2 Weeks in Sicily: The Perfect 14-15 Days Itinerary
You’re planning to go 2 weeks in Sicily and are looking for a complete itinerary for your stay?
You’re in the right place!
A good news: 14, 15 or 16 days in Sicily is the ideal time to visit the island’s must-see attractions.
From Catania to Palermo, passing by Taormina, Syracuse, Agrigento Valley of the temples, Selinunte, Cefalù and more, here is the ultimate itinerary to visit Sicily in 2 weeks.
For each stage of your trip, in addition to the places to visit, I will also give you the best accommodation suggestions according to your budget. And of course, I will give you my best tips and tricks to make your stay unforgettable!
- 2 Weeks in Sicily: The Perfect 14-15 Days Itinerary
- 1) Catania (2 days)
- 2) Syracuse / Ortigia Island (2 days)
- 3) Noto / Ragusa / Modica (1 day)
- 4) Agrigento (1 day)
- 5) Selinunte (1 day)
- 6) Trapani (2 days)
- 7) Scopello / Zingaro Nature Reserve (1 day)
- 8) Palermo (2 days)
- 9) Taormina (2 days)
- Other activities for 2 weeks in Sicily
- Renting a boat in Sicily
- Sicily Tours
- You’re traveling in Sicily? These articles will help you!
A quick note before we start: For this 2 weeks tour in Sicily, we rented a car. This is clearly the easiest way to visit the island!
For your road trip, I strongly recommend you to book your car in advance on the internet, through a serious website: fake damage scams (+ deliberate damage, like a key scratch for example) are very common in Sicily.
Personally, we’ve booked through Rentalcars.com, for 2 reasons:
- The main one: On their website, you can subscribe for a cheap “complete insurance”. Much cheaper than those you can buy from the rental cars companies! If the car rental company invoices you for damage (real or fake one), Rentalcars.com will refund you the full amount within 7 days.
- The site allows you to compare prices between the different rental agencies, and it’s the best way to get a good deal.
It’s quite simple, every time we went to Sicily, we were charged extra for damages (between 450 and 850 euros each time). Hopefully, Rentalscar’s insurance has been super effective!
So don’t underestimate this problem, and book your car the smart way now to travel with peace of mind!
1) Catania (2 days)
To start your 2 weeks itinerary in Sicily, the best is to land at Catania airport. Your return trip will also be from Catania for a good reason: to limit car rental costs. It will cost you less to pick up and drop off your car at the same rental agency.
When you arrive in Catania, you will have about half a day to visit the city.
Here is a short itinerary that will allow you visit the city’s highlights:
The best is to start by the Piazza del Duomo, famous for the elephant fountain and the Duomo di Catania (Catania Cathedral). Then take the via Etnea, the city ‘s main street. From there, you can see the Etna, the most famous volcano in Sicily!
Take a walk around Piazza dell’ Universita to admire the two palaces: the palazzo dell’ Universita and the palazzo San Giuiliano.
Then go to the Villa Bellini gardens, a very pleasant place with many fountains. And if you have some time left before dinner, you should definitely go to the Via Crociferi to see the Benedictine Monastery of San Nicolò l’Arena and a few nice churches.
If you plan to spend a bit of time in Catania, I recommend you one of these 2 guided visits. Simply click on the orange links to book them:
- By Segway, a fun way to discover the city
- A guided visit + food tour, on foot, with local food tasting.
For your second day in Sicily, the serious things will start. It’s time for a day trip to Mount Etna volcano!
From Catania, the easiest and safest way is to opt for an organised day trip. Theses tours take around 6 hours and are offered by many agencies. They include:
- Climbing by car to Etna (They will pick you up at your accommodation)
- A guided walk between the ancient craters and lava flows
- The exploration of a lava cave
- Going to the view point of the Valle del Bove
- The equipment
- The tour guide cost
You don’t need it to visit the city nor for the Etna (as guided tours are organized from Catania). Even if you take it only now, I advise you to pick it up at Catania airport, as it will be easier to return it at the end of your trip.
If you wish to visit Catania during your tour in Sicily, I recommend you to read my detailed article: The 12 best things to do and see in Catania.
Where to stay in Catania ?
- City-In Hostel B&B: Located opposite Ursino castle. Dormitory bed from 17€, breakfast 3€. Free Wi-Fi. Free public parking. Tip: Avoid rooms on the street side, they are a bit noisy.
- Tra L’Etna E Il Mare B&B: Located 1 kilometer from Piazza Duomo. Large room with nice decoration from 50€ per night. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi. Strong points: Free private parking. This is my favorite in Catania for its great value for money!
- Il Giardino Di Piazza Falcone: Located about fifteen minutes’ walk from Piazza Duomo. Large bright room from 68€ per night. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi. Public parking at 10€ per day. Strong point: the large garden with terrace!
- Duomo Suites & Spa Catane: Located at only 100 meters from piazza del Duomo, the heart of Catania. Beautiful large and bright double room starting at 190€ per night, breakfast included. Strong points: the perfect location, the comfortable bed, the view from the terrace. It’s my favorite hotel in Catania, perfect for a luxury stay!
2) Syracuse / Ortigia Island (2 days)
The 2nd leg of your 2 weeks trip to Sicily takes you to Syracuse and its old town: Ortigia island.
For your first day, you will take your time to visit the beautiful island of Ortigia.
You can do the following itinerary:
- Start at the Piazza del Duomo
- Then go to the market and the temple of Apollo
- Stroll along the quays of the fishermen’s harbour.
- Visit Castello Maniace
- Stroll through the small alleys of the old town
- Admire the sunset from the Fountain of Arethusa.
