8 days in Sicily & Calabria Itinerary

8 days in Sicily & Calabria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Palermo
— 1 night
Drive
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Agrigento
— 1 night
Drive
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Syracuse
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taormina
— 1 night
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Drive to Catania-Fontanarossa Airport, Fly to Lamezia Terme Airport, Drive to Civita
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Civita
— 2 nights
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Palermo

— 1 night
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Inferiore della Cappella Palatina, then admire the landmark architecture of Norman Palace, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Palermo. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of San Cataldo, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Monreale, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe dei Cappuccini, and finally don't miss a visit to Quattro Canti.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Palermo day trip tool.

Thessaloniki, Greece to Palermo is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Agrigento.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Agrigento

— 1 night

Valley of the Temples

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Scala dei Turchi, admire the natural beauty at Il Giardino della Kolymbethra, and then explore the ancient world of Valle dei Templi.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Agrigento trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Palermo to Agrigento in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Agrigento can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Syracuse.

Things to do in Agrigento

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Syracuse

— 2 nights

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.
On the 13th (Tue), admire the striking features of Palazzo Vermexio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siracusa, then head off the coast to Ortigia, and finally explore the ancient world of Teatro Greco. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, explore the fascinating underground world of Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio), and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Syracuse online tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Agrigento to Syracuse by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Taormina.

Things to do in Syracuse

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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.
On the 15th (Thu), take in the pleasant sights at Piazza IX Aprile, don't miss a visit to Corso Umberto, then stroll around Villa Comunale, and finally make a trip to Ancient Theatre of Taormina.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Taormina online holiday planner.

You can drive from Syracuse to Taormina in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Civita.

Things to do in Taormina

Historic Sites · Parks

Civita

— 2 nights
Civita is a hilltown and comune in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuary of St Maria of Weapons, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di S. Maria Assunta, get engrossed in the history at Museo Etonico Arbresh, then look for all kinds of wild species at Setteventi del Pollino, and finally take in the views from Il ponte del diavolo.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Civita vacation maker site.

Explore your travel options from Taormina to Civita with the Route module. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Civita

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.

Calabria travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Landmarks · Castles
Forming the toe of Italy's "boot," Calabria is considered the Caribbean of Europe and may very well be the country's best-kept secret. Visitors can find everything from beaches to Byzantine churches here. Hillside towns, ancient Greek temples, and medieval castles and palaces are just some of the attractions scattered around one of the country's least-developed regions. Calabria remains largely unblemished by mass tourism, with many charming places to visit like olive plantations, orange groves, waterfalls, and lakes. Because it's bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on three sides, the water plays a huge role in the region's culture and cuisine. Calabria is also an up-and-coming producer of fine wines.