12 days in Sicily Itinerary

12 days in Sicily Itinerary

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Taormina
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paterno
— 2 nights
Drive
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Palermo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Trapani
— 2 nights
Drive
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Agrigento
— 1 night
Drive
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Syracuse
— 2 nights
Drive
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Catania

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Taormina

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico), then step off the mainland to explore Isola Bella, then don't miss a visit to Ancient Theatre of Taormina, and finally stroll around Villa Comunale. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Taormina, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Caterina Church, get interesting insight from Blue Sea Diving Center, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa del Varo, then take in the pleasant sights at Piazza IX Aprile, and finally don't miss a visit to Corso Umberto.

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If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Catania-Fontanarossa Airport, Lamezia Terme Airport and Comiso Airport. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in October, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Paterno.

Things to do in Taormina

Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Paterno

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento di San Francesco, look for gifts at Pastificio Il Mattarello, then examine the collection at Museo Del Carretto Siciliano "Gullotti", and finally trek along Etna Donkey Trekking. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Barbara, explore the historical opulence of Norman Castle, then relax in the rural setting at Fattoria Jannarella, and finally stop by Feste Medievali.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Paterno trip planner.

You can drive from Taormina to Paterno in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Taormina in October, expect little chillier with lows of 58°F in Paterno. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Palermo.

Things to do in Paterno

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Palermo

— 2 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, admire the striking features of Palazzo Conte Federico, then ponder the design of Fontana della Vergogna (Fontana Pretoria), and finally indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Quattro Canti, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Palermo, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe dei Cappuccini, admire the landmark architecture of Norman Palace, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Monreale, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of San Cataldo.

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Drive from Paterno to Palermo in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Trapani.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Trapani

— 2 nights

City of Two Seas

Historically known for its importance in salt production, Trapani has gained recognition as an enticing but affordable vacation locale in Sicily.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): examine the collection at Museum Of Optical Illusions, look for all kinds of wild species at Riserva Naturale Saline Di Trapani E Paceco, then make a trip to Santuario Maria SS. Annunziata, and finally stop by La Pasticceria Maria Grammatico. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Colleggio e Convento dei Gesuiti and then explore the ancient world of Tempio di Segesta.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Trapani route planner.

Traveling by car from Palermo to Trapani takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Trapani sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Agrigento.

Things to do in Trapani

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Agrigento

— 1 night

Valley of the Temples

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 15th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa San Nicola, take an in-depth tour of Museo Archeologico Regionale di Agrigento, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Valle dei Templi, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Il Giardino della Kolymbethra.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Agrigento trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Trapani to Agrigento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Trapani in October since evenings lows in Agrigento dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Syracuse.

Things to do in Agrigento

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

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 16th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Filippo Apostolo, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vermexio, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siracusa, then take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Bellomo, and finally head off the coast to Ortigia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, then explore the ancient world of Teatro Greco, then Head underground at Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio), and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Syracuse sightseeing website.

Traveling by car from Agrigento to Syracuse takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Catania.

Things to do in Syracuse

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Catania

Black Pearl of Ionian Sea

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 18th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Parco Archeologico Greco Romano di Catania.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Catania road trip planner.

Getting from Syracuse to Catania by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. October in Catania sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F at night.

Things to do in Catania

Historic Sites

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.

Province of Catania travel guide

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Volcanos · Historic Sites · Landmarks
Catania is an Italian city on the east coast of Sicily facing the Ionian Sea. It is the capital of the Metropolitan City of Catania, one of the ten biggest cities in Italy, and the seventh largest metropolitan area in Italy. The population of the city proper is 313,000 while the population of the conurbation is estimated to be 767,003. The metropolitan city has 1,115,310 inhabitants.Catania is well known for its historical earthquakes, having been destroyed by catastrophic earthquakes in 1169 and 1693, and for several volcanic eruptions from the neighbouring Mount Etna, the most violent of which was in 1669.Catania has had a long and eventful history, having been founded in the 8th century BC. In 1434, the first university in Sicily was founded in the city. In the 14th century and into the Renaissance period, Catania was one of Italy's most important cultural, artistic and political centres. The city has a rich culture and history, hosting many museums, restaurants, churches, parks and theatres. Catania is well known for its street food.GeographyCatania is located on the east coast of the island of Sicily, at the foot of Mount Etna.As observed by Strabo, the location of Catania at the foot of Mount Etna has been both a curse and a blessing. On the one hand, violent outbursts of the volcano throughout history have destroyed large parts of the city, whilst on the other hand the volcanic ashes yield fertile soil, especially suited for the growth of vines. (Strab. vi. p. 269)

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