The large Mediterranean island of Sicily, just off the “toe” of Italy’s “boot,” is an autonomous region of Italy with a rich history. Today, this popular tourist destination is known for its unique art, culture, and cuisine. While most visitors flock to the larger cities like Palermo, Catania, and Siracusa, the picturesque coastal towns and quiet mountainside villages of Sicily are unique destinations in and of themselves. Our guide to running in Sicily includes a cluster of wonderful routes in Palermo, plus some of other favorites across the island.
We’ve mapped runseeing tours of Palermo, Catania, and pedestrian-friendly Taormina. There are also lots of waterfront running opportunities on the lungomari (seaside roads) of Isola di Ortigia, Cefalù, and Giardini Naxos. Movie buffs will love seeing the filming locations of The Godfather and Cinema Paradiso, while adventure seekers may choose to run Mount Etna or Monte Pellegrino.
Sicily’s extensive and efficient railway system is a great way to get around, and it hits most of our main routes. Buses are also a cost-effective option once you get outside the main cities. For our farthest flung routes (like those in Savoca, Forza d’Agrò, and Palazzo Adriano) a ride via car or taxi is helpful. Note that Sicily’s weather is especially hot and sunny in summer, so plan carefully and hydrate!