12 days in Sicily Itinerary

12 days in Sicily Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sicily travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Taormina
— 1 night
Drive
2
Syracuse
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Lampedusa
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Palermo
— 3 nights
Drive
5
San Vito lo Capo
— 3 nights
Fly

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Taormina

— 1 night
With its warm island weather and cliffside location overlooking the Ionion Sea, Taormina has been one of Sicily's most popular getaway destinations since the early 19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Ancient Theatre of Taormina, walk around Villa Comunale, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa del Varo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with Blue Sea Diving Center, head off the coast to Isola Bella, then look for gifts at Made in Sicily Taormina, then don't miss a visit to Corso Umberto, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Piazza IX Aprile.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Taormina online road trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Taormina is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of train and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in July: high temperatures in Taormina hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Syracuse.

Things to do in Taormina

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Teatro Greco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siracusa, then look for gifts at Trimarchi di Villa Marchese, and finally head off the coast to Ortigia. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, and then Head underground at Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio).

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Syracuse route planner.

Traveling by car from Taormina to Syracuse takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to fly to Lampedusa.

Things to do in Syracuse

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Lampedusa

— 2 nights
Italy's southernmost territory, Lampedusa, is known for its turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and island charm.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): make a trip to Archivio Storico Lampedusa, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then identify plant and animal life at Centro di Recupero Tartarughe e Fauna Selvatica WWF. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through La Tabaccara, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia dei Conigli, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cala Pulcino.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lampedusa online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Syracuse to Lampedusa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Palermo.

Things to do in Lampedusa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Palermo

— 3 nights
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), Museo del Motorismo Siciliano e della Targa Florio di Termini Imerese (in Termini Imerese) and Cefalu (Cefalu Coast, Oratorio del Santissimo Sacramento, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Palermo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Via d'Amelio, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe dei Cappuccini, and admire the striking features of Norman Palace.

To find out how to plan a trip to Palermo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Lampedusa to Palermo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Vito lo Capo.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

San Vito lo Capo

— 3 nights
A vacation in San Vito lo Capo offers a chance to enjoy a sheltered bay and a town with distinctive Arab-Norman architecture.
Go for a jaunt from San Vito lo Capo to Castellammare del Golfo to see Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo, stroll through Spiaggia Isuledda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Di San Vito, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Vito lo Capo online holiday maker.

Getting from Palermo to San Vito lo Capo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in San Vito lo Capo are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in San Vito lo Capo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.