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Get on a plane, rent a car and explore Sicily. The people are friendly, as is the weather. Beautiful beaches, ancient ruins and baroque buildings. It's all there.

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  • History Buff
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18 Places

Duomo di Monreale

Churches & Cathedrals, Sacred & Religious Sites

Greek Theater

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Tempio di Segesta

Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites

Syracuse Cathedral

Churches & Cathedrals

Ortigia

Islands

Ristorante Nenzyna

Restaurants

Playa Lido Rossello

Beaches

Scala dei Turchi

Geologic Formations

Museo Archeologico Regionale Eoliano

Speciality Museums

Isola di Mozia (Mothia)/ San Pantaleo

Historic Sites, Islands

Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio)

Caverns & Caves

Selinunte

Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites

Monte Etna

Geologic Formations, Volcanoes, Mountains

Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi)

Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites

Ancient Theatre of Taormina

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Arenas & Stadiums, Theatres, Ancient Ruins

Norman Palace and Palatine Chapel

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Churches & Cathedrals

Piazza Duomo

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo

Beaches

Kaysee007's City Tips

  • In the south east of the main island, the town of Syracuse (and especially the peninsula of Ortigia) is a real gem.
  • If you're on a slighly longer break, DO visit the islands to the north: stay on the isle of Lipari for a few nights. or if you really want a very quiet time, even further out.
  • As I said, renting a car is the easiest way of getting around on the island. It is possible to get around by public transport, but a car will do the trick most efficiently.
  • Duomo di Monreale
    Churches & Cathedrals, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Kaysee007 Says:

    In the little town of Monreale, this Duomo is the only must-see. It is a gorgeous cathedral; do take the tour to the roof

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Go to the roof!
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Monreale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • BEAUTIFUL 23/11/2018
    • Nice Duomo 12/11/2018
    • Duomo di Monreale
    Address:
    Piazza Guglielmo II 1
    90046, Monreale, Sicily
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 091 640 4413
    Other:
  • Greek Theater
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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    Kaysee007 Says:

    It's incredible just to walk around this place and imagine it was created by the ancient Greeks. The sheer size is overwhelming.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Try to avoid the hot days. or on hot days try to get there early. there's little shade.
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 123 things to do in Syracuse
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A very well preserved ancient theater 10/12/2018
    • Enormous Amphitheater 05/12/2018
    • Greek Theater
    Address:
    Viale Paradiso 14
    Parco Archeologico della Neapolis
    96100, Syracuse, Sicily
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 0931 66206
    Other:
  • Tempio di Segesta
    Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Kaysee007 Says:

    A very nicely restored Greek temple. Beautifully situated.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take the busride to the high ground. The view during the ride is great!
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Calatafimi-Segesta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must see 11/12/2018
    • Ok temple 13/11/2018
    • Tempio di Segesta
    Address:
    Contrada Barbaro SNC
    91013 Calatafimi-Segesta, Sicily
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 0924 952356
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 18:30
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  • Syracuse Cathedral
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    Kaysee007 Says:

    A stately duomo. The inside is beautiful, but the piazza on which it stands is the main attraction.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Go there before or after dinner. Very romantic.
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 123 things to do in Syracuse
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An ancient temple inside a cathedral! 05/12/2018
    • Bautiful Baroque Cathedral 05/12/2018
    • Syracuse Cathedral
    Address:
    Piazza Duomo
    Ortigia
    96100, Syracuse, Sicily
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 0931 65328
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 18:30
  • Ortigia
    Islands
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    Kaysee007 Says:

    This peninsula with its narrow streets is a very characteristic place. Hell to park your car, but otherwise very romantic. Just do as the Italians do: walk the streets and the waterfronts at sunset.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Grab a beer on the terrace opposite the duomo and watch the sunset colour the temple first white then red.
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 123 things to do in Syracuse
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful place 12/12/2018
    • a really nice place to visit 10/12/2018
    • Ortigia
    Address:
    Corso Umberto
    96100, Syracuse, Sicily
    Italy
  • Ristorante Nenzyna
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    Kaysee007 Says:

    Seafood! What else would you eat on a small island like Lipari. This restaurant, just off the waterfront is the best!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • The bread&seafoof salad is fabulous.
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 89 restaurants in Lipari
    • Food ok, service could be improved 23/05/2018
    • Southern Italy 2017 02/10/2017
    • Ristorante Nenzyna
    Address:
    Via Roma 4
    98055, Sicily
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 090 981 1660
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 15:00
    19:30 - 00:00
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  • Playa Lido Rossello
    Beaches
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    Kaysee007 Says:

    A nice little beach on the south coast. From the small town of Realmonte it is easily accessible.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Just bring your drinks and enjoy the sun!
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Lido Rossello
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stunning place to relax 23/08/2018
    • beautiful place with little infrastructure support for tourism 28/05/2017
    • Playa Lido Rossello
  • Scala dei Turchi
    Geologic Formations
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    Kaysee007 Says:

