Best time to go to Castellammare del Golfo

Sicily’s summer swings between hot and very hot – not surprising when you consider it's only 80 miles from Africa. From May to September the temperature jumps up to the mid-30s. If that’s hotter than you can handle, visiting in the shoulder seasons is a good shout. The mercury will be sitting in the more bearable 20s, and the country looks extra pretty with wildflowers in springtime and colourful vineyards in the autumn. Even in the winter, it doesn’t tend to dip below 10˚C, so you can still explore the cities minus the crowds without getting that chilly. As far as rain goes, October to December are the wettest months. If you’re here in August, though, you’re usually in for cloudless days and blue skies.

Passports and Visas

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Health and safety

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover you while you’re away. If you’re travelling to the EU and you apply for a card now, you'll get a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) instead of an EHIC. This entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Italian nationals. It won’t, however, cover you for medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment. Visit for full details on what it covers. You do not need to apply for a GHIC if you already have an EHIC. Your EHIC remains valid in the EU until it expires. An EHIC or GHIC is free of charge. For the latest health and safety information, visit

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