Sometimes we choose winter vacation destinations because they’re winter wonderlands. Sometimes, we’re trying to escape the cold. And then there are places like Sicily—in the winter it’s neither too hot nor too cold, and you’ve got the added bonus of low prices and hardly any crowds.
In Sicily, the weather in winter is mild enough that you can still spend time comfortably outdoors, although you may not want to lie on the beach. You’re likely to see some rain, and the temperature will drop at night, but it’s not usually the kind of weather that’s going to force you indoors at all hours.
Sicily’s high season is the summer, when flocks of Italians and other Europeans head for the island’s gorgeous beaches. In the winter, Sicily is occupied almost entirely by Sicilians, and a small number of tourists. Attractions aren’t overcrowded, locals who work in the tourist industry aren’t likely to be tired of visitors yet, and popular hotels and restaurants are much easier to get into. On top of all that, you’ll pay less for just about everything.
For the traveler who likes seeing places when they’re celebrating, the winter in Sicily offers just what you seek. Christmas and New Year’s in Sicily are both major holidays—you can visit the “living Nativity” scene in a cave near Trapani, catch “The Nutcracker” at Palermo’s legendary Teatro Massimo, and ring in the new year with a massive fireworks display.