12 days in Sicily Itinerary

12 days in Sicily Itinerary

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12 days in Sicily Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  16​h
1
Palermo
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Lampedusa
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Train:  3​h 45​min
3
Syracuse
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Taormina
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Newark

2
nights
Palermo

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Visit Teatro Greco di Segesta and Kasbah Mazara del Vallo for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gole di Tiberio and Chiesa del Gesu. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Palermo: Castello di Caccamo (in Caccamo) and Castello Ventimiglia (in Castelbuono). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Palermo, stroll the grounds of Catacombe dei Cappuccini, and don't miss a visit to Quattro Canti.

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Newark, USA to Palermo is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Palermo, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Lampedusa.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Castello di Caccamo, Teatro Greco di Segesta, Gole di Tiberio, Kasbah Mazara del Vallo, Castello Ventimiglia
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Cattedrale di Palermo ©
Cattedrale di Palermo
Gole di Tiberio ©
Gole di Tiberio
Teatro Greco di Segesta ©
Teatro Greco di Segesta

2
nights
Lampedusa

Lampedusa ©
Italy's southernmost territory, Lampedusa, is known for its turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and island charm.
On the 28th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Spiagga Cala Francese, stroll through Sciatu Persu, then look for all kinds of wild species at Centro di Recupero Tartarughe e Fauna Selvatica WWF, and finally get outside with Mare Morto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Spiaggia dei Conigli, enjoy the sand and surf at Cala Croce Beach, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lampedusa attractions planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Palermo to Lampedusa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. June in Lampedusa sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Syracuse.

Things to do in Lampedusa

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sciatu Persu ©
Sciatu Persu
Cala Croce Beach ©
Cala Croce Beach
Spiaggia dei Conigli ©
Spiaggia dei Conigli

2
nights
Syracuse

Syracuse ©
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 30th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Riserva Naturale Orientata Cavagrande del Cassibile, Head underground at Cavagrande del Cassibile, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Santa Chiara, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Cathedral, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Carlo Borromeo. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giovanni Alle Catacombe, stroll through Spiaggia di Gallina, make a trip to Palazzo Nicolaci, then don't miss a visit to Tonnara di Marzamemi, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Filippo Apostolo.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Syracuse online tour planner .

Getting from Lampedusa to Syracuse by combination of flight and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Taormina.

Things to do in Syracuse

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Noto, Avola, Tonnara di Marzamemi
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Cavagrande del Cassibile ©
Cavagrande del Cassibile
Spiaggia di Gallina ©
Spiaggia di Gallina

4
nights
Taormina

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.
Visit Piscina di Venere and Spiaggia Capo Calava for some beach relaxation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Duomo di Messina and Riserva Naturale Orientata Laghetti di Marinello. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taormina: Etna Donkey Trekking (in Linguaglossa), Castello di Milazzo (in Milazzo) and Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tindari (in Tindari). The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, head off the coast to Isola Bella, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Taormina, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa del Varo.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Taormina online trip maker .

Drive from Syracuse to Taormina in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Taormina

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Milazzo, Duomo di Messina, Scuba & Snorkeling, Castillo de Castelmola, Etna Donkey Trekking
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Etna Donkey Trekking ©
Etna Donkey Trekking
Spiaggia Capo Calava ©
Spiaggia Capo Calava

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