16 days in Sicily & Calabria Itinerary

16 days in Sicily & Calabria Itinerary

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Palermo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Lampedusa
— 2 nights
Fly
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Syracuse
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taormina
— 2 nights
Taxi to Tresmestieri, Ferry to Reggio Calabria
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Reggio Calabria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tropea
— 3 nights
Fly

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Palermo

— 3 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Venture out of the city with trips to Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo (in San Vito lo Capo), Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro (in Castellammare del Golfo) and Duomo di Monreale (in Monreale). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Cattedrale di Palermo, contemplate the long history of Duomo di Cefalu, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of San Cataldo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cappella Di San Giuseppe Dei Falegnami, Facolta Di Giurisprudenza, Universita Di Palermo.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Palermo is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Palermo, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can fly to Lampedusa.

Things to do in Palermo

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lampedusa

— 2 nights
Italy's southernmost territory, Lampedusa, is known for its turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and island charm.
On the 15th (Tue), make a trip to Archivio Storico Lampedusa, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stop by Lampedusa Artigianato, and finally stroll through Cala Croce Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Tabaccara, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia dei Conigli, and then kick back and relax at Cala Pulcino.

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Traveling by flight from Palermo to Lampedusa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. September in Lampedusa sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Syracuse.

Things to do in Lampedusa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

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 17th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Benevantano del Bosco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siracusa, then head off the coast to Ortigia, and finally delve into the distant past at Teatro Greco. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Corso Vittorio Emanuele III, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Santa Chiara, then Head underground at Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio), and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi.

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Fly from Lampedusa to Syracuse in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Taormina.

Things to do in Syracuse

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): stroll around Villa Comunale, delve into the distant past at Ancient Theatre of Taormina, step off the mainland to explore Isola Bella, then don't miss a visit to Corso Umberto, and finally skim along the rocks with Sicily Legend. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Piazza IX Aprile, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa del Varo, then do a tasting at Gambino Vini, and finally identify plant and animal life at Blue Sea Diving Center.

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You can drive from Syracuse to Taormina in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Taormina are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Reggio Calabria.

Things to do in Taormina

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Reggio Calabria

— 2 nights
Reggio di Calabria, commonly known as Reggio Calabria or simply Reggio in Southern Italy, is the largest city and the most populated comune of Calabria, Southern Italy. On the 21st (Mon), see the sky in a new way at Planetarium Provincial Pythagoras, go for a walk through Chianalea di Scilla, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria, then pause for some photo ops at Monumento Dea Athena, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Lungomare Falcomata. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Pentedattilo, then don't miss a visit to Chiesa Greco-Ortodossa della Madonna di Grecia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Maria SS. del Rosario, and finally take some stellar pictures from Belvedere di Piazza San Rocco.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Reggio Calabria online travel route builder.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Taormina to Reggio Calabria takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Reggio Calabria are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tropea.

Things to do in Reggio Calabria

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Tropea

— 3 nights
Tropea is a municipality located within the province of Vibo Valentia, in Calabria (southern Italy).The town is a famous bathing place, situated on a reef, in the gulf of St. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): stop by Gourmetit, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell'Isola, kick back and relax at Tropea Beach, then fly like a bird with Passione Sud - Travel Experience, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia di Fuoco. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Castello Aragonese Murat, pause for some serene contemplation at Piedigrotta Church, then enjoy the sand and surf at Capo Vaticano, then have fun and explore at Artistic Creations The Lighthouse, and finally get great views at Affaccio Raf Vallone.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tropea itinerary maker.

You can drive from Reggio Calabria to Tropea in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Tropea when traveling from Reggio Calabria in September, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tropea

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.

Calabria travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Landmarks · Castles
Forming the toe of Italy's "boot," Calabria is considered the Caribbean of Europe and may very well be the country's best-kept secret. Visitors can find everything from beaches to Byzantine churches here. Hillside towns, ancient Greek temples, and medieval castles and palaces are just some of the attractions scattered around one of the country's least-developed regions. Calabria remains largely unblemished by mass tourism, with many charming places to visit like olive plantations, orange groves, waterfalls, and lakes. Because it's bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on three sides, the water plays a huge role in the region's culture and cuisine. Calabria is also an up-and-coming producer of fine wines.