12 days in Puglia, Calabria & Sicily Itinerary

12 days in Puglia, Calabria & Sicily Itinerary

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12 days in Puglia, Calabria & Sicily Itinerary

Start: Miami, Florida
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Bari
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Lecce
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
3
Reggio Calabria
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Catania
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Palermo
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h
End: Miami, Florida

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.
Castello Aragonese and Cattedrale di Matera will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Museo Nazionale Archeologico and Cripta del Peccato Originale. Change things up with these side-trips from Bari: Grotte di Castellana (in Castellana Grotte), Cattedrale di Trani (in Trani) and Castel del Monte (in Andria). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica San Nicola.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bari planner .

Miami, USA to Bari is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Miami to Bari. In October, Bari is little chillier than Miami - with highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Lecce.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Matera, Taranto, Cattedrale di Trani, Castel del Monte, Grotte di Castellana
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Castello Aragonese ©
Castello Aragonese
Cattedrale di Trani ©
Cattedrale di Trani
Museo Nazionale Archeologico ©
Museo Nazionale Archeologico

2
nights
Lecce

Lecce ©
Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Croce, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale Di Otranto, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Otranto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Centro Storico di Gallipoli, then Head underground at Grotta della Poesia, then explore the world behind art at Casa Museo della Civilta Contadina e della Cultura Grika, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Lecce.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lecce online route maker .

Drive from Bari to Lecce in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Reggio Calabria.

Things to do in Lecce

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Otranto, Grotta della Poesia, Casa Museo della Civilta Contadina e della Cultura Grika, Centro Storico di Gallipoli
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Basilica di Santa Croce ©
Basilica di Santa Croce
Cattedrale Di Otranto ©
Cattedrale Di Otranto
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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): look and learn at Planetarium Provincial Pythagoras, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Santo Niceto, then go for a walk through Chianalea di Scilla, then explore the world behind art at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Lungomare Falcomata.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Reggio Calabria journey builder website .

Getting from Lecce to Reggio Calabria by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Reggio Calabria when traveling from Lecce in October, with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Catania.

Things to do in Reggio Calabria

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Chianalea di Scilla, Castello di Santo Niceto
Highlights from your plan
Lungomare Falcomata ©
Lungomare Falcomata
Chianalea di Scilla ©
Chianalea di Scilla

2
nights
Catania

Catania ©
The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
On the 19th (Sat), get impressive views of Mount Etna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): head off the coast to Isola Bella, then get engrossed in the history at Monastero dei Benedettini, and then don't miss a visit to Piazza Duomo.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Catania trip planner .

You can drive from Reggio Calabria to Catania in 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Reggio Calabria in October since evenings lows in Catania dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Palermo.

Things to do in Catania

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Isola Bella
Highlights from your plan
Mt Etna ©
Mt Etna
Monastero dei Benedettini ©
Monastero dei Benedettini
Piazza Duomo ©
Piazza Duomo

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 21st (Mon): steep yourself in history at La Rocca, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Cefalu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Monreale, and finally steep yourself in history at Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Riserva Naturale Orientata dello Zingaro.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Palermo trip planner .

You can drive from Catania to Palermo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Palermo

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cefalu, Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro, Duomo di Monreale
Highlights from your plan
Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio ©
Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio
Rocca di Cefalu ©
Rocca di Cefalu
Duomo di Monreale ©
Duomo di Monreale

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