Road trips can be one of the most exciting experiences imaginable. What makes it even better is making sure that all the required tools and equipment are on board. There are several factors and concerns needed to make any road trips as enjoyable as possible - such as travel insurance, emergency tools, knowing what type of car to use and many more.
Planning a road trip in Europe? Why not consider an epic road trip starting in Palermo at the southern part of Italy? Located in the northwest of the island of Sicily and being the capital of both the autonomous region of Sicily and the Metropolitan City of Palermo, it makes an awesome starting point for an awesome road trip. Teeming with rich history, culture, lovely architecture and delectable gastronomic finds, one should not miss a chance to see and tour this city. Once there, it is highly recommended that tourists rent a car to make the most of their stay.
Must see tourist spots and attractions in Palermo are their UNESCO World Heritage sites which include the Palazzo Reale with the Cappella Palatina, the Chiesa di San Giovanni degli Eremiti, the Chiesa di Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio, the Chiesa di San Cataldo, the Cattedrale di Palermo, the Palazzo della Zisa and the Ponte dell’Ammiraglio. Also, don't miss their large architectural heritage and its many Norman buildings. Churches, city walls, museums and opera houses are just some of the must-see and must-visit when road tripping in Palermo. Exciting right?!
You may continue your road trip by driving all the way to Partinico which is located 30 kilometers west of Palermo. When in Partinico, you should not miss visiting the Church of San Giuseppe which houses 17th-century paintings, the Neo-Classicist Chiosco della Musica, Baroque fountain and Real Cantina Borbonica.
After that, hop on back to your car and go to Trapani in the west coast of Sicily. It is an important fishing port and the main gateway to the nearby Egadi Islands. Many of the city's historic buildings are designed in the Baroque style. Notable monuments include the Churches of Sant'Agostino, Santa Maria di Gesù, and the magnificent Basilica-Sanctuary of Maria Santissima Annunziata. Also, must see are the Baroque Palazzo della Giudecca or Casa Ciambra, Fontana di Tritone, Castello di Terra and Ligny Tower, a 17th-century watchtower which houses an archaeological museum.
Next is the City of Segesta - one of the major cities of the Elymian people which is considered as one of the three indigenous peoples of Sicily. When in Segesta, a must-see is the unusually well preserved Doric temple of Segesta located on a hill just outside the site of the ancient city of Segesta and stands in glorious seclusion.
You may now then go back to the City of Palermo and check-in in one of their many hotels.
I hope this simple road trip itinerary starting from Palermo Italy would help you plan your next epic road trip around the western part of the island of Sicily.
There are plenty more lovely sights and interesting places to see in this side of Italy, and renting a car would be the wisest things you can do to maximize both your visit and time.
This article was written by one of our contributing writers. Photo credits: Wikipedia.
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