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2 weeks Sicily itinerary: the best and authentic 14 days

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Is there anyone that doesn't want to spend a summer in Italy? No, we don't think so. And the numerous visitors each year support this answer. To escape them and have some well-deserved relaxation at the most significant island in Italy. Sicily provides a great mixture of strong local culture, deep historical roots, nature, delicious food and beautiful beaches. We curated this complete 14-days Sicily itinerary to show you the must-best places and help you make the most out of your 2 weeks in Sicily.

The route includes many of our favourite things to see and to in Sicily: wandering traditional streets in Palermo, indulging the traditional street food, stepping back in time at gorgeous medieval hilltop castle, admiring the sunset at the famous UNESCO archaeological temples, reliving the Godfather movies, and most importantly experiencing the true dolce vita.

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14-days Sicily itinerary

From Palermo and Trapani to Etna and Catani, you will pass many stunning small towns and historical gems. All these you will be able to see and experience following this ultimate Sicily itinerary for 2 weeks. We structured this Sicily itinerary as realistic and manageable as possible for a 14-days stay. At the end of the blog post, you will find our suggestions for a shorter 10 or 7 day trip to Sicily. And of course, you will get all the best tips and advice to make your visit to Sicily the best experience.

To follow this itinerary for Sicily, we recommend you rent a car. It’s possible to reach the main cities by bus, but it will save a lot of time that you can rather spend doing something you love instead of driving.

Overview of the 2 week Sicily travel itinerary

Day 1-2: Palermo
Day 3: Segesta, Scopello, Trapani
Day 4: Erice, Marsala, Trapani
Day 5: Trapani with a day trip to Aegadian Islands
Day 6: Selinunte, Sciacca, Corleone, Agrigento
Day 7: Agrigento and beach time
Day 8: Ragusa, Modica, Syracuse
Day 9: Syracuse, Noto
Day 10: Etna, Catania, Taormina
Day 11: Taormina, Forza d’Agro, Savoca
Day 12-13: Eolian Islands
Day 14: Cefalu, Palermo

Day 1 & 2: Palermo

After arriving in Palermo, we recommend taking a shuttle bus (single ticket is €6.30 and return €11.00) to the city centre and checking in to your accommodation. We decided not to rent the car for the first two days. You don’t need it to enjoy everything the city has to offer. It will only stress you to drive around the narrow streets trying to find a free parking spot. I know it doesn’t sound convincing to start your road trip without a car, but just trust us.

Dedicate the first day wandering around Palermo streets full of character and a great example of different styles and culture coexisting over history. Exploring it by foot is easy due to the proximity of the prominent landmarks. It will give you a glimpse of everyday chaotic life that can only be found in Italy. They pretty much resemble Rome. If you are not a walker, you could think of renting a scooter.

Palermo cathedral in Sicily, Italy

Your Sicilian adventure should begin by visiting the Teatro Massimo, the largest opera house in the country and the third-largest in Europe, continue through Via Roma to reach the Piazza Pretoria with a spectacular Tuscan fountain surrounded by nude statues. They contributed to its second name, the Square of Shame. From there, continue to Quattro Canti marking the old city along Vittorio Emanuele to the gorgeous Cathedral of Palermo, converted in 1185 from a mosque, all the way to Porta Nuova and Palatine Chapel (part of the Palace Normans) to see the mix of eastern and western art.

View over fountain on Piazaa Pretoria in Palermo

The following day, start the morning walking through the markets and catching a bus to a 15 km distant Cattedrale de Monreale known for its mosaics from Byzantine times. On your way back, visit the Monte Pellegrino offering the views of Palermo from above. For more detailed Palermo itinerary click here

In between, find a place to stop and relax. Drink the best and the strongest Aperitivo at Chiease San Cataldo and treat yourself with world-famous Palermo street food at any fry-up place. You will want to come back for more anywhere you will be. We were craving it for a week since coming back to our home country.

Day 3: Segesta, Scopello, Trapani

Start your third day by driving back to the airport to collect your rental car and test it on a highway drive towards Trapani. This should be an excellent introduction to Sicily driving and preparing you for narrow uphill roads later on.

