Things to see and do in Sicily in three days

February 7, 2014

We should start with a consideration which does not allow replies: you can not see the whole Sicily in just three days. It would take at least three weeks. If the time is so short, you must necessarily make choices, excluding a part of the island rather than another and focusing only on a particular route. For example, you can choose to visit the west coast of Sicily, or devote yourselves exclusively to the Etna area or to the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento.

Those who choose the west coast can see a nice little things in Sicily in three days, obviously optimizing at most the times of the trip. The ideal starting point might be the beautiful Marsala, then going north towards Trapani, with mandatory stops in Erice and San Vito Lo Capo, and continuing to the northeast towards Palermo. Before arriving in the capital of Sicily, which can be visited rather summarily in a single day, you should spend some time in the ancient Segesta, in Scopello and in Castellammare del Golfo. If you have some time after the whirlwind tour in the center of Palermo, you can use it for a quick sortie in Monreale.

Alternatively Marsala, which is just 13 km from the international airport of Trapani, can be the basis of a magnificent journey to the south-east in the direction of Agrigento. Among the approximately 135 km separating the two cities, lie the beautiful Mazara del Vallo, the Archaeological Park of Selinunte, Castelvetrano, Sciacca and Porto Empedocles. Last stage can be the extraordinary park of the Valley of the Temples, that you can visit in a couple of hours, not to mention that some precious finds dating back more than 2'500 years ago are still visible in other interesting cities of this area, as Eraclea Minoa, Naro, Licata and Sant'Angelo Muxaro.

From west to east of Sicily, you can see other amazing wonders of this beautiful Mediterranean island. The ideal would be to travel in just three days the entire east coast from Syracuse to Messina (or the opposite, for those coming from the north) through Catania, but you run the risk of neglecting too many attractions. Who wants to try as well can not fail to stop, after having devoted at least half a day in each of the three important cities, even in Melilli, Aci Trezza, Acireale with deviation toward the crater of Etna and its Park, Giardini Naxos, Isola Bella and Taormina. It is an hit-and-run itinerary for particularly resolute travelers.

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