The climate in Sicily is mild in the winter and pleasantly hot in the summer.
The climate in Sicily is typically Mediterranean with hot summers and short, mild winters. Summers in Sicily are hot with relatively little rainfall and quite stable weather from the middle of June until the middle of September. During this period the average daytime temperature near to the coast ranges from 28 to 34 degrees centigrade, however, this can rise to between 38 and 40 degrees centigrade for brief periods when the Scirocco wind blows from North Africa.
The official language is Italian.
Palermo easily has the best shopping in Sicily, followed by Catania. They both have high quality markets and shopping malls where you can buy locally made products, Italian labels and international brands.
The top malls in Palermo are in the Teatro Massimo, the Piazza del Duomo and the Via Roma districts.
Shopping hours are from 9.00am to 13.00am and 4.00 to 8.00pm Monday to Saturday.
As for street markets, all Sicilian towns and cities have them. Most town markets only open for a day or two per week. “Il Capo” and “Vucciria” are Palermo’s top street markets. Those shopping at markets will find that most have items for tourists, including Sicilian ceramics and olive oil.
The Organising Committee or its agents will not be responsible for any medical expenses, loss or accidents incurred during the congress. Delegates are strongly advised to arrange their own personal insurance to cover medical and other expenses including accident or loss. Where a delegate has to cancel for medical reasons, the normal cancellation policy will apply. It is recommended that citizens from EU countries bring with them a current EHIC card.
Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged at 22% on most goods.
A small tip is appreciated for good service. Tipping is usual in pubs and bars.
The currency in Italia is the Euro.
Major credit cards are widely accepted
Under Italian law smoking is not permitted in pubs, restaurants, hotel lobbies and all enclosed public buildings.
What to Pack
Include a bathing suit and towel, sunscreen, jeans and casual wear. Smart casual for the gala dinner. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
How to reach Palermo
The International Airport “Falcone and Borsellino” of Punta Raisi is located at 32 km of distance from the city and is connected to Palermo by Prestia e Comandè bus company, by Trenitalia railways or by Taxi.
Another International Airport is the “Vincenzo Florio” of Birgi, Trapani, located at 115 km to Palermo, connect by Salemi bus company.
From Falcone and Borsellino airport to Palermo and vice versa by Bus:
Bus Company: Prestia e Comandè bus
– from the Airport from 6.30 to 24.00 – every half hour
Ticket price: € 6,30
From Falcone and Borsellino airport to Palermo and vice versa by Train:
Railway Company: Trenitalia
– from the Airport from 7.30 to 22.00 – every half hour
Ticket price: € 5,80
From Falcone and Borsellino airport to Palermo and vice versa by Taxi:
– from first fly until the last fly
Ticket price: € 35,00/45,00
From Vincenzo Florio airport to Palermo and vice versa by Bus:
Bus Company: Salemi Bus
– from the Airport from 6.20 to 24.40
Ticket price: € 12,00