39 days in Sicily Itinerary

39 days in Sicily Itinerary

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39 days in Sicily Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Lampedusa
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
2
Catania
— 8 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Noto
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Agrigento
— 6 nights
Bus:  2 h
5
Palermo
— 8 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
San Vito lo Capo
— 6 nights
Taxi + Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Washington DC

3
nights
Lampedusa

Lampedusa ©
Italy's southernmost territory, Lampedusa, is known for its turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and island charm.
Lampedusa is known for beaches, wildlife, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia dei Conigli, identify plant and animal life at Centro di Recupero Tartarughe e Fauna Selvatica WWF, stroll through Sciatu Persu, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lampedusa route planner.

Washington DC, USA to Lampedusa is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. When traveling from Washington DC in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Lampedusa: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 63°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Catania.

Things to do in Lampedusa

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Spiaggia dei Conigli ©
Spiaggia dei Conigli
La Tabaccara ©
La Tabaccara
Cala Pulcino ©
Cala Pulcino

8
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.
Explore Catania's surroundings by going to Villa Romana del Casale (in Piazza Armerina), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Giardini Naxos) and Caltagirone (Apicoltura Cannizzaro & Saint Maria of Monte). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Piazza Duomo, take in breathtaking views at Gole Alcantara Botanical and Geological Park, find something for the whole family at Etnaland, and trek along Etna Donkey Trekking.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Catania trip planner.

Fly from Lampedusa to Catania in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Lampedusa in May since evenings lows in Catania dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Noto.

Things to do in Catania

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Linguaglossa, Caltagirone, Aci Castello, Taormina, Messina
Highlights from your plan
Etna Donkey Trekking ©
Etna Donkey Trekking
Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella
Villa Romana del Casale
Villa Romana del Casale

6
nights
Noto

Noto ©
Noto is a city and comune in the Province of Syracuse, Sicily, Italy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Noto: Syracuse (Chiesa di San Filippo Apostolo, Duomo di Siracusa, &more), Modica (Museo degli Arnesi di Una Volta, Mulino ad Acqua - Museo Cavallo d'Ispica, &more) and Ragusa (Ragusa Ibla & Duomo San Giorgio). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, explore the fascinating underground world of Cavagrande del Cassibile, kick back and relax at Pezza Filippa, and contemplate the long history of Scicli.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Noto trip planning tool .

Getting from Catania to Noto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Agrigento.

Things to do in Noto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Syracuse, Scicli, Modica, Avola, Ragusa
Highlights from your plan
Ortigia ©
Ortigia
Duomo di Siracusa ©
Duomo di Siracusa
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico

6
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Agrigento: Museo Degli Archi Di Pasqua (in San Biagio Platani), Mulino Dell'acqua - Museo Civico Di Cianciana (in Cianciana) and Riserva Naturale Orientata Torre Salsa (in Siculiana). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere 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 explore the striking landscape at Scala dei Turchi.

To see traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Agrigento online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Noto to Agrigento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. June in Agrigento sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Palermo.

Things to do in Agrigento

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sciacca, Menfi, Regaleali, Riserva Naturale Orientata Monti di Palazzo Adriano e Valle del Sosio, Chiesa di Santa Oliva
Highlights from your plan
Valle dei Templi ©
Valle dei Templi
Scala dei Turchi ©
Scala dei Turchi
Museo del Giocattolo Sciacca ©
Museo del Giocattolo Sciacca

8
nights
Palermo

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Get out of town with these interesting Palermo side-trips: Museo del Motorismo Siciliano e della Targa Florio di Termini Imerese (in Termini Imerese), Cefalu (Lavatoio Medievale, Oratorio del Santissimo Sacramento, &more) and Museo dell'Acciuga (in Aspra). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Palermo, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Mondello, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, and admire the local landmark of Fontana della Vergogna (Fontana Pretoria).

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Palermo attractions planner.

You can take a bus from Agrigento to Palermo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to San Vito lo Capo.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cefalu, Museo del Satiro Danzante, Museo del Motorismo Siciliano e della Targa Florio di Termini Imerese, Ulisse Tour Operator, Chiesa di San Domenico
Highlights from your plan
Cattedrale di Palermo ©
Cattedrale di Palermo
Norman Palace ©
Norman Palace
Duomo di Monreale ©
Duomo di Monreale

6
nights
San Vito lo Capo

A vacation in San Vito lo Capo offers a chance to enjoy a sheltered bay and a town with distinctive Arab-Norman architecture.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tempio di Segesta (in Calatafimi-Segesta), Chiesa e Monastero di San Francesco d'Assisi (in Mazara del Vallo) and Tonnara di Scopello (in Scopello). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo, relax in the rural setting at Saline Della Laguna, stop by La Pasticceria Maria Grammatico, and identify plant and animal life at Riserva Naturale Saline Di Trapani E Paceco.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Vito lo Capo planning website .

Getting from Palermo to San Vito lo Capo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. June in San Vito lo Capo sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 67°F at night. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Vito lo Capo

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marsala, Erice, Trapani, Santuario Maria Santissima Di Custonaci, Tempio di Segesta
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo ©
Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo
Tempio di Segesta ©
Tempio di Segesta

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