If you don’t feel like walking a lot and want to visit the town of Ortigia in a more original way with a guide, you should really opt for a Segway tour:
Fore your 2nd day, I suggest you to start by having a walk along Syracuse cycle path, along the seaside. It really and offers a beautiful view of Ortigia island and the cliffs!
The starting point of the cycle path is the Piazza dei Cappuccini (it has horses statues, you can’t miss it). You can go there from Ortigia by foot, it will take around 30 minutes.
The walk is very pleasant and completely flat. There is no shade, so grab some hats and sunscreen with you!
If you want to do something else than visiting the city on foot, you can opt for an original activity: a kayak tour!
Accompanied by an instructor, you will spend the morning discovering the most beautiful landscapes of the coast.
To Book your guided kayak trip in Syracuse, you simply need to click on the button below:
It’s the best way to start your day before going to Syracuse must-see attractions in the afternoon: The Neapolis Archaeological Park.
Things to see inside the park:
- The Roman amphitheatre dug into the rock
- The Greek theatre
- Hieron II’s altar, used to sacrifice animals
- Ear of Dionysius, an ancient limestone quarry. It’s more than 20 meters high!
To end the afternoon, you can choose an unusual visit: the San Giovanni catacombs. They are quite unknown to tourists and located near the archaeological park.
If you need more info about Syracuse, you should read my detailed article about the city: The top 15 things to do in Syracuse.
You want to know everything about the archaeological park? In this case, the best is to opt for a guided visit!
The one on Getyourguide is great, and it also includes the guided visit of Ortigia.
To book it, it’s simple, you just have to click on the button below:
Where to stay in Syracuse
When visiting Syracuse, you should sleep on Ortigia island rather than in Syracuse. Prices aren’t necessarily higher and the environment is much more pleasant! Here are the best deals in town:
- TRE Archi B&B: Located in a quiet environment, 50 meters from piazza del Duomo. Colorful and authentic room. Free Wi-Fi. Double room from 50€, breakfast included.
- II Duomo: Located on Piazza del Duomo, you cannot dream better as a location. Large room with classic decoration. View on the garden or the square. Free Wi-Fi and paid parking service. Double room from 80€, breakfast included.
- Alla Giudecca: Located at 5 minutes on foot from the Piazza del Duomo. Large and bright double room starting at 120€ per night, breakfast included. Strong points: The beautiful view from the terrace, the location, the good breakfast.
- Caportigia Boutique Hotel: Located at 1km from Neapolis archaeological Park (not on Ortigia Island). Beautiful modern double room starting at 200€ per night, breakfast included. Strong points: The amazing breakfast, the staff, the jacuzzi on the terrace. If you want something modern, it’s the place you need to book! It’s the best for a luxury stay in Syracuse.
3) Noto / Ragusa / Modica (1 day)
For the third stage of your 14 days trip to Sicily, you can tour the 3 baroque cities listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Noto, Modica and Ragusa. They are among the most beautiful cities in Sicily, especially for their typical historical center.
I really advise you to leave Syracuse quite early in the morning, around 8h30-9h. To visit the 3 cities, it will take you a full day.
- In Noto, you can walk along the corso Vittorio Emanuele. That’s where the majority of the Baroque palaces and churches to visit are located!
- In Modica, take a walk in the medieval historic center to discover the wonders of architecture.
- In Ragusa, don’t miss the Piazza del Duomo with the San Giorgio Cathedral.
For this itinerary, it’s best to visit Ragusa last and sleep there, as it’s the closest to the next stage: Agrigento Valley of the Temples!
Where to stay in Ragusa
- Le Scale Sul Barocco: This cute Bed and Breakfast is located close to the center. The hosts are very friendly, and some of the rooms even have a balcony! At 49€ per night, it’s the best “budget” choice in Ragusa!
- La Dimora di Piazza Carmine Hotel: Located between the old town and the historical center, 500 meters from the San Giovanni Cathedral. A spacious and very comfortable double room from 75€ per night, breakfast included. strong points: the perfect location to visit the city on foot, the view, the friendly staff, the copious and varied breakfast. It’s my favorite in town for it’s amazing value for money! Book early!
- Aurà Guest House Iblea: Located 300 meters from the Duomo di San Giorgio. Brand new, very bright room starting at 85€ per night, breakfast included. Strong points: the warm welcome of the host, the location, the calm environment, the breakfast with local products and fresh-squeezed fruit juices.
- Hôtel San Giorgio Palace: Located next to the Duomo, in the Ragusa Ibla district. The hotel is located in a carefully renovated old monastery with spacious and luxurious double room from 98€ per night, with breakfast included. What we loved: the charm of the hotel, the geographical location, the warm welcome, the terrace with a beautiful view for breakfast. The best choice for a luxury stay in Ragusa!
4) Agrigento (1 day)
In 14 days in Sicily, you will have time to visit the famous Valley of the Temples, located next to the city of Agrigento
This archaeological site, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, allows you to admire 8 temples, including 2 remarkably preserved ones.
Visiting the site on foot takes about 2h30 and costs 10€ per person.
As the most famous historical site of Sicily, it’s really a must-see attraction during your 2 weeks tour!
The best is to go there in the morning: It’s less hot, and the tourist buses arrives around 9h30-10h. So try to be there at the opening, at 8h30!
By doing so, you will have the time to go to Agrigento old town for lunch and visit the historic center in the afternoon.
At the end of the afternoon, the place to be is for sure the Scala dei Turchi, a magnificent limestone cliff going down into the turquoise sea. Sunsets are really amazing there!
If you like photography, no doubt you will want to spend a bit of time there. It’s also a great place to just enjoy the view, swim, or even have a drink at the beach café terrace.
At the end of the day, the best is to find an hotel around Agrigento.
If you plan to go there, you should have a look at my detailed article about Agrigento: The 10 Best things to do in Agrigento.
