Last Updated on October 26, 2023 by Ingrid & Alex

Are you considering spending your holiday in Sicily? I’ve been to the island on two different occasions and had the chance to explore both the Eastern Coast and the Western Cost, so I’ve put together this one-week in Sicily itinerary you have been looking for. 

I’ve included a map, to make it easy for you to plan, but also have tried to answer some of the questions you might have right now.

The largest Mediterranean island, Sicily hides plenty of small colorful villages, beautiful beaches, archeological sites with Greek and Byzantine roots, and delicious food. The island is the perfect destination for history lovers, foodies, and nature lovers alike, and home to some of the famous “1 EUR houses” you’ve heard of. 

So, here is everything you must know before going, and your perfect 7-day Sicily itinerary. 

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How to plan the perfect one week in Sicily itinerary – Italy travel tips

How to get to Sicily?

Depending on where you are traveling from, there are several ways of getting to Sicily, but the best way to reach the island is by plane. 

There are 3 airports on the island: one 32 kilometers outside of its capital Palermo, another one next to Catania, in Eastern Sicily; and another one in Trapani, on the West coast. 

Many European capitals are directly linked to at least one of these airports, and you can always choose a layover in Milan or Rome. 

The easiest way to check your perfect flight options is by using an aggregator such as SkyScanner.com. With its unique algorithm, you will be able to find great flight connections at an affordable price. Book your flight here! 

Another way to get to Sicily, when traveling by car, is to catch a ferry from Calabria and cross the Strait of Messina. Check out ferry prices and timetables here!

Getting around Sicily

Getting around the island by public transportation is not impossible, but it’s not a breeze either. The major towns are linked by train or bus, but if you want to travel from one side of the island to the other, or explore less-known places, that might not be an option.

That’s why, on both occasions, I’ve visited, we booked a car and also chose to go on organized tours. 

Renting a car is not hard, and I suggest you book a small vehicle, that will allow you to park easily in bigger cities. 

Isn’t it dangerous to drive in Sicily?

While Sicilian people are well known for their volcanic temper, driving around it’s not impossible. However, you can expect crazy parking and drivers not following the exact rules in traffic. 

If you have decided that renting a car is the way forward at least for a part of your itinerary, my go-to destination for the best prices is DiscoverCars

It is a great aggregator that will help you find and book the best option for renting a car during your trip, helping you save up to 70% on your car rental. They have a pretty good cancellation policy that would give you options in case your flight or travel plans change.

 Get your best offers here!

Is a Week in Sicily Enough?

Is a Week in Sicily Enough?

While the island is big enough for you to explore for weeks or even months, you can easily create a comprehensive one-week itinerary that will get you around the island. 

By following my itinerary and guide, you will visit some of the most important attractions in Sicily, and you will experience all sides of the island. 

Choose a base or stay at multiple places?

Since the island is relatively big and driving from one end to the other would take over 3 hours, I would suggest choosing 2 or 3 places to stay in throughout the week. 

By doing this, you won’t have to spend so much time on the road, and you will be able to see more places on the island. 

No worries, I will suggest the ideal locations together with some great accommodation options for you to choose from. 

What is the best month to visit Sicily?

I have visited the island during winter (in February), but also during summer (in early June). One of my best friends spent one week in Sicily in August a few years back. 

I would say that the best month to visit Sicily would be in April, May, October, or even November. During spring or fall, temperatures aren’t so high, but you would still be able to enjoy some time at the beach, and also the winter sun. 

When I visited in February, temperatures were mild, we had sunny days, but also a few rainy and windy hours. So it depends a lot on your luck if you choose to visit Sicily during winter. 

Which is better Palermo or Catania?

I personally liked Catania much more than Palermo, but you will see that I will suggest both cities as the base camp for your Sicily itinerary. 

Both cities have their charm, plenty of tourist attractions, and many potential day trips minutes away. 

A short history of Sicily

Describing Sicily’s history as ‘rich’ would be a gross understatement. But, without going into too many boring details, allow me to share some facts you might find surprising.

Did you know that the guys who built Stonehenge in faraway Britain and the inhabitants of prehistoric Sicily were buddies? Similar megalithic buildings to Stonehenge were unearthed all over Europe, including Sicily, pointing towards a well-connect prehistoric ‘grapevine.’

What if I told you that one of the first urban civilizations in Sicily was established by the Lebanese? Palermo, the current capital of Sicily, was founded almost 3000 years ago by the Phoenicians, a people of ancient navigators and traders hailing from today’s Lebanon. I wonder if early Sicilians loved Lebanese cuisine as much as I do.

