18 days in Sicily, Puglia & Corsica Itinerary

18 days in Sicily, Puglia & Corsica Itinerary

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18 days in Sicily, Puglia & Corsica Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Palermo, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Syracuse, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Taormina, Italy
— 2 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly + Train:  6​h 30​min
4
Lecce, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
5
Porto-Vecchio, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Ajaccio, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2
nights
Palermo, Italy

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Palermo: Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro (in Castellammare del Golfo) and Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo (in San Vito lo Capo). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Palermo, don't miss a visit to Nobile e Monumentale Chiesa dell'Immacolata Concezione al Capo, steep yourself in history at Norman Palace, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe dei Cappuccini.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Palermo online road trip planner .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Palermo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Palermo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Syracuse.

Things to do in Palermo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Syracuse, Italy

Syracuse ©
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 13th (Mon): Head underground at Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Syracuse Cathedral, and then head off the coast to Ortigia. On your second day here, explore the galleries of Monastero del San salvatore, make a trip to Centro Storico, then identify plant and animal life at Riserva Naturale Orientata Oasi faunistica di Vendicari, and finally delve into the distant past at Teatro Greco.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Syracuse trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Palermo to Syracuse in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Taormina.

Things to do in Syracuse

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Noto
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Ortigia ©
Ortigia
Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio) ©

2
nights
Taormina, Italy

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): walk around Villa Comunale, tour the pleasant surroundings at Isola Bella, don't miss a visit to Corso Umberto, then explore the stunning scenery at Gole Alcantara Botanical and Geological Park, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Castelmola. On the next day, take in the pleasant sights at Piazza IX Aprile, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lido Playa Sole Luna.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Taormina trip planner .

Traveling by car from Syracuse to Taormina takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Taormina are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Lecce.

Things to do in Taormina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Gole Alcantara Botanical and Geological Park, Castillo de Castelmola, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella
Villa Comunale ©
Villa Comunale

3
nights
Lecce, Italy

Lecce ©
Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lecce: I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site (in Alberobello), Maldive del Salento Pescoluse (in Pescoluse) and Grotte di Castellana (in Castellana Grotte). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Centro Storico, Lecce, see the interesting displays at Sidereus, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoosafari, and look for all kinds of wild species at Jonian Dolphin Conservation.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lecce holiday website .

Do a combination of train and flight from Taormina to Lecce in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Taormina in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Lecce, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Porto-Vecchio.

Things to do in Lecce

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Salve, Zoosafari, I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site, Centro Storico di Polignano a Mare, Jonian Dolphin Conservation
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Grotte di Castellana ©
Grotte di Castellana
Zoosafari ©
Zoosafari

2
nights
Porto-Vecchio, France

Porto-Vecchio ©
Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Explore Porto-Vecchio's surroundings by going to Bonifacio (Iles Lavezzi & Plage du Grand Sperone) and Gorges of the Solenzara River (in Sari-Solenzara). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Palombaggia, tour the pleasant surroundings at plage de Tamaricciu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise de Saint Jean Baptiste, and don't miss a visit to Bonifacio Citadel.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Porto-Vecchio route maker website .

Fly from Lecce to Porto-Vecchio in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. July in Porto-Vecchio sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ajaccio.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Gorges of the Solenzara River
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Plage de Palombaggia ©
Plage de Palombaggia
Plage de Santa Giulia ©
Plage de Santa Giulia
Iles Lavezzi ©
Iles Lavezzi

4
nights
Ajaccio, France

Ajaccio ©
With a dreamy location on the west coast of the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, Ajaccio is a mecca of seaside summer tourism.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ajaccio: Le Jardin des Abeilles (in Ocana) and Piana (Calanques de Piana & D81). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Canyoning Corse, make a trip to Les Calanche Cliffs, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ajaccio itinerary planner.

Getting from Porto-Vecchio to Ajaccio by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Ajaccio can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ajaccio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Piana, Corsica, Le Jardin des Abeilles, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Calanques de Piana ©
Calanques de Piana
Nature Reserve of Scandola ©
Nature Reserve of Scandola
Canyoning Corse ©
Canyoning Corse

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