Along the way, make sure to stop at Segesta, one of the significant cities of the indigenous peoples of Sicily, the Elymians. The exit from the highway is marked (A29D), and free public parking is available a few minutes from the entry.

Segesta

Driving towards the ancient town, you can admire an incredibly preserved Dionic temple at the top of a hill overlooking the region. Although it has greek elements, it wasn’t originally built by the Greeks but the Elymians. Even higher, 400 m above sea level, you can admire the semicircular Greek theatre built around the same time. Walking up the hill you can admire fantastic far distant views of unspoiled countryside, composed of olive trees and wine fields, and the sea. If you prefer, you can also catch a shuttle bus and reach the top in a few minutes for an additional cost of 0,50 EUR. Segesta is a must-see on your Sicily itinerary.

Segesta Greek temple

Scopello

After an hour of travelling back into history, continue your way to the natural heaven of Siciliy. The Zingaro Nature Reserve most known spot is Scopello, where you can swim in crystal clear water and explore the fishing style of the past. To access, you need to pay the entrance fee of 5 EUR plus the parking fee. The whole area is reached only by foot. On a day with good weather, you can spend an entire day here, especially if you are interested in hiking. Getting from one side on the reserve to the other takes about 4 hours.

The Travel Momento insider tip: Make sure to wear sneakers or any other kind of closed shoes due to the rocky path.

Late in the afternoon, you will arrive in Trapani, where you will stay for the next couple of days. You can already familiarise yourself with the city by going on a sunset promenade.

Day 4: Erice, Marsala, Trapani

On the westernmost side of Sicily, you can find the most stunning cities that should definitely be part of your 2 week Sicily itinerary. You can miss other things, but the western part of the island was a highlight of our trip.

Erice

Start your morning with a ride up the snaky road to the hilltop town of Erice, offering spectacular views over the whole Trapani and the coastline, including the salt lakes. The most famous city in Sicily is known for its cobbled labyrinth streets and beautiful courtyards that feel like you are back in times.

If you don’t feel comfortable driving or need a break from the driving, you can book a cable car in Trapani to take you up the medieval hill. Click here for more detailed information on what to see. 

Erice medival castel view

Marsala

After grasping in all the beauty, take a road towards Marsala, the ideal next stop in western Sicily. The Salt Road connecting Trapani and Marsala proceeds in such proximity to the salt lakes you feel you could step from the car and walk into one. You can also book a tour around the ponds and mills to see how they produce the salt.

If you don’t have enough time to stop, we recommend driving by to see the beautiful views of red coloured ponds featured on many postcards.

Boat and salt ponds in Marsala

Trapani

Trapani is known as a port city and a great base to explore the western side of Sicily. A charming historical centre that runs alongside the Corso Vittorio Emanuele is dressed in typical Italian architecture. The most beautiful part is the promenade in the north of the centre, which is a great point to admire one of the best sunsets you have seen. Trapani is also a place where we had the best dinner on this Sicily road trip.

Click here for the ultimate 3 days Trapani itinerary. 

Day 5: Trapani with a day trip to Aegadian Islands

For the second day, we suggest a visit to the Aegadian Islands by guided boat tour. The tour will take you to Favignana and Levanzo, where you will be able to explore both islands, enjoy a typical Italian pasta on the boat and take a dive in suggested swimming spots in the area. Both islands are easily explored on foot. You can also take a tour only to Favignana and stay for a couple of days there. You will arrive back in the late afternoon just in time for one last stroll through the streets and to catch the sunsets at Torre di Ligny.

Aegadian Islands in Italy

Day 6: Selinunte, Sciacca, Corleone

It’s time to leave the western side and slowly move towards the south of Sicily. This day is a mixture of archaeology, a traditional fishing village and your first step into the mafia world.

Selinunte

Selinunte is a large archaeological park divided into 2 parts accessible by car or tourist train. You can admire some more or less preserved temples: Acropoli, Collina Orientale, the plateau of Contrada Manuzza, the sanctuary of Malophoros, and two Necropoles (Manicalunga and Galera Bagliazzo). At the time of our visit, the second part was closed.

