Exploring Sicily by Train: A 7-Day Itinerary for Digital Nomad Attorneys – WanderLawyer

Traveling Sicily by Train is an Italian Bucket List Adventure
Syracuse, Italy Street Scene At Twilight

Exploring Sicily by Train: A 7-Day Itinerary for Digital Nomad Attorneys

Traveling through Sicily by train not only offers a scenic and relaxing way to see the island, but it also answers the practical needs of those combining work with travel. Here’s why you should consider the train for your next Sicilian adventure and some essential tips to get you started.

Why Should You Travel Sicily by Train?

Sicilian Coastline Near Taormina Giardini Naxos, Italy
Sicilian coastline near Taormina – Giardini Naxos, Italy

Can You Take a Train in Sicily? Yes, Sicily has a comprehensive train network that connects major cities and many smaller towns, making it convenient to explore the island’s diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage by rail. Trains in Sicily offer a comfortable alternative to driving, especially given the challenging driving conditions and parking difficulties in busy areas.

Which Train to Take and How to Purchase Tickets: Trenitalia, the primary train operator in Italy, runs the majority of services in Sicily, including regional (Regionale) and intercity (Intercity) trains. For a more luxurious experience, you can choose Intercity trains, which are faster and offer more amenities.

Tickets can be purchased online via the Trenitalia website, through their mobile app, or at train stations. Purchasing tickets in advance can often save you money, and e-tickets can be conveniently stored on your smartphone.

Route Information and Ticket Prices: The main train routes in Sicily connect Palermo, the island’s capital, with other key destinations like Cefalù, Taormina, Syracuse, and Catania. For example, the route from Palermo to Cefalù takes about an hour and can cost as little as €5, depending on the time of day and ticket type. A journey from Palermo to Catania, crossing the island’s diverse interior, takes about three hours and costs around €15 for a standard fare.

Sample 7-day Sicilian Train Itinerary

Here’s a train itinerary we used on our trip to Sicily. A few must-see locations include Cefalu, Taoromina, and Syracusa. We also visited Modica and Noto by car, which we highly recommend if you feel comfortable navigating Sicilian roads (and drivers!). Overall, we would recommend taking the train over other transportation

Day 1: Palermo

Aerial View Of Pretoria Fountain In Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Aerial view of Pretoria Fountain in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. Piazza Pretoria.

Activities:

  • Visit Teatro Massimo to see its grand architecture and learn about its opera history. Later, explore the bustling markets of Vucciria and Ballarò, where you can pick up local crafts.

Restaurants:

  • Antica Focacceria San Francesco offers classic Sicilian street food like panelle and arancini. Osteria dei Vespri in Piazza Croce dei Vespri is great for a sit-down meal featuring local ingredients.

Work Spaces:

  • Cre.Zi. Plus is a vibrant coworking space with a creative community. Cana Enoteca is a quieter spot, good for working while enjoying coffee.

Day 2: Cefalù

Old Harbor With Wooden Fishing Boat In Cefalu, Sicily
Beautiful old harbor with wooden fishing boat in Cefalu, Sicily, Italy.

Activities:

  • Check out the Norman Cathedral and enjoy the beach, which is good for a swim or a walk.

Restaurants:

  • La Brace is good for pizza and seafood. Al Porticciolo is another good choice for seafood, right by the water.

Work Spaces:

  • Café Chat Noir offers good coffee and pastries, making it a cozy place to work. Lido Poseidon has beachside loungers, which are perfect for a few hours of work with a view.

Day 3: Taormina

Taormina, Sicily
Mediterranean Sea in Taormina, Sicily, Italy

Activities:

  • Visit the ancient Greek Theatre for its historical significance and views. The public gardens are a good spot for a quiet walk.

Restaurants:

  • Tischi Toschi is a small place with a focus on traditional Sicilian dishes. Granduca offers a more upscale setting with a view, perfect for enjoying local cuisine.

Work Spaces:

  • BamBar is known for its granitas and is a pleasant spot to work on warm days. TimeOut Pub offers a relaxed atmosphere with snacks, drinks, and Wi-Fi.

Day 4: Taormina – The Godfather Tour

Church Of St. Nicolo Stands On The Hill

Activities:

  • Take a tour of the towns of Savoca and Forza d’Agro where scenes from The Godfather were filmed, including Bar Vitelli and the church used in the movie’s wedding scenes.

Restaurants:

  • Bar Vitelli in Savoca serves snacks and drinks in a setting filled with movie memorabilia. Trattoria Anni 60 in Forza d’Agro offers hearty local cuisine.

Work Spaces:

  • Wunderbar Caffè provides a historical backdrop with great coffee and views of Taormina’s ancient theatre, making it an inspiring place to work.

Day 5: Syracuse

Aerial View Of Ortigia Island And Siracusa City At Sunset

Activities:

  • The Archaeological Park is a must-visit for its Greek theatre. The island of Ortigia is great for a stroll with its lively squares and baroque buildings.

Restaurants:

  • Sicilia in Tavola is a favorite for seafood pasta and other local dishes. Osteria da Mariano specializes in traditional local cooking.

Work Spaces:

  • Impact Hub Siracusa offers a modern coworking environment. Café Minerva is a more laid-back choice, great for coffee and work.

Day 6: Ragusa

Sunrise At The Old Baroque Town Of Ragusa Ibla In Sicily.
Sunrise at the old baroque town of Ragusa Ibla in Sicily. Historic center called Ibla builded in late Baroque Style. Ragusa, Sicily, Italy, Europe.

Activities:

  • Explore the historic district of Ragusa Ibla and its beautiful Baroque architecture. The Giardini Iblei are peaceful for a quiet walk.

Restaurants:

  • Duomo offers innovative dishes with a local twist. Trattoria da Carmelo has a friendly atmosphere with good options for pasta and grilled meats.

Work Spaces:

  • Cosy Café is popular for its good coffee and friendly vibe. Quattro Gatti is part bookstore, part café, offering a unique place to work.

Day 7: Catania

Catania Sicily, Italy
Beautiful view of Catania cruise port with smoking volcano Etna in the background.

Activities:

  • Take a walk through Catania’s baroque city center and visit the lively fish market to see local life in action.

Restaurants:

  • Trattoria La Norma is good for traditional dishes like pasta alla Norma. Ostello degli Elefanti also offers tasty meals in a beautiful setting.

Work Spaces:

  • Coworking Catania provides a full-service coworking environment. Chiosco Sicilia Seltz is an upbeat café and great for a drink while catching up on emails.

Verdict

Overall, we would recommend taking the train over other transportation. The train is surprisingly clean, efficient, and offers some incredibly scenic views. Renting a car can also be a great way to navigate the island, and allows travelers to visit off-the-beaten-path towns that many tourists miss. However, it can be a harrowing experience driving in Sicily, so be warned!

-WL

Authors

Anthony Shallat

Anthony Shallat

Anthony Shallat is a digital nomad attorney and WanderLawyer co-founder. Anthony believes travel unlocks potential and opens minds. He’s been wandering and lawyering since 2014.