A touring week in Sicily

Updated on Oct 12, 2017 by Alastair McClymont

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Explore the incredible island of Sicily during a touring week in Sicily, allowing you to encounter some of the highlights of this Italian island.

A holiday to Sicily will introduce you to a fascinating island boasting a diverse array of attractions and destinations. Many holidaymakers will escape for just a week in Sicily and often find themselves on a holiday with too much to see and little time in which to fit everything in. From historical sites and beautiful beaches to mountainous escapes and UNESCO cities, squeezing Sicily into a week is an arduous task.

We’ve tried our hardest however, picking out some of our favourite highlights from the island which we feel deserve to feature in any touring holidaymaker’s week in Sicily. So if you’re heading to the island on a seven-day extravaganza tour this year, make sure you read our guide to a touring week in Sicily...


A week's tour in Sicily

Day One

Arrive on the island of Sicily via a flight to Palermo, the capital city. Palermo provides a great gateway to the culture and history of the island, famed for its palaces, grand cathedral and wonderful street food.

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Day Two

The second day of your touring week in Sicily will take you east along Northern Sicily’s beautiful coast, to the pretty medieval town of Cefalù . The picturesque squares, cobbled streets and grand churches are all ready to pose for your camera, while the town’s pristine beach is the ideal place to relax during the heat of the afternoon sun.

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Day Three

Leaving the sands of Cefalù behind, continue your clockwise journey around Sicily, stopping for day three at the charming hillside town of Taormina on the island’s east coast. In the summer, Taormina becomes a stylish resort town with its sophistication reinforced by beautiful medieval churches and a lovely beach. History is also in full force here, namely in the form of the town’s incredible Greek Theatre, boasting impressive views across to towering Mount Etna.

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Day Four

Using Taormina as an ideal base, use day four of your touring week in Sicily to explore some of the fascinating attractions in easy reach of the town. Mount Etna can’t be ignored, towering in the background and welcoming adventurers who wish to ascend the smouldering volcano. A more sedate experience can be achieved in nearby Catania, displaying beautiful Baroque architecture and boasting a lively nightlife scene.

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Day Five

Hopefully you didn’t get your fill of Baroque architecture on day four, because day five of your Sicily holiday will be inundated with Baroque beauty. The Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto is one of seven UNESCO World Heritage Site listings on the island of Sicily, including the towns of Modica, Noto and Ragusa – all three of which are incredible places to explore.

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Day Six

From Baroque marvels to ancient history, you can’t spend a holiday in Sicily without delving into the island’s past. Roman and Greek ruins are dotted around the island, but among the finest sites are found at Agrigento and Selinunte where you’ll spend day six of your touring week in Sicily. The Valley of the Temples, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to some of the best preserved ancient Greek temples in the world, while further west, Selinunte’s ancient Greek city will continue to fascinate. 

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Day Seven

End your touring week in Sicily by indulging in the wonderful beaches on the island’s west coast. Trapani and San Vito Lo Capo are two of the most sought after locations, the latter boasting a wonderful sandy beach accompanied by a marvellous view of the neighbouring Monte Monaco. Just to the south of San Vito Lo Capo is the Zingaro Nature Reserve where you can enjoy some superb snorkelling.

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Where to stay in Sicily

We’ve picked out some of the best places to stay in the destinations we’ve included on our dream journey around Sicily. It is important to note that for self-catering accommodation, a minimum booking of one week is required.


Grand Hotel Villa Igiea – waterfront luxury with sublime cuisine, close to the city of Palermo and easily one of the most memorable places to stay in Sicily.



Apartment Pino Marittimo – an apartment with fabulous views and use of a pool in a tranquil setting in the Sicilian countryside.



The Ashbee – a luxurious hotel in a wonderful location overlooking the beautiful coastline near Taormina



Apartments Macchia Mare – perfectly-positioned seaside apartments set beside a sandy beach to the south of the town of Modica.


Southern Sicily's ancient sites

Verdura Resort – top class facilities at this excellent resort with two championship golf courses and private stretch of beach all in easy reach of the island’s temple ruins.


The beaches in the west

Villa Colline – with amazing countryside views and a fantastic pool area, Villa Colline is the perfect place to stay in Sicily.


Tempted by the prospect of a holiday to Sicily? Check out some of our other accommodation options for relaxing breaks or touring trips on the island.



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