10 days in Puglia, Calabria & Sicily Itinerary

10 days in Puglia, Calabria & Sicily Itinerary

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10 days in Puglia, Calabria & Sicily Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  3 h 30 min
1
Bari
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Lecce
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 45 min
3
Reggio Calabria
— 1 night
Ferry + Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Syracuse
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
5
Palermo
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  4 h
End: Rome

2
nights
Bari

Bari ©
Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cattedrale di Bitonto and Cattedrale di Bari. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica Cattedrale Maria Santissima della Madia and Bari War Cemetery. Change things up with these side-trips from Bari: Museo del Confetto Mucci Giovanni (in Andria), Cattedrale di Conversano (in Conversano) and Matera (Casa Cisterna Sotterranea & Materasum Ipogeo). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica San Nicola, get to know the fascinating history of Arco Angioino, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and admire the landmark architecture of Il Succorpo della Cattedrale di Bari.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bari online trip builder .

Rome to Bari is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. October in Bari sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Lecce.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Matera, Cattedrale Maria SS. Assunta, Basilica Cattedrale Maria Santissima della Madia, Cattedrale di Conversano, Museo del Confetto Mucci Giovanni
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Materasum Ipogeo ©
Materasum Ipogeo
Cattedrale Maria SS. Assunta ©
Cattedrale Maria SS. Assunta

1
night
Lecce

Lecce ©
Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
On the 17th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Croce, don't miss a visit to Centro Storico, Lecce, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Lecce, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally get engrossed in the history at Casa Museo della Civilta Contadina e della Cultura Grika.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lecce trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bari to Lecce takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Lecce are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Reggio Calabria.

Things to do in Lecce

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Casa Museo della Civilta Contadina e della Cultura Grika
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Basilica di Santa Croce ©
Basilica di Santa Croce
Duomo di Lecce ©
Duomo di Lecce

1
night
Reggio Calabria

Reggio Calabria ©
Reggio di Calabria, commonly known as Reggio Calabria or simply Reggio in Southern Italy, is the largest city and the most populated comune of Calabria, Southern Italy. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Lungomare Falcomata, get curious at Museo del Bergamotto, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Santo Niceto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Cattedrale di Reggio Calabria Maria SS Asunta, then take in the pleasant sights at Chianalea di Scilla, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria.

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Getting from Lecce to Reggio Calabria by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Lecce in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Reggio Calabria, with lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Syracuse.

Things to do in Reggio Calabria

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Castello di Santo Niceto, Chianalea di Scilla
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Lungomare Falcomata ©
Lungomare Falcomata
Castello di Santo Niceto ©
Castello di Santo Niceto

1
night
Syracuse

Syracuse ©
Philosopher Cicero once described Syracuse as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all." A powerful city-state of ancient Greece, Syracuse now is the capital of the eponymous Italian province on the eastern coast of Sicily.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giovanni Alle Catacombe, explore the fascinating underground world of Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio), then get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Syracuse Cathedral, and finally ponder the design of Fountain of Diana.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Syracuse trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Reggio Calabria to Syracuse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Palermo.

Things to do in Syracuse

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Duomo di Siracusa ©
Duomo di Siracusa
Chiesa di San Giovanni Alle Catacombe ©
Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi ©

3
nights
Palermo

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Norman Palace, steep yourself in history at Duomo di Cefalu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Monreale, and finally stroll the grounds of Catacombe dei Cappuccini. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Riserva Naturale Orientata dello Zingaro.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Palermo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Syracuse to Palermo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Duomo di Monreale, Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro, Duomo di Cefalu
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Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio ©
Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio
Cattedrale di Palermo ©
Cattedrale di Palermo
Duomo di Monreale ©
Duomo di Monreale

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