8 days in Sicily Itinerary

8 days in Sicily Itinerary

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8 days in Sicily Itinerary

Start: Palermo
1
Palermo
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Ferry:  5​h 15​min
2
Stromboli
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Taormina
— 3 nights
Bus:  45​min
4
Catania
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

2
nights
Palermo

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Monreale, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe dei Cappuccini, pause for some serene contemplation at Norman Palace and Palatine Chapel, then admire the striking features of Palazzo Conte Federico, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Cataldo, and finally admire the natural beauty at Orto Botanico di Palermo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, ponder the design of Fontana della Vergogna (Fontana Pretoria), then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and finally don't miss a visit to Cattedrale di Palermo.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Palermo visit planning site .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Falcone–Borsellino Airport, Vincenzo Florio Airport Trapani-Birgi and Catania-Fontanarossa Airport. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Stromboli.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trip

Duomo di Monreale
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Cattedrale di Palermo ©
Cattedrale di Palermo
Norman Palace ©
Norman Palace
Duomo di Monreale ©
Duomo di Monreale

1
night
Stromboli

Stromboli ©
On the 5th (Wed), get curious at Centro Visitatori INGV, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Vincenzo, and then contemplate the geological forces at Stromboli.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Stromboli trip itinerary app .

Do a combination of train and ferry from Palermo to Stromboli in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or ride a ferry. In June in Stromboli, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Taormina.

Things to do in Stromboli

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Stromboli ©
Stromboli
Centro Visitatori INGV ©
Centro Visitatori INGV
Chiesa di San Vincenzo ©
Chiesa di San Vincenzo

3
nights
Taormina

Taormina ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taormina: Messina (Fontana di Nettuno, Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico), & more) and Reggio Calabria (Lungomare Falcomata & Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Isola Bella, tour the pleasant surroundings at Villa Comunale, take in breathtaking views at Gole Alcantara, and make a trip to Piazza IX Aprile.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Taormina itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of ferry and train from Stromboli to Taormina takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Taormina are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Catania.

Things to do in Taormina

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Messina, Giardini Naxos, Reggio Calabria, Gole Alcantara Botanical and Geological Park
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Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella
Corso Umberto ©
Corso Umberto

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Sun), head outdoors with EtnaExcursion.it.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Catania day trip planner .

Getting from Taormina to Catania by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Catania

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

EtnaExcursion.it
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EtnaExcursion.it ©
EtnaExcursion.it
Piazza Duomo ©
Piazza Duomo

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