Italy is a fascinating country, with sea and mountain landscapes that alternate to form the basis of many an idyllic postcard. If you are going to explore the southern region of this country, don't miss this road trip through Sicily from Catania.There are a number of stunning stops are waiting for you!
Exploring Sicily by car for your vacation
Each country has some cities that become the best known. In Italy’s case, traveling to Rome, Florence or Milan are the most common options. However, there are many other places full of charm that are worth a visit. Not simply to enhance your vision of their culture and traditions, but also to soak up the country’s beauty.
We recommend starting your trip from Catania, an ancient port city located on the eastern side of Sicily, at the foot of Mount Etna. In addition to its architectural monuments, it also has trails that go deep into the immensity of the volcano, but if you have explored this area to your heart’s content and want to go somewhere new, here is an interesting road trip through Sicily.
Catania to Taormina
The first stop we suggest along this road trip through Sicily is Taormina. A small town perched on a cliff 200 meters high, where you can enjoy views of the coast and Etna. Its center is pedestrianized and has jewels such as the Greek Theater, but its natural offerings do not disappoint either with the Alcantara Gorges, which is a canyon with lava walls, or the Isola Bella, perfect for diving or a boat ride. If you're left wanting more islands, head to the Aeolian Islands on a day trip.
Taormina to Messina
From Taormina, drive north to Messina, which is the third largest city in Sicily. This port city has a large number of tourist attractions and monuments of different architectural styles, which were affected by the 1908 earthquake. Now rebuilt, the Cathedral of Messina, the Regional Museum and the Sanctuary of Montalto are sure to attract your attention.
If you like to discover the local gastronomy, here you will find traditional Bolognese, known as ragù, but as a coastal city, it also has an important fishing tradition, so do not miss the opportunity to taste the fresh fish and seafood.
Messina to Cefalù
From Messina, now head west to reach the next destination on this driving tour of Sicily, Cefalù. This is a small coastal town of Arab-Norman origin and is considered one of the most beautiful in the country. In addition, the road leading to Cefalù is beautiful and you will see breathtaking views of the sea and the mountains.
Once you arrive in Cefalù, explore the beautiful old town with the Duomo and its square and head to the beach to enjoy a day of sun and sand. And if you want panoramic views, climb La Roca, which is the mountain in the village.
Cefalù to Palermo
Palermo is the capital of Sicily and is therefore a must-see on this route. This city is home to some of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Europe, including the Palatine Chapel and the Cathedral of Palermo.
Besides the architecture, Palermo is also famous for its food. Be sure to try some of the local dishes, such as arancini, which are fried rice balls stuffed with meat or cheese, panelle, which are chickpea fritters, and pasta with sardines.
Palermo to Agrigento
Agrigento is known for its impressive Valley of the Temples which is one of the most significant archaeological sites in Italy. After the visit, explore the city and relax on the beaches along the coast, such as Scala dei Turchi.
Agrigento to Syracuse
Syracuse has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for the value of its ruins in its historic center, known as Ortigia. In the archaeological park of Neapolis, the Greek Theater, the Roman Amphitheater and the Ear of Dionysus, which is a cave in this shape, await you.
Syracuse to Catania
And to bring your road trip through Sicily full circle, from Syracuse you can return to Catania. The time you spend on this route will depend on how long you want to stay in each city, but our recommendation is that you spend a day in each one. If you go too fast, you will miss all the details!
At OK Mobility you can get your rental car or motorcycle in Catania with the best conditions to make the most of every minute of your vacation.