If you are a first-time visitor planning you Sicily itinerary, you may not be sure about its size and how much time you need for your vacation. E.g. The neighbouring state of Malta is an island as well, or – more precisely – an archipelago as well, but Malta is roughly 80 times smaller than Sicily. To give you an idea about the size of the island, here are some basic facts:
- there are 4 airports: 2 at the west coast and 2 at the east coast
- there are no internal direct flights inside Sicily
- the longest road on Sicily’s mainland from one destination to the other will take about 4 hours
- if you choose one of the two transportation hubs (Palermo at the west side and Catania on the east side) or nearby as your bases- everything you may want to visit on that coast will be within 1 h – 1,5h reach by car
- there are at least 7 interesting day-trips that you can do from Catania, same from Palermo, all within 2 h reach maximum
- Catania and Palermo are located on the opposite sides of mainland Sicily; it takes 2,5h to travel between them by car
Be attentive and reasonable when your travel agent advises you to visit e.g. Villa Romana del Casale or Agrigento on a day trip from Taormina, Siracuse or Palermo. It is doable, but why would you spend 5-7 hours on the road in one day to visit a place of a world heritage importance on a quick visit? Sicily isn’t a very big island, but it is easy to loose time on the road.
This post is part of more comprehensive article Sicily Itinerary Planning .