29 days in Italy Itinerary

29 days in Italy Itinerary

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29 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
Catania
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Syracuse
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Taormina
— 5 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Messina
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Cefalu
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h
6
Palermo
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: London

4
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Villa Romana del Casale and Basilica di San Sebastiano. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica Collegiata and Chiesa San Benedetto. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Catania: Craters Silvestri of Mount Etna (in Nicolosi), Randazzo (Casa della Musica e della Liuteria Medievale & Chiesa di San Martino) and Chiesa Madre Santa Maria La Cava e Sant'Alfio (in Lentini). The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, learn about winemaking at Benanti Winery, enjoy the sand and surf at Le Capannine, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Sant'Agata la Vetere.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Catania travel route planning app .

London, UK to Catania is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Catania is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in August: high temperatures in Catania hover around 36°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Syracuse.

Things to do in Catania

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Randazzo, Benanti Winery, Villa Romana del Casale, Craters Silvestri of Mount Etna, Basilica di San Sebastiano
Highlights from your plan
Villa Romana del Casale
Villa Romana del Casale
Basilica di San Sebastiano ©
Basilica di San Sebastiano
Nature & Wildlife Tours

6
nights
Syracuse

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Spiaggia Pineta del Gelsomineto and Lido Sayonara. Popular historic sites such as Tonnara di Marzamemi and Chiesa Santa Chiara are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Syracuse side-trips: Scicli (Suore Adoratrici Del Ss. Sacramento & La Fornace Penna), Sampieri (in Sampieri) and Noto (Palazzo Castelluccio, Palazzo Nicolaci, & more). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giovanni Alle Catacombe, get to know the fascinating history of Corso Vittorio Emanuele III, admire the local landmark of Fountain of Diana, and head off the coast to Ortigia.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Syracuse tour planning app .

You can drive from Catania to Syracuse in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Taormina.

Things to do in Syracuse

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Noto, Scicli, Modica, Tonnara di Marzamemi
Highlights from your plan
Chiesa di San Filippo Apostolo ©
Chiesa di San Filippo Apostolo
Sampieri ©
Sampieri
Church of San Pietro
Church of San Pietro

5
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Isola Bella and Lido Playa Sole Luna. Popular historic sites such as Castillo de Castelmola and Chiesa di San Nicolo/Santa Lucia are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Taormina side-trips: Spiaggia Capo Calava (in Gioiosa Marea) and Basilica di Santa Maria (in Randazzo). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Chiesa Madonna della Rocca, stroll through Stockholm Beach Taormina, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Taormina, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Taormina trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Syracuse to Taormina takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Messina.

Things to do in Taormina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Chiesa di San Nicolo/Santa Lucia, Castillo de Castelmola, Scuba & Snorkeling, Spiaggia Capo Calava, Il Mercato - Fud del Sud
Highlights from your plan
Lido La Dolce Vita ©
Lido La Dolce Vita
Spiaggia Capo Calava ©
Spiaggia Capo Calava
Castillo de Castelmola ©
Castillo de Castelmola

5
nights
Messina

Messina ©
Messina is the capital of the Italian Metropolitan City of Messina. Relax by the water at Grotte Beach Mongiove and La Spiaggetta. Your inner history buff will appreciate Capo Milazzo - Santuario di Sant'Antonio da Padova and Santuario della Madonna di Montalto. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Messina: Lido La Fenice a Milazzo (in Milazzo), Parco Archeologico della Villa romana (in Casignana) and Piazza della Repubblica (in Pizzo). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Annunziata dei Catalani Church, don't miss a visit to Faro di Capo Peloro, take some stellar pictures from Tempio Votivo di Cristo Re, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Santuario S.Antonio.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Messina trip planning tool .

Getting from Taormina to Messina by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In September in Messina, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cefalu.

Things to do in Messina

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Patti, Milazzo, Parco Urbano, Parco Archeologico della Villa romana, Piazza della Repubblica
Highlights from your plan
Piazza della Repubblica ©
Piazza della Repubblica
Annunziata dei Catalani Church ©
Annunziata dei Catalani Church

4
nights
Cefalu

Cefalu ©
Cefalù is a city and comune in the Province of Palermo, located on the northern coast of Sicily, Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea about 70km east of the provincial capital and 185km west of Messina. Visiting Spiaggia Caldura and La valle delle cascate di Mistretta will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Santuario Gibilmanna and Porta Pescara. Get out of town with these interesting Cefalu side-trips: Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (in Nicosia), Teatro Pietra Rosa (in Pollina) and Cappella Palatina - Cappella di Sant'Anna (in Castelbuono). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Piazza del Duomo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Cefalu, explore the world behind art at Museo Mandralisca, and don't miss a visit to Lavatoio Medievale.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cefalu trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Messina to Cefalu by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Palermo.

Things to do in Cefalu

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Gangi, Teatro Pietra Rosa, Cappella Palatina - Cappella di Sant'Anna, La valle delle cascate di Mistretta, Chiesa dei SS. Apostoli Pietro e Paolo
Highlights from your plan
Porta Pescara ©
Porta Pescara
Santuario Gibilmanna ©
Santuario Gibilmanna
Duomo di Cefalu ©
Duomo di Cefalu

4
nights
Palermo

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cattedrale di Palermo and Palazzo Conte Federico. Discover out-of-the-way places like Santuario Santa Rosalia and Oratorio di Santa Cita. Venture out of the city with trips to Riserva Naturale Orientata dello Zingaro (in Castellammare del Golfo) and Duomo di Monreale (in Monreale). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Oratorio di San Lorenzo, see the interesting displays at Museum of tiles Stanze al Genio, steep yourself in history at Norman Palace, and take some stellar pictures from Monte Pellegrino.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Palermo visit site .

Traveling by train from Cefalu to Palermo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Monreale, Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro
Highlights from your plan
Oratorio di Santa Cita ©
Oratorio di Santa Cita
San Giuseppe dei Teatini ©
San Giuseppe dei Teatini
Cattedrale di Palermo ©
Cattedrale di Palermo

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