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12 day itinerary for Sicily

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12 day itinerary for Sicily


Good morning Vagabonda,

I have worked on my itinerary this weekend and this is what I have come up with.

Day 1-day 2 Fly into Palermo, rent a car to drive to Monreale to see the Abbey. Continue to Segesta to see the temple. Continue on toe Erice and spend one night here.

Day 2 Visit Tapania and then drive to Marsala to visit a winery. Continue driving to Selinute to see the temple. Continue on to Sciacca then on to Agrigento and spend the night here.

Day 3 Finish looking around Agrigento and then drive to Piazza Amerina and visit the Villa Romana del Casa. Drive to Ragusa and see the Rugusa Ibla. Then drive to Syrasuse.

Day 4-5 Spending time in Syracusa and doing day trips in that area.

Day 6 Drive to Taormina and either see Mt Etna that day or the following day.

Day 8-10 Ferry over to the Aeolina islands for 3 days to see Vulcano and Lipari.

Day 11 Come back to Catania and stay here near the airport for the flight back on day 12.

1. Once we get to Syracuse should we turn in the rental car and use the bus system as we will not need it on the islands?

2. Would staying in Messina over Taormina be a better idea?

3. To get to the islands is Messina or Milazzo better?

4. Another web site suggested Oct was not a good time to go to the Aeolina islands due to weather. Is that true?

5.If we do go to Aelina islands should we stay both nights at one hotel and then ferry to the other island?

That is all the questions for now. Thanks for your help.

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This is a very different itinerary from your original! You will now be flying to Palermo, not Catania? And you will be touring!

You are ever so close to trying to do too much each day.

What time will you arrive in Palermo? After an overnight trans-Atlantic flight, Monreale, Segesta and Erice will be ambitious.

The Duomo in Monreale is also best seen in the morning and remember that the Duomo closes mid-day.


The route from Palermo’s airport to Monreale via autostrada requires driving Palermo’s outskirts – stressful, heavy traffic, and quite chaotic. Parking is also difficult in Monreale.

Trapani, Marsala, Selinunte, Sciacca and Agrigento will be another backbreaking day.

Though Trapani’s historic centre is charming, there isn’t much to see. Mozia and the saltpans between Trapani and Marsala are interesting. Marsala’s museums (Punic artifacts) close early, and it’s recommended to pre-book the visit to the cantina.

You might also consider the Planeta winery in Sambuca di Sicilia instead of Marsala. You would then be able to travel the A29 from Erice to Selinunte – a good and fast road. The coastal SS115 is very slow.

Agrigento to Piazza Armerina is 99km and will take 01h34 to drive.

Restorations continue at the Villa Romana del Casale – the restoration should be completed by October 2009 and hopefully you will have a wonderful visit at this magnificent Roman site.

The drive from Piazza Armerina via Gela to Ragusa will take 01h45. Gela is a very, very unattractive town.

Pity you will have such limited time to appreciate Ragusa province. No desire to see Baroque Noto? – Hopefully as a day trip from Siracusa.

Etna is best seen early in the morning before it gets cloudy, so either see Etna on your way to Taormina from Siracusa, or schedule your visit for the following morning.

Etna is not the most convenient destination with public transportation – the car will be useful. You could return the car at the port in Milazzo.

Messina is not a better idea than Taormina – Messina is an industrial city, heavily bombed during WWII, rebuilt after an earthquake, so modern in design.


There are more frequent departures from Milazzo than Messina for the Aeolians, but if you were to return the car prior, Messina is easier to reach from Taormina than Milazzo.

October does begin Sicily’s rainy season and the Aeolians will be at the end of their season. It certainly will be quieter than during the summer, but the Aeolians are always special.


In The Aeolian Islands, A September Song:


Aeolian Islands - October Weather??:


Stay on Lipari and ferry to the other islands – Lipari will be most active.

If you were to decide against visiting the Aeolians, you could certainly give more time to western Sicily and the Ragusa province.


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