Would you believe me if I told you that the quintessentially Italian Sicily was actually Greek for almost 2000 years? From the arrival of the first Greek settlers in 734 B.C. until the High Middle Ages a couple of millenniums later, many Sicilians spoke Greek. If history had taken a different turn, we could easily have Zorba as Mafia Godfather instead of Don Corleone.

Aeolian Islands

Probably you would doubt my historical knowledge if I’d told you that Sicily was repeatedly under Germanic rule; nonetheless, it is true! The island was part of the Ostrogothic Kingdom of Theodoric, the Vandal Kingdom of North Africa (say what???? German kingdoms in Africa???), the Holy Roman Empire (a German-led medieval empire, not to be confused with the actual Roman Empire), and the Austrian Empire under the Habsburg dynasty. And I haven’t counted the period of Norman Sicily, which was essentially a Viking realm established by people of Scandinavian descent collectively called the Normans.

To add to your confusion, I’d like to point out that Sicily was an Islamic Emirate for a while. The Arabs took over from the Greek-speaking Byzantine Empire and were kicked out a hundred or so years later by the Norman Vikings mentioned earlier.

But finally, Sicily became Italian, right? Well…not yet. Sicily was mostly under Spanish rule from the 1400s until its unification with Italy in 1860, first under the Aragonese crown, then as part of the Spanish Empire, and later under the rule of the Spanish Bourbons. To put things in perspective: the first English settlement in what would eventually become the USA was founded 400 years ago….my point, is Sicily was under the Spanish for a loooong time.

Think of this convoluted history when you walk the streets of Palermo, Syracuse, or Catania. Or you visit the picturesque towns and villages of the island. The descendants of the megalithic builders of prehistory mingled with Lebanese Phoenicians, Ancient Greeks, North-African Carthaginians, Romans, Germanic Vandals, Byzantine Greeks, Arabs, all sorts of Vikings, Germans of the Holy Roman Empire, Spanish, and Austrians before the island became part of modern Italy. This mix would explain the exotic but amazing blend of architecture, food, and culture unique to Sicily. So enjoy your visit to the island; there is literarlly no other place like it!

What can you do in Sicily for a week – your perfect itinerary

Map one week Sicily itinerary
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Feel free to start your itinerary on either side of the island: in Palermo, or in Catania. 

Day 1 – 4 Catania

Spend the first few days in Catania and explore the eastern coast of Sicily. One of the major cities on the island, Catania is set close to some other important attractions you will want to see. 

Catania’s history closely mirrors the ebb and flow of the overall narrative of the island. Founded by Greeks in 729 B.C., Catania witnessed the rise and fall of Empires and Kingdoms for over 2800 years.

One of the major factors to define its existence is Mount Etna, the active volcano towering above the town. Catania was buried by lava 17 times in its long history, creating successive archeological layers: under the current city, one can find the Roman one, which, in turn, is built on the Greek city.

Catania’s current form was shaped by Etna’s eruption of 1669 A.D. and the earthquake of 1693 A.D.; following these devastating events, Catania was rebuilt in the Baroque style visible today.

More recently, during World War II., Catania was the target of heavy Allied bombing due to its two German airfields; it suffered 87 raids, significantly damaging parts of the city and killing circa 750 inhabitants. British Forces entered Catania on 5th August 1943 A.D.

In a way, Catania mirrors the mythical Phoenix bird: although it burned down countless times, every time it had risen from the ashes to bloom once more.

I hope its wonderful story will permeate your thoughts while you wander Catania’s streets.

Where to stay in Catania

Because we were traveling very low cost, we chose to stay a bit away from the center of Catania. However, we had a car and we explored a lot by driving around. 

For your comfort and in order to make the best out of your stay in Catania, I would suggest you choose a hotel option close to the historic city center, on the seafront, or in Corso Italia – the more modern part of town. 

Here are 3 great accommodation options in Catania

Trìcora Sicilian B&B – is a simple and clean place, but what sets it apart from other accommodation options in Catania, is the rooftop terrace with a stunning view! See more here!

Altevolte Rooms – set in the heart of the old town, here is where you will take full advantage of the vibrant life of Catania. The rooms are set in an old and stylish building, minutes away from the most important attractions in town. See more here!

Attico MEA – close to the seafront, but also in the heart of the old town, from this place you will have the best views in Catania. See more here!

What can you do and see in and around Catania?

