12 days in Sicily, Calabria & Puglia Itinerary

12 days in Sicily, Calabria & Puglia Itinerary

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Fly
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Palermo
— 1 night
Drive
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Syracuse
— 2 nights
Drive to Tresmestieri, Ferry to Reggio Calabria
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Reggio Calabria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Otranto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bari
— 3 nights
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Palermo

— 1 night
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nobile e Monumentale Chiesa dell'Immacolata Concezione al Capo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Monreale, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of San Cataldo. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museo dell'Acciuga, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Conte Federico, admire the landmark architecture of Norman Palace, then steep yourself in history at Catacombe dei Cappuccini, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Palermo.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Palermo trip planner.

Miami, USA to Palermo is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Miami to Palermo, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Syracuse.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Syracuse

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Mediterranean

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Ortigia, explore the ancient world of Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siracusa, appreciate the extensive heritage of Monastero del San salvatore, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, and finally see the interesting displays at Mulino ad Acqua - Museo Cavallo d'Ispica.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Syracuse trip planner.

Getting from Palermo to Syracuse by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Reggio Calabria.

Things to do in Syracuse

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Reggio Calabria

— 2 nights
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 23rd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Santo Niceto, then get engrossed in the history at IL Museo Etnografico, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sentiero della Civilta Contadina, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario della Madonna del Mare. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lungomare Falcomata, then take in the pleasant sights at Chianalea di Scilla, and then get outside with Villa Comunale Giuseppe Mazzini.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Reggio Calabria trip itinerary site.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Syracuse to Reggio Calabria in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in September, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Otranto.

Things to do in Reggio Calabria

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Otranto

— 2 nights
Otranto is a town and comune in the province of Lecce (Apulia, Italy), in a fertile region once famous for its breed of horses.It is located on the east coast of the Salento peninsula. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): get outside with Circolo Ippico Malepezza, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, then engage your brain at Parco Astronomico San Lorenzo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Madonna delle Grazie. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Otranto, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Palazzo del Principe, and then see the sky in a new way at Sidereus.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Otranto online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Reggio Calabria to Otranto by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Otranto when traveling from Reggio Calabria in September, with lows around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bari.

Things to do in Otranto

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bari

— 3 nights

Gateway to Apulia

Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Masseria Brancati, learn about winemaking at I Pastini, then learn about winemaking at L'Acropoli di Puglia, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa e Convento di Santa Maria dell'Isola. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museo del Confetto Mucci Giovanni, look for gifts at Confetti Andria, steep yourself in history at Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II (Largo Catuma), then pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Trani, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parrocchia S.Chiara, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale Maria SS. Assunta.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bari visit planning website.

You can drive from Otranto to Bari in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Sicily travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Ruins · Churches
The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is a ruggedly attractive land. The island has a long history of foreign domination and has been controlled by the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and Normans. The result is a distinct culture blending elements from all of those areas and featuring an intriguing dialect. This is a huge island with plenty of small villages to tour, each with its own treasures. Beyond the popular coastal areas, Sicily's inland attractions include an unspoiled landscape of mountains, hills, and villages that sometimes seem frozen in time. While the natural environment is its biggest draw, Sicily's greatest asset may be its people. They are proud of their traditions and incredibly hospitable to visitors.

Calabria travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Landmarks · Castles
Forming the toe of Italy's "boot," Calabria is considered the Caribbean of Europe and may very well be the country's best-kept secret. Visitors can find everything from beaches to Byzantine churches here. Hillside towns, ancient Greek temples, and medieval castles and palaces are just some of the attractions scattered around one of the country's least-developed regions. Calabria remains largely unblemished by mass tourism, with many charming places to visit like olive plantations, orange groves, waterfalls, and lakes. Because it's bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on three sides, the water plays a huge role in the region's culture and cuisine. Calabria is also an up-and-coming producer of fine wines.

Puglia travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Churches
Situated at the southeastern tip of the country, Puglia forms the heel on the "boot" of Italy. First colonized by Mycenaean Greeks, the region flourished during Roman times as a major producer of grain and oil. Today, Puglia remains a predominantly agricultural part of the country, though its warm and sunny coastal weather makes it a favorite holiday destination with an ever-increasing number of tourists. The long coastline features attractions like sun-kissed beaches and lively resorts, many of which are overlooked by limestone cliffs. Deeper inland, Puglia is largely flat, a land of charming villages and world-class cuisine. Here, you'll find olive oil, grapes, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, and fresh seafood to give you sustenance as you continue sightseeing. Despite its reputation as a producer of some Italy's best food and wines, Puglia still has numerous rural corners that most tourists have yet to explore.