20 days in Italy Itinerary

20 days in Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe holiday planner

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Palermo, Sicily
— 6 nights
Drive
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Agrigento, Sicily
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ragusa, Sicily
— 3 nights
Drive
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Motta Camastra
— 2 nights
Drive
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Messina
— 2 nights
Ferry to Villa S.Giovanni, Train to Paestum
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Paestum
— 3 nights
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Palermo, Sicily

— 6 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
You've now added Parapendio in Tandem to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Palermo side-trips: Duomo di Monreale (in Monreale), Grotta Mangiapane (in Custonaci) and San Vito lo Capo (Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo, Enoteca Dioniso, &more). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Palermo, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Mondello, ponder the design of Fontana della Vergogna (Fontana Pretoria), and explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe dei Cappuccini.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Palermo online route planner.

Rome to Palermo is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Agrigento.

Things to do in Palermo

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Agrigento, Sicily

— 3 nights

Valley of the Temples

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: Siculiana (Santuario del Santissimo Crocifisso di Siculiana & Riserva Naturale Orientata Torre Salsa). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Valle dei Templi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario di San Calogero, examine the collection at Casa Natale di Luigi Pirandello, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa San Nicola.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Agrigento itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Palermo to Agrigento takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ragusa.

Things to do in Agrigento

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Ragusa, Sicily

— 3 nights

Town of Bridges

Once a flourishing ancient city, Ragusa was rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1693.
Venture out of the city with trips to Syracuse (Palazzo Benevantano del Bosco & Duomo di Siracusa) and Noto (Chiesa Santa Chiara, Centro Storico, &more). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Ragusa Ibla, make a trip to Teatro Donnafugata, look for gifts at Falpala', and take in nature's colorful creations at Giardini Iblei.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ragusa road trip planner.

Getting from Agrigento to Ragusa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Agrigento in August, you will find days in Ragusa are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are a bit cooler (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Motta Camastra.

Things to do in Ragusa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Motta Camastra

— 2 nights
Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with La Spiaggia Libera di Letojanni, then stroll around Alcantara River Park, then explore the stunning scenery at Gole Alcantara Botanical and Geological Park, and finally stroll through Le Gole dell'Alcantara.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Motta Camastra day trip planner.

Drive from Ragusa to Motta Camastra in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. August in Motta Camastra sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Messina.

Things to do in Motta Camastra

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Messina

— 2 nights
Messina is the capital of the Italian Metropolitan City of Messina. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Messina, then don't miss a visit to Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico), then don't miss a visit to La Vara, and finally admire the local landmark of Fontana di Gennaro. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario dell'Eremo - "Santuario Madonna della Consolazione", take in the pleasant sights at Chianalea di Scilla, get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria, then pause for some photo ops at Monumento Dea Athena, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lungomare Falcomata, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Palazzo e Teatro Siracusa.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Messina trip planner.

Traveling by car from Motta Camastra to Messina takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August in Messina, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paestum.

Things to do in Messina

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Paestum

— 3 nights
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Paestum Ruins, then get outside with Lido Esercito, then explore the historical opulence of Borgo Medievale di Agropoli, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Baia di Trentova. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at locomotiva 835 205, explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte di Pertosa-Auletta, and then Head underground at Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Paestum online driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and train from Messina to Paestum in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. August in Paestum sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Paestum

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Province of Messina travel guide

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Ruins · Landmarks · Islands
Messina is the capital of the Italian Metropolitan City of Messina. It is the third-largest city on the island of Sicily, and the 13th-largest city in Italy, with a population of more than 238,000 inhabitants in the city proper and about 650,000 in the Metropolitan City. It is located near the northeast corner of Sicily, at the Strait of Messina, opposite Villa San Giovanni on the mainland, and has close ties with Reggio Calabria. According to Eurostat the FUA of the metropolitan area of Messina has, in 2014, 277,584 inhabitants.The city's main resources are its seaports (commercial and military shipyards), cruise tourism, commerce, and agriculture (wine production and cultivating lemons, oranges, mandarin oranges, and olives). The city has been a Roman Catholic Archdiocese and Archimandrite seat since 1548 and is home to a locally important international fair. The city has the University of Messina, founded in 1548 by Ignatius of Loyola.Messina has a light rail system, Tranvia di Messina, that was opened on 3 April 2003. This line is and links the city's central railway station with the city centre and harbour.

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