Dreaming of Italy this year? Sicily is a fascinating destination, famous for its seafood and street food, excellent wines, fragrant caffè and cannoli, gorgeous Mediterranean beaches, and Greek and Roman ruins.
Before you book your next trip, check out our ultimate 8-day itinerary in Sicily. You won’t want to miss out on Europe’s greatest island for a vacation.
Day 1: Explore Palermo’s beautiful fountains and piazzas after you check into your hotel.
Palermo’s lovely city squares are the best place to find a cafe and tuck in for focaccia and a glass of wine. Bring your camera and snap some amazing sunset shots of the Cattedrale di Palermo or the Palazzo dei Normanni. Sicily’s magnificent golden light makes it almost impossible to take a bad photo.
You can explore on your own or book a guided walking tour to orient yourself to this magnificent city.
Day 2: Dive into Palermo’s fabulous food culture.
Palermo wears its title as the capital of multicultural Sicily with pride—and nowhere is it more evident than in its food culture. La Vucciria, Palermo’s ancient food market, is a cornucopia of scents and colors—it’s a marvelous snapshot of day-to-day life in Palermo.
Sample the street food; you’ll love the arancine and sfincione. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the pani ca meusa, Palermo’s famous beef spleen sandwich for serious food devotees. Why not take a cooking class and learn to make true Sicilian cannoli or cassata?
Day 3: Marvel at the Valley of the Temples on your way to Siracusa.
The archaeological site at Agrigento is a lovely stop on your private transfer to Siracusa. It’s one of the most memorable and historically significant sites in Sicily—and especially lovely when the almond trees are in bloom. Explore the remains of the Temple of Castor and Pollux, the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hercules, and the starkly beautiful Temple of Juno.
You’ll arrive in Siracusa, nestled on the Ionian Coast, with plenty of time to explore. Visit the Fontana Diana at the Piazza Archimede, dedicated to Siracusa’s most famous mathematician and physicist.
Day 4: Cross the bridge to Ortygia, Siracusa’s ancient beating heart.
This tiny island juts into the sea, the site of 3,000 years of Greek, Roman, Arab, Norman, and Bourbon history. Explore the 6th century Temple of Apollo and wander the colorful stalls of the Arab Market. Ortygia’s Piazza del Duomo is perhaps one of the most beautiful in Italy; Florence has nothing on this beautiful Baroque piazza.
Take an excursion to Modica to sample the world famous Modica chocolates, or if you haven’t had your fill of fabulous Baroque architecture, plan a jaunt to Noto. Conde Nast Traveler called it the top summer destination in Italy.
Day 5: Relax on the beach in Taormina.
Taormina is a gorgeous resort town, and after a few days of exploring, you’ll be ready to relax at the sea and take a dip. Once you’re cooled off, stroll Corso Umberto, Taormina’s lively main street lined with charming bars and restaurants. Enjoy a cool drink at Piazza IX Aprile overlooking the sea.
In the evening, take in an open-air performance at the Greek Theatre, a third-century relic with fantastic views of Mt. Etna in the distance.
Day 6: Get up close and personal with majestic Mt. Etna
Europe’s tallest and most famous volcano is a towering presence around Taormina, its snow-capped peak clearly visible across the sea.
Spend an afternoon hiking in the Etna nature park or take the ferrovia Circumetnea, the railroad that links the villages at the foot of Mt. Etna. The views are simply unbelievable.
Day 7: Make someone an offer he can’t refuse on a Godfather tour.
Movie buffs know that the scenes in the fictional village of Corleone were filmed in the village of Savoca just outside Taormina.
You can visit the most famous sites from the film, including the Bar Vitelli, where Michael Corleone asks permission to court Apollonia, the Church of Santa Lucia where Michael and Apollonia were married, and Forza D’Agro where Vito Andolino from Corleone was born.
Day 8: Wave goodbye to Sicily from your flight home from Catania.
Sicily is an incredible holiday destination; a week doesn’t do it justice! We’d love to help you create your own bespoke Sicilian holiday—customized to your interests and passions.
Want to spend more time exploring Sicily’s rich Greek and Roman history? We’ll plan an itinerary just for you. More excited about Sicilian pizza, pasta, and pastries? We’ll find the perfect day trips and tours to satisfy your taste buds.
And if you book before April 30th, you can take €100 off your booking for two!
Get in touch today and let’s bring your Sicilian dreams to life.