8 days in Puglia & Sicily Itinerary

8 days in Puglia & Sicily Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy travel route planner

Make it your trip
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Bari
— 2 nights
Fly
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Syracuse
— 1 night
Drive
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Taormina
— 1 night
Drive
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Palermo
— 3 nights
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Bari

— 2 nights

Gateway to Apulia

Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
Get out of town with these interesting Bari side-trips: I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site (in Alberobello), Grotte di Castellana (in Castellana Grotte) and L'Acropoli di Puglia (in Martina Franca). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Trani, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica San Nicola, make a trip to Citta Vecchia - Bari, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Fischietto in Terracotta citta di Rutigliano Domenico Divella.

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

London, UK to Bari is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in March; daily highs in Bari reach 18°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Syracuse.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Syracuse

— 1 night

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 4th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio), then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siracusa, and then step off the mainland to explore Ortigia.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Syracuse travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Bari to Syracuse takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Taormina.

Things to do in Syracuse

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Taormina

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Piazza IX Aprile, don't miss a visit to Corso Umberto, head off the coast to Isola Bella, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Taormina, then stroll around Villa Comunale, and finally explore the ancient world of Ancient Theatre of Taormina.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Taormina trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Syracuse to Taormina takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in March, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Palermo.

Things to do in Taormina

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Palermo

— 3 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Change things up with a short trip to Duomo di Monreale in Monreale (about 32 minutes away). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Palermo, don't miss a visit to Nobile e Monumentale Chiesa dell'Immacolata Concezione al Capo, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe dei Cappuccini.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Palermo trip maker.

Drive from Taormina to Palermo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Puglia travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Churches
Situated at the southeastern tip of the country, Puglia forms the heel on the "boot" of Italy. First colonized by Mycenaean Greeks, the region flourished during Roman times as a major producer of grain and oil. Today, Puglia remains a predominantly agricultural part of the country, though its warm and sunny coastal weather makes it a favorite holiday destination with an ever-increasing number of tourists. The long coastline features attractions like sun-kissed beaches and lively resorts, many of which are overlooked by limestone cliffs. Deeper inland, Puglia is largely flat, a land of charming villages and world-class cuisine. Here, you'll find olive oil, grapes, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, and fresh seafood to give you sustenance as you continue sightseeing. Despite its reputation as a producer of some Italy's best food and wines, Puglia still has numerous rural corners that most tourists have yet to explore.

Sicily travel guide

4.5
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.