We recommend checking if the whole park is open or not. If it isn’t, we don’t suggest stopping here as the temples are similar to the one you saw in Segesta. Or you skip the temple in Segesta and stop here.

Selinunte temple

Sciacca

The road towards Agrigento continues via Sciacca, a city famous for sea and thermal baths. You can enter the city through one of three ancient gates – Porta Palermo, Porta San Salvatore and Porta San Calogero. Follow the streets to discover the historical part and city main square, Piazza Angelo Scandaliato. From there, descend the numerous stairs and reach the seafront. The tiny picturesque houses will make you feel like time has stopped. The view over them from the port is the famous one you can admire in many photos and postcards. You can find it by turning left at the end of the staircases and following the main road to the port area.

Postcard view of Sciacca from the port

Corleone

The town is world-famous due to Coppola’s movie The Godfather, where the name of the city was linked to the name of one of the mafia families. If you are a fan of the film or interested in the mafia, Corleone is a must-stop on your trip to Sicily. It will help you better understand the origins of the mafia phenomenon.

After magnificent brioche with ice cream, you will drive to your next sleepover destination, Agrigento.

Street sign with Corleone name

Day 7: Agrigento and beach time

Moving towards the east, you will finally arrive in the famous of all cities Sicily has to offer, Agrigento. Not to blame, but driving in the city is one of the most spectacular and memorable things of the whole trip to Sicily. Reaching the highway sign and few meters after, the entire Valley of the Temples unfolds in front of you. Following the road to reach the city centre you can admire lighten up temples uphill to Agrigento.

Make sure to see the temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are 8 Ancient Greek temples, with 2 of them among the best preserved in the world. Next to all of them, you can find many plaques explaining their meaning and history. We recommend stopping by in the late afternoon when they lighten up by the beautiful colours of the sunset and become romantically lighten up by the light at night. The magical setting is one of the must-see attraction on this 14 days Sicily itinerary.

Archeological Site Agrigento, Sicily
Valley of the temples in Agrigento, Sicily

The Agrigento small city centre is charming. Walk around Via Atenea for an hour to admire churches (Cattedrale di San Gerlando), the main square (Piazza Luigi Pirandello) and turn right or left to go off the beaten path and explore the traditional Italian streets.

Scala dei Turchi

Another beautiful place to visit during your stay in this area is the Turkish staircase, a limestone rock formation similar to the famous sister in Turkey. You are currently not able to access the white stairs. However, you can catch a beautiful sunset with a view over them from the beach nearby.

View of Scale dei Turchi from above

Day 8: Ragusa, Modica

The second part of this 2 week Sicily itinerary will take you to the beautiful baroque cities protected as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will start with the sister cities, Ragusa and Modica, which will leave you speechless.

Ragusa

I have set my eyes on Ragusa from the first moment we started exploring Sicily. And let me tell you, it surpassed all the expectations. The elegant and timeless cities damaged by the earthquake in 1693 is a place where Sicilian Baroque developed.

It’s divided into two parts – Ragusa Superiore, newly build part, and ancient Ragusa Ibla, reconstruction of the old city. Park your car in the new part and walk towards the Santa Maria delle Scale, offering an impressive view over the old part of Ragusa. The magic happens in the latter, where you can admire Baroque artefacts and architecture. Make sure to step into the Duomo di San Giorgio designed by Rosario Gagliardi, and Chiesa Anime del Purgatorio

To really feel the city, let yourself get lost in the labyrinth of old streets with tiny balconies all looking the same but all with such an ancient Italian vibe.

View from Ragusa Superior over Ragusa Ilba

Modica

A picturesque city is characterised by houses supported by leaning against each other. Take a walk to discover the medieval historic centre, walk up the stairs to reach beautiful churches and views over the city. One of the most beautiful churches is Chiesa di San Giorgio which offers fantastic photo opportunities of the town (Belvedere Corso San Giorgio) and the church itself. For the best views of the city climb up the hill to Pizzo Belvedere through a street behind the church, Belvedere Via San Benedetto da Norcia or Belvedere Vanella 139.

