12 days in Sicily Itinerary

12 days in Sicily Itinerary

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12 days in Sicily Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Bus + Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Catania
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Noto
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Agrigento
— 1 night
Bus:  2​h
4
Palermo
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Hong Kong

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Catania: Taormina (Isola Bella, Corso Umberto, & more), Linguaglossa (Etna Donkey Trekking & Gambino Vini) and Villa Romana del Casale (in Piazza Armerina). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Piazza Duomo, take an in-depth tour of Monastero dei Benedettini, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giuliano.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Catania trip itinerary website .

Hong Kong, China to Catania is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Hong Kong to Catania. Traveling from Hong Kong in December, expect nights in Catania to be colder, around 5°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Noto.

Things to do in Catania

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Taormina, Linguaglossa, Villa Romana del Casale, Macalube Slang Lasermaxx Catania
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Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella
Piazza Duomo ©
Piazza Duomo
Villa Romana del Casale
Villa Romana del Casale

2
nights
Noto

Noto ©
Noto is a city and comune in the Province of Syracuse, Sicily, Italy. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi, step off the mainland to explore Ortigia, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Syracuse Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: stop by Ibla Souvenir Avola, explore the fascinating underground world of Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio), then contemplate the long history of Teatro Greco, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Noto itinerary maker site .

Drive from Catania to Noto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Agrigento.

Things to do in Noto

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Syracuse, Ibla Souvenir Avola
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Ortigia ©
Ortigia
Duomo di Siracusa ©
Duomo di Siracusa
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico

1
night
Agrigento

Agrigento ©
Historically one of ancient Greece's leading cities, Sicily's Agrigento is home to the seven monumental temples that make up the well-preserved Valley of the Temples.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Scala dei Turchi, take an in-depth tour of Collezione La Gaipa, and then delve into the distant past at Valle dei Templi.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Agrigento day trip tool .

You can drive from Noto to Agrigento in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. December in Agrigento sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Palermo.

Things to do in Agrigento

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Scala dei Turchi
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Valle dei Templi ©
Valle dei Templi
Scala dei Turchi ©
Scala dei Turchi
Collezione La Gaipa ©
Collezione La Gaipa

4
nights
Palermo

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Explore Palermo's surroundings by going to Duomo di Monreale (in Monreale), Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro (in Castellammare del Golfo) and Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo (in San Vito lo Capo). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Palermo, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, make a trip to AzyzO ALAB, and admire the striking features of Norman Palace.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Palermo trip planner .

You can take a bus from Agrigento to Palermo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palermo

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo, Duomo di Monreale, Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro
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Cattedrale di Palermo ©
Cattedrale di Palermo
Norman Palace ©
Norman Palace
Duomo di Monreale ©
Duomo di Monreale

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