What to do in Catania

I must be honest and tell you we didn’t have a very organized or coherent itinerary for seeing Catania. We let ourselves get lost on its streets, stumble upon historic sites, went for a stroll along the seafront, visited the parks, and sat for a coffee in Catania’s main square, admiring the locals going on about their daily lives. 

However, here are some of the things and sights worth seeing in the magical city overlooking Mt. Etna:

  • Piazza del Duomo – with the Elephant’s Fountain 
  • Catania’s Cathedral – steps away, you’ll find the Duomo di Catania, where the famous Italian composer, Vincenzo Bellini is buried. 
  • Go for a stroll on Via Etna – get ready for some window shopping, admire the view of Etna, and stop by at one of the many cafes along the way.
  • Stop at the gardens of Villa Bellini – one of my favorite places in town, the gardens are set on a hill, and as you go up, you can admire a perfect view of the city.
  • The Roman Theatre – an impressive place, that would fit up to 7000 people, and that is believed to be dating back to the 2nd century AD, built on the ancient Acropolis. Not only the interior of this place and how well preserved it is will impress you, but also the view you get of Etna and the sea. 
  • The Ursino Castle – or the Castello Svevo di Catania, dates back to the 13th century and has now been transformed into a museum that is open to the public. 
  • Going on a walking tour is always a great way of discovering a place, together with a local that can introduce you to some of the most popular attractions, but also some hidden gems. 

In my opinion, spending one day in Catania should be enough, and during the next few days, you can go on various day trips outside of town. 

Mount Etna (Etna Volcano)

Mount Etna

Set between Catania and Messina, you’ll see Mount Etna from almost every point around town. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Etna is an active volcano and the largest of its kind in the whole of Italy. 

Many people come here for a volcano hiking tour, but you can also choose a morning or sunset day trip when you are not very sporty. 

You can learn about the many stories surrounding the volcano, dating back from ancient times, track around the craters, see the lava flow cave, and try local Sicilian delicacies. 

Taormina

Maybe my favorite small town on the east coast of Sicily, Taormina is such a charming place!

Since we visited in late February, we arrived just in time to participate in the local version of the Carnival. The narrow streets were packed with people wearing masks, singing, and dancing, to this fun celebration – not so crowded as the much more popular one in Venice usually is. 

Taormina

A short history of Taormina

Even on an island as naturally beautiful, historically, and culturally rich as Sicily, Taormina stands out; no wonder that the city was a popular tourist destination a century before the concept of mass tourism became a thing.

The town was built on a hill overlooking the sea at the foot of Mount Tauro, probably by the ancient Sicilian tribe of the Siculi. In 358 B.C., a large group of refugees from the Sicilian Greek city of Naxos settled in Tauromenion, Hellenizing it.

Due to its easily defendable position, Taormina was the place where several beleaguered defenders made their last stand.

For example, during the Servile War of 134-132 B.C., the rebellious slaves fighting for their freedom held out against the Roman consular army until most of them starved to death; the rest were put to the sword by the victorious Romans.

Another notable example is Sextus Pompeius, the last defender of Republican Rome against the autocratic rule; he held out in Sicily until his navy was crushed in 36 B.C. near Taormina by the one who was soon to declare himself the first Roman Emperor (Princeps), Octavian Augustus.

Or, during the Arab conquest of Sicily, Taormina was the last foothold of the Byzantine Empire; the city eventually fell in 962 A.D. after a long siege.

In more recent times, Taormina became a stronghold against a different kind of enemy: prejudice. A German photographer who moved to Taormina in 1877, Wilhelm von Gloeden, helped transform the city into one of the progressive leisure centers of the Western world, his nude male photos attracting sexual minorities from the repressive societies of the day; the British Empire was an especially dangerous place to live for homosexuals, as exemplified by Oscar Wildes’ sentencing to two years of hard labor in 1895.

After World War II., the city maintained its allure among writers and poets; Truman Capote, Jean Cocteau, Jean Marais were among its temporary residents.

Today, Taormina is one of the top tourist destinations of Southern Europe; even the powerful can’t resist its charms – the 43rd G7 Summit was held in the city in 2017.

Whether you are into Classical History, Medieval History, or just sightseeing, Taormina is a must-visit destination if you ever find yourself in Sicily.

The Teatro Romano di Catania

Visit the Ancient Greek Theater, perfectly built by the Greeks on the seafront, stroll through the old town and stop by at the Duomo di San Nicola, cross over to Isola Bella (the beautiful island), and let yourself be seduced by the beauty of the stunning villa built here, but also by its beautiful gardens. 