As there are many tourists visiting the Valley of the Temples, you should really book your skip the line tickets in advance. At least you will not have to wait in line under the heat! This entrance ticket also includes access to Agrigento regional archaeological museum.
To buy it, you just have to click on the button below:
If you want to learn even more about history, there is also a ticket that includes an audio guide. It needs to be booked by clicking here.
And last but not least, there is a new, very fun way to visit the Valley of the Temple: Doing a guided tour on an eletric scooter.
It needs to be booked in advance by clicking the button below:
Please note that the e-scooter guided tour doesn’t include the entrance ticket. It needs to be booked separately by clicking here.
Where to stay in Agrigento ?
- B&B Sorahnia – Design House: It’s located away from Agrigento city center and 4 km from the Valley of the Temples. Modern double room with terrace from 50€ per night, breakfast included. Strong points: the location is quiet, a very welcoming host, an exceptional home made breakfast and free private parking. It is my favorite in Agrigento for it’s exceptional value for money!
- Colleverde Park Hotel: Located 2 kilometers from Agrigento city center and 15 minutes’ walk from the valley of the temples. Classic but bright double room from 68€ per night, breakfast included. Strong points: the large garden with a view of the temples, and the Sicilian breakfast.
- Villa Athena Hotel: Luxury hotel located in the heart of the valley of the temples, 200 meters from the temple of Concorde. A huge double room with a well decorated and spacious interior, with a magnificent temples view, starting from 205€ per night, breakfast at 18€. Strong points: the restaurant with its panoramic terrace overlooking the valley, the exceptional location with private entrance for the valley, luxury and refinement, swimming pool. It is the best choice for an exceptional stay in Agrigento.
5) Selinunte (1 day)
Let’s continue this 14 days trip in Sicily and go to Selinunte.
Agrigento and Selinunte being relatively close, you will have the time to take a few breaks on the way.
The best places to see are:
- Torre Salsa nature reserve
- Heraclea Minoa beach
- The beautiful small town of Sciacca.
Depending on what you will visit, you will have your lunch in Sciacca or Selinunte. If you arrive in Selinunte around lunchtime, you should go to the waterfront, there are many cafés and restaurants there!
In the afternoon, you will visit Selinunte’s archaeological park. It’s just at the entrance of the city, you can’t miss it!
As the archaeological site is divided in 2 parts, the best is to go there by car. You will need to take it to go from one part to the other.
The entrance ticket is 6€ and you can choose, for an additional 6€, to take the tourist train that goes around the temples.
The park is quite large and allows to admire many temples, more or less well preserved. You can easily spend the whole afternoon there if you are on foot and want to discover the whole place.
For dinner, return to the seafront! Personally, we ate at the DAG restaurant and we didn’t regret it.
Where to stay in Selinunte
- Agrisicilia (Relax Mare e Natura): It’s located 10 minutes’ drive from the archaeological park. A Large double room with sea view from 45€, breakfast included. Strong points: the very nice setting in the middle of olive trees, the calm environment, the kindness and tips from hosts, the free private car park. This is my favorite for it’s excellent value for money!
- Terrazo di Venere la Reserva: A B&B located 20 minutes’ walk from the beach and 4 km from the archaeological park. A very comfortable double room with a nice decoration from 80€ per night, breakfast included. Strong points: the location, the big garden, the home made breakfast, the private and free parking.
- Il Vigneto Resort: Located 5 kilometers from Selinunte park, in the village of Porto Palo. Spacious and bright double room from 100€ per night, breakfast included. Strong points: the view on the vineyards and the surrounding countryside, the large swimming pool, the calm environment, and the delicious breakfast.
6) Trapani (2 days)
The next stage of this 14 days itinerary takes you to Trapani.
From Selinunte, take the road that goes to Mazzaro del Vallo and then to Marsala. It’s not the fastest, but it’s definitely the prettiest one, because it will take you through the SP21. This road, known as the Salt Road, goes along the beautiful salt ponds from Marsala to Trapani. It’s one of the must-see sights in the region! In souvenirs shops, you will find a lot of postcards representing these salt ponds and the mills that were used to process salt.
Arriving in Trapani for lunchtime, you can choose a good restaurant in the historic center or opt for a quick lunch. Personally, I often prefer the second option for lunch, but don’t worry, I catch up in the evening!
Then, as you are in the old town, you can take a short digestive walk through the alleys and have a walk along the seaside.
Then it is time to go to Erice, one of the highlights in the region of Trapani. This perched village overlooking the city is known for its magnificent views of the surrounding area, but also for its narrow streets and medieval castle.
To reach Erice, you can choose between going by car or by cable car. Visiting the village takes about 2 hours. Don’t miss Maria Grammatico’s famous pastry shop for a snack break!
That’s pretty good first day in Trapani, isn’t it?
For your second day, you should definitely visit one the Aegadian islands. Easily accessible from Trapani by boat, they offer some of the most beautiful swimming spots in the area. And as they can be discovered by bike or on foot, it’s a great opportunity to do a bit of sports and enjoy the calm!
Favignana is the biggest island and the best served by boat, so it’s probably the best choice for a first visit. It’s also the most accessible for families (easy and flat paths).
Find all the information about Trapani, Erice and the Aegadian Islands in my article: What are the best things to do in Trapani ?
To visit Levanzo and Favignana on the same day, you can opt for a cruise from Trapani .
The boat first stops for 2 hours in Favignana and then for 1 hour in Levanzo. Lunch served on the boat is included in the price, and you can enjoy a few swimming breaks during the day.
For information and reservations, simply click on the button below:
Where to stay in Trapani
- Moderno Hotel: The hotel is located in the heart of Trapani old town. Spacious and comfortable double room from 55€ per night, breakfast at 5€. Why I like it: the ideal location, close to restaurants, the beach and the port to take the ferry to the Aegadian Islands.
