Q: What to do in Sicily on a 2 – week trip?
We advise to include in your itinerary some of the following stops: Siracuse (Ortigia), Mount Etna (volcano), Taormina, Catania, Palermo, Ragusa Ibla, Agrigento. Then Modica, Savoca, Cefalu, Piazza Armerina, Erice, Mazara del Vallo, Marsala, Caltagirone, Selinunte, Segesta, Aeolian islands, Egadi (Aegadian) islands would also be great places to visit. Depending on your interests/personal preferences and the season (local festivities, cultural/traditional events) some places may be more interesting than the others.
Q: How much time do I need to see all of Sicily?
Plan at least 2 weeks to see major sites and points of interest of Sicily. This is hardly enough to see everything and enjoy the beach, but it is a minimum to get a feel of the island and visit its highlight historic/cultural points of attraction. Sicily is very rich in natural beauties and cultural/historical places of interest. Three weeks will not be too much, or there will always be something to return for!
Q: What to do in Sicily on a one-week-trip?
If you have one week only, we advise to concentrate on one or two areas. Arriving in Catania such area could be the eastern coast. You can set a base anywhere from Siracuse to Taormina depending on your interests and preferences. Taormina, Castelmola, Catania, Siracuse, Etna would be on the shortlist. 7 days is not too much for all of that. That could also be the south-east if you base in Siracuse to explore its province, Val di Noto, or the north-east/north if you set a base in Messina province (e.g. Taormina or more north).
Q: What to do in Sicily on a 5 day trip?
That will completely depend on where you land and take off and your personal preference. If you want to see most of what usually travelers want to see, try to include Mount Etna, Taormina, Siracuse, Catania if you are at the eastern coast. If you land in Palermo, then Palermo – city, Monreale, Erice, Bagheria could be on your list.
Q: Which airport should I choose to fly into Sicily?
There are four airports in Sicily. Depending on your itinerary you can choose to arrive in Palermo, Catania, Trapani or Comiso. Or vice versa: your arrival/departure airport can set up the basis for your itinerary. Generally, Catania is better to explore/start from the eastern coast (Taormina, Etna, Catania, Siracuse, Aeolian islands), Palermo – for the west and the north (Palermo, Monreale, Corleone, Cefalu, Tindari). Trapani airport is at the southwest (Egadi islands, Marsala, Segesta, Castellamare del Golfo, San Vito lo Capo, Selinunte) and Comiso is in the southeast (Val di Noto, Ragusa, Modica, Caltagirone, Pozzallo). Trapani and especially Comiso are small airports, Catania and Palermo are bigger airports with Palermo being the only airport on the island serving transatlantic flights.
Q: Is Sicily a suitable place for a family holiday?
Certainly! You may choose between renting a villa with a swimming pool/near the beach. This way you can enjoy the vacation with your family members in complete privacy with half-day/one day trips to some place of interest. Alternatively, you can choose a town to be based and enjoy together with your family. In the first case Acireale/Giarre area outside of the main city or Siracuse province (e.g. Fontane Bianche) would suit perfectly. In the second case Cefalù and/or San Vito Lo Capo as very family-friendly beach resort towns could be your primary choice.