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3 Days in Sicily

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Pack your most comfortable shoes and get ready to spend a power-packed three days in southeastern Sicily.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Trendsetter

12 Places

6 City Tips

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12 Places

Day 1

Nicolosi

Destinations

Monte Etna

Geologic Formations, Volcanoes, Mountains

Antico Orto dei Limoni

Restaurants

Day 2

Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi)

Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites

Greek Theater

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Fonte Aretusa

Fountains

Clandestino ad Ortigia

Restaurants

Day 3

Ragusa

Destinations

Duomo

Restaurants

Antica Dolceria Bonajuto

Gift & Speciality Shops

Noto

Destinations

Erica F's City Tips

  • Be polite. Do not expect everyone to understand English.
  • Fly into Catania to see (and taste) the best of the area.
  • Public transportation is ok, but impatient travelers should consider renting a car from Catania airport.
  • Tipping is completely optional.
  • Prices are cheaper here, compared to the rest of Italy.
  • Cash is king.
    Day 1
  • Nicolosi
    Destinations
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    Erica F Says:

    Nicolosi is a quiet town at the base of Mount Etna, and a great base for a day of exploring. It is tiny and friendly, with excellent restaurants and cafes.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is only one main piazza, so you will never get lost.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Nicolosi
  • Monte Etna
    Geologic Formations, Volcanoes, Mountains
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    Erica F Says:

    Etna is Europe's largest active volcano and is in a constant state of flux. Hiking along its peaks (or visiting via luxury SUV) is an excellent way to get a feel for southern Sicily and just enjoy a few moments of relaxation. This is an all-day affair, so plan to come in the morning, and bring layers and extra endurance with you!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring snacks, comfortable shoes and socks.
    • There is a shop that rents jackets and boots, if needed.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 158 things to do in Catania
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best as a coach visit. 16/10/2018
    • Incredible volcano in a very populated area 15/10/2018
    • Monte Etna
  • Antico Orto dei Limoni
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean)
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    Erica F Says:

    This is a great local spot for a much-needed evening chow-down. Its traditional Sicilian menu features plenty of seasonal surprises, like trofie ai porcini and panzotti alle noci. Plus, keep your eyes open for the caponata, a deepfried, chopped eggplant salad. Each town makes its own version and Nicolosi's is divine.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Book a table in advance if you have a large party.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Fantastic Lunch 21/08/2018
    • Perfect in every way and super good value for money 11/08/2018
    • Antico Orto dei Limoni
    Address:
    Via delle Grotte 4
    95030 Nicolosi, Sicily
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 095 910808
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi)
    Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Erica F Says:

    An amazing example of Greater Grecian art and architecture, national monument and UNESCO Heritage Site, the Valley of the Temples is the ultimate Sicilian must-see.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring sunscreen, water and cash, as well as an extra battery pack for your camera/phone.
    • Plan to go early in the morning to avoid the heat.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 78 things to do in Agrigento
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very impressive! 17/10/2018
    • Fantastic! 16/10/2018
    • 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
    8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Greek Theater
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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    Erica F Says:

    Head to Siracusa for more Greek civilization. Siracusa's Greek Theatre is a great site to walk through for its spectacular size, amazing setting and the fact that it is still in use as a theatre. It is part of a larger archaeological park complex which includes a Roman arena and a quarry known as Caravaggio's ear.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you are interested in going to any summer theatre events here, book tickets well in advance.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 121 things to do in Syracuse
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Still used regularly 17/10/2018
    • Spectacular ancient site 14/10/2018
    • Greek Theater
    Address:
    Viale Paradiso 14
    Parco Archeologico della Neapolis
    96100, Syracuse, Sicily
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 0931 66206
    Other:
  • Fonte Aretusa
    Fountains
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    Erica F Says:

    Legend has it that Fonte Aretusa is where nymph Arthusa was turned into a stream by Artemis in order to help her escape from her over-excited suitor, Alphaeus. This ancient spring water site still exists, and runs under Ortigia, the small island off of Siracusa.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Head to Piazza Duomo at night or in the morning with your camera in hand.
    • Plan to stay the evening in Ortigia.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 121 things to do in Syracuse
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A beautiful oasis 17/10/2018
    • Ancient Greek monument 15/10/2018
    • Fonte Aretusa
    Other:
  • Clandestino ad Ortigia
    Restaurants (Italian, Bar, Mediterranean, European, Wine Bar)
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    Erica F Says:

    Clandestino is a local enoteca with a waitstaff that knows everything about the huge variety of beer and wine offered on its voluminous list. Sicilian wines are, of course, by far in favor, and Clandestino also has excellent, locally sourced fish on the menu, plus makes its own granita (Italian ice).

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Make sure to ask about the chef's favorites. There are several unlisted dishes.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • CLOSE 12/08/2018
    • Romantic atmospher for 2 17/11/2017
    • Clandestino ad Ortigia
    Address:
    Via della Maestranza 128
    96100, Syracuse, Sicily
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 0931 465939
    Price range:
    US$ 2 - US$ 58
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:30 AM - 1:30 AM
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Ragusa
    Destinations
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    Erica F Says:

    South-eastern Sicily is the home of Sicilian Baroque architecture, meaning beautiful curves and a propensity for decorative elements. Starting off with a walk around Ragusa, you'll soon get a feel for the wealth of the 17th century Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Bring your guidebooks and credit cards: Ragusa has a plethora of Michelin-starred restaurants.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Ragusa
  • Duomo
    Restaurants (Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European)
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    Erica F Says:

    Michelin-starred Duomo was the first restaurant in Sicily to be awarded a Michelin star, and keeps rising. It is not pretentious, but rather faithful to the Sicilian vibe, even with its creative haute cuisine.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Book in advance.
    • Chef Davide Sultano has created a "Gourmet Rapid Lunch" menu, which is a clever, abbreviated tasting menu for lunchtime visitors.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wow - wonderful lunch, true genius in the kitchen 05/10/2018
    • Incredible meal and exprience 02/10/2018
    • Duomo
    Address:
    Via Capitano Bocchieri 31 | chef Ciccio Sultano
    97100, Ragusa, Sicily
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 0932 651265
    Price range:
    US$ 87 - US$ 117
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    7:30 PM - 12:00 AM
    Tue - Sat
    12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • Antica Dolceria Bonajuto
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Erica F Says:

    Antica Dolceria Bonajuto is Modica's historic chocolate and pastry shop. In the 16th century, chocolate (invented by the Aztecs from Mexico's Oaxaca region) was first brought to Europe, and its recipe perfected in Modica. In 1880, Antica Dolceria Bonajuto was founded, and the owners began making chocolate using the very same method: Heated, ground cocoa seeds, granulated sugar, and ingredients like salt, cinnamon and vanilla.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Credit cards are accepted.
    • This is the place for a chocolate fix, cannoli and typical southern Sicilian cookies.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 10 Shopping in Modica
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • CHOCOLATE WITH MINIMUM INGREDIENTS 30/08/2018
    • expensive but great 17/08/2018
    • Antica Dolceria Bonajuto
    Address:
    Corso Umberto I 159
    97015, Modica, Sicily
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 0932 941225
    Other:
  • Noto
    Destinations
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    Erica F Says:

    Quiet Noto is part of the south-eastern Sicily trifecta Ragusa-Modica-Noto. Another amazing example of Sicilian Baroque architecture, Noto looks like something out of a fairytale and is a great place for an afternoon walk.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Visit the duomo and if you can, head to the church rooftops.
    • Make a point to visit Caffe Sicilia for the most delicious granita and cassatine.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Noto
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