Thursday, January 21, 2010

Snow in Sicily

Here in Sicily it's simple enough to see that Winter has arrived by the snow atop Mount Etna and the higher peaks of the Nebrodi and Madonie mountains (indicated and linked from our map of Sicily). But most of Sicily doesn't get quite that cold. This year has been fairly warm, with less precipitation than last year. As I write this, there's been very little snow on the mountains around Palermo. (The photo here was taken a year ago in Via Notarbartolo.) That's my own gauge of whether it's a "cold" Sicilian winter or not, but the season isn't over yet so there's still plenty of time for some symbolic snow down here near the coasts.

I know this will have a quaint ring if you live in a cooler climate, but in Sicily weather is never very unpredictable - especially in the valleys and near the coasts. It's warm and sunny most of the year. There are only about six months when you might even wear a jacket. Winter is actually a great time to visit. So is early Spring. (Here are a few reasons.) Think about it...

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