51 days in Sicily Itinerary

51 days in Sicily Itinerary

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51 days in Sicily Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Lampedusa
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Catania
— 11 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Noto
— 9 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Agrigento
— 8 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Ferry:  4​h
5
Isola di Favignana
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
San Vito lo Capo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Palermo
— 10 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

4
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, nightlife, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Spiaggia dei Conigli, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cala Pulcino, and look for all kinds of wild species at Centro di Recupero Tartarughe e Fauna Selvatica WWF.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lampedusa trip planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Lampedusa is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Lampedusa due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, you will find days in Lampedusa are much colder (20°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Catania.

Things to do in Lampedusa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Centro Recupero Tartarughe Marine, Isle de Lampadusa
Highlights from your plan
Spiaggia dei Conigli ©
Spiaggia dei Conigli
La Tabaccara ©
La Tabaccara
Cala Pulcino ©
Cala Pulcino

11
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Catania side-trips: Taormina (Chiesa del Varo, Villa Comunale, & more), Villa Romana del Casale (in Piazza Armerina) and Vescovado (in Caltagirone). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Piazza Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Catedrale Sant'Agata V.M. Catania, see Off-Road Tours, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Catania online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Lampedusa to Catania takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Catania when traveling from Lampedusa in December, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Noto.

Things to do in Catania

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Taormina, Messina, Linguaglossa, Fischetti, Museo Naturalistico Petagna
Highlights from your plan
Etna Donkey Trekking ©
Etna Donkey Trekking
Piazza Duomo ©
Piazza Duomo
Villa Romana del Casale
Villa Romana del Casale

9
nights
Noto

Noto ©
Noto is a city and comune in the Province of Syracuse, Sicily, Italy. Get out of town with these interesting Noto side-trips: Syracuse (Ortigia, Syracuse Cathedral, & more), Fortezza di Carlo V (in Portopalo di Capo Passero) and Ragusa (Planeta Dorilli Winery, Ragusa Ibla, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, make a trip to Cristo in Gonnella ( Cristo di Burgos), examine the collection at Mulino ad Acqua - Museo Cavallo d'Ispica, and steep yourself in history at Scicli.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Noto travel planner.

You can drive from Catania to Noto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Agrigento.

Things to do in Noto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

8
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Agrigento side-trips: Caltanissetta (Santa Maria La Nova - Cattedrale di Caltanissetta, Chiesa di Sant'Agata al Collegio, & more), Santuario Madonna dell'Olio (in Blufi) and Palazzo Adriano (Cinema Paradiso Museum, Palazzo Adriano, Sicily & Riserva Naturale Orientata Monti di Palazzo Adriano e Valle del Sosio). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Valle dei Templi, look for gifts at Azienda Agricola Montalbano, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Oliva, and take an in-depth tour of Collezione La Gaipa.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Agrigento road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Noto to Agrigento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. January in Agrigento sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Isola di Favignana.

Things to do in Agrigento

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Caltanissetta, Santo Stefano Quisquina, Sciacca, Palazzo Adriano, Siculiana
Highlights from your plan
Valle dei Templi ©
Valle dei Templi
Scala dei Turchi ©
Scala dei Turchi
Museo del Giocattolo Sciacca ©
Museo del Giocattolo Sciacca

3
nights
Isola di Favignana

Isola di Favignana ©
Once famous for its white tuff shell quarries and tuna can factory--now turned into a museum--Isola di Favignana attracts divers and beachgoers with its jagged coastline rich in coves and caves.
Isola di Favignana is known for museums, beaches, wildlife, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Ex Stabilimento Florio delle Tonnare di Favignana e Formica, see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Matteo Sercia, stop by I Veri Sapori Favignanesi, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Isola di Favignana trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Agrigento to Isola di Favignana takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Vito lo Capo.

Things to do in Isola di Favignana

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Spiaggia di Cala Rossa ©
Spiaggia di Cala Rossa
Grotte bue marino ©
Grotte bue marino

3
nights
San Vito lo Capo

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Vito lo Capo: Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro (in Castellammare del Golfo) and Tempio di Segesta (in Calatafimi-Segesta). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo, don't miss a visit to Santuario Maria Santissima Di Custonaci, tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia di Macari, and trek along Il sentiero di Monte Monaco.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read San Vito lo Capo trip planner .

Drive from Isola di Favignana to San Vito lo Capo in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Palermo.

Things to do in San Vito lo Capo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro, Tempio di Segesta, Santuario Maria Santissima Di Custonaci
Highlights from your plan
Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro ©
Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro
Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo ©
Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo
Tempio di Segesta ©
Tempio di Segesta

10
nights
Palermo

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Change things up with these side-trips from Palermo: Museo dell'Acciuga (in Aspra), Duomo di Monreale (in Monreale) and Cefalu (Cefalu Coast, Rocca di Cefalu, & more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Cattedrale di Palermo, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, stroll the grounds of Catacombe dei Cappuccini, and admire the striking features of Norman Palace.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Palermo road trip planning tool .

Drive from San Vito lo Capo to Palermo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Cefalu, Bagheria, Castelvetrano, Termini Imerese, Selinunte Archaeological Park
Highlights from your plan
Cattedrale di Palermo ©
Cattedrale di Palermo
Norman Palace ©
Norman Palace
Duomo di Monreale ©
Duomo di Monreale

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