9 Days in Sicily

3 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With nine days in Sicily there are plenty of possibilities to combine an exploration two or three of Sicily’s provinces.

Personalized Trips to Sicily

for Independent Travellers

Let me introduce you the 9 day-tour which is a good way to explore the most important local highlights of Sicily. We have shown three different solutions which involve the west, the east, the south and the south-east.

Feel free to verify which is the one that fit your needs and expectations and in case you wish us to customize your tour feel free to share with us your needs.

Sicily at a glance

Benvenuti in Sicilia, an amazing outdoor museum!

Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, is a captivating blend of ancient architecture, beautiful, hidden away beaches and a bustling capital full of charisma and authentic charm.

Thanks to its geographical location, Sicily has had the major role in the historical events that have played a key role in the Mediterranean.

Sicily has an abundance of history. Some of the world’s most remarkable Byzantine mosaics stand side-by-side with Greek temples and Roman amphitheaters and cathedrals. And the baroque architecture is incredible!

The not-to-be-missed cities of Sicily

Sicily is a place where natural and manmade beauty finds a perfect marriage. While your time would not be wasted visiting any of our cities, I always suggest you plan your itinerary around a few of these cities—especially if your time here is limited.
 

Palermo. Palermo bears witness to its past—conquered by the Phoenicians, Arabs, and Spanish, its churches and archeological remnants are unrivaled. Then the Palazzo dei Normanni and its Byzantine mosaics never fail to awe visitors; Normal Royal Palace and Palatine Chapel are divine; golden beaches of Mondello Lido, the foodie delights of the city’s markets, the Botanical Gardens—all are must-see sights in Palermo.

Monreale. The city’s Duomo is one of the greatest medieval treasures in the world—the 58,000 square feet of mosaics will take your breath away.

Siracusa and Ortygia Island. Archimedes, Cicero, Saint Paul, Caravaggio, and the naval hero Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson all made their presence known in Siracusa. In fact, Aeschylus premiered his plays at the still-functioning Teatro Greco here. One of the most beautiful squares in Italy, the Piazza del Duomo, is in the tiny island of Ortygia

Taormina. Perhaps there is no more famous name in Sicily than Taormina. This resort town draws the international jet set to its romantic alleys and glittering hotels. But Taormina is steeped in ancient history and mythology—Giardini-Naxos, Teatro Greco, and the Norman and Baroque monuments are all worth a visit.

Of course, Mt. Etna, Europe’s highest volcano, is in Taormina, and no visit to Sicily would be complete without gazing at its stunning vistas.

Mt Etna, locally called “Mongibello”, is Europe’s largest and most active volcano. Its frequent eruptions are often accompanied by large lava flows, but rarely pose danger to inhabited areas. Etna is one of the volcanoes with the longest historic records of eruptions, going back more than 2000 years. Read More

Marsala. The city is more than the sweet wines which bear its name and for which the city is famous (but don’t miss the historic Florio Winery and the Donnafugata Winery). You’ll also want to see Marsala’s salt marshes—and be sure to try busiati, the oldest handmade pasta in the world. Read More

Trapani. Ornate churches like the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo and the Torre della Colombaia define the architecture here. Don’t miss shopping for the city’s famous exquisite coral jewelry.

Ragusa. Ragusa Ibla is a fairytale of church domes and terracotta roofs. The Duomo di San Giorgio, the Giardino Ibleo, and the 18 listed UNESCO monuments will delight you.

Agrigento. The city’s greatest draw is the Valley of the Temples and its ancient Greek ruins. Tempio della Concordia is one of the best-preserved temples in the world. You’ll definitely want to visit the Museo Regionale Archeologico, perhaps the best museum in Sicily, which features the famous stone statue of Telemon (Atlas).

Catania. In a perfect world, you’d devote two full days to the art, museums, and Roman ruins of Catania. Don’t miss Duomo Square, La Pescheria (the fish market), and the Bellini Gardens.