- Trapani inn Hotel: Located in front of the ferries to Aegadian Islands departure. Modern and well decorated double room from 72€ per night, breakfast included. Strong points: located in the heart of the city, a very friendly staff and an excellent breakfast. It’s the best value for money in Trapani!
- San Michele Hotel:Located 5 minutes’ walk from the port, also in Trapani old town. Spacious double room with carefully decorated decoration from 82€, breakfast included. Things I loved: the quiet location, the attentive staff, a good breakfast and large Italian-style showers!
- Residence la Gancia: Located in the heart of Trapani, at 30 meters from the beach. Modern studio apartment with a fully equipped kitchenette starting at 125€ per night, breakfast included. Strong points: the rooftop terrace to take your breakfast or see the sunset, the great location and the studios design.
- Firriato Hospitality – Baglio Soria: Located at 7km from Trapani center, in the vineyards. Bright double room starting at 200€ per night, breakfast included. Strong points: the very quiet place, the superb breakfast, the view, the swimming pool, the very helpful staff. If you don’t mind being a bit away from the city center, this is the best choice for a luxury stay in Trapani!
7) Scopello / Zingaro Nature Reserve (1 day)
Not far from Trapani, there is the beautiful Zingaro nature reserve, which is the 7th stage of your tour in Sicily.
I advise you to park at the southern entrance of the reserve because it’s the closest to Scopello, the must-see town of the area. The car park is large and there is a small food truck selling drinks and food. It’s the last place where you can buy something before entering the reserve, so make sure you have everything you need! (Especially water)
The Zingaro reserve entrance fee is 5€. Once inside, you will just have to follow a path overlooking the seaside, you can’t get lost! All along the way you will be able to swim in beautiful coves with crystal clear water. It’s really the ideal place to alternate (simple) hiking and relaxing moments at the beach.
If you choose to go back and forth from one end of the reserve to the other without a beach break, it takes about 4 hours on foot. And If you want to swim or just rest at the beach, you can easily spend the day there, if you have enough food and water (yes I repeat myself but it’s important especially when it’s very hot!)
One last tip: don’t go with flip-flops. There is mud and stones on the path, so a pair of sneakers or even better, hiking shoes, are required!
Where to stay in Scopello
- Villa Anna: Located 5 minutes from Guidaloca beach and 10 minutes’ drive from Scopello. Modern and bright double room from 60€ per night, breakfast included. What we liked: the geographical location close to Scopello and the Zingaro nature reserve, the calm of the place, the reception of the host, the rooms with private terrace, the private free parking and above all the excellent and copious breakfast with home-made cakes. We highly recommend it. It’s my favorite choice in Scopello for it’s great value!
- Tenute Plaia Agroturismo: Located 500 meters from Scopello. Double room with classic decoration from 79 €, breakfast included. Strong points: the setting in the countryside, the view, the breakfast and the restaurant of the hotel, the swimming pool, the private and free parking.
- B & B Talia: Located in Scopello itself. Comfortable and colorful double room from 124 € per night, breakfast included. Strong points: the location and the view on the Tonnara, the kindness of the hosts, the home made breakfast.
8) Palermo (2 days)
Now it’s time to head to Palermo, the capital of Sicily, for 2 days.
For your first day in town, here is an itinerary suggestion to visit the main monuments of Palermo:
- Start by visiting the Palace of the Normans, a must-see in Palermo, especially famous for its Palatine chapel with golden mosaics.
- Stop to admire the red domes of the St. John of the Hermits church, located close to the Norman palace.
- Discover the magnificent architecture of the Palermo Cathedral and the royal tombs.
- Stroll through the historical centre to admire the numerous palaces and churches.
- Enjoy a bit of calm and greenery by going to the Foro Italico, the botanical garden and the Villa Giulia gardens.
And for your night in Palermo, I recommend you the best hotels a bit below.
For your second day in town, you can start by going to the Ballaro market, a colorful market with all the typical Sicilian products. A feast for the eyes and taste buds!
According to your preference and budget, I advise you either to:
- Visit the Massimo theatre and discover the backstage of one of the greatest operas in Italy (entrance fee: 20€)
- Go to the Sicily regional archaeological museum (free entrance) and learn more about history, with several remains coming from Selinunte Temple.
In the afternoon, I strongly recommend you to visit Monreale, known for its beautiful cathedral with 6500 square meters of golden mosaics. A must-see during your stay in Palermo!
The town of Monreale is really nice, a truly unforgettable experience!
In the evening you can spend a second night in Palermo.
For a complete list of things to do in Palermo, you can read our article: The 15 best things to do and see in Palermo.
In order to learn everything about Palermo’s historical center, the best is to opt for a guided visit in English.
During this 3 hours guided tour, you will explore the main monuments I talk about in this guide, including the magnificent Palermo Cathedral.
In addition, you will also try 5 typical Sicilian food like arancini or cannoli. And of course, Fabrizio, your guide, will make sure that you have a lot of fun. This is clearly the best way to discover the city!
To book this tour, simply click on the button below:
Where to stay in Palermo
- A casa di Amici: Located 1km from the cathedral, this youth hostel offers beds in dormitory from 20€, breakfast included. Strong points: the geographical location, the terrace, the fact it’s super clean, the comfortable beds and the shared areas.
- Due Passi: B&B located 500 meters from the Massimo Theatre. Modern and bright double room from 63€ per night, breakfast included. Strong points: very pleasant neighborhood, B&B well located, the warm welcome and availability of the hosts, quiet place and very good breakfast. This hotel offers the best value for money in Palermo under 100€!
- Alma Hôtel: Located 450 metres from the Massimo Theatre and 1.5 km from the Cathedral of Palermo. Very modern and stylish double room from 130€, breakfast included. What I liked: adorable owners giving lots of good advice, the rooms quality, and of course, the exceptional breakfast with home-made cakes.