Taormina is less than one hour away by car from Catania and roughly one hour and a half by train.

We drove along the seafront and stopped in some small authentic villages, with a small beach, where local fishermen were just going on about their lives. 

Taormina

Messina

A short history of Messina

Like most Sicilian towns, Messina’s written history begins with the Greek colonists of the VIII. century B.C. Interestingly, the city was originally called Zancle from the ancient word for ‘scythe’ due to the shape of its natural harbor. It exchanged hands many times as the different conquerors of Sicily came and gone; Messina had a special place in Roman history since its ascension to ‘global’ power began here.

In 282 B.C., a group of Italian mercenaries called the Mamertines occupied the city, putting all the men to the sword and taking the women in forced marriage. The neighboring power of Syracuse tried to liberate the city from the mercenaries and pirates but, the Mamertines received Carthaginian support against the Greeks. Finally, in 264 B.C., uncomfortable under Carthaginian protection, the Mamertines asked the Roman Republic for help. While initially reluctant to intervene, Rome was wary of the growing Carthaginian power and agreed to deploy troops outside the Italian peninsula for the first time in its history. Fearing Roman intervention, the Syracusans allied themselves with Carthage. Thus, the scene was set for the epic clash between the Roman and Carthaginian civilizations leading to the latter’s eventual annihilation and the former’s rise as the dominant power of the Mediterranean.

Fast forward 1500 years, we find Messina on the brink of an apocalyptic event worthy of a Holywood blockbuster. In 1347 “death-ships” began floating in the city’s vicinity; all the crew and passengers were dead or dying, their bodies covered in disgusting buboes oozing pus and blood. Messina was the European gateway of the Black Death, resulting in a pandemic that eventually killed between a fourth and a half of the European population – compared to the impact of the medieval pandemic, our Covid-19 situation seems like a minor inconvenience.

Ever resilient, Messina recovered to become one of the greatest cities of Europe by the XVII. century while under Spanish rule. Unfortunately, from this peak, Messina’s fortunes went downwards.

First, the city was ravaged by war; Messina rebelled against the Spanish in 1674 only to be sacked and reconquered by the Spaniards. Then, in 1743 the plague hit again, killing almost 50.000 inhabitants. Forty years later, a major earthquake shook the city, pulverizing most of it; it took decades to rebuild the damaged settlement. Another devastating earthquake hit in 1894, followed by the 1908 earthquake and tsunami,  which killed 100.000 inhabitants and obliterated most of the historical buildings. While the city was largely rebuilt in the following years, many ancient buildings were forever lost.

During World War II., the Allies dropped over 6500 tonnes of bombs on the city in the span of a few months of 1943. The raids destroyed one-third of Messina, killing many inhabitants.

After these unfortunate centuries of death and destruction, prosperity finally returned to the city. The 1955 conference that created the European Economic Community took place mostly in Messina, with a few side meetings happening in nearby Taormina.

Today, Messina is one of the major cities of Sicily, its metro area boasting a bustling commercial seaport, important military installations, a thriving agricultural sector (wine production, lemon, orange, and olive cultivation), and booming tourism.

What to do in Messina

On your way to Messina, stop and explore some of the filming sites for the movie Godfather, or better yet, go on an organized tour from Catania. 

Roughly one hour away from Taormina, Messina is another beautiful town on the coast of Sicily, that might deserve your attention for half of the day. 

An important port town, you’ll find joy by simply strolling around and admiring churches, impressive villas, fountains dating back hundreds of years, and the beautiful sea. 

Go on an off-the-beaten-track tour of Messina and let yourself be guided behind the closed doors of this town and its Greek influences. 

Syracuse

Syracuse

Drive to the south of the island, and you’ll be in Syracuse in less than an hour. Take the train, and the trip will be double the time. 

A short history of Syracuse

Walking the picturesque streets of the sleepy town of Syracuse, one would find it hard to imagine that it was the New York or London of Antiquity.

When Hiero II seized power in 275 B.C., Syracuse was almost 500 years old already with a rich history behind it. During Hiero’s long reign, the city reached its zenith, becoming the most important Greek city anywhere in the world and one of Antiquity’s major cultural, scientific, and economic centers. This age of prosperity gave birth to Archimedes, one of history’s most famous inventors and polymaths.