Erice. This western Sicily gem is famous for its almond biscuits (the pastry shops here are without equal). Erice’s main church and bell tower are striking, as is the Norman castle, also known as Venus Castle, a tribute to the goddess of fertility.

Or what about Sicily’s unique cuisine—Arab and Greek spices, Spanish techniques, the world’s finest seafood. And it’s all accompanied by big, fruity, out-of-this-world wines.

Well, you can understand people are drawn to the island and find it so difficult to leave.

Sicilian food is also considered the original fusion cuisine, a unique mix of all of its diverse cultural heritages.

The island has been at the heart of thirteen different empires over the last three millennia, and each one of them has left its mark on the Sicilian Gastronomy.

Must-try Local Dishes and Wines

Pasta alla Norma – pasta served with a special sauce made of tomatoes and fried eggplant with ricotta cheese

Arancine – fried rice balls coated with breadcrumbs and often filled with cheese or ragù sauce

Cannoli – a tube shaped pastry that is stuffed with a sweet, creamy filling often made from ricotta cheese. Read More

Caponata – a typical antipasto that you’ll encounter in every corner of Sicily; a delicious sweet and sour (agrodolce) mixture of fried eggplant, onions, celery, tomatoes, vinegar, capers, and olives, sweetened with a bit of sugar. Read More

Almond Cookies – a famous local dessert typical of Sicily. Soft and tasty, they are fast to make (and to eat…). They are also a gluten-free dessert. Read the recipe

The Chocolate in Modica – made with a very old recipe, the one coming from the Aztecs. Read More

The Predominant Grapes – Historically, Italian wine regions have clung tightly to its historical grapes, and Sicily is no different. While international varieties are prominent players, for critics, sommeliers, and importers, the wines they dream about at night are indigenous. There are three key red grapes: Nero d’Avola, Frappato and Nerello Mascalese.

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Travel Tips

If it is your first time to Sicily, get ready for an incredible experience!

The prospect of visiting Sicily for the first time will provoke a wide range of emotions. For some, traveling to a foreign land-especially one that doesn’t speak English – is so intimidating that any real enjoyment can only be realized with the help of a native to navigate through all the unfamiliar turf. For others, even those who don’t speak Italian, the opportunity to be immersed in an entirely new culture is part of the fun, and they look forward to feeling their way through each of the novelties that Italy throws at them.

Tipping

  • Taxis: Government-regulated taxis are either white or yellow. Avoid taxis that are not metered and have no official signs. They are private cars that will charge you an expensive fee. Unlike in the U.S. where taxis are hailed on the street, in Sicily they are found at taxi stands or are called by telephone. All charges are listed on a price chart displayed inside the cab. Extra charges are in effect at night, for luggage service and phone booking. A 10% tip is expected but not mandatory.
  • Restaurant tipping: Both il servizio (service charge/tip) and il coperto (cover charge for bread and water) are usually included in il conto (the bill). By Sicilian law the gratuity is included in the bill so extra tipping isn’t required. However, it is customary, especially if the service is good, to leave an additional gratuity between 5% and 10%.
  • Hotel Tipping: Tipping in hotels is a customary practice. The service charge of 15% – 19% is already included in your bill. Other suggested tips include 50 euro cents per day to the chambermaid, 50 euro cents to the doorman for calling you a cab, and between 1 and 2 euros for the bellhop if he carries your bags to your room. The concierge expects about a 15% tip on his or her bill, as well as tips for any extra services. If you are staying at a 4- or 5-Star hotel these suggested amounts should be doubled.

Useful Knowledge:

  • Shopping: Italian stores generally are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The siesta/pausa lunch break lasts until 4 p.m. Stores close for the day by 8 p.m.  Most stores are closed on Sunday.
  • Café Culture: While enjoying an espresso at a table is always possible, the locals enjoy standing at the banco, or bar area.
  • Hand Gestures and Loud Voices: Unlike in the U.S. of A., hand gestures and loud voices can be a way of expressing profound happiness.

