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.
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)
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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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
Airbnb: The cheapest on Ortigia island are the Airbnb apartments. And I offer you 25 euros on your first booking if you click here! (You can use it for bookings over 69 euros)
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.
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 ?
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
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.
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.
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!
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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