Think of Italy, and all sorts of images come to mind with the imperial grandeur of the ancient Roman Empire; the vibrant, spontaneous nature of the Italian people; the cultural achievements of its great artists and musicians; the culinary delights of its passionately inspired Mediterranean food and drink. Of course, all these influences are to be found throughout the mainland of Italy, but they spread far beyond the shores of the country to its Mediterranean islands such as Sardinia and Sicily, though both these islands have entirely their own national characteristics that have combined Italian influences with native cultures. The beautiful surrounds of Sicily are also synonymous with the classic Hollywood blockbuster trilogy, The Godfather and tours are bookable locally.
Sicily also has its own language, Siculu, which is considered to be completely different to Italian. Sardinia, too has the Logudorese language, which is entirely its own. Geographically, both islands range from hilly to mountainous, though Sicily famously has its own live volcano, Mount Etna. As holiday destinations, both have much to recommend them; a fabulous climate from spring through to autumn; azure seas and stunning beaches; sensational regional cooking and distinctive island cultures that are entirely original and unique. Visit one, and you'll want to discover the other; visit each, and you'll want to return to both!
Italy Holiday Highlights
Sicily and Sardinia are close enough together to share virtually the same Mediterranean climate, and both islands boast beautifully warm weather, with long hot summers and coastal temperatures averaging around 28 degrees (83F) in July and August. With such a long period of hot weather, coastal waters can be pleasantly warm from May until October. Sardinia and Sicily have a pleasant 6-month summer, which is hot and dry from May to October, but often with breezes due to their maritime locations. The winter months are mild with a good amount of sunshine, particularly in March and April when the flowers are out. At this time of year, it can be hot during the daytime and cooler in the evenings.
Taxis on both islands are easy to arrange and plentiful, especially in the more popular tourist resorts. However, both islands are fairly large, so car hire is an option well worth considering, especially since some of the best scenery (and the most traditional villages) are located in the remoter interiors of each island.