17 days in Sicily & Islands of Sicily Itinerary

17 days in Sicily & Islands of Sicily Itinerary

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Taormina
— 4 nights
Train
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Palermo
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Vito lo Capo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Lampedusa
— 4 nights
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Taormina

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taormina: Chianalea di Scilla (in Scilla), Gambino Vini (in Linguaglossa) and Gole Alcantara Botanical and Geological Park (in Motta Camastra). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Ancient Theatre of Taormina, step off the mainland to explore Isola Bella, get a dose of the wild on Etna Wild, and make a trip to Corso Umberto.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Taormina vacation app.

Dublin, Ireland to Taormina is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Dublin to Taormina, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Dublin, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Taormina, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Palermo.

Things to do in Taormina

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Palermo

— 4 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Change things up with these side-trips from Palermo: Duomo di Monreale (in Monreale) and Cefalu (Oratorio del Santissimo Sacramento, Duomo di Cefalu, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Palermo, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe dei Cappuccini, admire the striking features of Norman Palace, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Palermo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taormina to Palermo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to San Vito lo Capo.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

San Vito lo Capo

— 4 nights
A vacation in San Vito lo Capo offers a chance to enjoy a sheltered bay and a town with distinctive Arab-Norman architecture.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tempio di Segesta (in Calatafimi-Segesta) and Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro (in Castellammare del Golfo). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta, tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Isuledda, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Vito lo Capo road trip planner.

Drive from Palermo to San Vito lo Capo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in San Vito lo Capo can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to fly to Lampedusa.

Things to do in San Vito lo Capo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lampedusa

— 4 nights
Italy's southernmost territory, Lampedusa, is known for its turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and island charm.
Lampedusa is known for beaches, wildlife, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia dei Conigli, don't miss a visit to Santuario di Nostra Signora di Lampedusa, Lampedusa, stroll through Sciatu Persu, and identify plant and animal life at Centro di Recupero Tartarughe e Fauna Selvatica WWF.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lampedusa trip maker app.

You can fly from San Vito lo Capo to Lampedusa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and ferry. In June in Lampedusa, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Lampedusa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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.

Province of Trapani travel guide

3.9
Beaches · Ruins · Wildlife Areas
Trapani is a city and comune on the west coast of Sicily in Italy. It is the capital of the Province of Trapani. Founded by Elymians, the city is still an important fishing port and the main gateway to the nearby Egadi Islands.HistoryTrapani was founded by the Elymians to serve as the port of the nearby city of Erice (ancient Eryx), which overlooks it from Monte San Giuliano. The city sits on a low-lying promontory jutting out into the Mediterranean Sea.It was originally named Drepana or Drépanon from the Greek word for "sickle", because of the curving shape of its harbour. Carthage seized control of the city in 260 BC, subsequently making it an important naval base, but ceded it to Rome in 241 BC following the Battle of the Aegates in the First Punic War.Two ancient legends tell of mythical origins for the city. In the first legend, Trapani stemmed from the sickle which fell from the hands of the goddess Demeter while she was seeking for her daughter Persephone, who had been kidnapped by Hades. The second myth features Kronos, who eviscerated his father Ouranos, god of the sky, with a sickle which, falling into the sea, created the city. In ancient times, Saturn was the god-protector of Trapani. Today, Saturn's statue stands in a piazza in the centre of the city.

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Islands of Sicily travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Landmarks · History Museums
The beaches of the islands of Sicily--seven of which are inhabited--are known for particularly thin sand reminiscent of talcum powder. The minor Sicilian islands form an archipelago, combining a variety of volcanic landscapes. While some of these satellite islands thrive on tourism, like the popular World Heritage-listed Aeolian Islands, others are tranquil and nearly deserted, like the Aegadian Islands. Sicily's islands offer a wealth of history, as well as plenty of things to do, like swimming, sailing, or hiking.