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First instituted on May 3, 1978, in the United States, World Sun Day has become an international celebration of all things solar. While the original and ongoing focus is on harnessing the sun’s energy, we thought it would be apropos to introduce you to five Italian cities that enjoy the most sunshine throughout the year.

Catania, Sicily

In Catania, marvel at the lively Piazza del Duomo with its iconic elephant fountain and the richly decorated cathedral of Sant’Agata. Explore the fascinating Castello Ursino and the historical Roman amphitheater. Hike the majestic Mount Etna or take a scenic drive to the Alcantara Gorges for a refreshing swim. Don’t miss the vibrant La Pescheria fish market for a taste of local life and the freshest seafood.

Average hours of sunshine per month: 347

Read more about the city of Catania.


Messina, Sicily

Messina, Sicily’s gateway city, offers a blend of history and charm. Stroll through the Piazza del Duomo, marveling at its grand cathedral and astronomical clock tower. Dive into the city’s rich past at the Messina Regional Museum or the Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani church. For panoramic views, hike up to the Zona Falcata and its lighthouse, or simply relax with a passeggiata along the harbor, watching ferries dance across the Strait of Messina.

Average hours of sunshine per month: 345

Find out more about the beautiful city of Messina in this article.


Palermo, Sicily

Starting to see a pattern here? Yes, three of the five most sun-kissed Italian cities are indeed in Sicily. Palermo, Sicily’s exciting capital, is a feast for the senses. Explore its layered history through the opulent Norman Palace, the intricate mosaics of the Cappella Palatina, and the grand Teatro Massimo. Wander through the famous Quattro Canti intersection, marvel at the ornate Fontana Pretoria, and lose yourself in the bustling markets overflowing with fresh produce and local delicacies. Don’t miss the chance to soak up the sun on Mondello beach or take a day trip to nearby Monreale for its breathtaking cathedral.

Average hours of sunshine per month: 340

Read more about the truly one-of-a-kind city of Palermo.

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Cagliari, Sardinia

Cagliari, Sardinia’s capital, offers a blend of history and seaside charm. Explore the Castello district, perched on a hilltop, with its ancient walls, the stunning Cagliari Cathedral, and panoramic views. Dive into the city’s past at the National Archaeological Museum or stroll through the lively San Benedetto Market. Relax on the picturesque Poetto beach, take a boat trip to nearby islands, or venture beyond the city to discover fascinating archaeological sites like Su Nuraxi, remnants of Sardinia’s ancient civilization.

Average hours of sunshine per month: 339

Find out more about the city of Cagliari here.


Bolzano, South Tyrol

Nestled between the Dolomites and endless vineyards, Bolzano, also known as Bozen, offers a unique blend of Italian charm and Alpine allure. Explore its historic Piazza Walther, wander through the arcades filled with shops and cafes, and marvel at the medieval Runkelstein Castle perched above the city. Immerse yourself in the city’s fascinating history through the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology and the 12th-century Duomo. Hike the surrounding trails for panoramic views, indulge in local wines and hearty dishes, and use Bolzano as your gateway to explore the breathtaking Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Average hours of sunshine per month: 336

Read more about the province of Bolzano in these articles.


This is by no means a comprehensive list of Italy’s sunniest cities, but rest assured, these cities will have you humming ‘O Sole Mio, sta nfronte a te!