What's a guest farm?
We Italians call it agriturismo, and agriturismo siciliano, or "Sicilian Agritourism," is
much more than a stay on a working farm, which in Sicily could be a rural holiday surrounded by vineyards,
olive groves, citrus orchards, oak woods or endless wheat fields.
Agritourism is different from camping yet closer to nature than a superficial visit
into the country. Think of it as a rural bed and breakfast, not quite a country inn. Guest farms are working estates far removed from the usual
tourist trail, so you'll have to rent a car to get there from Palermo or Catania.
But it's worth the effort. In fact, agritourism is the perfect choice if you enjoy traveling
on your own and discovering new places far beyond the city. It is even possible to
use a guest farm as a "base" for excursions to archeological sites and other
places of interest, or to add a special experience - a cooking class, a winery visit, a cultural tour - to your visit.
Expect the food to be exceptional and the lodging to be comfortable but rustic, and enjoy the real Sicily!
Visas: If you're an EU citizen you probably won't need a visa to enter
Italy. Visitors from certain other countries can visit Italy for up to 3
months without a visa, though their passports must be valid for the entire
duration of their stay. These countries include the USA, Canada, Japan,
Australia and others. Check the Italian Foreign Ministry website or contact the nearest
Italian consulate to see whether you need a visa to enter Italy.
Credit Cards: Some restaurants and shops only accept cash. Mastercard
and Visa are the most widely accepted credit cards; fewer Sicilian establishments
accept American Express.
Currency Exchange: Italy's currency is the euro (€).
Banks cannot exchange large amounts of currency, usually limiting transactions
to €400 at a time. Visit our currency converter
for current exchange rates.
Dining: Lunch, the main meal of the day, is usually served around
1, dinner at 8. Expect exceptional Sicilian wines, but no poultry. Few restaurants
in Sicily serve chicken, which is roasted on a skewer and sold at stands
as a take-away meal. Pizza is an evening food, and coffees containing milk
(cappuccino) are usually served in the morning.
Tipping: 10% is normal in restaurants.
Smoking: Not permitted in restaurants or in any buildings open to
the public, including stores and hotels.
Safety: To discourage purse snatchers women should carry small purses,
if any, Along streets, carry your purse on the side away from traffic, as
some thieves steal them while riding motor scooters. Backpacks should not
be worn (but instead carried) in crowded areas or on buses.
Dress: In churches, including Monreale Abbey, Cefalù Cathedral
and Palermo's Palatine Chapel, women should not enter with uncovered arms
or wearing miniskirts or very short pants. Men should not enter wearing
Weather: Visit Best of Sicily's weather page for
forecasts and current conditions.
Business Hours: Most stores and offices are closed in the afternoon
from 1 until 4, when they open until 7 or 8.
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Luxury villa and
cottages in a delightful country setting overlooking historic Cefalù.
Come to Casale
Enjoy a delightful
stay amid citrus groves on a charming farm near the coast just outside Catania,
conveniently located near Taormina and Etna. Visit our site for details.
atmosphere of a feudal country estate nestled among Sicily's beautiful Madonie
Mountains. Come stay at Feudo San Giorgio.
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Links to all kinds of travel-oriented sites for Sicily, from restaurants
to wedding planners.
Cooking courses in scenic southeastern Sicily.
Offers a wide range of customised travel experiences and even organises
conferences and incentive holidays in Sicily.
Driver and Guide. A luxury standard in personal touring around Sicily
with small groups.
Taormina & Siracusa Tour Guides.
Tour guides in eastern Sicily.
Sicilian Guide. Personal touring around Sicily
with small groups, and shore excursions from Palermo.
Tour Guides. Tour guides around Sicily, including Palermo, Siracusa, Agrigento...
Tours. Week-long tours around Sicily as well as shore excursions for
cruise passengers at Palermo, Messina and Trapani. Also a good resource for travel agents.
Tours of Sicily. A good place to purchase a tour if your scheduled guided
tour of Sicily has been cancelled.
Best of Sicily Guide. The web's most complete, and most popular,
travel guide for Sicily, with a monthly magazine featuring original articles
on hundreds of topics.
Wedding planner for northwestern Sicily, specifically Cefalù (at
the medieval cathedral) and Castelbuono (in the castle).
Sicily Moto Rent.
Motorcycle rental based in Palermo. One of the few such agencies in Sicily.
A detailed destination guide for Palermo, Sicily's largest city, and other
places in northwestern Sicily.
Sicily Guide Blog.
Compact destination guide with a frequently updated blog.
Sicily Life. Travel services and tours described and linked.
Palermo Tours. Various tours of Palermo and northwestern Sicily.