After the walk, it’s time to rewards yourself with the best Sicilian chocolate. Modica is home to Italian chocolate and the only place where you can taste chocolate made the Aztecan way and process as cold.

View over Modica, Sicily

Day 9: Noto, Syracuse, Ortigia

It’s time to visit the last of tree Baroque cities and return back to discover our base for the last days. We stayed in Syracuse for 2 nights and it was more than enough to see everything it has to offer. 

Noto

The last of three Baroque cities, Noto, was destroyed in the 1693 earthquake. After the natural disaster, the city was rebuilt in Baroque spirit that will leave you impressed for the days to come.

Entering the city through Porta Reale o Ferdinandea, you will step into its main street and attraction, Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Continuing on this street you will find Cattedrale di Noto, Palazzo Nicolaci, Palazzo Ducezio (town hall) and Chiesa Santa Clara. The latter offers access to its terrace overlooking the entire road and, more specifically, the cathedral.

View from above over Corso Vito Emmanuel in Noto

Syracuse and Ortigia

After a pleasant morning, it’s time to get to know Siracuse and the tiny island of Ortigia connected to the latter by two bridges. Syracuse represents a continuation of your exploration of ancient times. Start by exploring the Archaeological Park of the Neapolis, composed of the best-preserved Greek theatre in Europe, the Roman amphitheatre, and the Ear of Dionysius. The latter is a cave with excellent acoustic properties. If you are alone, make some sounds and enjoy the echoing.

Make your way towards Ortigia, the city’s historic centre, with the labyrinth of charismatic alleyways and tiny balconies full of plants or laundry. Some key places to visit are limestne Cattedrale di Santa Maria delle Colonne with Doic column opening into a large square (Piazza Duomo), Castello Maniace, Piazza Archimede, and the fountaine Fonte Aretusa. The east waterfront is the most lively part of the city, filled with traditional trattorias.

Day 10: Etna, Catania

A visit to the largest active volcano in Europe is a must-do activity on this 2 week Sicily itinerary. With 2900 meter of altitude, you can see it from every corner of the Sicilian east coast. Depending on the volcano activity, you may be able to hike the volcano to the summit itself.

To reach the summit, you can either walk 60 km from the base or take a cable car and hike for only 8 km. During our visit, the volcano was too active to reach the highest point. However, we could still ride with the jeep and admire the volcano activity from proximity. Make sure to wear warm clothes and good shoes for the rocky terrain.

This was such a unique experience that we have never experienced so far. The excursion takes half a day so you can spend the afternoon exploring nearby Catania.

Catania

The second-largest city in Sicily has been devastated by volcanic eruptions from Mount Etna throughout its history, which you can see wandering around. A great starting point to see the small old town centre is the main square, Piazza Duomo. Buildings here were designed by Giovanni Battista. The most beautiful one is the Cattedrale di Sant’Agata devoted to the city guardian. In the middle, you can find a charming elephant fountain, Fontana dell Elefante. From here you can walk on Via Etna, which on good days offer a splendid view of the volcano. You will soon arrive at another square, Piazza dell Universita, featuring Palazzo san Giuliano. You can also continue towards the old fortress of Castello Ursino from the 13 century. At the end of the road, you will arrive at the Porta Garibaldi. Continuing on Via Crociferi, you will pass the historical Monastery San Bedenetto with the famous arch making the building a symbol of Catania.

We have to admit that Catania completely disappointed us and would not recommend spending any more time than half of the day here. Instead, continue to some more exciting places on this 2 week Sicily itinerary.

Day 11: Taormina, Forza d’Agro, Savoca

A small but incredibly charming Taormina is definitely worth the stop. A clifftop city is home to some stunning panoramic views of the surroundings you admire at Saracen Castle and Greek theatre from the 3rd century BC. The city centre is between two city door – Porta Catania and Porta Messina. Entering through them, you will walk into Corso Umberto. Along the way stop at Piazza IX Aprile with Chiesa di San Giuseppe, and Duomo di Taormina in front of which you will see the Quattro Fontane.

