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How to Spend 7 Days in Sicily

Sicily, Villa Romana del Casale
Sicily, Villa Romana del Casale (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By []Larry Aiello

7 Day Recommended Itinerary for Sicily, Italy

If you plan to visit Sicily, Italy, there is an abundance of sights to see and places to visit. It might be difficult to narrow down all the choices you have but if you choose the main points of interest you simply must see here, it will make planning your itinerary that much easier.

Day One

If you arrive via Catania, be sure to spend the night in the city. You can spend your day on a walking tour through history with its Roman theaters, baroque style buildings and new modern offerings. While in the city, take a visit to the fish market and the Piazza Duomo and finally a trip to Castello Ursino.

Day Two

No trip to Sicily is complete without a trip to Europe's highest volcano, Mount Etna. Standing at close to 11,000 feet tall it is possible to visit the top craters for a magnificent look. The most noted one is the Rifugio Sapienza. You can then visit nearby Taormina and walk along the main street of Corso Umberto I. You should also check out the Greco-Roman Theater and the Bay of Naxos.

Day Three

On this day the next thing on the agenda is to visit 2 of the most important archaeological sites in the world - Neapolis Park (of Syracuse) and the Villa Romana del Casale which is located at Piazza Armerina. It's a great idea to check out the still working Greek Theater. There is also a Roman Ampitheater along with the famous Ear of Dionysius.

Day Four

The next must-see cities on your tour should include Agrigento, the Valley of the Temples, which is recognized as an important archaeological site by many experts in the world. You should also see The Temple of Concord, which is probably the best preserved temple on earth. While in the area, take a peek at Selinunte, a 667 acre archaeological park which holds some very impressive Greek ruins.

Day Five

Once you have reached the west coast of Sicily, you need to check out the village on top of the hill called Erice, where you can enjoy delicious pastries and the beautiful view of the sea. Afterwards, take a cable car to Segesta. Here you will see a Doric Temple which is one of the best-preserved on earth with its still functioning Greek theater.

Day Six

A trip to Sicily isn't finished without a visit to its capital city of Palermo. A trip to the Norman Palace (Palazzo Normani) and the Palatine Chapel are a definite stop. Other notable features of the capital include: the Cathedral in Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Four Corners (Quattro Canti), Piazza Pretoria and the old outdoor Arab-style markets to name a few.

Day Seven

On your last day in Sicily, take a visit to the Duomo of Monreale. This is a stunning church on the inside where there are tons of gold mosaics depicting a picture of Jesus Christ on the ceiling.

So there you have it, 7 days on the island of Sicily. Hardly enough to see what history has taken thousands of years to create, but at least it will leave you wanting more, and you will probably want to return.

Larry Aiello is an Italian-American that loves to share his knowledge about Italian travel. He also just recently published his first book titled "First Time to Italy Vacation Planner" which is available on Amazon through the following link -

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