- Porta Di Castro: Located in the heart of Palermo old town, at only 5 minutes on foot from Palermo Cathedral. Superb double room starting at 150€ per night, breakfast included. What I loved: The perfect location, the hotel design, the awesome breakfast, and the very friendly staff. The best hotel for a luxury stay in Palermo!
9) Taormina (2 days)
To finish these 2 weeks in Sicily in style, let’s go to the small town of Taormina!
To get there, I advise you to take the Palermo/Taormina itinerary along the sea (about 30 minutes longer than the other road). This will allow you to quickly visit the small town of Cefalù. It’s worth it just for a photo souvenir in the bay. It’s one of the most emblematic views of Sicily!
After this little break, head towards Taormina.
Taormina is “the Sicilian Saint-Tropez”, with its many shops scattered all over the old town and the tourists crowds walking around. But the city is still very pretty and pleasant to visit.
When you arrive in Taormina, you can start by strolling through the old part of the city, walking along the Umberto Corso to Piazza IX Aprile. You should really climb the stairs to the Madonna della Rocca sanctuary for a bird’s eye view of the town.
Going back down after this small effort, you will have a lot of choice for your lunch!
If you want a peaceful and quiet environment, you should go “the sandwich way” and eat it in the Villa Comunale public garden. it’s a great place to enjoy a bit of shade and the nice view over the whole Isola Bella bay.
Talking about it, going to Isola Bella is scheduled for your afternoon. Walking and visiting are good but don’t forget, you’re in holidays!
It would be a shame to miss a moment of relaxation in this pretty little beach with crystal clear water. It’s also a nice place to do some snorkelling.
Many activities are available on site (click on the links to book):
- 2-hour guided kayak tour to discover the marine reserve around Isola Bella.
- 4-hour kayak tour, to explore a good part of the coast around Taormina
- Boat tour + Snorkeling: Get on the boat and enjoy several stops to observe the underwater fauna and flora around Isola Bella!
Another great way to enjoy Isola Bella is to go on a boat trip.
You can book the best boat trip in Isola Bella bay, with Graziella and her husband, the very friendly boat owners, by clicking the button below:
At sunset, head back up to Taormina to visit the Greek theatre. It’s just the best time of the day to visit it.
The next day, for your last day of holidays in Sicily (sorry to remind you😝), you should go to Castelmola.
At 5 kilometers from Taormina, this medieval village offers beautiful viewpoints on Etna and the valley below. Don’t leave without tasting a glass of almond wine, the specialty of the village. Don’t drink too much, your tour isn’t over yet!
In the afternoon, your should go to the Alcantara gorges. These walls, some of them more than 25 meters high, were formed by successive lava flows that cooled in contact with water.
The place is particularly impressive. However, you don’t need to bring your swimsuit, the water is really cold there! If you’re brave enough, you can just put your feet in the water, for the picture moment.
To access the gorges, I advise you to take the communal stairs.
They cost only 2 euros instead of the 15 euros guided tour! This “secret” path is just after the large parking lot on the left. You need to buy your entrance ticket in a small hut, on the right side of the road. A good tip to save you some money!
If you need more info about Taormina and how to access to the Alcantara gorges, you should read our article: Visit Taormina, The Top 10 things to see and do.
The Alcantara Gorge, on the other hand, is the ideal place to try canyoning. As you will be well equipped, you will not feel the cold and the descent of the river by canyoning in the middle of the gorges is really great!
This activity includes pick up at your accommodation (at all hotels located between Taormina and Catania).
Book your canyoning tour in the Alcantara Gorge by clicking on the button below
If you don’t need the included transport because you have rented a car for your roadtrip to Sicily, you can drive to the meeting point for your canyoning tour by yourself.
You should thus click here to book the Canyoning tour without transport (it’s obviously a bit cheaper!).
Where to stay in Taormina
- Hostel Taormina: Youth hostel located in the heart of Taormina. Bed in dormitory from 22.50€. Free Wifi. Breakfast not included. A little extra: a large panoramic terrace.
- Casa La via del Mare: Located halfway between the beach and the historic city centre of Taormina. Modern and bright room from 80€ per night. Breakfast included. Free Wifi. The plus: Free parking!
- Medea Residence : Located close to the main street of Taormina. Apartment with kitchen, modern and bright. very quiet. Outdoor swimming pool. Free Wifi. Private paid parking: 10€ per day. Minimum of 3 nights rental for 210€ = 70€ per night.
- Hôtel Villa Diodoro: Located at 5 minutes on foot from the historical center. Large and bright double room starting at 190€ per night, breakfast included. What we loved: the free private parking, the location, the swimming pool, the outstanding view, the very helpful staff. It’s the best choice for a luxury stay in Taormina!
Other activities for 2 weeks in Sicily
You want to do more activities during your 14-15 days trip to Sicily?
I have created for you a list of the best activities you can do on the island.
Simply click on the links below for more information and to book:
1) Best activities around Catania
- Diving in the Gulf of Catania and in the Marine Reserve of the Cyclopean Islands
- A guided gastronomic tour
- Guided kayak tour along the coast to see the cyclopean rocks
- Snorkeling tour in the marine reserve to admire the underwater volcanic formations
- Mountain bike tour on the slopes of Etna (transport from Catania included)
- Half-day buggy tour on Etna
- 4-hour cruise with snorkeling break
- A small group cruise on a sailing boat + lunch.
2) Activities in Syracuse / Ortigia
- A guided gastronomic tour to discover Sicilian specialties.
- A guided hike to the necropolis of Pantalica.
- A kayak tour with a guide.
