Tours and sightseeing in Sicily

Horse carriage in Palermo, ©russelljsmith/Flickr

Horse carriage in Palermo, ©russelljsmith/Flickr

Sicily is a beautiful island and has many sights to see however since you only have a limited time to spend here you must choose wisely what to see and what not to see. You must also plan ahead so transport and other sometimes troubles factors sill not hinder you and waste your precious time. Here are a few tips on how you should travel and which tours you should attend around the island. You have many options: explore the island on foot, rent a car and drive around, go on private or group tours, take the tour bus or choose a more environment-friendly mean of transport. If you would like to try something special choose the horse carriage or a three-wheel vehicle.

Self guided tours

There are some places where walking on foot is the only option for traffic in Sicily can be slow and maddening. For those who like exploring and strolling around we recommend the labyrinthine streets of Old Palermo and the Ortygia district of Siracusa.

Old Palermo, ©Effervescing Elephant/Flickr

Old Palermo, ©Effervescing Elephant/Flickr

Archeological sites are also places where you will need to walk, such as Segesta, Agrigento and Siracusa. In some places such as Taormina or Erice there are several streets that are closed to traffic.  If you like hiking prepare yourself for most archeological sites can be reached by climbing up and down on hilly terrain. Never forget to carry a guidebook with you along your self guided tours.

Personalized tours

Some people like to be guided by others and just enjoy the ride. There are possibilities for private guided tours. You can hire a tour guide or driver who will take you to the best historical sites and museums in the area.

Sicily Guided Tour, ©Dan Bock/Flickr

Sicily Guided Tour, ©Dan Bock/Flickr

The advantage of private tours is that you can go wherever you want, only see the things you are interested in and be guided by a professional who knows all the important and interesting facts.

Horses and three-wheels

Before you get into a horse carriage the first thing you need to do is to negotiate the fare. Horse carriages and 3-wheel vehicles can be quite expensive but if you would like to experience something new and different go to Palermo and enjoy the ride.

Horse carriage in Palermo, ©russelljsmith/Flickr

Horse carriage in Palermo, ©russelljsmith/Flickr

Friends of the environment

Also different but healthier are electric-powered quads in Taormina and Siracusa where the large pedestrian areas allow you to travel by smaller vehicles such as 3 wheel vehicles and quads.

Double-deckers

There are opportunities for city sightseeing by double-deck buses which allow you to see the historic part of the city. Buy a daily ticket in Palermo and switch buses whenever you like. See the town in one day without walking your heels off on a hot day.

Double-deck buses, ©Elsie esq./Flickr

Double-deck buses, ©Elsie esq./Flickr

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