16 days in Sicily Itinerary

16 days in Sicily Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sicily trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Taormina
— 2 nights
Drive
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Catania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Syracuse
— 3 nights
Bus to Trapani, Staiti 13, Ferry to Isola di Favignana
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Isola di Favignana
— 3 nights
Ferry to Trapani, Staiti 13, Bus to Palermo
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Palermo
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Vito lo Capo
— 3 nights
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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.
Explore Taormina's surroundings by going to Gole Alcantara Botanical and Geological Park (in Motta Camastra) and Castiglione di Sicilia (Le Gole dell'Alcantara, Alcantara River Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Isola Bella, walk around Villa Comunale, take in the pleasant sights at Piazza IX Aprile, and stop by Il Laboratorio Dell'Arte.

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Barcelona, Spain to Taormina is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Barcelona in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Taormina: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Catania.

Things to do in Taormina

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Catania

— 2 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.
On the 9th (Mon), see what you can catch with Barca Lachea Tour, then surround yourself with nature on Etna Passion, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria della Provvidenza. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Off-Road Tours, then contemplate the long history of Piazza Duomo, then ponder the design of Fontana dell'Amenano, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Catedrale Sant'Agata V.M. Catania.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Catania road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Taormina to Catania in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Taormina in August, plan for little chillier nights in Catania, with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Syracuse.

Things to do in Catania

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Syracuse

— 3 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.
Explore Syracuse's surroundings by going to Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Marzamemi) and Noto (Chiesa Santa Chiara, Centro Storico, &more). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Ortigia, delve into the distant past at Teatro Greco, explore the fascinating underground world of Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siracusa.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Syracuse road trip planner.

You can drive from Catania to Syracuse in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Isola di Favignana.

Things to do in Syracuse

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Isola di Favignana

— 3 nights
Once famous for its white tuff shell quarries and tuna can factory--now turned into a museum--Isola di Favignana attracts divers and beachgoers with its jagged coastline rich in coves and caves.
Isola di Favignana is known for museums, beaches, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Ex Stabilimento Florio delle Tonnare di Favignana e Formica, enjoy the sand and surf at Scalo Cavallo, stroll through Spiaggia di Cala Rossa, and examine the collection at Casa Museo Matteo Sercia.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Isola di Favignana trip builder tool.

Getting from Syracuse to Isola di Favignana by combination of bus and ferry takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Isola di Favignana can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Palermo.

Things to do in Isola di Favignana

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Palermo

— 2 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of San Cataldo, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Mondello, then contemplate the long history of Palazzina Cinese, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Monreale, and finally admire the local landmark of Fontana della Vergogna (Fontana Pretoria). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, admire the landmark architecture of Norman Palace, then steep yourself in history at Catacombe dei Cappuccini, then make a trip to Cattedrale di Palermo, and finally don't miss a visit to Quattro Canti.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Palermo holiday planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Isola di Favignana to Palermo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Vito lo Capo.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

San Vito lo Capo

— 3 nights
A vacation in San Vito lo Capo offers a chance to enjoy a sheltered bay and a town with distinctive Arab-Norman architecture.
Go for a jaunt from San Vito lo Capo to Castellammare del Golfo to see Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and stroll through Spiaggia di Macari.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Vito lo Capo tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Palermo to San Vito lo Capo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in San Vito lo Capo are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in San Vito lo Capo

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

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.