The Ultimate Guide to Sicily: Top 10 Places to Visit

I’ve been to Sicily twice and it’s always been a grand experience! I decided to gather information about my holiday there to help anyone who might be planning it. We were travelling with an RV so this works more like a road trip than destination vacation. After exploring the beautiful Sicily these are some of the best places to visit on this picturesque island. My personal recommendations!

1. Taormina

Taormina is nicknamed “The Pearl of Sicily” and is a must-see destination. Visit Taormina Greek Theater and go down to Isola Bella with its relaxing sandy beach. For breathtaking bird’s-eye views of the surroundings climb the steps to Madonna della Rocca Church. You can also admire the Etna volcano from Taormina. Because Taormina is quite touristic, it might be a good idea to visit it off-season for making the most out of your stay.

Isola Bella

2. Cefalù

Cefalù is a coastal lovely town with a grand cathedral and narrow romantic streets. Roam the city center and take photos on all the lovely spots. Cefalù has a city beach that looks exactly like on a postcard. Sit down in a bar by the beach, order rosé and enjoy the view.

3. Etna

You absolutely shouldn’t miss the Etna volcano if visiting Sicily as it’s one of the island’s main attractions. Don’t miss the opportunity to climb the volcano and see it’s crater. You have an option of a guided minibus which I would recommend if you want to see everything that walking on volcano has to offer. This is an unforgettable and once-in-a-lifetime experience that can’t be left out!

On the top of Etna volcano

Etna photographed from Isola Bella

4. Palermo

Because Palermo is the biggest town on this beautiful island, plan a whole day to visit it. It has numerous gorgeous cathedrals and churches. I first visited Palermo Cathedral, which is really majestic and grand. I suggest you check out the wonderful interior of San Guiseppe Cathedral that’s only a short distance from Palermo Cathedral.

Palermo cathedral

A must-do in Sicily is espresso with some handmade cannoli. I found the cutest cannoli shop where you could make your own cannoli. I could choose a type of ricotta cheese, for example, orange, pistachio, or hazelnut ricotta. Then you top it with your choice of a sprinkle. Some of the most popular sprinkles are candid orange, crushed pistachio, or chocolate chip. It was delicious; I highly recommend if you have a sweet tooth like I do.

Handmade and created by my choice cannoli

See the Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo under Palermo’s Capuchin monastery. Around 2000 mummies are buried in the underground tunnels. The mummies are quite grotesque and dressed in formal clothing. Mummies are well preserved. Taking photos is strictly forbidden but I bet you can find some photos on Google. This was real something, I would definitely recommend you visit it by yourself as it’s something you can’t see anywhere else.

5. Syracuse

Syracuse is a beautiful coastal city with a remarkable historical site and its charming old town called Ortigia Island. See the majestic Piazza del Duomo and enjoy some homemade ice cream and espresso by Duomo di Syracusa. Visit the Neapolis archeological park and discover the Greek theatre, Roman amphiteater and Ear of Dionysius.

6. The Valley of the Temples (Agrigento)

The Valley of the Temples is situated next to the city of Agrigento and is Sicily’s best-known archeological site. Don’t miss the greatly preserved temple of Concorde and the temple of Hera.

7. Capo di Milazzo

Capo di Milazo is a gorgeous peninsula on the north eastern part of Sicily. It’s a great place to take a walk and breathe in the beautiful nature that surrounds you. The sea surrounding the peninsula is as blue as it can get. Cute pathways lead you through the olive garden to the capo from where you can take in magnificent views.

Many people were handpicking asparagus along the way and naturally, I decided I should as well. I don’t know if you have any experience with wild asparagus but it’s quite hard to spot! I spotted one though and it tasted delicious along some pasta and cream.

The picturesque path along peninsula

8. Selinunte

Selinunte is a small coastal town that lights up in the evening. Sit in a bar with Aperol in your hand or opt for a sweeter choice: a brioche with ice cream. Just a short walk from the town by the beach you can find a number of tiny beaches. Pick one and have it to yourself all day.

Have a brioche with ice cream - or two!

9. White rocks

I walked to the White Rocks all the way on the beach from Punto Picollino. The beach is sandy and endless. I saw the White Rocks when sun was setting and it made them even more beautiful. Take some obligatory photos before you get back.

Oh, and they just had a wedding when I walked to the White Rocks. The photos must have been just gorgeous. Just an idea for your (or my) destination wedding. :)

Watching a beautiful sunset on the White Rocks

10. Erice

Erice is a medieval town up in the hills so don’t forget to bring an extra sweater, just in case. You can either walk the stairs up to it or go by cable car (funivia). Erice is well preserving its medieval spirit, remaining an uphill town made of stones.

The best views are from the top of the town from where you can see all surroundings.

The amazing views from the top of the medieval town

You can find a handful of cute boutiques in the city with handmade clothes, jewelry, and accessories. I bought a beautiful handmade silver scarf sprinkled with violet hearts. You can also get some beautiful handmade ceramics for the kitchen, painted with sunflowers and other lovely motives.

Cute corners of Erice

Have you ever been to Sicily or would you want to go? Do you have any MUST-SEE places for me when I visit Sicily next time? Let me know and comment down below.

XX, Ajda