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Sicily Side Trip

In Europe, Italy, The Gap Map by Phoebe Tilelli1 Comment

Fast Facts
  • Capital: Palermo.
  • Main airports: Palermo and Catania.
  • Transport: Trains and Busses service the island.
  • Closest port to mainland Italy: Messina
  • Spacialties: Pistacchio, ceramics, canoli, granita, and arancini.

The two main airports in Sicily are Catania and Palermo. This itinerary is designed to begin in Palermo and finish in Cefalu before flying out of Palermo at the end but the route runs in a loop so you can start and finish the trip at any point.


1. Palermo
This city is not only the capital of Sicily but has been named 2018 culture capital of Italy for its cathedrals, its theatre being one of the biggest and oldest of Europe, cultural diversity and inclusion, catacombs and traditional food and market places among other things. Tourism is growing in Palermo and there’s never been a better time to visit the ancient city. See more.

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2. San Vito lo Capo
This dusty desert town might not be the most convenient to get to but the remote location is what makes it so special. Between it’s natural reserve boasting Italys most beautiful beach for 2017 and its African influence, San Vito lo Capo is extremely unique. For a small coastal town it packs a punch when it comes to adventure with every outdoor activity imaginable. Whether it be by land or sea, you will find something to get the blood pumping here. Get back to nature and visit San Vito. See more.

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3. Favignana

The tiny island of Favignana is located just 40 minutes off the coast of Sicily and is an easy ferry ride away from Trapani. Think white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, no cars, peace and quiet. The ultimate island experience.

4. Agrigento

Agrigento is surrounded by the Valley of the Temples and a white sandy coastline offering plenty to do between the beaches and the historic sights. The town centre is located inland but busses service the coast and the valley.
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5. Ragusa

This Unesco world heritage listed town is high on a hill top between two valleys in the Val di Noto or Noto Valley. In 1963 the entire town was destroyed in the aftermath of a huge earthquake causing the town to be entirely rebuilt. For this reason it is praised by Unesco for it’s baroque architecture. It is now split into two parts, upper and lower Ragusa, the latter being the historic centre. Very much worth visiting for a cultural injection after days spent at the beach. See more.

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6. Siracusa

A small town located on the Ionion coast of Sicily that draws tourists all summer long for its ancient ruins, outdoor theatre, clear blue water and picturesque buildings washed with pink and golden sandstone hues. See more.

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7. Catania

The city of Catania is a popular tourist destination for its location between the more picturesque, smaller towns of Siracusa and Taormina. However, this busy port city deserves more than just a pass through to your next destination. Markets, Piazzas and sandy beaches draw tourists to stay for at least a couple of days. See more.

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8. Taormina

Taormina is a small town that draws a big crowd. Popular with tourists all year round, it’s known for its panoramic view over the coastline and of the Etna volcano. Boutique stores, glamorous hotels and restaurants with ocean views line the main road Corso Umberto that runs through the middle of the town. See more.

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9. Messina

Messina may largely be just another port town because it is the major departure point for the mainland of Italy to destinations such as Reggio Calabria. However, Messina has beautiful piazzas and one of the worlds oldest clocks that tourists crowd around at midday to watch its elaborate display. Walk up to the church on Viale Principe Umberto, to see a stunning view over the entire city from the top of the hill.

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10. Milazzo

A quiet fishing village with a peaceful beach and quaint town centre, Milazzo is the ideal place to pass through when visiting the Aolean islands, just a short ferry ride from Milazzo’s port.

11. Cefalù

On the northern side of Sicily, Cefalù is a small coastal village full of character. Home to the famous Italian film Cinema Paradiso, it is popular in summer for its long sandy beach and quaint old town. See more

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