5 days in Sicily Itinerary

5 days in Sicily Itinerary

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5 days in Sicily Itinerary

Start: Palermo
1
Palermo
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h
2
Agrigento
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Ragusa
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Syracuse
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
5
Catania
— Few hours
Train:  1 h 15 min
End: Messina

1
night
Palermo

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, admire the landmark architecture of Norman Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Conte Federico, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Palermo, and finally make a trip to Quattro Canti.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Palermo online trip planner .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Falcone–Borsellino Airport, Vincenzo Florio Airport Trapani-Birgi and Catania-Fontanarossa Airport. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Agrigento.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Tours
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Cattedrale di Palermo ©
Cattedrale di Palermo
Norman Palace ©
Norman Palace
Food Tours

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Scala dei Turchi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Valle dei Templi, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico Regionale di Agrigento.

To see maps, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read our Agrigento attractions planning site .

Take a bus from Palermo to Agrigento in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Agrigento can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ragusa.

Things to do in Agrigento

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Scala dei Turchi
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Valle dei Templi ©
Valle dei Templi
Scala dei Turchi ©
Scala dei Turchi

1
night
Ragusa

Ragusa ©
Once a flourishing ancient city, Ragusa was rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1693.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Giardini Iblei, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ragusa Ibla, then make a trip to Siculamente, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo San Giorgio, and finally make a trip to Palazzo Arezzo Di Trifiletti.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ragusa attractions planner.

Drive from Agrigento to Ragusa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Agrigento in September since evenings lows in Ragusa dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Syracuse.

Things to do in Ragusa

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ragusa Ibla ©
Ragusa Ibla
Duomo San Giorgio ©
Duomo San Giorgio
Giardini Iblei ©
Giardini Iblei

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Sun), ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vermexio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siracusa, then head off the coast to Ortigia, and finally steep yourself in history at Teatro Greco.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Syracuse route maker website .

Drive from Ragusa to Syracuse in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Catania.

Things to do in Syracuse

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Ortigia ©
Ortigia
Duomo di Siracusa ©
Duomo di Siracusa
Teatro Greco ©
Teatro Greco

few
hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): browse the eclectic array of goods at A' Piscaria Mercato del Pesce, then steep yourself in history at Piazza Duomo, and then admire the local landmark of Fontana dell'Amenano.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Catania trip planning app .

You can drive from Syracuse to Catania in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Catania

Shopping Historic Sites
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A' Piscaria Mercato del Pesce ©
A' Piscaria Mercato del Pesce
Piazza Duomo ©
Piazza Duomo

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