3) Near Agrigento
4) Activities in Trapani
- Paragliding over the west coast
- Guided tour to the Genovese Cave on the island of Levanzo (Aegadian Islands)
- Full day cruise to the Aegadian Islands from Trapani
- Quad Tour to discover the temple of Segesta.
5) Best activities around Palermo
- Boat trip in a small group, to explore the coast near Palermo or a private boat tour!
- Excursion to Monreale and Cefalu from Palermo
- Paragliding close to Cefalu
- An excursion to Mount Etna, from Paltermo – Transport and guide included
6) Near Taormina
- Segway-Tour in Taormina
- Guided gastronomic tour with tastings stops
- Helicopter flight over Etna
- Day trip to the Aeolian Islands – Discover Panarea and Stromboli islands
- Day trip to the Aeolian Islands – Discover Lipari and Vulcano islands
- Special “The Godfather” tour, a must if you’re a fan of the movie!
- Excursion to the wineries on Etna + tastings.
And that’s it for your 14 days itinerary! It’s time for you to get back to Catania and catch your flight back home.
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So, what are your plans for your two weeks tour in Sicily?
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You’re traveling in Sicily? These articles will help you!
Discover all my articles about Sicily: All my articles to help you plan your trip to Sicily are listed there.
- The 20 Best Things to Do in Sicily – The ultimate bucket list!
- Itinerary: 2, 3, 4, or 5 days in Sicily – with all my best tips + accommodation suggestions! (East + West)
- Itinerary: 1 week in Sicily – with all my best tips + accommodation suggestions! (East coast)
- Itinerary: 10 days in Sicily – with all my best tips + accommodation suggestions! (West coast)
- Agrigento: The 10 best things to do in and around the city
- Catania: The 12 must-see attractions
- Palermo: The 15 things to do in the capital
- Syracuse: The 15 best things to discover
- Taormina: Top 10 things to do and must-see!
- Trapani: The 10 best things to do
- Agrigento Valley of the Temples: visit the archaeological site with my detailed guide!
- Zingaro nature Reserve: All my best tips to enjoy this wonderful hike
Your article is very informative.
I am going to Sicily in June-July for 14 days with a similar itinerary. Arriving in Palermo for 4 days. 1 and 1/2 days in Palermo proper. 2 day trips, 1 to Cefalu and 1 to Monreale (via public transportation).
Then pick up a car @ the airport & drive towards Agrigento. Stopping in Erice/Trapani then going on to Agrigento (passing the salt road).
Staying in Agrigento for 5 nights with day trips to Ragusa and Siracusa.
Then going on to Catania (returning the car @ the airport). For 5 nights with day trips to Mt Etna, Taormina and one other beach town via public transportation.
Your article gave me some great insight.
I am glad my article helped you to plan your stay.
You will for sure enjoy your 14 days trip to Sicily, it seems you have a great itinerary!
I love your itinerary about Sicily, it is the most complete, informative itinerary I have seen, complete with places to stay. I like it so much, I am going to follow your suggestions exactly! We intend to be in Sicily perhaps middle of April…is this a good time to go?
Thank you for your valuable information. I have been looking all over the web for an itinerary I could use and came across yours just by accident.
Sincerely, Ralph Blumenthal, Orinda, California
I am really glad my article is helping you to plan your 2 weeks trip to Sicily.
April is a great month to visit, I would even say one of the best! They weather is good (just no too hot) and it’s a lot greener than in summer. The landscape is very beautiful at this season.
If you have any question, don’t hesitate to let me know.
Have a great day!
My wife and I just read your article on 14 days in Sicily, …sounds wonderful! I read above that April is “one of the best months” to visit… We were considering October, 2019, …but now perhaps April of 2020. What do you think: October vs. April?
Thanks a lot for your information!
Michael & Leslie
I’m glad my article helps you to plan your 2 weeks trip to Sicily.
Both months, April and October are very good to visit the island. It is greener in spring for sure, but october also has advantages.
In April, water is too cold to swim, whereas in October, especially at the beginning of the month, it should be ok to enjoy the beaches.
If you have any other question, don’t hesitate to ask me.
Enjoy your stay in Sicily!
Hi! Thanks for the help! We are doing it from Palermo, and loving it! I’m curious about the location you chose for the Sicily Itineray Cover, can you, please, share the location? Thanks
All the best!
I am glad you are enjoying the itinerary!
The cover photo is the Tonnara, in Scopello. You need to pay a small fee to go there.
Enjoy your 2 weeks trip to Sicily, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me!
Many tanks! 😄
Thanks for sharing this article and all of the tips. I am traveling to Sicily at the end of August and will be there for 16 days, starting in Palermo and ending in Catania. I will not be renting a car so will be in Palermo for 9 nights and Catania for 7 nights. Would you recommend that I do the guided tours for day trips, or is it easier to take the public transportation and go on my own? And what would you recommend for transportation from Palermo to Catania?
As you have quite much time in Sicily, you can go with public transportations to the most touristic place/biggest cities.
For example, from Catania, you can go to Taormina and Syracuse as a day trip by bus, on your own. However, you will not have the time to see everything in only 1 day, so you will probably have to go twice or choose what you want to visit.
From Palermo, you can go to Valley of the temples (about 2 hours one way) or Trapani. It might be a bit harder to visit more remot places like Scopello or Monte Cofano Nature reserve however.
To go from Palermo to Catania, the best is to take the direct bus (2h45). It’s about 2 times faster than the train! (around 2h30 when the train is a good 4-5 hours).
Enjoy your 2 weeks in Sicily!
I am reading so much to try to decide a good home base from which to see all the places you mention.
I’d like to go for a month, probably May 2020. I won’t be renting a car.
I would like to have an apartment and mostly cook my own food and “live” like a local.
I’m wondering if it would be better to stay 2 weeks or 3/1 on each coast. I do mostly want to be on the east coast.
