14 days in Italy Itinerary

14 days in Italy Itinerary

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14 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  26 h
1
Palermo
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h
2
Marsala
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h 15 min
3
Agrigento
— 1 night
train:  1 h
4
Caltanissetta
— 1 night
train:  2 h
5
Vittoria
— 1 night
train:  1 h
6
Ragusa
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 30 min
7
Syracuse
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
8
Catania
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
9
Taormina
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
10
Messina
— 1 night
End: Messina

2
nights
Palermo

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Conte Federico, contemplate the long history of Norman Palace, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Inferiore della Cappella Palatina, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe dei Cappuccini, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Palermo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Chiesa di Santo Spirito o dei Vespri, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Monreale, and finally admire the local landmark of Fontana della Vergogna (Fontana Pretoria).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Palermo attractions planner.

Sydney, Australia to Palermo is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Marsala.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Duomo di Monreale
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Cattedrale di Palermo ©
Cattedrale di Palermo
Norman Palace ©
Norman Palace
Duomo di Monreale ©
Duomo di Monreale

1
night
Marsala

Marsala ©
Marsala is an Italian town located in the Province of Trapani in the westernmost part of Sicily. On the 6th (Mon), get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo VII Aprile, stop by Enoteca Lo Sbarco, do a tasting at CANTINA MARTINEZ dal 1866, then learn about winemaking at Baglio Baiata Alagna, and finally stroll through Isola di Mozia (Mothia)/ San Pantaleo.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Marsala trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Palermo to Marsala takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Marsala sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Agrigento.

Things to do in Marsala

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Isola di Mozia (Mothia)/ San Pantaleo ©
CANTINA MARTINEZ dal 1866 ©
CANTINA MARTINEZ dal 1866
Palazzo VII Aprile ©
Palazzo VII Aprile

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 7th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Il Giardino della Kolymbethra, take in the spiritual surroundings of Valle dei Templi, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico Regionale di Agrigento, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa San Nicola.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Agrigento online travel route planner .

Traveling by bus from Marsala to Agrigento takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. January in Agrigento sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Caltanissetta.

Things to do in Agrigento

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Valle dei Templi ©
Valle dei Templi
Chiesa San Nicola ©
Chiesa San Nicola

1
night
Caltanissetta

Caltanissetta ©
Caltanissetta is a Commune in the Central Interior of Sicilia/Sicily, Italia/Italy, and the Capital of the Province of Caltanissetta. On the 8th (Wed), make a trip to Piazza Garibaldi, don't miss a visit to Abazia di Santo Spirito, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria La Nova - Cattedrale di Caltanissetta, then don't miss a visit to Chiesa di Sant'Agata al Collegio, and finally look for gifts at Mercato Storico Strata 'a Foglia.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Caltanissetta day trip website .

Getting from Agrigento to Caltanissetta by car takes about an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Vittoria.

Things to do in Caltanissetta

Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mercato Storico Strata 'a Foglia ©
Mercato Storico Strata 'a Foglia
Abazia di Santo Spirito ©
Abazia di Santo Spirito
Chiesa di Sant'Agata al Collegio ©
Chiesa di Sant'Agata al Collegio

1
night
Vittoria

Vittoria ©
Vittoria is a town and comune in the province of Ragusa, Sicily, Italy. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Azienda Agricola COS s.s., take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Giovanni Battista, then make a trip to Il Liberty di Vittoria, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Paul-Bricius & Company.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Vittoria trip planner .

Traveling by car from Caltanissetta to Vittoria takes 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ragusa.

Things to do in Vittoria

Breweries & Distilleries Wineries Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Paul-Bricius & Company ©
Paul-Bricius & Company
Azienda Agricola COS s.s. ©
Azienda Agricola COS s.s.

1
night
Ragusa

Ragusa ©
Once a flourishing ancient city, Ragusa was rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1693.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Planeta Dorilli Winery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of St. George, don't miss a visit to Siculamente, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ragusa Ibla, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo San Giorgio.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ragusa vacation planning tool .

You can drive from Vittoria to Ragusa in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Syracuse.

Things to do in Ragusa

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Cathedral of St. George
Highlights from your plan
Ragusa Ibla ©
Ragusa Ibla
Cathedral of St. George ©
Cathedral of St. George
Duomo San Giorgio ©
Duomo San Giorgio

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi, step off the mainland to explore Ortigia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Syracuse Cathedral, and finally look for gifts at Aretusa Souvenir.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Syracuse trip app .

You can drive from Ragusa to Syracuse in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Catania.

Things to do in Syracuse

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Siracusa ©
Duomo di Siracusa
Ortigia ©
Ortigia
Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi ©

2
nights
Catania

The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Catedrale Sant'Agata V.M. Catania, admire the local landmark of Fontana dell'Amenano, contemplate the long history of Piazza Duomo, then take an in-depth tour of Monastero dei Benedettini, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giuliano. Keep things going the next day: get lost in a book at Biblioteche Riunite Civica e A. Ursino Recupero, then have some family-friendly fun at Macalube Slang Lasermaxx Catania, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Catania online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Syracuse to Catania in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Catania are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Taormina.

Things to do in Catania

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Macalube Slang Lasermaxx Catania
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Piazza Duomo ©
Piazza Duomo
Room Escape Games

1
night
Taormina

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.
On the 14th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Isola Bella, look for gifts at Il Laboratorio Dell'Arte, take in the exciting artwork at Good Fellas Art Studio, then walk around Villa Comunale, then get lost in a book at Biblioteca Comunale Sant' Agostino, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa del Varo.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Taormina trip planner .

You can take a bus from Catania to Taormina in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Taormina when traveling from Catania in January, with lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Messina.

Things to do in Taormina

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella
Villa Comunale ©
Villa Comunale
Good Fellas Art Studio ©
Good Fellas Art Studio

1
night
Messina

Messina ©
Messina is the capital of the Italian Metropolitan City of Messina. On the 15th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Museo del Tesoro di San Placido, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tindari, then pause for some photo ops at La Madonnina del Porto, then make a trip to Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Messina. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Chianalea di Scilla, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lungomare Falcomata, and then explore the world behind art at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Messina route builder website .

Take a train from Taormina to Messina in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Messina

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Reggio Calabria, Chianalea di Scilla, Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tindari
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