Thursday, January 1, 2015

Snow Greets 2015

New Years Eve found much of Sicily blanketed by snow. In the coastal cities there wasn't any real accumulation but the temperatures dropped into the 30s (F). Our pic shows the view of a snow-capped mountain seen from Palermo's Via Bottai near Piazza Marina yesterday. It's a bit warmer today.

Some of us here in Palermo regard the presence of snow on the surrounding mountains - if only for a day - as a sign that Winter has truly arrived. The Winter of 2013-2014 saw no such thing, and November 2014 experienced the warmest temperatures ever recorded for that month.

The Madonie and Nebrodi, Sicily's highest mountain ranges, will have at least some snow until early March, the Sicanian range (especially Rocca Bussambra and Mount Cammarata) a bit less.

Winter is a great time to visit Sicily. Think about it. But whatever season you choose, we offer some exceptional Sicily tours and travel services.

What's new in 2015? Best of Sicily sponsors the publication of several Sicily-related books and the list will grow this year. Of special interest are Jackie Alio's Women of Sicily and Francesca Lombardo's Sicilian Food & Wine.

We wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous year.

1 comment:

Steve said...

I wish more people knew that winter is, in fact, and amazing time to go to Sicily.

Summer brings crowds of tourists (not all of them friendly) and high heat and humidity.

Winter is still fairly warm (at least compared to the frigid east coast US winters I'm used to).

Even in shore towns like Cefalu`, there is plenty to do in the winter. The beaches are still there, yes, but the shops and the cafes (and Bars), the restaurants, the people (some of the friendliest in the world), are all there. And, there are always cooking classes, museums, tours and just walking around the towns is a magical experience.

I wish the governments there would push tourism in teh fall and winter. It would bring much needed cash in their communities and would expose the world to the beauty of the island in the off season