Agrigento to Marsala along the south west coast of Sicily
Visit the Selinunte Temple at RP 17.
There is fuel immediately after the start and then a chance to visit the western zone of the Valley of the Temples. A short ride of 20 minutes takes you to Scala dei Turchi beach in Realmonte.

Realmonte has many beaches but the Scala dei Turchi, (Turkish staircase) is particularly striking because of its form as a natural staircase, with a succession of broad steps and terraces that slope down the rock to the sea below. The white steps are becoming more well known partly due to its mention in Andrea Camilleri's series of detective stories about Commissario Montalbano. You cannot pass on this beach as it is one of the most amazing places you will see in Sicily if not in the whole world. A natural stunning white staircase leads you into the marvels of a limpid turquoise beach. The contrast of the different blue colours with the rock formation are spectacular!
From here the route roughly follows the line of the coast, sometimes a km or 2 inland. It passes through vineyards, olive groves and fields of wheat on its way to the historic fishing port of Sciacca.

Sciacca is a working town rather than a polished tourist destination, it is famed for its ceramics, its thermal baths and its religious festivals, as well as for its large fishing fleet. RP 8 takes you to the harbour and is a good place to stop for a coffee or possibly lunch. Although it isn't picture-postcard pretty, the harbour offers a chance to see a real working fishing industry, get views back towards the town, and to enjoy incredibly fresh seafood at one of the restaurants in this part of Sciacca. It's only 100 km to the finish so you have time to enjoy here.

After lunch you'll pass more vineyards, olives etc and at RP 17 you can turn left to visit more ancient Greek temples situated at Marinella, just 4 km from the route.
The Selinunte Temples. Selinunte is one of Sicily's great Greek archaeological sites. Situated by the sea the isolated ruins here have stood abandoned for most of their history. There isn't as many standing ruins as the Valley of the Temples, but it's close proximity to the sea and the lack of later development allows modern visitors to imagine the ancient town of Selinus as it would have been two and a half thousand years ago.
The next 10 km to Campobello di Mazara you follow field after field of olive trees and as you reach the outskirts of town you'll pass through a huge organic wine cooperative's plant. Sicily has long been noted for its fertile soil due to volcanic eruptions and olives, grapes and durum wheat (the basis for pasta) along with tomatoes almonds and citrus fruits are just some of the fine produce from southern Sicily.
The route now follows the sea closely to the coastal town of Marsala. Fill up your tank for tomorrow on the outskirts of the town.

Marsala is internationally famous for one thing: wine. Its inhabitants, however, while being extremely proud of their amber nectar, are equally enthusiastic about their town’s long, illustrious history. The present-day name, deriving from the Arabic “Marsa Allah”, meaning “Port of God”, gives us an idea of just how strategically important the town once was.
A few hundred years later it was the turn of the English, who did not, however, come to conquer, but rather to make wine. The first man on the scene was John Woodhouse, who stumbled across the local wine in 1773. He liked it (and by some accounts drank copious quantities of it!) and thought that it might be popular in his native country. If the wine was to survive the long ocean voyage, however, it would need to be fortified with the addition of alcohol – thus was born Marsala wine.

The route ends by driving passed brine filled ponds for salt production (more of these tomorrow) and arriving at a lovely B&B next to the coast with sea views towards the Aegadian Islands.
RP 5. Scala dei Turchi.
RP 26. The Aegadian Islands at sunset.
Useful links:
B&B Agora, Agrigento. (
Sunrise in Sicily B&B, Marsala
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The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (Neapolitan: Regno d’ ’e Ddoje Sicilie; Sicilian: Regnu dî Dui Sicili; Italian: Regno delle Due Sicilie; Spanish: Reino de las Dos Sicilias) was a kingdom located in Southern Italy from 1816 to 1860. The kingdom was the largest sovereign state by population and size in Italy prior to Italian unification, comprising Sicily and all of the peninsula of Italy south of the Papal States, covering most of the area of today's Mezzogiorno. The kingdom was formed when the Kingdom of Sicily merged with the Kingdom of Naples, which was officially also known as the Kingdom of Sicily. Since both kingdoms were named Sicily, they were collectively known as the "Two Sicilies" (Utraque Sicilia, literally "both Sicilies"), and the unified kingdom adopted this name. The King of the Two Sicilies was overthrown by Giuseppe Garibaldi in 1860, after which the people supposedly voted in a plebiscite to join the Savoyard Kingdom of Sardinia. The annexation of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies completed the first phase of Italian unification, and the new Kingdom of Italy was proclaimed in 1861. The Two Sicilies were heavily agricultural, like the other Italian states.
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View route collection An epic tour down the west coast of Italy to Sicily
About this route collection
This tour of 11 routes has been designed to take you to many of the well known sites in Italy, it even includes some lesser known sites that I think you'll enjoy too.
When they can, the routes will take you as close as you can get to the sites, like the Leaning Tower of Pisa just 100 m from where you park, or the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence where you'll pass right by the end of it and one route takes you as far as you can go up the active volcano Mount Etna.
I said this is a tour of 11 routes and not 11 days because I think you should stop an extra night at one or two places to really enjoy everything that Italy has to offer. For instance; an extra night at La Spezia gives you the opportunity to visit the famous chain of five picturesque seaside fishing villages known as the Cinque Terre. An extra night at the volcanic crater lake - Lake Bracciano, will allow you to take a short train ride into the city Rome to see all of her sights. I'd like an extra night at Salerno to ride the Amalfi Coast road again and another at Cefalu on the island of Sicily to enjoy the spectacular coastline.
What better way to discover amazing Italy than on a road tour? With 80% of world heritage sites, an Italian road tour surely promises an experience worth living!
From a motorcyclist’s point of view, Italy is among the best places in the world to ride. Twisty roads, close distances between sea, hills and mountains – you only need to ride a few miles and the landscape changes completely. Excellent food, good weather and reasonable costs make Italy an attractive touring place for bikers. Reasonably priced hotels and B&Bs; have been used with links to these on each route review.

Route highlights:
Route 1: The Italian Riviera and Portofino.
Route 2: Pisa, Florence and Siena.
Route 3. Volcanic crater lakes and the Tuscany landscape.
Route 4. Twisty roads through the foothills of the Lepini mountains.
Route 5. The Amalfi Coast road.
Route 6. The equally spectacular Cilento Coast road.
Route 7. Tropea and the Coast of Gods.
Route 8. Climbing Mount Etna and the incredibly twisty road to Cefalu.
Route 9. Twisty roads and The Valley of the Temples.
Route 10. The pure white cliffs of Scala dei Turchi and the Selinunte Temples.
Route 11. The salt pans of Trapani and the Grotta Mangiapane.

The tour ends in the ferry port of Palermo where you have a choice to either take to the road to head off of the island at Messina or hop on a ferry. Ferry destinations from Palermo include Genoa in northern Italy, the Italian island of Sardinia where you can tour the island and hop on another ferry to France, or even take a ferry to Tunisia in North Africa. The choice is yours. I hope you have enjoyed this tour.