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Having explored many parts of Europe our trip to Sicily proved to be an unexpected highlight. If you wish to spend two weeks in Sicily and see all the highlights here is our recommended tour.

Explore Sicily in two weeks

This is a recommended route in order to see all the key highlights of a trip to Sicily. If you prefer a more leisurely trip then take a look at our ideas for a long weekend in Sicily. Perhaps choose two of them and add more day trips or lazy beach days onto each of the ideas.

Our two week proposal does involve hiring a car and yes driving in Sicily is stressful. If you prefer not to it is possible to use public transport but you would need to reduce dramatically the number of places to visit.

Day 1. Fly in to Catania and set off for Taormina: Start exploring this beautiful historic town.

Day 2: Taormina: Visit the magnificent Greek Theatre in the morning and explore more of Taormina in the afternoon. We recommend you choose a hotel in the town itself rather than at the beach which is quite seperate. 

Taormina

Day 4: Either take the bus up to the pretty hill top village of Castelmola in the morning and the cable car down to the lovely beach of Isola Bella in the afternoon or organise an excursion to Mount Etna. There are many tour operators offering trips.

Day 5: Cefalu: Head to the north of Sicily and the beautiful seaside town of Cefalu. This is the nicest seaside town in Sicily and also has a beautiful old town and Cefalu Cathedral has lovely Byzantine mosaics.

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 Day 6. Cefalu: Enjoy another peaceful day at Cefalu. 

Day 7. Palermo. Head to Palermo. Traffic is terrible here. We recommend you drive straight to Palermo airport and leave your car in the airport carpark for the next few days and take the airport bus to Palermo and back.

Noto

Day 8: Palermo. There are many highlights in Palermo and so take the day to explore them. Be sure to visit the Palatine Chapel. If you are interested in Byzantine mosaics take the bus up the hill to the town of Monreale which has a cathedral with great mosaics but not as good as those at the Palatine Chapel.

Day 9:  Agrigento. Pick up your car and visit the Valley of the Temples at Agrigento. A stunning collection of Greek Temples all along a valley. Head to the coast at Realmonte afterwards for the night and if you have time visit the striking Scala dei Turchi beach this afternoon or early the next morning.

Day 10: Villa Romana del Casala in Piazza Armerina. The Villa del Romana del Casala is a huge Roman Villa with the most extraordinary Roman mosaics both in quantity and quality. If Roman mosaics are not your thing miss this stop and head straight to Ragusa and add an extra day in Syracuse at the end of your trip.

Day 11. Ragusa. The south-east of Sicily has a cluster of beautiful Baroque towns. You could spend a week just visitng these. Nearby Modica is another of the beautiful Baroque town. Ragusa is quieter. Both are lovely. Choose one or do a flying visit to both.

Day 12: Noto. Noto is the most beautiful of the Baroque towns of Sicily apart from Syracuse.

Day 13. Syracuse. The old town of Syracuse on Ortigia island is stunningly beautiful.

Day 14. Syracuse and trip to airport.

This plan is more intensive at the end of the trip. If you prefer the end to be more restful reverse the direction and have the last days at Cefalu and Taormina.

Three weeks in Sicily

If you have an extra week we would recommend the same itinerary but add another night at Taormina in order to do a day trip to Mount Etna and not miss Isola Bella and Castelmola. Add another day or two to see the Baroque towns of Ragusa , Modica and Noto with more time and maybe add a trip to the smaller but very pretty Scicli.

In addition you could head to Milazzo after Taormina and take a trip to one of the Aeolian Islands for a day or two or alternatively add a night at Marsala or the seaside town of Mazara del Vallo and take a day trip to the temples of  Selinunte.

Sicily has quite a number of villages classified as the "most beautiful villages of Italy" but these are usually on narrow windy roads into the hills and to squeeze these in you probably need a four week trip or a return visit!

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