Sicily is one of my favourite regions!
It really has a lot to offer in terms of culture, beautiful landscapes and pristine water!
More over the inhabitants are so friendly and nice that you would never leave!
Here is a one week itinerary through the West part of the region:
Palermo 3 days
You can easily reach Palermo by air, landing at the Falcone and Borsellino airport.
As this city has a lot to discover you won’t regret to spend at least 3 days in this beautiful place!
In summer you can even spend more days, as the Mondello beach is really amazing, a place where you lay down and enjoy the sun and the clear water.
The city is a synthesis of many centuries of history with Norman, Baroque, Arab architecture where all the influences coexist very well making a unique city and a masterpiece of styles.
What to do in Palermo?
- Local Markets such as Vucciria, the most famous and ancient one, Ballarò, Il Capo, Mercato delle Pulci and Lattarini and hear all the vendors selling out loud vegetables, fruits, fish and so on…
- Monreale Cathedral, a magnificent example of the Byzantine art of mosaic
- The Sanctuary of Santa Rosalia, Patron of Palermo, at the top of Mount Pellegrino.
If you are a good walker you can walk to the top, otherwise better to reach it by car. When at the top, ( it is a bit of a climb) you can admire this Sanctuary overlooking the city.
- The Very impressive Duomo in the city centre also called the Primatial Metropolitan Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Mary of the Assumption, since 2015 Unesco Heritage
- Teatro Massimo, third in size after the Opéra in Paris and the Vienna State Opera Theater, boasts one of the most imposing facades in Europe.
- Norman Palace (IX century) the most ancient royal residence in Europe, once the seat of the sovereigns of Sicily and of emperors Frederick II of Swabia and Conrad IV. Unesco Heritage.
- The Botanical Garden, a big natural area where you can find unusual plants and be hugged by a giant Ficus Macrophylla.
- The centre of the city is a vibrant oasis where to experience Sicilian food.Try the Focacceria of San Francesco.
You will be amazed about how much this city has to offer!
Day 4 San Vito lo Capo / Erice
San Vito lo Capo is a small town in the Trapani province west of Palermo. In September there is a big Cous Cous festival where you can taste a lot of different types of Cous Cous recipes and the Town is full of people enjoying the food and the beach!
The town is quite small and from spring to summer is very vibrant and well worth a visit.
Otherwise we suggest to head for the beautiful medieval town of Erice where you could also spend the night in some B&B and the day after visit this impressive town perched at 751 meters above sea level.
Overnight in San Vito lo Capo or Erice
Day 5 Marsala/ Selinunte
Salt Pans and the Natural Reserve of the Stagnone Islands
This Lagoon is situated along the way from Trapani to Marsala. It’s a unique territory where the “salt road” offers some ideas where to stay and visit the area; Enjoy the experiences and activities inside the "Ettore and Infersa" salt pans; Visit Infersa Windmill and the museum with the multimedia path; Moreover visit the Lunga Island where you can be hosted as well in one of their rooms with view on the salt pans
Then in the afternoon experience one of the best sites in Sicily: Selinunte
Selinunte was an ancient Greek city located on the southwest coast of Sicily; today it is the largest archaeological park in Europe.
This year 2018 other traces have been found of a Greek city dating back to 4000 years ago in the Selinunte Park!
Overnight in Selinunte
Day 6 Agrigento
The next day discover another place where the ancient Greek culture developed, the Valley of the Temples where a big Greek city was established, concluding the vast migratory movement from Greece to the West.
Overnight in Agrigento.