34 days in Italy, Malta & Barcelona Itinerary

34 days in Italy, Malta & Barcelona Itinerary

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34 days in Italy, Malta & Barcelona Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Valletta, Malta
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Xaghra, Malta
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Birgu (Vittoriosa), Malta
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h
4
Pozzallo, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Agrigento, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Sciacca, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Palermo, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
8
Cefalu, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Catania, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 15​min
10
Messina, Italy
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
11
Scilla, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 15​min
12
Tropea, Italy
— Few hours
Fly:  8​h 30​min
13
Barcelona, Spain
— 21 nights
End: Barcelona, Spain

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night
Valletta, Malta

Valletta ©
Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): examine the collection at Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum, pause for some photo ops at Mdina Main Gate - Baroque gateway, appreciate the extensive heritage of Mdina Old City, then explore the galleries of Lascaris War Rooms, then contemplate the long history of War HQ Tunnel, and finally take an in-depth tour of Great Siege of Malta and the Knights of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Co-Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Casa Bernard, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Grotto, then steep yourself in history at Mellieha Air Raid Shelter, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Valletta journey planner .

Sydney, Australia to Valletta is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Valletta, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Valletta is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Xaghra.

Things to do in Valletta

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Mdina, Mellieha, Casa Bernard, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Mdina Main Gate - Baroque gateway ©
Mdina Main Gate - Baroque gateway
Lascaris War Rooms ©
Lascaris War Rooms
St. John's Co-Cathedral ©
St. John's Co-Cathedral

1
night
Xaghra, Malta

Xaghra ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Old Prison in Victoria, island of Gozo, step into the grandiose world of Cittadella Visitors' Centre, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ggantija Megalithic Temples, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Xaghra Parish Church.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Xaghra travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Valletta to Xaghra takes 2 hours. September in Xaghra sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Birgu (Vittoriosa).

Things to do in Xaghra

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Victoria, Ggantija Megalithic Temples
Highlights from your plan
Cittadella Visitors' Centre ©
Cittadella Visitors' Centre
Ggantija Megalithic Temples ©
Ggantija Megalithic Temples
Xaghra Parish Church ©
Xaghra Parish Church

1
night
Birgu (Vittoriosa), Malta

Birgu (Vittoriosa) ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne’s church (Santa Scholastica) - Knisja Sant'Anna (Santa Skolastika).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Birgu (Vittoriosa) day trip app .

Drive from Xaghra to Birgu (Vittoriosa) in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Pozzallo.

Things to do in Birgu (Vittoriosa)

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Pozzallo, Italy

Pozzallo ©
Pozzallo is a town and comune in the province of Ragusa, Sicily, Italy. On the 20th (Fri), examine the collection at Museo della Memoria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parrocchia Ss Annunziata, then contemplate the long history of Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Raganzino, and finally learn about winemaking at Vini di Olindo Giuseppe.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Pozzallo trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Birgu (Vittoriosa) to Pozzallo with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Agrigento.

Things to do in Pozzallo

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Ispica, Museo della Memoria
Highlights from your plan
Parrocchia Ss Annunziata ©
Parrocchia Ss Annunziata
Museo della Memoria ©
Museo della Memoria
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore ©
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

1
night
Agrigento, Italy

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.
On the 21st (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario di San Calogero, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa San Nicola, take an in-depth tour of Museo Archeologico Regionale di Agrigento, appreciate the extensive heritage of Viale della Vittoria, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa dell'Assunta o di Santa Lucia, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Greci. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Castello dei Chiaramonte, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario di San Calogero, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Francesco.

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Traveling by car from Pozzallo to Agrigento takes 3 hours. September in Agrigento sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can take a bus to Sciacca.

Things to do in Agrigento

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Naro
Highlights from your plan
Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Greci ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Greci
Castello dei Chiaramonte ©
Castello dei Chiaramonte

1
night
Sciacca, Italy

Sciacca ©
Sciacca, also Schiacca, is a town and comune in the province of Agrigento on the southwestern coast of Sicily. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): examine the collection at Museo del Giocattolo Sciacca.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sciacca tour itinerary builder app .

You can take a bus from Agrigento to Sciacca in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Palermo.

Things to do in Sciacca

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Museo del Giocattolo Sciacca ©
Museo del Giocattolo Sciacca
Museo del Carnevale di Sciacca ©
Museo del Carnevale di Sciacca

1
night
Palermo, Italy

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Nobile e Monumentale Chiesa dell'Immacolata Concezione al Capo.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Palermo journey builder tool .

Getting from Sciacca to Palermo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can take a train to Cefalu.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo Conte Federico ©
Palazzo Conte Federico
San Giuseppe dei Teatini
San Giuseppe dei Teatini

1
night
Cefalu, Italy

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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Duomo di Cefalu.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cefalu online itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Palermo to Cefalu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Catania.

Things to do in Cefalu

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Cefalu ©
Duomo di Cefalu
La Postierla ©
La Postierla
Mura Megalitiche ©
Mura Megalitiche

1
night
Catania, Italy

Catania ©
The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Catania driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Cefalu to Catania takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Messina.

Things to do in Catania

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Chiesa di San Placido ©
Chiesa di San Placido
Santuario Sant'Agata al Carcere ©
Santuario Sant'Agata al Carcere

few
hours
Messina, Italy

Messina ©
Messina is the capital of the Italian Metropolitan City of Messina. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario della Madonna di Montalto.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Messina trip itinerary maker website .

You can take a train from Catania to Messina in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Scilla.

Things to do in Messina

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santuario della Madonna di Montalto ©

1
night
Scilla, Italy

Scilla ©
Scilla is a town and comune in Calabria, Italy, administratively part of the Province of Reggio Calabria. On the 27th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa dello Spirito Santo, pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario S. Maria del Carmelo, and then stroll through Cala Janculla.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Scilla trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Messina to Scilla by car takes about an hour. In September in Scilla, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Tropea.

Things to do in Scilla

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Santuario S. Maria del Carmelo, Cala Janculla
Highlights from your plan
Cala Janculla ©
Cala Janculla
Chiesa dello Spirito Santo ©
Chiesa dello Spirito Santo

few
hours
Tropea, Italy

Tropea
Tropea is a municipality located within the province of Vibo Valentia, in Calabria (southern Italy).The town is a famous bathing place, situated on a reef, in the gulf of St. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Concattedrale.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tropea trip itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Scilla to Tropea in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Scilla in September since evenings lows in Tropea dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tropea

Historic Sites

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nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Get outdoors at La Fosca Beach and Playas de Calella. Dali-Gala Castle Museum-House (Castell de Pubol) and Barri de Gracia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barcelona: Parroquia San Nicolas (in Malgrat de Mar), Girona (Girona Cathedral (Catedral) & Jewish Quarter) and Lloret de Mar (Lloret Beach, Fenals Beach, & more). Spend the 6th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 14th (Mon) on the water with a fishing tour. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, explore the ancient world of Anfiteatro de Tarragona, kick back and relax at Llevant Beach, and admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Tropea to Barcelona takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tarragona, Lloret de Mar, Salou, Calella de Palafrugell, Girona
Highlights from your plan
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

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