The best Sicily tours from Palermo and Catania

by Paul Stafford  |  Published May 13, 2019

Italy’s largest island, Sicily, is famous for many things, among them its storied history and stunning volcanic landscapes. For many, the main ports of entry are the cities of Palermo on the north coast, and Catania, in the shadow of the fuming, grumbling Mount Etna, to the East.

While both cities hug a shoreline and are filled with grand architecture and preserved ruins from the Ancient Greek era, the countryside in between is not to be missed. One of the best ways to experience Sicily is on a tour that can bypass the often unpredictable local transport and access the best bits the island has to offer. Tours from Palermo and Catania leave on a regular basis and can last from a couple of days to over a week. Here are five of the best.