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Hiking in Sicily

Here's my 2 week Sicily itinerary. I started my Sicily vacation in Taormina and continued to Acireale. I like to travel off the beaten path and include hikes and beaches.

by claralcAtlasGuru Contributor

EuropeItaly11 days / October 2022

Highs & Lows

Spending some time at Alcantara River!

It started raining when I visited Acireale (I didn’t mind tho).

Itinerary Overview

I was spending time in Sicily for one month in September and October. I like to take things slow while traveling. Among other destinations I stayed seven days in Giardini-Naxos and four days in Acireale. My priority for this trip was to relax so you will not find me doing different things every day. I travel on a budget so I usually like to stay in hostels as I did in Giardini-Naxos. Nevertheless from time to time I need a space just for myself. Therefore I stayed in an Airbnb in Acireale. The two locations are connected by train and are around 40 mins apart from each other. Giardini-Naxos is very close to beautiful Taormina which is a major tourist destination. Most of the time in Giardini-Naxos I spent at the beach whereas Acireale is a wonderful authentic little city to embrace. For me it is important to have nature nearby. There are three easy hiking trails by the ocean reachable from Acireale.

  • 7 Nights: Giardini Naxos
    Visit Taormina, relax at the beach and explore Alcantara River
  • 4 Nights: Acireale
    Experience a relaxed, authentic city life and do easy trails in a nature preserve

Q & A

  • How was the food?

    What really stuck to my mind was a pizza with chickpea cream and dried tomatoes I ate at Frumento Pizzeria. I also went to Sketch Urban Art Cafe’ which is vegan-friendly. Both are located in Acireale.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    I got groceries at Penny and Supermercati Deco'.

  • Packing tips?

    Rain jacket! In October temperatures dropped and it was raining from time to time in Acireale.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Acireale you can reach by train from Taormina-Giardini train station.

  • Any surprises?

    No (bad) surprises!

  • Booking details?

    Check Hostelworld and booking.com for the best price and Airbnb if you want a nice space for yourself.


  • I stayed at the Gianni House Backpackers Hostel in a female dorm with a balcony and ocean view. There were just a few guests and a couple of volunteers due to the off-season. The atmosphere was friendly and relaxed. The owners seem to be sweet people.

  • I stayed in Francesca's beautiful Airbnb. I felt very comfortable and at home and even booked it twice during my whole Sicily trip! The rooms are huge and the ceiling is hand-painted. At the time it was around 35 euros per night. Link: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/673637535505683914?guests=1&adults=1&s=67&unique_share_id=dd7870e3-bbe8-4fac-9182-546c07c73aeb