling with kids is exciting but can be stressful sometimes. Majority of us are parents so we can relate to you. We know that it is necessary to know where to go. So to avoid such inconvenience, especially for your kids, we are sharing the list of some of the places in Palermo where you can have a visit with your kids without ignoring fun and relaxation.