Not sue if it matters but I am a senior woman probably going alone.
Your thoughts would be very helpful.
If you want to stay mostly on the East Coast, I recommend you to do three weeks on the East and one week on the West coast.
The East part of Sicily is really more convenient if you don’t rent a car. The best for you if you want to experience the local life would be to stay in Ortigia island.
It’s really pretty, there is a local market and it really feels like authentic Sicily, especially out of season.
Also, from Ortigia, you can visit Syracuse, Noto, Modica, Catania and Taormina by bus.
On the West coast of Sicily, you can stay around Palermo if you want to visit the city, or in Trapani if you plan to go to the Aegadian islands or Erice village.
Palermo is probably more convenient, as you can go on organized day trips from there to visit the surroundings (you can click on the orange links for more info and booking):
Monreale Cathedral and Cefalu
Agrigento Valley of the Temple
Erice Village, Segesta Temples and Trapani Salt Pans
and even do boat tours to discover the coast and beaches.
If you have other questions to plan your trip to Sicily, don’t hesitate to ask me!
This is so helpful. Thank you so much. I will look into local tours.
Are you saying it would be easier to stay in Palermo?
I’m planning end of April 2020 into May.
If you plan to visit the West of Sicily as day trips from a single base, it’s better to stay in Palermo, yes.
For the East of Sicily, Ortigia island (Syracuse) is probably the best choice! (It’s nice and you there are buses going everywhere from Syracuse bus station)
We used your template for an April/May two week driving tour of Sicily. It was spectacular.
We loved the Palermo B&B and the grand old Coleverde and augmented with a few winery stays. As always we used Rick Steves tour guides throughout our stay for Siracusa, Valley of the Temples and Palermo.
We travel often and this was one of our favorite trips.
Thank you for posting this.
It was a valuable tool for planning our Sicily adventure.
Thanks a lot for taking the time to write this kind feedback.
I am really glad my 2 weeks itinerary in Sicily helped you to plan your trip and that you enjoyed it!
Maybe see you soon on the blog for another destination 🙂
Thank you so much for posting this wonderful itinerary of Sicily.
My husband and I are heading there May 2020, however will only have 12 days in this beautiful place.
If we were to reduce your itinerary by 2 days what would your suggestion be. We will be hiring a car.
Your thoughts and recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
Looking forward to your reply.
i am glad my 2 weeks itinerary in Sicily is helping you to plan your stay!
About removing 2 days for a 12 days itinerary, it would really depend on which activity you enjoy less.
– If you don’t want to visit too many archaeological sites, you can remove the day in Selinunte and the 2nd day in Syracuse.
– If you’re not much into hiking, you should remove the day in the Zingaro nature reserve
– If you don’t want to spend too much time in a big city, you should remove 1 day in Palermo
– If you don’t want to bother taking the boat to Favignana island, remove that day.
Really, it’s up to you, and what you would like to visit. Removing any day will work 🙂
Enjoy your trip to Sicily, and if you have other questions, don’t hesitate!
Loved your two week itinerary. We’re planning on going this June. We’re major foodies and beach lovers…..how would you update your itinerary to give us more beach time- (I’m sure the food part won’t be an issue). Thanks so much!!
I am glad my 2 weeks itinerary in Sicily is helping you to plan your stay!
If you want to enjoy more beach time, I would suggest you the following;
– On the day where you will visit Noto, Modica and Ragusa baroque towns, you can visit only one and spend the rest of the day at the beach.
– In Agrigento, you can visit the Valley of the Temples in the morning and then go directly to the Scala dei Turchi beach instead of visiting the old town.
– When going to Selinunte, you can skip the archaeological park visit and go to on of the beaches instead: Torre Salsa nature reserve or Heraclea Minoa.
– In the Zingaro Nature reserve, you don’t need to do the full hike, you can stop at one of the coves and spend the day there. If you prefer large sandy beaches, you can skip the Zingaro Nature Reserve and go to San Vito Lo Capo seaside resort beach instead.
– In Palermo, if you don’t want to visit too much, you can go to Mondello beach located nearby.
Enjoy your trip to Sicily and if you have other questions don’t hesitate!
Your information is very helpful.
If we were were to take three weeks to do your two week itinerary, would it be possible to do it without renting a car?
Yes, you could do this 2 weeks itinerary in Sicily in 3 weeks by bus and train.
The only thing you had to skip is the Torre Salsa Nature Reserve (step 5 of the itinerary), as you can only go there by car.
At the moment, the Zingaro Nature Reserve is closed. It was unfortunately destroyed by a fire earlier this year and for now, no one knows when it will re open.
Instead of going to the Zingaro, you can for example stay a bit more in Trapani and visit Segesta Temple or spend more time in Palermo.
You can have a look at these websites to plan your train/bus journey:
– Trenitalia for train
– AST (bus) / Sais (bus) / Interbus
Enjoy your trip to Sicily!
Your itinary/tips are so helpful with planning my August/Sept 2021 /4 week journey. Would you have any suggestions as to which city is best to start in ie Palermo vs Catania. Since I will be traveling with a companion for first 2 weeks then solo last 2 weeks. I would like to visit Malta if possible for 2-3 days sometime during last 2 weeks of solo part of trip. We both enjoy beaches, swimming ,exploring UNESCO sites/ towns, local cultural food/wine and art/ history experiences. Day trips with car rental. I need suggestions on how to organize trip . We are not so much hikers.
Thanks for any feedback so appreciated
You can start in Catania and follow this 15-day itinerary in Sicily.
You can do the whole tour of Sicily with your companion and then drop him off in Catania.
For the rest of your stay, you should visit the Aeolian Islands. The boats depart from the port of Milazzo, in the north of Sicily. If you want to take the time to visit several islands, you should spend at least 4-5 days there.
