An island retreat is a splendid way to spend a holiday and the province and town of Caltanissetta is a fantastic place to visit. The historic town is in the middle of the Mediterranean island of Sicily, which lies south of the Italian mainland. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas, apartments and campsites.
The province of Caltanissetta extends from the centre of the island to the southern coast, where there are some beautiful sandy beaches. Here visitors can enjoy sunbathing or water activities such as swimming, water skiing, sailing, surfing and snorkelling. With such great views all around this is a wonderful place to walk and cycle with various country and mountain paths available.
There are two 18-hole golf courses in Sicily with one in the north and another on the slopes of Mount Etna. Various boat trips are available from Palermo in the north of the island taking passengers around the island coat or to Genoa on the mainland. Fishing trips can also be arranged of the Sicily coast.
There are plenty of restaurants, trattorias (small restaurants) and bars in the region serving mainly local cuisine. Visitors will find a few shops selling arts and craft, jewellery and other souvenirs. Self catering holidaymakers will find a few small markets and stores from which to buy food and drinks.
There are a number of interesting places to visit in the region including historic buildings such as the 17th century cathedral, several churches and the remains of the Pietrarossa Castle. Other towns nearby have some interesting architecture too such as Piazza Armerina, Mussomeli and Enna. The island has many parks and nature reserves that are well worth a visit.
A trip to Mount Etna is highly recommended with numerous coach tours on the island with jeeps taking visitors to the sulphuric peak. Alcantara gorge was formed as a result of an Etna eruption and visitors will see the impressive layers of basalt rock by climbing down the gorge.
The warmest and driest time of the year to visit Caltanissetta is generally July and August when the average high temperature is approximately 26 to 27 degrees centigrade. June and September are also warm months but September is much more susceptible to wet weather. October and November are the wettest months with an average of 95 to 98mm of rain per month.
The nearest airport is Catania-Vincenzo Bellini Airport (CTA), which is approximately 110 kilometres from Caltanissetta and has flights to and from the main Italian cities. It also has flights to major European cities such as Amsterdam, Brussels, Cologne/Bonn, London Madrid and Paris as well as Tel Aviv in Israel. Taxis are available outside the airport terminal building and numerous car rental firms operate from here including Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz amongst others.