Wild flowers of Sicily

So, it’s January and we’re right in the middle of winter. But I can already see the shoots of flowers poking through the ground and buds on trees. There’s no denying that winter is dark and gloomy but there’s a certain optimism when you see those first signs of spring gingerly making an appearance. Last Easter, on a family trip through eastern Sicily, I was struck by the variety of wild flowers that we came across, completely different to the blooms we have in the UK. So, if you’re in need of some springtime renewal, here are some floral highlights from Sicily.

The Graeco-Roman archaeological site of Syracuse
The Graeco-Roman archaeological site of Syracuse

Whilst in the south east of Sicily, we visited the Graeco-Roman archaeological site located just outside Syracuse. I had expected a dry and and arid landscape from my memories of a trip to Agrigento many years ago. However, the ruins at Syracuse were carpeted with spring blooms and grasses which added an unexpected visual layer of interest to our visit.

Wild flowers in the olive groves near Modica 
Wild flowers in the olive groves near Modica

We spent a few days staying on an agriturismo near Modica. The undulating fields of olive trees were separated by crumbling dry stone walls and all around were vivid purple, yellow and crimson flowers.

olive groves near Modica

Much of the farmland we passed was also dotted with giant yellow fennel plants which in places grew to quite a height and gazed over landscapes below. The fennel reappeared throughout the trip, including amid the green wheat fields of central Sicily.

Wild fennel overlooking the wheat fields of central Sicily
Wild fennel overlooking the wheat fields of central Sicily.

One of the highlights of our trip was driving into the interior of Sicily to stay near the precipitously situated town of Enna. At the top of the town sits a castle, completely deserted when we visited, and covered in spring blooms of bright orange, yellow and lilac.

Wild flowers amid the castle grounds in Enna
Wild flowers amid the castle grounds in Enna

An unexpected delight for my boys was discovering a sleepy railway museum at Villarosa near Enna, run by an elderly volunteer and his lively granddaughter who arrived with the keys after a quick phone call. The museum is housed in a collection of train carriages on a disused railway line adjacent to Villarosa station. The station itself felt like something from a science fiction movie, dated music was piped from somewhere, there was no staff but a train duly arrived to collect its one waiting passenger.

The carriages at the train museum of Villarosa

Yellow blooms surround the train carriages at Villarosa.
Yellow blooms surround the train carriages at Villarosa.

Whilst staying near Enna we went for a wander in a beautiful eucalyptus forest. Here we discovered that most delicate of flowers, the orchid.

Eucalyptus forest near Enna
Eucalyptus forest near Enna
Sicilian orchids
Sicilian orchids

More Sicilian orchids

Where have you come across impressive displays of wild flowers? Let me know in the comments below.

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32 thoughts on “Wild flowers of Sicily

  1. I love seeing pictures of flowers. I typically have the go to the arboretum or somewhere similar to see any, so it’s fun to see what’s out there in the wild. 🙂 Sicily looks so lush, verdant, and green!! It’s absolutely lovely.

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  2. Those are gorgeous photos! We haven’t been to Sicily yes, and are aching to go explore – especially now! We are blessed to have great wildflower displays close to home – Texas Bluebonnets cover the fields in the spring! Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

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  3. Gorgeous photos of beautiful Sicily. We were there in Spring last year too and absolutely loved it. I have to admit I was a bit freaked out by the eucalyptus trees being so far from home but it turns out they are all over southern Europe! #farawayfiles

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  4. What a quirky place for a museum. Love it! These wild flowers are just stunning. I loved Sicily in September and would really like to return especially to stay on an agriturismo. #FarawayFiles

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  5. So lovely! I think Sicily must have a similar climate to parts of Southern California? We visited some beautiful fields of wildflowers in the desert last spring after a record year of rain we had what is called a Super Bloom! It was pretty stunning! #farawayfiles

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  6. I love seeing the wildflowers at the ruins. We found them all over the castle ruins on the Danish island of Bornholm last summer. The buds are just beginning in Copenhagen as well and I can feel the light getting longer every day. Can’t wait for flowers again! Thanks for sharing this loveliness with #FarawayFiles, Erin

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