Hotel Information:

  • Hotels: When looking for a place to stay, remember that rates include taxes and service; the IVA (value-added tax, currently 10%) should be added to the total amount.
  • Electrical: Not all hotel rooms provide hairdryers; if you bring your own, an adapter/transformer is a necessity. This will also be important for all other electrical devices, including laptop computers, because in Italy the voltage is different (220). Also, outlets have two round-pronged plugs, which is another reason an adapter plug is necessary.

Just the Basics:

  • Sicily’s Time Zone: one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1). Sicily is generally six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time in the United States, aside from the rare instances affected by the Spring Forward/Fall Back clock-changing discrepancy when the difference is five hours.
  • Country Code (for international calls to Italy): +39.
  • Currency: Euro. Available in bills of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 euros; coins of 1 and 2 euros and 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 euro cents.
  • Official Language: Italian and Sicilian
  • Flag: The Italian tricolor is green, white, and red, in three vertical bands, equal in dimension. The Sicilian flag shows a triskeles symbol (a figure of three legs arranged in rotational symmetry), and at its centre a Gorgoneion (depiction of the head of Medusa) and a pair of wings and three wheat ears.
  • Religion: Roman Catholic is the main faith – 85% of native-born citizens are nominally Catholic. There are substantial Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim communities.
  • Education: Sicily has statewide education system, with a five-year primary stage and an eight-year secondary stage.

Currency

Like other member countries of the European Union, Sicily uses the euro, symbolized by “€”. For the current conversion rate between your currency and the euro you can check a currency exchange Web site such as www.xe.com

ATM Cash Machines (bancomats) are everywhere in Sicily as they are in the United States. The Cirrus and Plus systems are the most widely available. Be aware that many Sicilian cash machines will not accept card with PIN codes, five numbers or longer so be sure to reset your PIN to a four numbers before you go. You may also have a problem accessing a savings account so be sure the ATM card(s) you are bringing are linked to checking accounts. You may also be able to use your credit card for a cash advance if it has a PIN code (fees will apply).

Many travelers wonder about bringing travelers checks with them and it simply isn’t a good idea anymore. You’ll pay a fee for the checks at home, will need to find a bank (banks are usually open for a few hours in the morning and a few hours in the afternoon on week days) when it is open, wait in line and pay another service fee when receiving euros.

Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Sicily. Visa and MasterCard are more commonly accepted so if you’re bringing an American Express card, be sure to bring a Visa/MasterCard as well. Many credit card companies (Capitol One is an exception) are now charging a transaction fees for international purchases. Be sure to check with your credit card company before leaving home. Finally, cash is king in Sicily. Sicilian merchants hate paying service fees on credit card transactions and will often give you a discount (sconto) for paying cash. Of course, they also like to hide their earning from the tax authorities too, but that’s a whole other story.

Shopkeepers are also open to giving discounts if you are buying multiple items. Don’t be afraid to ask for a sconto!

City Taxes

When staying overnight in Sicily, certain cities have a tourist tax.

This Sicily City tax must be paid by the PASSENGER directly to the hotel before the end of the stay.

City5 star4 star3 star
Palermoeur 3eur 2eur 1.50
Cataniaeur 2.50eur 1.50eur 1.50
Taorminaeur 5eur 3.50eur 2
Syracusaeur 2.50eur 2eur 1.50
Agrigentoeur 3eur 2eur 2
Trapanieur 3eur 2.50eur 2
Ragusaeur 2.50eur 1.50eur 1
Cefalùeur 3eur 2eur 1.50
Messinaeur 4eur 2eur 1.50

Internet

Wireless access is prevalent in restaurants and hotels and most hotels no longer charge for you to use WiFi.

You can access it with your phone or laptop computer.

If you choose not to bring a device with you, most hotels make a desktop computer available for guests to use or have a business center available.

Average temperatures

Sicily airports

There are four airports in Sicily, two serving the east coast (Catania and Comiso airports) and the other two (Palermo and Trapani airports) – the west coast.

