16 days in Sicily Itinerary

16 days in Sicily Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sicily trip planner

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Fly
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Palermo
— 3 nights
Train to Milazzo, Ferry to Lipari
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Lipari
— 1 night
Ferry to Milazzo, Bus to Taormina
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Taormina
— 2 nights
Drive
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Syracuse
— 4 nights
Fly
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Lampedusa
— 5 nights
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Palermo

— 3 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chiesa del Gesu and Grotta Mangiapane. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cattedrale di Palermo and Teatro Greco di Segesta. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Palermo: Spiaggia Isuledda (in Macari), Castello di Caccamo (in Caccamo) and Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Castellammare del Golfo). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and Monastery of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, contemplate the long history of Palazzina Cinese, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of San Cataldo, and stroll through Riserva Naturale Orientata Monte Cofano.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Palermo trip planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Palermo is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Lisbon to Palermo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lipari.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lipari

— 1 night
Lipari is the largest of the Aeolian Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the northern coast of Sicily, southern Italy; it is also the name of the island's main town and comune, which is administratively part of the Metropolitan City of Messina. On the 7th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa delle Anime del Purgatorio, explore the gorgeous colors at Cala Junco, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di San Bartolomeo, then see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Regionale Eoliano, and finally go deep with a submarine tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lipari trip maker website.

Getting from Palermo to Lipari by combination of train and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Taormina.

Things to do in Lipari

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia libera - Santa Teresa di Riva, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Messina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa del Varo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Taormina, kick back and relax at Isola Bella, then take in the pleasant sights at Chiesa Madonna della Rocca, then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Castelmola, and finally explore the ancient world of Ancient Theatre of Taormina.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Taormina online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Lipari to Taormina in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Syracuse.

Things to do in Taormina

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Syracuse

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathedral of St. George and Cavagrande del Cassibile. Get some historical perspective at St. Nicholas Cathedral and Chiesa di San Giovanni Alle Catacombe. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Syracuse: Spiaggia di Eloro (in Lido di Noto), Spiaggia di Gallina (in Avola) and Noto (Centro Storico, Chiesa Santa Chiara, &more). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siracusa, steep yourself in history at Tonnara di Marzamemi, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sampieri.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Syracuse tour planner.

You can drive from Taormina to Syracuse in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Lampedusa.

Things to do in Syracuse

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Lampedusa

— 5 nights
Italy's southernmost territory, Lampedusa, is known for its turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and island charm.
You'll get in some beach time at Spiaggia dei Conigli and Spiagga Cala Francese. Take a break from the city and head to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Cala Uccello. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at La Tabaccara, stroll through Cala Maluk, head outdoors with Mare Morto, and see the vivid underwater world at Capo Ponente.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lampedusa online travel route planner.

Fly from Syracuse to Lampedusa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Lampedusa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.