5 days in Sicily Itinerary

5 days in Sicily Itinerary

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The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Conte Federico, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Inferiore della Cappella Palatina, then admire the landmark architecture of Norman Palace, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Palermo. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Quattro Canti, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then get to know the fascinating history of Via d'Amelio, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Monreale, and finally contemplate the long history of Catacombe dei Cappuccini.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Palermo online trip builder.

Valletta, Malta to Palermo is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Lampedusa.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Tours

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Italy's southernmost territory, Lampedusa, is known for its turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and island charm.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cala Pulcino, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia dei Conigli.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Lampedusa journey maker site.

You can fly from Palermo to Lampedusa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September in Lampedusa, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Taormina.

Things to do in Lampedusa

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches


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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): look for gifts at Made in Sicily Taormina, enjoy the sand and surf at Isola Bella, don't miss a visit to Corso Umberto, then walk around Villa Comunale, and finally delve into the distant past at Ancient Theatre of Taormina.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Taormina road trip planning app.

Getting from Lampedusa to Taormina by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Lampedusa in September since evenings lows in Taormina dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Syracuse.

Things to do in Taormina

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature


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Pearl of the Mediterranean

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siracusa, and then step off the mainland to explore Ortigia.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Syracuse online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Taormina to Syracuse takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Syracuse

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Sicily travel guide

Beaches · Ruins · Churches
The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is a ruggedly attractive land. The island has a long history of foreign domination and has been controlled by the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and Normans. The result is a distinct culture blending elements from all of those areas and featuring an intriguing dialect. This is a huge island with plenty of small villages to tour, each with its own treasures. Beyond the popular coastal areas, Sicily's inland attractions include an unspoiled landscape of mountains, hills, and villages that sometimes seem frozen in time. While the natural environment is its biggest draw, Sicily's greatest asset may be its people. They are proud of their traditions and incredibly hospitable to visitors.