Palermo Falcone & Borsellino (PMO) and Catania Fontanarossa (CTA) are the biggest airports operating actively all the year round. Both become very busy in summer months.

Trapani Birgi (TPS) and especially Comiso Pio La Torre airport mostly serve low-cost airlines and seasonal flights.

Air, sea or land?

There are ways to get to Sicily from mainland Italy or from Malta without flying.

These include long-distance buses from other regions in central (mainly Rome) and southern Italy, trains or ferries.

However, flying to one of the Sicily airports is probably the fastest, and arguably the most convenient way to arrive at your final destination.

Busy itinerary? Fly anywhere!

If you are planning to explore the island and change your location at least two or three times it does not make much difference which airport to arrive.

You can even consider to arrive at one airport and depart from the other.

This is usually convenient and optimizes timing in case you want to move around and see more. Typically Palermo and Catania would be the preferred options.

Having a clear idea of what kind of a vacation you are planning to have, and what is your itinerary will make the choice of the airports easier. It is also possible to build an itinerary around your arrival and departure points, especially if your plans are not overwhelming.

Still, east or west – what is best?

Roughly speaking, Palermo airport is an optimal arrival point to reach destinations along the west coast between San Vito lo Capo and Cefalu. Corleone and the Madonie mountains would be on the same list, just a bit away from the coastline. Trapani airport is closer than any other one to Castellammare del Golfo, the Egadi islands including Favignana, Marsala, Erice, Segesta, Mazzara del Valo and Selinunte. The southern coast from Agrigento to Trapani itself is also within easy reach.

Catania airport serves best final destinations like Taormina, the Aeolian islands, Messina, Giardini Naxos, Acireale its coast, Etna, Siracuse and Noto, Caltanissetta. Comiso is optimal for Ragusa, Scicli, Modica and Licata, while Piazza Armerina and Caltagirone are similar travel distance from both Catania and Comiso airports. Agrigento, Tindari and Enna are equally convenient from Catania and Palermo airports with Agrigento and Tindari taking some 2 -2,5h drive. These are probably the farthest among popular locations on mainland Sicily. Agrigento is similar 2 – 2.5 h drive distance from Trapani and Comiso as well.

Visiting Sicily: days, weeks, and beyond

Sicily is an island and has 9 provinces (Palermo, Agrigento, Caltanissetta, Catania, Enna, Messina, Ragusa, Siracusa, Trapani), each with its own identity.

Landscapes, cuisine, and dialect differ greatly from one to the next, and each merits its own visit.

If your time is limited, you’ll be able to see Sicily’s highlights in a matter of days—but spending one week or more means you’ll get to explore multiple provinces and fall in love with the authentic Sicily.

If you have a few days in Sicily, it’s best to focus on one city, otherwise you’ll likely feel like you’re spreading yourself too thin!
In three or four days lodge in one city only and from here explore and enjoy the area.

The most important cities are Palermo — located on the west side — Taormina and Syracusa — both located on the east –.

In one week, you’ll be able to explore Sicily’s wonderful cultural cities, undoubtedly a highlight of any trip to the country. Palermo, Agrigento, Taormina and Syracusa attract the bulk of tourists and justifiably so—they harbor some of the world’s most impressive architecture and works of art.

Nine days will give you more time to explore what Sicily offers beyond the usual tourist destinations. You’ll be able to travel along the stunning Marsala, Erice, Ragusa, Modica and Noto, which offer some of Europe’s most enchanting scenery.

However, to experience Sicily at its best, you’ll need to factor in two weeks. That way, you’ll have enough time to discover a large part of the island and one (or perhaps both!) of its major islands, Lipari and Vulcano.

Interesting facts

Treat yourself with the amazing Original Cannoli, a Sicilian speciality made of crispy dough and a creamy ricotta cheese filling.

A dessert now known and appreciated all over the world, a pillar of “Sicilian Culture“. We can safely say that visiting Sicily without eating cannoli is like not having visited it at all.

