8 days in Sicily Itinerary

8 days in Sicily Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sicily holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Syracuse
— 1 night
Drive
2
Catania
— 1 night
Drive
3
Messina
— 1 night
Drive
4
Palermo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Enna
— 2 nights
Drive to Catania-Fontanarossa Airport, Fly to London

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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 17th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Teatro Greco, then Head underground at Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio), and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siracusa.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Syracuse trip itinerary builder.

London, UK to Syracuse is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Catania.

Things to do in Syracuse

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Catania

— 1 night

Black Pearl of Ionian Sea

The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943 and then explore the historical opulence of Castello Normanno.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Catania visit app.

Drive from Syracuse to Catania in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Catania can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Messina.

Things to do in Catania

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Messina

— 1 night
Messina is the capital of the Italian Metropolitan City of Messina. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Messina.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Messina online route planner.

Getting from Catania to Messina by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Messina when traveling from Catania in March, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Palermo.

Things to do in Messina

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Palermo

— 2 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Inferiore della Cappella Palatina, admire the striking features of Norman Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Palermo, contemplate the long history of Catacombe dei Cappuccini, then don't miss a visit to Quattro Canti, and finally make a trip to Piazza Pretoria. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, make a trip to Nobile e Monumentale Chiesa dell'Immacolata Concezione al Capo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Monreale, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of San Cataldo.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Palermo holiday planner.

You can drive from Messina to Palermo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Enna.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Enna

— 2 nights
Enna is a city and comune located roughly at the center of Sicily, southern Italy, in the province of Enna, towering above the surrounding countryside. On the 23rd (Tue), admire the local landmark of Fontana del Ratto di Proserpina, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa San Pietro, then explore the ancient world of Villa Romana del Casale, and finally don't miss a visit to Abazia di Santo Spirito.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Enna day trip planner.

Getting from Palermo to Enna by car takes about 2 hours. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Enna

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.