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The following itinerary is an example of a possible route with various activities.
It can reorganized to fit your interests, budget and schedule. It can also be combined with any of the other programs on our website.
Upon arrival in Palermo you will be met and transferred to your downtown hotel. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure. In the evening we suggest you to dinner at one of many restaurants in the center of the old city.
Palermo - 1° Overnight
After breakfast at your hotel, pick up a car hire and drive towards Western Sicily where you will spend 1 night in the area of Trapani. Along the way you can visit the archaeological site of Segesta with its temple and amphitheatre and the ancient fishermen village of Scopello. Then on to Erice by the sea, an enchanting Medieval hill town, for lunch in a local restaurant, followed by a tour of Trapani. Check in at the hotel.
Trapani area - 2° Overnight
Drive towards Agrigento, on the south central coast of Sicily. Along the way you can stop at Marsala. The town is famous for the docking of Garibaldi on 11 May 1860 (the Expedition of the Thousand) and for its Marsala wine. A feature of the area is the Natural Reserve called Stagnone Lagoon — a marine area with salt ponds.
En route to Agrigento you can visit the archaeological site of Selinunte and maybe relax on the picturesque beach of Marinella di Selinunte. Continue to Agrigento, home of the ancient Greek philosopher Empedocles and the modern Italian playwright Luigi Pirandello. Check-in at your hotel.
Here in Agrigento, have a visit to the impressive Valley of the Temples at sunset and take a scenic views of olive groves and almond trees while admiring the wonderous temples, probably the best preserved of their kind in the world.
Agrigento - 3° Overnight
After breakfast at your hotel, proceed towards South Eastern Sicily, direction Ragusa (Ibla). Leaving Agrigento behind, along the road we suggest to visit Piazza Armerina and visit the worldwide known Villa Romana del Casale thanks to its well preserved mosaics. Continue to Caltagirone famous for the production of ceramics and pottery: visit of a ceramics laboratory and opportunity of shopping. Lunch in a local restaurant with a special menu chosen to give the opportunity to taste the local specialities.
Once in Ragusa, visit the historical centre of Ragusa: Ibla, a beautiful town built in two sections, the “new” one built after the 1693 earthquake and the old one called Ragusa Ibla, a wonderful and well known example of Baroque architecture and art. Before reaching your hotel for dinner, you will enjoy a typical aperitif and a tasting of typical products overlooking the main square and the majestic Cathedral of Ragusa Ibla. Dinner and overnight at your Hotel in Ragusa.
Ragusa (Ibla) - 4° Overnight
This morning, after you breakfast, continue to Modica, one of the area's UNESCO-listed Baroque towns. Modica is particularly famous for its chocolate, and it is an appealing destination for food-lovers, making a good holiday base or day-trip destination. Then proceed to Noto the capital of the Baroque architecture of Sicily. Have a nice walk along the monumental Corso Umberto, with its imposing and renewed Cathedral, the theatre and Palazzo Nicolai and enjoy the golden sunset over the monuments.
After lunch, continue to Syracuse, a town rich of history and monuments, with its beautiful baroque historical centre of Ortigia and the magnificent theatre that is the witness of the splendour of the Greek golden age in Sicily. Do not miss to enjoy the beautiful beach of Fontanebianche or a typical dinner in one of the many restaurants settled in the island of Ortigia.
Siracusa - 5° Overnight
Today we suggest a morning excursion to Mt. Etna, the highest active volcano of Europe. Drive across the villages at the slopes of the mountain and reach Rifugio Sapienza at 1.900 mt. above the sea level. Proceed to the top by cableway and 4x4 car service to reach the altitude of 2.900 mt. under main active craters.
In the afternoon you can continue to Catania. Visit the old town of Catania which was declared UNESCO world heritage site in 2002. Enjoy the visit of the historic centre with its baroque buildings, the cathedral, Piazza Duomo, Via Etnea, the medieval castle “Castello Ursino” and many other spots of the town characterised by the lava.
Catania - 6° Overnight
After breakfast at your hotel, drive to Taormina called "the pearl of the Ionic Sea", founded in 400 BC and beautifully located overlooking the sea and the peak of Mount Etna. Upon arrival you will visit the most impressive monument of the city: the Greco-Roman Theatre. It has the finest site of any theatre in the world and one of the most striking monuments of antiquity.
You continue your walking tour to the Villa Comunale: the public gardens which are planted with a huge variety of flowering plants and shrubs ranging from the most common to the exotic, we suggest to take a guide who will be able to describe you all the botanical curiosity.
In the afternoon you continue the exploration to Castelmola, this village occupying a strategic position up behind Taormina, centres around the picturesque little Piazzetta del Duomo. In one of the bars in the main square we will have the chance to taste the famous "almond wine".
Taormina - 7° Overnight
This morning's drive will take you to the north coast of Sicily. Before arriving at Cefalù, we suggest a stop at Capo d'Orlando. The old fishing village has today become a very crowded tourist destination, thanks to its crystal clear waters and the stunning view of the Aeolian islands.
After a brief stop at the Baths of Bagnoli, proceed towards Cefalù where you can get lost between the medieval alleys of the old city and walk along the paths of the Madonie Regional Natural Park which, as well as being a nature reserve, the park is an inhabited area with dozens of little villages and small towns, many of which trace their origins to medieval times. The park is also home to a number of castles and numerous ancient churches. The wild mountainous slopes are inhabited by roe deer, boar, wildcats and Bonelli's eagles, as well as being a habitat to the rare, nearly-extinct Nebrodi fir tree.
A few kilometres from Cefalù you can drive to the village of St. Ambrose to enjoy a few minutes of relax while admiring the surrounding view.
Cefalù - 8° Overnight
This morning's drive will take you back to Palermo. After drop off your rental car and check in at your downtown hotel, we suggest to begin your city tour in the heart of the old city center, at Quattro Canti, a square that has four magnificent eighteenth-century palaces with convex façades looking down onto it. From there you can walk to Piazza Pretoria where you can see the fountain of the same name and the Municipal building.
From Piazza Pretoria go on to Via Vittorio Emanuele and take a bus or taxi to go to the Cathedral Square. After admiring this splendid piece of architecture and the treasures kept inside it, go on to (by bus or taxi) the majestic Palazzo dei Normanni. We suggest you visit the palace another time and this time dedicate your time to the Cappella Palatina, one of the most beautiful churches in the world.
It must now be time for dinner. Have a rest and choose one of the restaurants in Palermo in this area. Try some local Palermo dish, such as pasta con le sarde, and then try some caponata and finish off with a swordfish and mint roulade.
Palermo - 9° Overnight
This morning continue to visit the Arabic Palermo, mostly concentrated in the Kalsa quarter of the city, formerly known by the Arabic name of “al-halisah”, that means the elected one. The true heart of the Kalsa is the square that carries the same name, surrounded by splendid buildings such as Palazzo Abatellis and Santa Maria dello Spasmo and by an intricate network of alleys. If you are not too inebriated by the smell of spices and kebabs after walking through this picturesque area, you can visit the wonderful Museo delle Marionette that is nearby, near Piazza Santo Spirito, that you can walk to from Palazzo Abbatellis.
In the evening, you can take a guided tour to Monreale to admire the superb Norman cathedral, decorated inside by more than 6,000 m2 of Byzantine mosaics, real triumph of Arab / Norman / Byzantine art and the adjacent Benedictine Cloisters. Overnight in Palermo.
Palermo - 10° Overnight