8 days in Sicily Itinerary

8 days in Sicily Itinerary

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Shuttle to Trieste, Fly to Catania
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Taormina
— 2 nights
Drive
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Syracuse
— 1 night
Drive
3
Palermo
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Lampedusa
— 1 night
Fly to Venice, Shuttle to Ljubljana

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Duomo di Messina and Quattro Fontane di Taormina. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gambino Vini and Chiesa Madonna della Rocca. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taormina: Etna Donkey Trekking (in Linguaglossa), Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tindari (in Tindari) and Santuario della Madonna di Montalto (in Messina). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with Blue Sea Diving Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Riserva Naturale Orientata Laghetti di Marinello, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Castelmola, and pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Taormina.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Taormina journey planning website.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Taormina is an approximately 6-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Ljubljana in October, you will find days in Taormina are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are warmer (20°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Syracuse.

Things to do in Taormina

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

1
night
Syracuse

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 6th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Filippo Apostolo, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia, then admire the local landmark of Fountain of Diana, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giovanni Alle Catacombe, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Syracuse trip tool.

Traveling by car from Taormina to Syracuse takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Palermo.

Things to do in Syracuse

Historic Sites · Museums

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nights
Palermo

The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Grotta Mangiapane. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chiesa del Gesu and Museum of tiles Stanze al Genio. Get out of town with these interesting Palermo side-trips: CIDMA: Mafia and Anti-Mafia Center Guided Visits (in Corleone), Santuario Di San Vito (in San Vito lo Capo) and Teatro Greco di Segesta (in Calatafimi-Segesta). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Palazzo Conte Federico, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of San Cataldo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oratorio di San Lorenzo, and admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Mirto.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Palermo tour planner.

You can drive from Syracuse to Palermo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Lampedusa.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

1
night
Lampedusa

Italy's southernmost territory, Lampedusa, is known for its turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and island charm.
On the 10th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Archivio Storico Lampedusa, kick back and relax at Sciatu Persu, then stroll through Cala Croce Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Santuario di Nostra Signora di Lampedusa, Lampedusa.

Discover how to plan a Lampedusa trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Palermo to Lampedusa by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lampedusa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Sicily travel guide

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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.