Spending Christmas 2015 in Sicily: 5 ideas for your winter vacation

  • Published: 13-11-2015
  • Category: Events

Christmas 2015 Sicily

This year you want to make a pleasant exception and spend Christmas 2015 abroad. And so, your desire to visit Sicily will become true. Now you need just some ideas to organize your vacation in the best way.

Well, we have not one but five good ideas.


1. The cities

It is hard to make a list of the most beautiful cities in Sicily. However, on the occasion of Christmas, there are three places that could be the right destination of your journey:

  • Palermo
  • Messina
  • Catania

These three cities have everything a traveler could wish for: they are large, rich in history and charm, with several places to visit in their provinces.


2. The nativity scenes

There is no Christmas without a nativity scene. In Sicily, this tradition is alive. Especially in the city of Caltagirone, in the province of Catania. Each year, theme tours will allow you to discover the several and ancient nativity scenes of this town.

For more information, you can visit the official website of the comune of Caltagirone, Comune.caltagirone.ct.it.


3. Ski holiday

For you, Christmas is synonym for snow and skiing. Maybe you don’t know it but you can ski in Sicily. The main ski resorts are three:

  • Nicolosi, on Etna south side
  • Linguaglossa, on Etna north side
  • Piano Battaglia, near Petralia Sottana (in the province of Palermo)


4. Traditions and events

In addition to nativity scene, in Sicily there are other important Christmas traditions:

As mentioned on the occasion of the cribs, in Sicily traditions associated with Christmas are deeply felt by the population: procession of Christmas night, novena of Infant Jesus, concerts of bagpipers in the streets, wine & food events to taste the typical Christmas recipes.

To immerse yourselves in the Sicilian Christmas traditions, the recommended destinations are two: Palermo and Catania. On the occasion of Christmas, these two cities are enriched by several and various events (for further information, visit Comune.catania.it and Comune.palermo.it).


5. And, finally, there is New Year’s Eve

Why don’t finish this Christmas 2015 vacation to Sicily welcoming the new year? The New Year’s Eve concert in the squares of Palermo, Catania and Messina is real tradition.


Have you chosen your idea for this vacation? In this case, there is only one thing left to do: book your ferry trip.


Image source: Flickr.com/photos/leandrociuffo

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