10 Best Things To Do In Scicli, Italy - Updated 2024

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If you think Rome was magical, then come to Scicli and see what the real magic is. From great romantic sunsets to frolicking on the beaches, Scicli has an adventure for you. This off-the-main-trail village may be that perfect getaway you and your spouse dreamed of visiting. There is no law saying you must endure the crowds to have a great vacation.

Some of the best holidays come when you leave the crowds behind and just enjoy Italy on your own. Scicli will give both magic and solitude. Take your next vacation in one of the more hidden gems of Italy. Come to Scicli!

1. Mount Etna: climb a volcano (from USD 496.0)

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Are you courageous enough? Can you defy death? Then climb Mount Etna, one of Europe’s active volcanos.

This hike is not for the faint of heart. While it may not erupt while you are climbing, it still takes a lot of courage to look an active volcano in the eye. Mt. Etna will be a highlight of your trip. Enjoy the fresh air, the scenic view and get a taste of what a volcano is truly like. Just be prepared for the cold weather.

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Private Tour: Mt Etna and Taormina from Catania

Duration: 8 hours

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2. Cava d'Aliga: romance at sunset

Cava d'aliga - panoramio
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Romance begins at sunset. Here is a nice little spot to build that romance or continue heating its fires. Watch the sun go down into the ocean as you hold your loved one close.

Nothing beats a good sunset to keep those romantic fires burning. A trip to Italy would not be complete without at least one night watching the colors change as the sun ends its work day. Relax with the sounds of the waves coming into the shore and wish the night would never end.

Cava d'Aliga

Address: Sicli Italy

Website: Cava d'Aliga

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3. Museo del Costume: play dress up

Scena del matrimonio
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Think about how you would look in those wonderful costumes. Imagine yourself living in the time periods those costumes represent. Whisk yourself away from your troubles by placing yourself in another land and another time. The Museo del Costume is ready to provide you with an imaginary getaway that will make you sparkle.

Museo del Costume

Address: Via Francesco Mormino Penna 65, 97018, Scicli, Sicily, Italy

Facebook page: Museo del Costume

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4. La Fornace Penna: Picnic in history

La Mannara...fornace Penna - panoramio
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Take time from your busy holiday schedule and have a picnic with history. This old building will provide you with a great backdrop for the many photos you will take as you picnic beneath its walls. For more fun, you can swim off the nearby sandy beach or just take a casual stroll along the water’s edge. It is a great way to have lunch and spend a few quiet hours before heading back to your busy vacation schedule.

La Fornace Penna

Address: Scicli, Sicily, Italy

Website: La Fornace Penna - Italian

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5. Chiesa di San Giovanni Evangelista: The glory of church

San Giovanni in Bragora Interno
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See the beauty of an old Italian church. Marvel at the artistic beauty crafted by artisans from long ago. Wonder at how they got the arched ceilings so perfect. Take in the complete beauty of this wonderful 18th-century church.

Chiesa di San Giovanni Evangelista

Address: Via Mormino Penna, Scicli, Sicily, Italy

Price: Free

Website: Chiesa di San Giovanni Evangelista

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6. Sampieri: A fine time to picnic

Sampieri Sunset (16555448595)
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Coming to Scicli is a picnickers dream. With so many locations to chose from, you will want to have a picnic each day you are in town. Sampieri is another wonderful location to simply slow down and haul out your picnic basket.

You can come for a picnic breakfast and watch the sun rise or a romantic picnic supper and watch the sun set. Or you could do both. Enjoy the view as you sip a great glass of wine.


Address: Miramare, 97018 Sampieri, Scicli, Sicily, Italy

Website: Sampieri - Italian

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7. A Rutta ri Ron Carmelu: be a caveman

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See how living in a cave is done. There are many people who like to live in caves all throughout the world. Now is your chance to see what it is like and get a little taste of being a caveman.

A Rutta ri Ron Carmelu

Address: Via Timponello 37 | Parco Archeologico Chiafura, 97018 Scicli, Sicily, Italy

Facebook page: A Rutta ri Ron Carmelu

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8. Chiesa di San Matteo: Silent guardian

Chiaramonti - Chiesa di San Matteo (14)
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Like the Jesus statue on the mountaintop in Rio, this church stands as a silent guardian over Scicli. Take a few moment and hike up to this ancient structure and see the city from its eyes. It is a gorgeous view.

Chiesa di San Matteo

Address: Colle di San Matteo, 97018 Scicli, Sicily, Italy

Website: Chiesa di San Matteo - Italian

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9. Scicli: history is alive and well (from USD 62.0)

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Take a walk through old Italy with a jaunt through Scicli’s old town. Dating back to 3,000 BC, this town has preserved a lot of its historical heritage. It is just waiting for you to discover it and marvel at its unique architecture. Walk the narrow streets and be transported back in time to an age where life was vastly different from now. Rejuvenate yourself by walking through history and when you get tired of walking, stop by one of the many cafes and have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

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Scicli Walking tour

10. San Vito Lo Capo: bask in the Italian sun

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Home to the September Couscous Festival, you can soak up the Italian sun as you enjoy an off-the-beaten-track vacation. This beach so far remains a hidden gem that most tourists have not discovered, which means you do not have to fight the crowds to get a great sun tanning spot. San Vito Lo Capo is a great way to relax and spend a quiet afternoon just being lazy. Let the Italian sun take your cares away, and come to San Vito Lo Capo for a day.

San Vito Lo Capo

Address: Province of Trapani

Price: Free

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A few words

Traveling is fun, it is exciting and it is a great way to learn. A traveler can learn so much about another people, their culture, and their history if they only take the time to explore the many offerings a city provides for them. Scicli is no different from any other Italian village or city.

They have great restaurants, great historical sites, and great shopping. It would be a shame to pass up on this little gem because it may not be popular enough with other travelers. Plan your next vacation to include some nights in Scicli. It will be an experience you will never forget

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