For those who do not know it (We doubt there is someone who does not know what we are talking about) the Sicilian cannoli is a dessert consisting of a crunchy fried wafer in lard, called “scorza (rind)“, filled with sheep’s ricotta cream with a sprinkling of chocolate or pistachio and candied fruit at both ends.

Explore Sicily in 9 days

On this nine-day itinerary, you’ll uncover layers of history in the island of Sicily. Is a sort of showcase where you can immerse your senses in the art, culture and gastronomy!

Some travelers pass through for a day or two on their way to other destinations, but nine  days is an ideal amount of time to get a feel for the Syracusa, Agrigento, Palermo and Taormina lifestyle and surroundings.

Day
Day 1

Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9

Highlights
Arrival in Syracusa
Syracusa and Ortigia
Modica and Ragusa Ibla
Agrigento and Country Meal Experience
Palermo Street Food Tour and Monreale
Piazza Armerina
Relax in Taormina
Relax in Taormina
Goodbye Taormina!

Overnight
Syracusa
Syracusa
Agrigento
Palermo
Palermo
Taormina
Taormina
Taormina

Your nine day tour start on the second day with the visit to the Archaeological Park, highlights of which are the Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre and the Paradise Quarry. Then to Ortigia, the heart of the city center. 

On the third day we drive to Modica. Like the other towns in the Val di Noto, was badly damaged in the 1693 earthquake and largely rebuilt in Sicilian Baroque style. Modica is custodian of a 400 year tradition of Sicilian chocolate-making. Being part of the Spanish kingdom for so many years meant that Sicily was often one of the first recipients of the new foodstuffs being brought back from South America. Cacao was one of these and today Modica still specialises in making granulous chocolate, often flavoured with chilli pepper, cinnamon or vanilla, that is based on Aztec methods and recipes. Chocolate shops abound and, for the real chocoholic, it is sometimes possible to watch the “chocolatiers” at work. Tasting of Modica chocolate is a must. Then a short drive takes us to Ragusa Ibla, one of the most picturesque towns in Sicily. The view from the upper town over Ragusa Ibla on its own separate hilltop is quite breathtaking. Lunch in a local trattoria to taste the Stuffed Ravioli with Ricotta and delicious appetizers. This afternoon departure for Agrigento. Learn More

You will spend your fourth day to enjoy the finest of all ancient Greek sites—the complete Doric Temples, one of Sicily’s most famous historical attractions. This is one of the most outstanding examples of Greater Greece art and architecture, and is one of the main attractions of Sicily as well as a national monument of Italy. Later we drive on a very charming route of inland villages off-the-beaten-track between hills and country landscapes. Upon arrival we meet a local guy who indulge us to taste just made ricotta cheese, homemade biscuits and the famous pane-cunsatu, a delicious bread stuffed with cheese, organic olive oil, salt, tomatoes and anchovies. Then starts our lunch in picnic style with locals and our amazing and unforgettable experience of true Sicily. Lunch will be served in picnic style. This afternoon we then continue onto Palermo, the capital of Sicily. Learn More

Today is your fifth day: indulge your senses in the Palermo Street Food Gastronomy which has a centuries-old culinary tradition, with Greek, Arab, Spanish and French influences. This immersion into Palermitan street food will give you a good understanding of the provenance and use of many Sicilian foods, as well as of local gastronomy. This culinary and cultural immersion commences with a stroll through the Ballarò Market, one of the liveliest places of the city, with its shouting vendors, and colourful and fragrant stalls. Your guide will discuss the history of Palermo’s historical markets, and relate it to the peculiarities of some local food specialties, some of which can be traced back to the influence of the Arab, Norman and Spanish dominations. While exploring the market and other family-run speciality food shops, we will indulge in savoury snacks such as Arancine fried rice balls filled with either meat ragù, béchamel, ham or butter–, Sfincione —deep pan pizza with tomato sauce, onions, anchovies and caciocavallo cheese–, Pane e Pannelle —fried chickpea flour pancakes seasoned with fresh lemon juice — Pani Cca Meusa —spleen sandwich–. This afternoon catch on a taxi to move to Monreale to see where Arab-Norman art and architecture reached its pinnacle in the Duomo, launched in 1174 by William II. It represents scenes from the Old and New Testaments all in golden mosaics. Learn More

