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Sicily trip advice

For a variety of reasons, my husband and I and are two low-twenty kids are planning a vacation to Sicily. Dates are fixed. We’ve been to Italy a few years ago - but our first trip to Sicily.

I welcome your thoughts on tentative schedule below. Anything you’d change or add? Thank you for your input.

Dec 24th

Arrive in Palermo and transfer to the hotel - 4 nights

Dec 25th Christmas

What will be open to do/eat?

Dec 26th

Cefalu Half DayTour in the morning

Visit to Custonaci Nativity in the evening

Dec 27th

Palermo Monreale Full Day tour with street food tastings

Dec 28th

Transfer to Agrigento with stop at Segest and Marsla salt pans.

Stay 2 nights

Dec 29th

Valley of the temples Guided tour in the morning

Private Sicilian Pizza lessons in the evening

Dec 30th

Transfer to Taormina with stop at Villa Del Casale - stay 4 nights

Dec 31st

Taormina walking tour in the morning

What to do for New Year’s Eve?

Jan 1st New Year’s Day

What to do?

Jan 2nd

Mt. Etna Jeep tour + Cottanera ETNA DOC Winery visit and lunch with paired wines

Jan 3rd

Tranfer to Siracusa with stop in Catania

Walking Market tour of Catania with tastings

Stay 3 nights in Siracusa

Jan 4th

Private Home Cooking class in Ortigia

Siracusa and Ortigia Tour after lunch

Jan 5th

Modica Ragusa and Noto - FULL DAY BAROQUE TOUR

Jan 6th

Departure flight

Posted by
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We were in Palermo one year on NYE, and it seemed like the whole town was having a party in the main square. It was great fun. It wouldn’t surprise me if Taormina did something similar. Maybe the TI office or your hotel could help clue you in.

Posted by
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Looks like a wonderful schedule to me. It will be critical to book lunch and/or dinner meals well ahead of time on Dec. 25 & 26, and Dec. 31 & Jan 1. I spent the end of Dec - first week of Jan. in Sicily 2.5 years ago, and discovered that most restaurants on those days book up well ahead, and may just offer a mid-day meal with one seating.