    A quirk of nature this 'staircase'; a formation of rock that indeed resembles a flight of stairs.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Go there during sunset. The white rock is even more beautiful then.
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Realmonte
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dramatic views 05/12/2018
    • Just amazing 21/11/2018
    • Scala dei Turchi
    Phone:
    +39 338 131 2047
    Other:
  • Museo Archeologico Regionale Eoliano
    Speciality Museums
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    Kaysee007 Says:

    Visit this museum if you want to know more about the history of the islands.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • A very interesting view of early inhabitants
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 27 things to do in Lipari
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best Archeological Museum 13/10/2018
    • Fascinating museum and magnificent views 09/10/2018
    • Museo Archeologico Regionale Eoliano
    Address:
    Via Castello 2
    98055, Sicily
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 090 988 0174
    Other:
  • Isola di Mozia (Mothia)/ San Pantaleo
    Historic Sites, Islands
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    Kaysee007 Says:

    A museum that shows art and artifacts. Also it shows how salt was gathered.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • A bit isolated, but worth the trip.
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 69 things to do in Marsala
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing 20/10/2018
    • Lovely little trip 06/10/2018
    • Isola di Mozia (Mothia)/ San Pantaleo
    Phone:
    +39 091 682 0522
    Other:
  • Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio)
    Caverns & Caves
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    Kaysee007 Says:

    This is where the Greeks got all those rocks from to build with!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • One of the few cool places in the temple complex
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 123 things to do in Syracuse
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Large Cave 05/12/2018
    • Scary but nice 19/11/2018
    • Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio)
    Address:
    Parco Archeologico della Neapolis
    Syracuse, Sicily
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 0931 66206
    Other:
  • Selinunte
    Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Kaysee007 Says:

    Another complex of ancient Greek temples. Just as interesting as the others, although here not all of the temples have been restored.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you have to choose, this one is the one to skip.
    From the community
    Ranked #205 of 4 419 things to do in Sicily
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An enormous area of archaeological wonders 13/12/2018
    • Great time 25/11/2018
    • Selinunte
    Phone:
    +39 0924 46540
    Other:
  • Monte Etna
    Geologic Formations, Volcanoes, Mountains
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    Kaysee007 Says:

    Going up and especially DOWN mount Etna is quite an experience.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Check if the weather is good enough. I'll say this again: PHONE them before you go to see if the weather is good enough.
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 168 things to do in Catania
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best guide ever! 14/12/2018
    • Mount Etna 11/12/2018
    • Monte Etna
  • Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi)
    Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Kaysee007 Says:

    The most beautiful ancient temple complex. If you have to choose; choose this one!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • During summer it can be very hot: Take water, wear a sunhat.
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 78 things to do in Agrigento
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Special Historical Ruins 11/12/2018
    • Mandatory 09/12/2018
    • Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi)
    Address:
    Piazza Archeologica 1
    Via Panoramica Dei Templi
    92100, Agrigento, Sicily
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 0922 621657
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 19:00
    Other:
  • Ancient Theatre of Taormina
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Arenas & Stadiums, Theatres, Ancient Ruins
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    Kaysee007 Says:

    The view from this place is absolutely stunning. You might strike lucky and be able to catch a concert here!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 68 things to do in Taormina
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth seeing and photographing with Etna in the background 13/12/2018
    • Very Impressive 11/12/2018
    • Ancient Theatre of Taormina
    Address:
    Via Teatro Greco 1
    98039, Taormina, Sicily
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 0942 23220
    Other:
  • Norman Palace and Palatine Chapel
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
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    Kaysee007 Says:

    Gorgeous palace from a time in history when the Normans visited the island.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 423 things to do in Palermo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must see of Norman - 12th century art and architecture 06/12/2018
    • The most amazing chapel and palace tour 04/12/2018
    • Norman Palace and Palatine Chapel
    Phone:
    +39 091 626 2833
    Hours:
    Sun
    08:15 - 13:00
    Mon - Sat
    08:15 - 17:45
    Other:
  • Piazza Duomo
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Kaysee007 Says:

    The beautiful piazza of Ortigia. Just sit and enjoy the view.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 168 things to do in Catania
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Open space with lots a photo opportunities 11/12/2018
    • A good meeting point 11/12/2018
    • Piazza Duomo
    Address:
    Piazza Duomo
    Catania, Sicily
    Italy
    Other:
  • Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo
    Beaches
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    Kaysee007 Says:

    Not too many cities around, so a bit isolated. Lovely beach.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 20 things to do in San Vito lo Capo
    • A STUNNER! 15/11/2018
    • Great seaside walk 06/11/2018
    • Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo
    Address:
    Via Lungomare, San Vito Lo Capo
    San Vito lo Capo, Sicily
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 0923 861636
    Other:
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