Departure for Piazza Armerina on your sixth day. Situated deep in the Sicilian hinterland, at 721 metres above sea level. Upon arrival we visit the Roman Villa, built in the middle of the 4th Century AD as a hunting lodge by a Roman patrician. These extraordinarily vivid mosaics, probably produced by North African artisans, deal with numerous subjects, ranging from Homeric escapades and mythological scenes to portrayals of daily life, including the famous tableau of girls exercising in their “bikinis”. We then continue to Taormina, the world famous resort town of Sicily. Learn More

The seventh day is at leisure in Taormina for your independent walk in the Corso Umberto Street, the core of the town. From here you can join the Greek Theatre, built for the most part of brick, and is therefore probably of Roman date, though the plan and arrangement are in accordance with those of Greek, rather than Roman, theatres;  It is one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions, so that Johann Wolfgang Goethe in his famous “Journey to Italy” wrote: “No theater audience has never had such a sight in front of him.” The highlight of today walking tour is for sure go up using the old steps up to the top of the theatre to admire an amazing view of the Taormina Bay and the Etna volcano, the view from here is amazing and unforgettable. Learn More

The eighth day is up to you. Feel free to handle the day at leisure as below recommended:
Etna Wine and Jeep Tour
Private Boat Tour
Godfather village

Explore Sicily in 9 days

On this nine-day itinerary, you’ll uncover layers of history in the island of Sicily. Is a sort of showcase where you can immerse your senses in the art, culture and gastronomy!

Some travelers pass through for a day or two on their way to other destinations, but nine  days is an ideal amount of time to get a feel for the Palermo, Syracusa and Taormina lifestyle and surroundings.

Day
Day 1

Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9

Overnight
Palermo

Palermo
Palermo
Syracusa
Syracusa
Taormina
Taormina
Taormina

The eight-day-trip begins in the historic center of Palermo indulging your senses in the Street Food Experience, a small size group walking tour admiring the Massimo Theatre (external view), then the lively open-air markets with strong Arab influences, resembling a souk, with picturesque stands of fresh fish, cheeses, fruits and vegetables. The afternoon is dedicated to join Monreale by taxi. One of Sicily’s top tourist attractions, the Dome at Monreale was conceived as a political statement, as well as an artistic one. The result is the most important monument to the artistic tastes of the Normans in all of Sicily. Learn More

You’ll spend your third day with an amazing day-tour to Marsala and Segesta to experience colors and flavors of the Western coast of Sicily, a region renowned for producing Marsala wines, salt and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Travel through the Salt Way Road, admiring the gorgeous landscape of a Nature Reserve with a lagoon and white windmills and discover how the salt has been harvested up to now. You will visit a local winery and enjoy a wine and olive oil tasting and light lunch. End your tour visiting an ancient and majestic Doric Temple. Learn More

You’ll spend your fourth day with a full day transfer&tour to Syracusa visiting the most important local highlights.Your first stop is in Agrigento to enjoy the finest of all ancient Greek sites, one of Sicily’s most famous historical attractions. During the afternoon onto Piazza Armerina, situated deep in the Sicilian hinterland, at 721 metres above sea level. Upon arrival we visit the Roman Villa, built in the middle of the 4th Century AD as a hunting lodge by a Roman patrician.Then, in the late afternoon, you finally join Syracusa. Learn More

