Difference Between Italian and Sicilian

Italian vs Sicilian

Italian and Sicilian have some things in common. First they are both in Europe. Most of the time it is confusing to think how they differ considering that Sicilians are living in an island which is in Italy. So, today let’s find out how they differ.


Italian is used to refer to something regardless of whether it is a person, an animal, a plant or a tradition that was conceived in Italy. Italian people speaks Italian as their mother tongue. A lot of Italian tradition had already reached the rest of the world.  Italian cuisine is popular worldwide. Pasta, Pizza, Espresso Coffee and Lasagna are believed to be Italian in origin. Not only that, Italy and Italians alike had contributions to world Art and history.


Sicilian on the other hand is what one should call the people from Sicily. Yes Sicily is in Italy but it is an autonomous region. It is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Just like all the other Italian regions, it has its own culture. They have their own beliefs and ways of life. Although the island is diversified, one can say they have a stable economy. They get most of their income through agriculture.

Difference between Italian and Sicilian

Italians and Sicilians. They have different ways of life, as well as different culture. If you say Italian, most likely you will imagine; pasta, how romantic the place is, or where should you dine once you get there. But if you think of Sicily, most likely one will think of fruits and vegetables.People say that Italians and Sicilians differ on how and what dialects do they speak. Sicilian uses Sicilian dialect which is a different dialect compared to the standard Italian. And lastly, one can definitely say that Sicilians are Italians but can never say that Italians are Sicilians.

Culture plays a vital role in our society. Just like Italian and Sicilian; they may be in the same country, but they have different cultures, thus they act differently.

In brief:

• Italians are known for pasta whereas Sicilians are known for their produce.

• Sicilians are Italians too but Italians may not be Sicilians.

  • thomas

    i’ve been told by my sicilian friends there is a difference, since their from palermo sicily, and don’t call them italians, it’s an insult.