The Writers’ Road

This tour aims to lead the traveler to places where the writers who made the island famous throughout the world set their novels or lived. These are crucial sites creating a visual and sensory experience accompanied by the memory of the pages of literature that will give you a deeper knowledge of this part of Sicily, its culture and its history.


8 days


Best season : From April to October

Included / Not Included


Assistance upon arrival at the airport in Palermo


Car rental with insurance


7 nights in a 3-star minimum hotel/B&B with room accommodation of preference


Directions and suggestions for best beaches


Travel accessories and telephone with Italian SIM


Directions and suggestions for best bars and restaurants


Telephone assistance in Italian, English, Spanish and French


Flights to/from your home city


Meals where not mentioned


Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)


Arrival at the airport (or station) where you will find an Italy Trails representative to welcome you, deliver your travel material and accompany you to pick up the rental car, which you will need for travel during your stay. Depending on your arrival time, you can start exploring the intricate maze of streets that make up the historic center, which closely resembles the layout of Arab cities. In the city, you will not fail to be overwhelmed by the smells and flavors of the tasty and traditional Sicilian street food. Night in hotel in Palermo.

In the morning after breakfast, you will dedicate yourself to visit different places of the city, where many of the writers who have made Sicily famous have lived and set their novels. You will start visiting the places of the Gattopardo (The Leopard), such as the Monastery of Santa Caterina and Palazzo Tomasi. The monastery is located in the historic center and its history dates back to the 13th century when Frederick II of Swabia gave permission to the Order of Friars Preachers to settle in Palermo. Under the control of the Order, the female monastery of Santa Caterina was born, initially dedicated to assisting women of the most disadvantaged classes, then a place of seclusion for young nobles. Remodeled over the centuries, it now looks like a jewel of Baroque architecture in the heart of the city. Palazzo Tomasi is located in the historic Arab quarter of Palermo and overlooks the seafront. It has all the characteristics of the patrician residences of Palermo and was the last residence of Prince Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. The main floor of the palace is dedicated to the writer and holds his manuscripts. The building is splendid for its position, spaces and light, but also for the antique furnishings, some of which are true masterpieces of Sicilian cabinetmaking. Night in hotel in Palermo.

In the morning after breakfast, you will go into the alleys of the Capo Market, the third historical market after Ballarò and the Vucciria, which is located in the ancient slave district. Access to the market, Piazza del Capo and the fourteenth-century Porta Carini involves navigating the neighborhood and its intricate tangle of streets and alleys, where Natoli sets his historical novel, Beati Paoli. It is a compelling story that takes place in Palermo, shrouded in mystery, where many of the places mentioned in the book can be identified and wrapped in an aura of adventure and secrets. Night in hotel in Palermo.

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