18 days in Sicily & Rome Itinerary

18 days in Sicily & Rome Itinerary

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18 days in Sicily & Rome Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Palermo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Isola di Favignana
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Foot + Bus:  4​h
3
Agrigento
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Taormina
— 6 nights
Bus:  45​min
5
Catania
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Rome
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Pittsburgh

2
nights
Palermo

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Palermo: Duomo di Monreale (in Monreale), Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro (in Castellammare del Golfo) and Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo (in San Vito lo Capo). There's much more to do: make a trip to Cattedrale di Palermo, steep yourself in history at Norman Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Inferiore della Cappella Palatina, and stroll the grounds of Catacombe dei Cappuccini.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Palermo trip planner .

Pittsburgh, USA to Palermo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Pittsburgh to Palermo is 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Isola di Favignana.

Things to do in Palermo

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo, Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro, Duomo di Monreale
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Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro ©
Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro
Cattedrale di Palermo ©
Cattedrale di Palermo
Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo ©
Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo

1
night
Isola di Favignana

Isola di Favignana ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): explore the galleries of Ex Stabilimento Florio delle Tonnare di Favignana e Formica, then kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Cala Rossa, then make a trip to Grotte bue marino, and finally look for gifts at I Veri Sapori Favignanesi.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Isola di Favignana trip planner .

Getting from Palermo to Isola di Favignana by car takes about 3.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Isola di Favignana can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Agrigento.

Things to do in Isola di Favignana

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grotte bue marino ©
Grotte bue marino
Spiaggia di Cala Rossa ©
Spiaggia di Cala Rossa

3
nights
Agrigento

Agrigento ©
Historically one of ancient Greece's leading cities, Sicily's Agrigento is home to the seven monumental temples that make up the well-preserved Valley of the Temples.
Get out of town with these interesting Agrigento side-trips: Sciacca (Il Castello Incantato, Museo del Giocattolo Sciacca, & more). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Valle dei Templi, get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico Regionale di Agrigento, take in nature's colorful creations at Il Giardino della Kolymbethra, and look for all kinds of wild species at Riserva Naturale Orientata Torre Salsa.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Agrigento trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Isola di Favignana to Agrigento takes 4 hours. In May, daytime highs in Agrigento are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Taormina.

Things to do in Agrigento

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Sciacca, Scala dei Turchi, Riserva Naturale Orientata Torre Salsa
Highlights from your plan
Museo del Giocattolo Sciacca ©
Museo del Giocattolo Sciacca
Valle dei Templi ©
Valle dei Templi
Scala dei Turchi ©
Scala dei Turchi

6
nights
Taormina

Taormina ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Reggio Calabria (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria & Lungomare Falcomata), Chianalea di Scilla (in Scilla) and Chiesa Dell'Immacolata (in Villa San Giovanni). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Gambino Vini, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa del Varo, get outside with Baia di Sant' Antonio, and go for a walk through Piazza IX Aprile.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Taormina online holiday maker .

Getting from Agrigento to Taormina by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May in Taormina, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Catania.

Things to do in Taormina

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Milazzo, Messina, Reggio Calabria, Chiesa Dell'Immacolata, Castillo de Castelmola
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Lungomare Falcomata ©
Lungomare Falcomata
Gambino Vini ©
Gambino Vini
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Catania

Catania ©
The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): make a trip to I Faraglioni Di Acitrezza, pause for some photo ops at Fontana dell'Elefante, then contemplate the long history of Piazza Duomo, and finally take an in-depth tour of Monastero dei Benedettini.

To see ratings and other tourist information, refer to the Catania road trip website .

You can take a bus from Taormina to Catania in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Taormina in May, Catania is little chillier at night with lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Catania

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

I Faraglioni Di Acitrezza
Highlights from your plan
Monastero dei Benedettini ©
Monastero dei Benedettini
Piazza Duomo ©
Piazza Duomo
I Faraglioni Di Acitrezza ©
I Faraglioni Di Acitrezza

3
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 26th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Colosseum, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then make a trip to Piazza Navona, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rome trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Catania to Rome takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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