The small Baroque island of Ortigia, the historic center of Syracuse, is widely considered one of the most beautiful destinations in Sicily. Inhabited for over 3,000 years and renowned for its Greek heritage, it is a UNESCO landmark for its “remarkable testimony of the Mediterranean cultures over the centuries” and makes for a perfect long-weekend escape in any season. Start your fifth day in Syracusa to explore the Neapolis Archeological Park of Siracusa. Home to a spectacular 5th century BC Greek Theater – the largest in Sicily – a Roman Amphitheater and the Ear of Dionysus, a large cave with excellent acoustics, it’s worth spending a couple hours marveling at the ancient sites. After you’ve toured the archeological site, head back to into Ortigia to peruse the bustling Ortigia Open Air Market filled with colorful fruit and vegetable stands, fish vendors and stalls selling spices of all types. Be sure to pick up a few local specialties for your pantry, including pistachios from Bronte, almonds from Avola, sun-dried tomatoes from Pachino and capers from Pantelleria. In the afternoon, make your way over to the Dome Square and Fountain of Arethusa before strolling down the Lungomare Alfeo to admire the changing colors in the skyline. Learn More

You’ll spend your sixth day with a full day transfer&tour to Taormina. The first stop is to Noto the masterpiece of Sicilian Baroque! Most of the buildings, including churches and noble palaces, follow one another along the main street and are characterized by the honey tonality of tufa stone. Facades and balconies are all skillfully decorated by grinning masks, lion heads, putti and other embellishments. Then onto Modica the custodian of a 400 year tradition of Sicilian chocolate–making. Being part of the Spanish kingdom for so many years meant that Sicily was often one of the first recipients of the new foodstuffs being brought back from South America. Cacao was one of these and today Modica still specialises in making granulous chocolate, often flavoured with chilli pepper, cinnamon or vanilla, that is based on Aztec methods and recipes. Chocolate shops abound and, for the real chocoholic, it is sometimes possible to watch the “chocolatiers” at work. Tasting of Modica chocolate is a must. This afternoon onto Ragusa to visit one of the most fascinating towns in Sicily, Ragusa has caused many a visitor’s jaw to drop as they first set eyes on the lower part of the town. In the late afternoon we finally join to Taormina, the world famous resort town of Sicily. Learn More

On your seventh day a driver will pick you up to experience one of the most famous active Volcano: Etna. Discover a unique canyon comprised of basaltic lava (the “Alcantara Gorges”) and shaped by the waters of the Alcantara river. Traveling through one of the wine roads of Sicily and crossing large expanses of vineyards (Etna D.O.C.), we will arrive at a local winery. This is the ideal place to enjoy relaxing moments surrounded by nature while sampling a snack and excellent wines. Before coming back to Taormina, traveling through one of the wine roads of Sicily and crossing large expanses of vineyards (Etna D.O.C.), we will stop at another local winery, to enjoy again relaxing moments surrounded by nature while sampling local cuisine and excellent wines. In fact the wines are complemented by uniquely local delicacies. Learn More

Your eighth day is dedicated to relax in Taormina. Taormina is one of Sicily’s most popular destinations, a chic resort town popular with holidaying high-rollers and those wanting a taste of Sicilian dolce vita. Take your time to explore the town, enjoy a delicious ice-cream in one of the bar overlooking the Taormina bay or visit the lovely Greek Roman Theatre from where you can enjoy an incredible view.

Explore Sicily in 9 days

On this nine-day itinerary, you’ll uncover layers of history in the island of Sicily. Is a sort of showcase where you can immerse your senses in the art, culture and gastronomy!

Some travelers pass through for a day or two on their way to other destinations, but nine days is an ideal amount of time to get a feel for the Palermo, Syracusa and surroundings.

Day
Day 1

Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9

Overnight
Palermo

Palermo
Palermo
Syracusa
Syracusa
Syracusa
Syracusa
Syracusa

The eight-day-trip begins in the historic center of Palermo indulging your senses in the Street Food Experience, a small size group walking tour admiring the Massimo Theatre (external view), then the lively open-air markets with strong Arab influences, resembling a souk, with picturesque stands of fresh fish, cheeses, fruits and vegetables. The afternoon is dedicated to join Monreale by taxi. One of Sicily’s top tourist attractions, the Dome at Monreale was conceived as a political statement, as well as an artistic one. The result is the most important monument to the artistic tastes of the Normans in all of Sicily. Learn More