One of the enduring anecdotes describes Archimedes’ EUREKA moment. Hiero charged the famous inventor to determine if his goldsmith used pure gold to forge his new crown or if he cheated him by replacing some of the gold with silver. The problem posed by the Syracusan ruler was a thorny one; Archimedes had to measure the crown’s volume to determine its density and hence deduct the purity of the material. However, precisely measuring the volume of an irregularly shaped object, such as a crown, was next to impossible with the day’s technology. While struggling with the problem, Archimedes decided to take a bath. Once he stepped into the tub, he observed that the water level rose as his body submerged into the bath. At this moment, Archimedes realized that the volume of the displaced water must be equal to the volume of the body he had submerged. The sudden discovery made him exclaim EUREKA (“I have found it”) while running naked on the streets of Syracuse.

Syracuse Sicily

After Hiero’s death, the emerging power of Rome decided to occupy the whole of Sicily and put an end to Syracusan independence. The city was protected by miraculous machines engineered by Archimedes, leading to a protracted siege. Among other incredible gadgets, it is said that Archimedes built a heat ray weapon using mirrors, setting the Roman ships on fire. Alas, the city eventually fell in 212 B.C., one of the Roman soldiers killing Archimedes despite the proconsul’s orders to spare him.

The conquest of Syracuse became one of the major stepping stones in Rome’s journey from one of the numerous Italian city-states to the sole superpower of the day. Syracuse remained an important Roman city until the eventual fall of the Western Roman Empire in the V. century A.D.

Today, Syracuse is a major tourist destination, delighting visitors with numerous attractions such as the Ear of Dionysius.

What to do in Syracuse

With its impressive marble stone streets and buildings, the long streets, and beautiful houses lined along the blue sea, you can easily see that this place once held an important status. 

One of the most important towns in Magna Graecia, Syracuse was an imposing medieval town that held great economic, military, and political power. 

You can see some of these remnants of the past by simply walking around: 

  • Visit the archaeological site with the Greek amphitheater and many other Roman and Greek ruins and waiting to be explored
  • Ortygia (or Ortigia island) – the island of Syracuse, with its bustling markets, authentic restaurants, and cobbled streets waiting to be discovered
  • Piazza Duomo and the sumptuous Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Maniace Castle – the most extreme part of the Ortygia island

If you don’t feel like driving, and when you want to hear about the impressive history of Syracuse from an authorized guide, I suggest you go for a day tour from Catania

Syracuse_ Ortygia

Ragusa

Almost torn from a painting, tens of stone buildings perched on the top of a hill, by the Hyblaean Mountains, make up Ragusa. 

The town is split into two parts (Ragusa Ibla and Ragusa Superiore), linked by 4 bridges that will have you cross over an impressive ravine. 

Visit the countless Baroque churches with their impressive interiors and architecture, or simply stroll through the streets and admire one of the most beautiful Baroque towns in Sicily, with impressive architecture at every step along the way. 

Day 4 – 5 Agrigento

It is worth stopping by in the region of Agrigento because this is where you will be close to some of the most famous archaeological parks on the island – the Valley of the Temples

While today Agrigento is a small city, 2400 years ago it was one of the largest cities in Europe.

Agrigento was founded by Greek colonists from nearby Gela, with further migrants coming from two other important Mediterranean islands: Rhodos and Crete. The city reached its peak before 415 B.C., Diodorus Siculus estimating the population at 200.000 while Diogenes Laertius counted an unlikely 800.000 inhabitants. One of the major tourist attractions of today, the Valley of the Temples, dates from this period of prosperity.

As you’ll surely notice during your visit, the Valley of the Temple is actually not a valley but a ridge. It contains the remains of seven ancient Greek temples built in the Doric style, the largest concentration of these types of buildings outside mainland Greece.

The Temple of Concordia is the best-preserved Doric temple in the world alongside the Parthenon in Athens; the similarities between the two buildings are hard to miss. Interestingly, not all archeologists agree that the place was dedicated to the goddess Concordia; probably, we’ll never know which divinity this place of worship was dedicated to.

The ruins of the other six temples are more fragmentary. Still, I believe it’s worth mentioning that the Temple of Olympian Zeus was probably the largest Doric monument ever built by the Greeks, a further reminder of Agrigentum’s prominence in the Classical world.

The remains of many other Hellenistic and Roman monuments can be seen in and around Agrigento, in addition to some iconic medieval and baroque buildings.

The easiest and fastest way to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site is by going on an e-scooter tour

Additionally, you don’t have to miss the Stairs of the Turks (Scalla dei Turchi), a unique rocky cliff on the coast of Realmonte. 

