16 days in Puglia & Sicily Itinerary

16 days in Puglia & Sicily Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy trip planner

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Lecce
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bari
— 2 nights
Fly
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Catania
— 3 nights
Drive
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Modica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mazara del Vallo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Palermo
— 3 nights
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Lecce

— 2 nights

Florence of the South

Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of Ostuni and Anfiteatro Romano. Get some cultural insight at Piazza del Duomo and Museo Faggiano. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lecce: Chiesa della Madonna Assunta (in Specchia), Channel Ciolo (in Gagliano del Capo) and Ostuni (Piazza della Liberta, Masseria Brancati, &more). There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lecce travel route planner.

Montreal, Canada to Lecce is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Montreal in April, with highs in Lecce at 23°C and lows at 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bari.

Things to do in Lecce

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Bari

— 2 nights

Gateway to Apulia

Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di Bari, get to know the fascinating history of Lungomare e Murat, then stroll through Lama Monachile, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale Maria SS. Assunta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at La Cantina Frrud - Museo del Vino, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale, then pause for some serene contemplation at Gravina in Puglia - Cattedrale, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Svevo di Barletta, and finally examine the collection at Museo del Confetto Mucci Giovanni.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bari itinerary maker website.

Drive from Lecce to Bari in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Bari, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Catania.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Catania

— 3 nights

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Castello Normanno and Castillo de Castelmola. Do your shopping at A' Piscaria Mercato del Pesce and Prodotti Tipici Siciliani. Venture out of the city with trips to Taormina (Quattro Fontane di Taormina, Piazza Duomo, &more), Syracuse (Chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia, Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi, &more) and Сhurch of San Francesco (in Forza d'Agro). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Palazzo Biscari, get engrossed in the history at Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943, and ponder the design of Fontana dell'Amenano.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Catania trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Bari to Catania in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Modica.

Things to do in Catania

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Modica

— 2 nights
Modica is a city and comune of 54.456 inhabitants in the Province of Ragusa, Sicily, southern Italy. On the 20th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of San Pietro, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of St. George, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo San Giorgio, and finally see the interesting displays at Mulino ad Acqua - Museo Cavallo d'Ispica. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Eloro, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicholas Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Santa Chiara, then admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Nicolaci, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Monastero del San salvatore.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Modica road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Catania to Modica takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Modica are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mazara del Vallo.

Things to do in Modica

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Mazara del Vallo

— 2 nights
Mazara del Vallo is a town and comune in southwestern Sicily, Italy, which lies mainly on the left bank at the mouth of the Mazaro river, administratively part of the province of Trapani.It is an agricultural and fishing centre and its port gives shelter to the largest fishing fleet in Italy.HistoryAncient townMazara was founded by the Phoenicians in the 9th century BC, with the name of Mazar (the Rock). On the 22nd (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa e Monastero di San Francesco d'Assisi, explore the ancient world of Teatro Greco di Segesta, and then contemplate the long history of Cretto di Burri. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Nicolo Regale, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale San Salvatore, then examine the collection at Museo del Satiro Danzante, and finally contemplate the long history of Kasbah Mazara del Vallo.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mazara del Vallo tour itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Modica to Mazara del Vallo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Mazara del Vallo are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Palermo.

Things to do in Mazara del Vallo

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Palermo

— 3 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chiesa del Gesu and Palazzo Conte Federico. Santuario Santa Rosalia and Castello di Caccamo will appeal to history buffs. When in Palermo, make a side trip to see La Bottega nella Roccia in Caccamo, approximately Caccamo away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Inferiore della Cappella Palatina, explore the world behind art at Museum of tiles Stanze al Genio, see the interesting displays at Museo Diocesano, and contemplate the long history of Oratorio di Santa Cita.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Palermo route planner.

You can drive from Mazara del Vallo to Palermo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Puglia travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Churches
Situated at the southeastern tip of the country, Puglia forms the heel on the "boot" of Italy. First colonized by Mycenaean Greeks, the region flourished during Roman times as a major producer of grain and oil. Today, Puglia remains a predominantly agricultural part of the country, though its warm and sunny coastal weather makes it a favorite holiday destination with an ever-increasing number of tourists. The long coastline features attractions like sun-kissed beaches and lively resorts, many of which are overlooked by limestone cliffs. Deeper inland, Puglia is largely flat, a land of charming villages and world-class cuisine. Here, you'll find olive oil, grapes, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, and fresh seafood to give you sustenance as you continue sightseeing. Despite its reputation as a producer of some Italy's best food and wines, Puglia still has numerous rural corners that most tourists have yet to explore.

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.