You’ll spend your third day with an amazing day-tour to Marsala and Segesta to experience colors and flavors of the Western coast of Sicily, a region renowned for producing Marsala wines, salt and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Travel through the Salt Way Road, admiring the gorgeous landscape of a Nature Reserve with a lagoon and white windmills and discover how the salt has been harvested up to now. You will visit a local winery and enjoy a wine and olive oil tasting and light lunch. End your tour visiting an ancient and majestic Doric Temple. Learn More

You’ll spend your fourth day with a full day transfer&tour to Syracusa visiting the most important local highlights.Your first stop is in Agrigento to enjoy the finest of all ancient Greek sites, one of Sicily’s most famous historical attractions. During the afternoon onto Piazza Armerina, situated deep in the Sicilian hinterland, at 721 metres above sea level. Upon arrival we visit the Roman Villa, built in the middle of the 4th Century AD as a hunting lodge by a Roman patrician.Then, in the late afternoon, you finally join Syracusa. Learn More

The small Baroque island of Ortigia, the historic center of Syracuse, is widely considered one of the most beautiful destinations in Sicily. Inhabited for over 3,000 years and renowned for its Greek heritage, it is a UNESCO landmark for its “remarkable testimony of the Mediterranean cultures over the centuries” and makes for a perfect long-weekend escape in any season. Start your fifth day in Syracusa to explore the Neapolis Archeological Park of Siracusa. Home to a spectacular 5th century BC Greek Theater – the largest in Sicily – a Roman Amphitheater and the Ear of Dionysus, a large cave with excellent acoustics, it’s worth spending a couple hours marveling at the ancient sites. After you’ve toured the archeological site, head back to into Ortigia to peruse the bustling Ortigia Open Air Market filled with colorful fruit and vegetable stands, fish vendors and stalls selling spices of all types. Be sure to pick up a few local specialties for your pantry, including pistachios from Bronte, almonds from Avola, sun-dried tomatoes from Pachino and capers from Pantelleria. In the afternoon, make your way over to the Dome Square and Fountain of Arethusa before strolling down the Lungomare Alfeo to admire the changing colors in the skyline. Learn More

You’ll spend your sixth day with an amazing day tour  to the “Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto”, an area that belongs to the UNESCO Heritage Site. All this area was badly damaged in the 1693 earthquake and then rebuilt in Baroque style. The town of Noto is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture and not for nothing is this town that gives the name at the Unesco heritage site. In your short stay you will admire the historical centre with old palaces skillfully adorned and the wonderful Cathedral. Modica is an old Baroque town worldwide known for its tasty chocolateHere chocolate is still made the same way the ancient Aztecs made chocolate in Mexico and its tradition dates back to the 16th century. The technique was brought over by the Spaniards who in turn learned about it in what is now Mexico. If you are interested in tasting chocolate you can visit one of the oldest confectionary shop in Sicily. Ragusa Ibla, constructed on an isolated spur, is one of the most fascinating towns in SicilyLearn More

Your seventh day begins to the main visitor elevation on the slopes of Mount Etna to experience the lava fields and the incredible landscape view from Europe’s highest and most active volcano. The Southern slopes dated 2002 are a well visible manifestation of Etnean turbulent volcanic activity. No ascent to the top due to the short time at your disposal. Then to a local winery for a typical Sicilian snack and wine tastings. This afternoon, transfer to Taormina, the world famous resort town on Sicily. Learn More

You will spend your eighth day with a full Experience Day Tour from Siracusa that includes a walk in the forest with a local experienced truffle hunter and his trained dog, the visit of an authentic Sicilian restaurant, truffle tasting with a chef showing how to use the truffle in traditional recipes and a complete lunch with a menu dedicated to truffle. An exciting opportunity to travel back in time visiting Buscemi, the “museum town” where you can learn how people were living and working a century ago: from the house of the farmer to the shop of the carpenter, all extremely well preserved. A walk into Palazzolo Acreide, an amazing ancient greek town with a downtown built in Barocco style. Learn More