Where to stay in Agrigento

If I were you, I would choose to stay in Sciacca.

A colorful town by the sea, one that makes me think of Procida Island off the coast of Naples, you will fall hopelessly for this place as soon as you see it. 

Domus Maris Relais Boutique Hotel is a charming accommodation option, close to the sea, set at the heart of the city, offering stunning scenic views. See more here!

Day 5 – 7 Palermo

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Palermo is the administrative and historical capital of Sicily. Founded over 2700 years ago by the Phoenicians, a merchant civilization from today’s Lebanon, the city was the center of Carthaginian power in Sicily until the Roman conquest in 254 B.C. However, it took another set of North African rulers to unleash Palermo’s full potential.

After the Aghlabids of Tunisia defeated the Byzantines in the IX century, they established the Islamic Emirate of Sicily. They proved to be excellent administrators; under their rule, Palermo replaced Syracuse as the prime city of Sicily, eventually becoming one of the most important cities in Europe, third only to Constantinople and Cordoba. At its height, in 1050 A.D., Palermo reached a population of 350.000. It was a prosperous and cosmopolitan city, with Christians and Jews living in peace along with the majority of Muslim inhabitants.

The second peak of Palermo’s history was reached during the Norman Kingdom of Sicily. In 1072 A.D., after four years of siege, the city fell to the Norman conquerors. Then, in 1130 A.D., Roger II was crowned King of Sicily in Palermo, making the city the capital of the newly founded kingdom. Although Christian, the Norman rulers tolerated Palermo’s majority Muslim population. This harmonious co-existence gave birth to splendid new monuments unique to the Sicilian capital. The Church of Marturana and the Cappella Palatina are prime examples of the fascinating mix of Arab, Byzantine, and Norman cultures.

Today, Palermo welcomes its visitors with a wide array of splendid historical monuments and buildings.

Where to stay in Palermo

That might be the one most important decision you should make when choosing to stay in Palermo. 

As soon as you reach the city, you’ll understand what I’m talking about. 

The safest places to stay in Palermo would be anywhere in the Old Town (just keep an eye open for the ZTL – limited traffic areas) or by the sea, close to Mondello Beach.

With that being said, here are a few accommodation options that are not only perfectly located, but are also extremely charming.

  • B&B One – beautiful rooms, with a modern design, located in an old building with a special charm. Guests particularly enjoyed the breakfast here, but also the fact that it is within walking distance from some of the most important attractions in town. See more here!
  • Ci’Cala House – perfect location and a charming view, especially when you book the room with a sea view balcony. See more here!
  • Quattro Incanti – you might know by now that if there’s one thing I love most, that’s a beautiful rooftop terrace. And that’s the main reason why I chose this apartment. Just know that it is located on the 3rd floor of a building without an elevator. See more here!
Palermo Sicily
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With so many things to do and see in Palermo, it will be difficult to spend only 2 days here. Also,  I encourage you to visit a few other places outside of Palermo as well. 

For your 1 days in Palermo itinerary, I would include the major attractions in town:

  • Visit the Norman Palace – the seat of the Kings of Sicily during the Norman domination and the oldest royal residence in Europe. 
  • Go on a city center walking tour – it is the most efficient way to experience the sights, smells, and sounds of this bustling Sicilian capital.
  • Do a local cheese and wine tasting held in a beautiful 16th-century Sicilian house
  • Climb to the rooftop of the Palermo Cathedral 
  • Visit the first public botanical garden of Palermo, Villa Giulia, the place that Goethe once called “the most wonderful place on earth”
  • Go for a guided tour at the Teatro Massimo Opera House, one of the most iconic buildings in town
  • Spend some time at Mondello Beach, or simply come here for the sunset and to have a drink at one of the clubs and restaurants along the seafront. 

Other things worth doing in Palermo:

From Palermo, go on a short day trip, one hour drive to Cefalu’

Stroll through the streets of this beautiful city, buy some fruit and vegetable from the small car slowly driving around town, sip on a cup of strong Italian coffee in the city’s central square, taste some of the delicious cannoli or ice cream, or spend a few hours at the boutique beach.

I must admit I loved Cefalu much more than Palermo, but they are very different so you should give them both a chance. 

If you’re looking for clear turquoise waters, head over to San Vito Lo Capo because this might be the ultimate summer destination in Sicily.

Another major city worth visiting in the west part of Sicily is Trapani. Go for a visit to the salt marshes and see one of the most unique attractions on the island. 

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