You can also spend some time south of Siracusa for the beach and the nature reserves.
About Malta, you can fly to Malta from Catania or take the ferry from Pozzallo (in the very south of Sicily) or Augusta (between Catania and Siracusa).
2-3 days is in my opinion really yoo short for Malta (I live there, so I know the place very well ^^. You should spend at least a week to have time to visit the whole archipelago (Malta is 3 islands, and they are all worth it!) without hurrying.
You will find all my articles to prepare your stay in Malta here: Destination Malta.
Do not hesitate if you have any other questions about Sicily or Malta!
Enjoy your trip!
So kind of you.. really appreciate all your excellent suggestions.. have a lovely day…JoAnn
Thanks to you for passing by and reading my 2 weeks itinerary in Sicily!
If you have any questions to plan your trip, don’t hesitate to ask me.
Have a great day!
Firstly, thanks for being so thorough with your itinerary and super helpful towards everyone who asked questions here. What a champion. Your two week itinerary looks pretty epic … I have some questions and would really appreciate some input here man.
I am flying to Catania, being picked up by friends, heading over to Syracuse for 4 days. From there I will take them back to Catania and will take the car to be on my own for 10 nights / 11 days. I’m not that into archeological sites and history but more into swimming/hiking spots and being active and outside as much as possible … so I’d prefer not to spend too much time on the road actually. If you would choose 2 or 3 spots for 10 nights that I can settle into each spot and explore from there which places would that be?
Your advice would be sincerely appreciated.
Sending lots of good vibes from Amsterdam.
Thanks for your kind words, I am really glad my blog is helping you to plan your itinerary in Sicily!
if you enjoy hiking and outdoor, here are a few suggestions:
– Spend some time in Madonie Regional Natural Park, it’s the best place for hiking in Sicily (+ it’s not too far from Cefalu, worth a look too). Nebrodi regional park is also very nice and can be another good option.
– If city is ok for you, you can spend a few days in Taormina – you can go to the beach, go hiking around/on Mount Etna, hiking/swimming in Alcantara Gorges (well, not really swimming, water is always super cold there! More refreshing yourself), hiking from Taormina to Castelmolla etc.. Enough to keep you busy for 3-4 days at least! – Will be the most touristic place for sure, so keep that in mind.
– Go around Scopello: There you can enjoy Monte Cofano and the Zingaro nature reserve, both perfect to alternate swimming and hiking
– In the south of Sicily, spend some time around Siacca: there you can enjoy nice beaches and nature reserve: Torre Salsa, Foce Del Fiume Platani, Cape San Marco Nature Reserve, Le solette beach (really nice!).
I hope it gives you a few ideas, you can pickup 2-3 according to your preferences!
Enjoy your trip, and if you need more info to plan your trip to Sicily, don’t hesitate.
Have a great day!
You have a very nice itinerary!
We plan a 2 weeks holidays in May with our 3 kids of 10 years old. For this time, we would like to be in the south and East (Mount Etna, Syracusa and Agrigento).
The plan is to fly to Catania and chose 2 locations only, and from there mover around to visits those 3 areas.
What would be your recommendation for choosing the 2 base locations? We are puzzling about what would make more sense, and also to enjoy the location as for the kids the main highlight might be a swimming pool 🙂
Thanks in advance for your advice!!
I am really glad my 2 weeks intinerary in Sicily is helping you to plan your stay!
To be honest, to visit Siracusa (and maybe noto/modica/ragusa), the Etna (and probably Taormina, maybe the Alcantara gorges etc.) and Agrigento, you should take 3 accommodations. Especially since you have 2 weeks!
Else you will end up having days with 4h or more of driving to visit the various locations.
I would thus suggest to take an hotel around Siracusa, another one around Taormina and the last one in Agrigento. It would really be the best solution to make the most of your stay.
Enjoy your trip!
Loved your info. My mothers family is from Syracuse. We were considering a tour but after reading your detailed guide we’re wondering about doing it on our own! Wondering if 2nd week in sept is less crowds but still good weather? Also wondering the average drive time between each of the destinations as outlined on your itinerary? Malta also sounds wonderful . If I was going to allow 15-18 days for both the trip to Sicily and Malta what would you eliminate from the Sicily itinerary to allow for additional days in Malta if you think there is much to be seen there. Also, while archaeological sites are interesting that would not be my preference for the majority of my travels in either area although I would like a taste of them, of course.
No problem to visit Sicily the second week of September.
You can check all the travel times by car on Google maps.
If you want to visit Sicily and Malta, I would recommend you to spend a week in each destination, otherwise it’s not worth it.
For a week in Sicily, you should focus on the eastern part of the island and visit Catania, Syracuse/Ortigia, Noto and Taormina.
You can read my detailed itinerary in Eastern Sicily here: A week in Sicily.
For everything about Malta, you can find all my articles about the island there: Destination Malta.
You’ll find all the best things to do as well as itineraries.
Enjoy your trip to Sicily and Malta!
We are thinking of spending two weeks in Sicily, but the only time we can do it is the first two weeks of November. Is this too late in the season to follow your itinerary?
Will places be closed ?
The temperature looks to be arround 20C and comfortable for touring, but I’m reading about storms.
All advice gratefully received
You can definitely follow this 2 week itinerary in Sicily in early November.
There are just two things you won’t be able to do:
– swimming as the water will be too cold
– take the boat to the Egadi islands as the excursions stop in October.
For storms, Sicily was indeed hit by tornadoes and heavy rain in October/November last year (and it wasn’t only Sicily, I was in Malta at that time and the island was severely hit too) but it’s not usual.
In November, normally you can expect some showers or a bit of wind but that’s about it.
Have a nice 2 weeks trip to Sicily!