It’s at night when you feel the energetic and lively vibes with restaurants, musicians and people wandering around.

After the city tour, we continue to see the remaining cities part of famous mafia movies filmed here on the island of Sicily.

Day 12-13: Aeolian Islands

Drive to Milazzo on the north of the island to hop on a ferry to the Aeolian Islands. The first stopover is at the smaller island Vulcano following Lipari, which became our home for a few days. It’s time to relax at the pool, drink some sangria and have a leisure walk around the island with a stop at the restaurant for delicious dinner.

If you didn’t have the chance to visit Mount Etna, then you have another opportunity to see an active volcano. Take a night boat tour to tiny Panarea and romantic Stromboli.

Centre of Lipari Islands

Day 14: Cefalu, Palermo

Arriving by boat back to Millazo, your last city stop is Cefalu. It’s a practical and relaxing final stop of your 2-week itinerary in Sicily before departing back home as it’s only an hour away from Palermo Airport.

Cefalu

A beautiful and small mountain town has quite a charm and some of the most beautiful sandy beach. It’s tough to find a free parking spot, so we recommend leaving the car at your accommodation and explore it on foot. Like any other touristy city, Cefalu is packed with shops and restaurants. However, they don’t take away the charm of cobbled narrow streets.

While you casually wander around, make sure to stop at the city centre, Piazza del Duomo, with Palazzo Vescovile and well preserved Norman-style church, Cattedrale di Cefalu, from the 13 century. The square is the city’s life, with restaurants filling up its entire space, live musicians playing, and people dancing. At the end of the town, you will find a pier where you can take great photos of the city or go ahead and jump into the water.

Streets of Cefalu

Mondello

There is no better way to say goodbye to Sicily than one last deep in the turquoise water of the most beautiful beach in Palermo. Mondello is a synonym for a long sandy beach with beautiful and clear water into which you can go gradually. Along the beach runs the promenade and you can find plenty of bars and cafes alongside. We were pleasantly surprised by the beauty of this beach. If you have some extra time before departure, this is a place to spend it. Even in the middle of October, the water was warm.

And you made it around Sicily in 2 weeks!

Sicily Itinerary for 10 or 7 days

Most people don’t think of Sicily as their first choice among Mediterranean islands, but we believe it is definitely worth the stop. You don’t have 2 weeks to explore it? Check our suggestion of Sicily itinerary for 10 or 7 days.

10 days Sicily itinerary

Day 1-3: Palermo, Modello beach
Day 4: Trapani, Erice, Marsala
Day 5: Aegadian Islands
Day 6: Selinunte, Agrigento
Day 7: Ragusa, Modica, Noto
Day 8: Etna, Taormina
Day 9: Cefalu
Day 10: Cefalu, Palermo

7 days Sicily itinerary

Day 1-2: Palermo
Day 3: Trapani, Erice, Marsala
Day 4: Selinunte, Agrigento
Day 5: Ragusa, Modica, Noto
Day 6: Etna, Cefalu
Day 7: Cefalu, Palermo

Tjasa and Gregor from The Travel Momento

We are two travel passionistas, who are always in the minds of planning their next travel trip and creating memories. Get honest tips and all the details, learn from our mistakes and enjoy our travel guides so you can have the best time!

40 thoughts on “2 weeks Sicily itinerary: the best and authentic 14 days”

    1. So true! The aim of our travel itineraries is to explore the chosen destination as in-depth as possible. However, they are adjustable to meet different travel styles.

  1. Your itinerary looks full-on and very inclusive. I have wanted to visit Sicily ever since I hosted a student from there (from Modica). The culture and history are very interesting.

    1. Sicily is a great place to visit if you are interested in history and exploring the culture. We highly recommend to visit this rich and beautiful island.

  2. This is a place I’d like to get to for the beauty and the food. This itinerary is excellent and will be a good resource when I go. Thanks.

    1. Definitely a great place to get the best of both. So happy to hear you love our Sicily itinerary and we hope it will help you with your planning.

