8 days in Sicily Itinerary

8 days in Sicily Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sicily attractions planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Palermo
— 1 night
Drive
2
Agrigento
— 1 night
Drive
3
Taormina
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Syracuse
— 2 nights
Taxi to Pozzallo, Ferry to Valletta

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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 12th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Nobile e Monumentale Chiesa dell'Immacolata Concezione al Capo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Santa Rosalia, then head outdoors with Monte Pellegrino, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo del Motorismo Siciliano e della Targa Florio di Termini Imerese. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Palermo, explore the world behind art at Museo Diocesano di Palermo (Le Stanze dei Vescovi), make a trip to Palazzo Conte Federico, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa del Gesu, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of San Cataldo, and finally explore the galleries of Palazzo Costantino.

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

Valletta, Malta to Palermo is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Agrigento.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Scenic Drive

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.
On the 14th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Valle dei Templi, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico Regionale di Agrigento, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Seta Spa and Wellness.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Agrigento trip planner.

You can drive from Palermo to Agrigento in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Taormina.

Things to do in Agrigento

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums

Taormina

— 3 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gambino Vini and Etna Donkey Trekking. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Isola Bella. Venture out of the city with trips to Duomo di Messina (in Messina) and Linguaglossa (Vivera Etna Winery & Il vino della Rosa). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Chiesa Madonna della Rocca, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Castelmola, make a trip to Corso Umberto, and pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Taormina.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Taormina trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Agrigento to Taormina in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Syracuse.

Things to do in Taormina

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Ortigia, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giovanni Alle Catacombe, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi. On your second day here, Head underground at Cavagrande del Cassibile, look for all kinds of wild species at Riserva Naturale Orientata Cavagrande del Cassibile, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicholas Cathedral, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Corso Vittorio Emanuele III.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Syracuse trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taormina to Syracuse takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Syracuse

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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.