12 days in Sicily Itinerary

12 days in Sicily Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sicily attractions planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Palermo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taormina
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Syracuse
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Ragusa
— 1 night
Drive
5
Agrigento
— 2 nights
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Palermo

— 3 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cattedrale di Palermo and Oratorio di San Lorenzo. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Teatro Greco di Segesta and Castello di Caccamo. When in Palermo, make a side trip to see Duomo di Monreale in Monreale, approximately Monreale away. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Inferiore della Cappella Palatina, make a trip to Nobile e Monumentale Chiesa dell'Immacolata Concezione al Capo, stroll the grounds of Catacombe dei Cappuccini, and see the interesting displays at Santuario Santa Rosalia.

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Washington, USA to Palermo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Taormina.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Taormina

— 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tindari and Chiesa Madonna della Rocca. Explore hidden gems such as Basilica di San Sebastiano and Santuario della Madonna di Montalto. Explore Taormina's surroundings by going to Duomo di Messina (in Messina), Gambino Vini (in Linguaglossa) and Riserva Naturale Orientata Laghetti di Marinello (in Patti). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Castelmola, admire the landmark architecture of Diocesi Di Acireale, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Taormina, and delve into the distant past at Ancient Theatre of Taormina.

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You can drive from Palermo to Taormina in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in October, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Syracuse.

Things to do in Taormina

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giovanni Alle Catacombe, get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Palazzo Nicolaci, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Filippo Apostolo. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siracusa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia, then contemplate the long history of Teatro Greco, and finally contemplate the long history of Tonnara di Marzamemi.

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Drive from Taormina to Syracuse in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ragusa.

Things to do in Syracuse

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Ragusa

— 1 night

Town of Bridges

Once a flourishing ancient city, Ragusa was rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1693.
On the 16th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo San Giorgio, then steep yourself in history at Saint Giorgio, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of St. George, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of San Pietro.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ragusa route builder site.

You can drive from Syracuse to Ragusa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. October in Ragusa sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Agrigento.

Things to do in Ragusa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Agrigento

— 2 nights

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.
On the 17th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa del SS. Rosario, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Greci, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico Regionale di Agrigento, and finally delve into the distant past at Valle dei Templi.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Agrigento journey planner.

Traveling by car from Ragusa to Agrigento takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Agrigento when traveling from Ragusa in October, with lows around 67°F. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Agrigento

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Sicily travel guide

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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.