  3. Sicily has been on my radar for a while, but I had not realised that there was so much to do! I wanted to see Palermo and Erna, but this 2 week itinerary is great and I think Miss 5 would even enjoy most of the things on it. I‘m going to suggest we go there for the next school holidays and have saved this post to use as our guide while planning.

    1. There is so much to do indeed and you can easily spend even more time exploring Sicily. So happy to hear you find it useful and hope it will help you plan the best holidays.

  4. It’s always so difficult to figure out what you can do in a day so this is really great to know. Makes planning a trip so much easier, pinned for later 🙂

    1. It requires quite in-depth research to prepare the most realistic plan and this is why we are so happy to hear you find is useful. Let us know if you have any questions while planning your trip to Sicily.

    1. You would love it! We hadn’t expected much but it turned out to be one of the best stops we had made. You just cannot get enough of the views 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Deb! We are so delightful to hear you find it excellent and with many suggestions that can address all the different travel styles.

  5. Such a detailed itinerary, Sicily is really off the beaten path, and it’s a shame. Fun picture of your husband/partner pretending to be the Padrone 🙂

    1. We try to provide as much details as possible to save your time planning and make the planning quicker and funnier. Hehe, thank you! He really is into the Godfather scene so this stop was completely just for him 🙂

  6. I’ve never visited Sicily but it looks beautiful! I’d definitely love to go and explore these pretty towns! It looks like such a fascinating place, I’d love to try out your itinerary! Thanks for the great guide!

    1. Sicily is such a gem. Even though we have seen so many cities we fell in love with the vibes and cute narrow streets every time. If you decide to try out this Sicily itinerary, please let us know how you find it 🙂

  7. Oh this article makes me miss Italy. So lovely. So much so, I’ve pinned and would do this exact itinerary.

  8. You definitely packed a lot into your 2 weeks in the area! There are some gorgeous locations you’ve mentioned that I hadn’t heard about before, and are now going on my list – so thank you!

    1. Our travel itineraries are designed fro people who want to see and explore as much as possible during their yearly vacation. But they are also completely adjustable so you can leave out the sight you are not interested in and adapt it to fit your travel style. Plenty of amazing cities to visit and we can only highly recommended Sicily.

    1. Aww thank you so so much, Puloma! We are delightful to hear you love every part of our travel itinerary to Sicily. We tried to capture our feelings as much as possible 🙂

  9. I adore Sicily! Was meant to go back last year but obviously it got cancelled 🙁 Pinning this for when I can go back, hopefully very soon! Thanks for the comprehensive guide!

    1. We can completely understand why you love it 🙂 And fingers crossed you will be able to revisit it very soon and visit some of the hidden gems that are part of this Sicily itinerary.

  10. Vanessa Shields

    What an incredible itinerary that you have me wanting to book a trip to Sicily! I’ve been to Italy several times and kicking myself that I never went to Sicily. The coastline, architecture and history would be amazing to experience. Plus I’d enjoy eating in each of these beautiful cities!

    1. Aww, we are so so happy to hear you love this Sicily itinerary! The island is an incredible mixture of everything and due to this offers a memorable experience. Just be prepared to come back with a few extra kg 🙂

  11. Ah I love Sicily! I visited for my 26th birthday in 2017 and it was an amazing time. I was only there for a full week and did Palermo, Cefalu, Catania/Etna, Taormina, Syracuse, Ragusa and also did a day trip to Malta. I believe Sicily is underrated!

    1. We cannot agree more with you. Sicily is so underrated, which is good for the tourist that decided to visit it as it has precerved the traditional vibes it’s known for. Staying in Sicily for a week you can either to the Western or Eastern part of the island so you ended up doing quite a lot 🙂

  12. OMG this looks like an incredible itinerary, even before you add in the oodles of Sicilian food I would want to munch near there! Add in some food and wine at each of these locations and I would be in Sicilian heaven.

    I especially love the views up high above Modica – that looks perfect!

    1. Omg, thank you so much for this incredible feedback 🙂 We are so happy to hear how much you like it. We were thinking about including the food as well but maybe we will write another article devoted to this.

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