Choose Your Pace: Hiking Western Sicily’s Dramatic Coastline

Meander glorious footpaths that transcend the ages, exploring medieval villages, traditional vineyards, beautiful landscapes and unparalleled cuisine in Western Sicily.
Rating (5)
Program No. 21681RJ
9 days
Starts at
Flights start at

At a Glance

If Western Sicily is Italy’s “heaven” — lemon and orange trees, ancient temples, beautiful beaches, dramatic mountains — it is the sea that energizes its people’s spirit. Energize your own spirit, as you experience the sun-soaked landscape and ancient culture of Sicily. Join us on unforgettable walks along coastal paths, medieval village streets and volcanic terrain, all at the pace that’s perfect for you. Step into the rhythm of local life and discover glorious ruins thousands of years old. Alongside expert instructors, learn how the land and sea and the past and present are in perfect harmony in Sicily.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Choose Your Pace
Each day, choose from multiple hiking options based on your desired level of challenge and pace, ranging from 1 - 7 miles on mountain trails. Sites visited may vary based on the hiking level you choose for that day.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Hike all day in the ancient Greek city of Selinunte on a hillside overlooking the Mediterranean.
  • Experience hydrofoil rides to three beautiful islands, walking to caves where paintings of men and animals date to the Mesolithic era.
  • Hike a four-mile nature-reserve trail discovering colorful flowers, ancient caves, cliffs that plunge into the sea and birds of prey, including the Peregrine Falcon and Bonelli’s eagle.

General Notes

Please note that the 2019 departures have an activity level of Outdoor: Spirited and are 13 days, 12 nights. 2020 departures have an activity level of Outdoor: Choose Your Pace and 9 days, 8 nights.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Leopard
by Giuseppe Di Lampedusa
Evoking a lost world of privilege and tradition, Di Lampedusa's memorable tale, set on a rural Sicilian estate during the days of independence, follows the world-weary Don Fabrizio, Prince of Salina. A classic, now in a 50th anniversary edition.
Eyewitness Guide Sicily
by DK Publishing, Eyewitness Guides
This superb guide to Sicily features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a synopsis of the island's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry.
Sicily, Three Thousand Years of Human History
by Sandra Benjamin
With clarity and authority, Benjamin traces the rich legacy of the Greeks and Romans, Vandals and Goths, Arab traders, Normans, Bourbons and others who have contributed to the multi-faceted history of the kingdom of Sicily.
Palmento, A Sicilian Wine Odyssey
by Robert V. Camuto
An American journalist living in France, Robert Camuto roams the vineyards and visits with vintners from Palermo to Marsala and the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna in this year-long celebration of the culture and spirit of Sicily, Italy's largest and oldest wine region.
The Wine-Dark Sea
by Leonardo Sciascia, Avril Bardoni (Translator), Alberto Mobilio (Introduction)
A collection of 13 stories, all set in the celebrated writers’ native Sicily, and featuring mafiosi, carabinieri and villagers.
A Bell for Adano
by John Hersey
The story on an Italian-American major who wins the love and admiration of a small Sicilian village when he tries to repalce the 700-year-old town bell that was melted down by the Fascists.
On Persephone's Island
by Mary Taylor Simeti
Strong on the delights of rural life, Simeti's portrait of Sicily takes the form of a year-long journal, capturing the spirit of the people, daily life, traditions and the land.
Seeking Sicily, A Cultural Journey Through Myth and Reality in the Heart of the Mediterranean
by John Keahey
Taken with Sicily, its culture and its literature, Keahey explores the food, history and pure pleasure of the place, using his heroes Giuseppe di Lampedusa, Leonardo Sciascia and other Sicilian literary greats as guides.
A Sicilian Romance
by Ann Ward Radcliffe
With a mixture of terror and poetic description, this early novel explores the cavernous landscapes and labyrinthine passages of Sicily's castles and convents to reveal the secrets of its powerful aristocracy.
Ancient Sicily, Monuments Past & Present
by G. Messineo, E. Borgia
In this illuminating overview, ingenious overlays depict 17 important sites as they appear today and how they may have appeared in the past.
Midnight in Sicily, On Art, Food, History, Travel and La Cosa Nostra
by Peter Robb
Combining interviews, research and essays on Sicilian history and culture, this vivid report by journalist Robb is a superb introduction to Italy's glorious, corrupt and troubled south.
by Silver Spoon
With a chapter on each of Sicily's nine provinces, color photographs and notes on food traditions, this gorgeous book from Silver Spoon is as much a travelogue as a cookbook.
Sicily, An Illustrated History
by Joseph Privitera
Privitera covers the scope of Sicily and its diverse civilizations in lively prose and well-chosen illustrations in this succinct history.
A House in Sicily
by Daphne Phelps
An old-fashioned memoir of life at Casa Cuseni, the pensione and garden in Taormina run by the indomitable Daphne Phelps, which has been a sanctuary for such guests as Tennessee Williams, Betrand Russell and others, famous and infamous, since 1947.
The Ruby in Her Navel, A Novel of Love and Intrigue in the 12th Century
by Barry Unsworth
Unsworth transports the reader to the 12th century in this richly imagined novel of love and intrigue set in Norman Sicily, where Christian knights, Anatolian belly dancers, Jews and Arabs mix and mingle.
Walking in Sicily
by Gillian Price
A compact guide in the British series covering, in detail, 42 recommended hikes and treks.
Sicily, An Island at the Crossroads of History
by John Julius Norwich
Norwich delivers a page-turning account of Sicily, from the Classical period through the Mafia, highlighting the crucial role the island has played in world politics.
Sicily Map
by Touring Club Italiano
A detailed map of Sicily (1:200,000) printed on water- and tear-resistant paper.
The Shape of Water
by Andrea Camilleri
The first of Camilleri's wildly popular Inspector Montalbano mysteries, nicely translated and shot through (pun intended) with not just memorable characters but also with Sicilian lore and politics. If you like the series, it continues in 16 more installments -- and counting.
Sicilian Carousel
by Lawrence Durrell
Durrell writes with warmth and grace of his journey around the island in the 1950s.

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