In October and November Sicily's villages celebrate, even the most sleepiest ones, Weekends in these months are packed with events. Streets and alleyways divert into markets where local produces can be tasted, squares become party venues, wineries open their doors, folk groups play Sicilian songs, museums can be visited for free and in some places visitors can enjoy a Sfilata dei Carretti Siciliani, a procession of the lovingly and colourfully painted traditional Sicilian carts.
Sicilians just love to celebrate, every reason will do, even bread or mushrooms. And if there is nothing special in the culinary sector in their village they celebrate their patron saint, which is in doubt San Giuseppe (Saint Joseph).
So, rent a car and head out to join your Sicilian hosts, who will be delighted to welcome tourists. These local events are not only a great possibility to find some really unique and yummy souvenirs (and doing a good thing in supporting local producers), they are also a great opportunity to do some sightseeing off the beaten track and to experience Sicilian country life, local traditions and customs and live unforgettable emotions.
This article features some of our favourite weekend destinations in Autumn: around Mount Etna, in the Madonie and Nebrodi mountains, and at the sea in Mazara del Vallo, so you could combine your visits with some hours at the golden sandy beaches of western Sicily, doing sightseeing or going hiking.
More of the most interesting seasonal events you'll find at Events, our always up to date What's On listing (so check often), annual festivities and celebrations are listed at our Festival Calendar