Sicily in June

June is the perfect time to visit Sicily, with temperatures just starting to rise nicely, the average being around 24 degrees, and the first smells of summer drifting through the island. It is the ideal time for walking in the mountains and for being on the coast where the sea is warm, but the beaches are still largely empty. 

From the 10th–12th June the wonderful festival of the ‘little squid’ (Sagra della Seppia) takes place in Donnalucata, on the coast below Scicli in the south of the island. Essential Italy can recommend Villa Bruna (sleeps 4), a lovely villa with a very private walled garden, and a short walk from the beach too, not to mention the private tennis court. Price: from £860 for the week. 

June sees the beginning of the fabulous Festival of Arts in Taormina. It starts 11th–18th June with the film festival, screening film previews, independent features, documentaries, shorts, and it continues with theatre, music and dance and into July and August. The main forum is the Ancient Theatre, one of the largest theatres in Sicily, which enjoys magnificent views over the bay of Naxos and Mount Etna

Villa Silvia (sleeps 4) is a lovely villa just along the coast from Taormina, with the most amazing garden, pool and views. Price: from £1,100.00 per week.

Villa Scozilia (sleeps 8–10) rests on the slopes of Mount Etna with fabulous views across the countryside to the coastline and down to Taormina. The dwellings can be let separately or as a whole; perfect for friends wanting to travel together. The gardens are immaculate and offer a pool as well as a private tennis court. Price: from £2,795 per week, based on 8–10 sharing with 20% discount for stays 11th–30th June.