9 days in Palermo, Cefalu & Catania Itinerary

9 days in Palermo, Cefalu & Catania Itinerary

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9 days in Palermo, Cefalu & Catania Itinerary

Start: Palermo
1
Palermo
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Cefalu
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Catania
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
End: Palermo

2
nights
Palermo

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Venture out of the city with trips to Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo (in San Vito lo Capo) and Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro (in Castellammare del Golfo). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Palermo, admire the striking features of Norman Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, and make a trip to Nobile e Monumentale Chiesa dell'Immacolata Concezione al Capo.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Palermo vacation maker tool .

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major airports are Falcone–Borsellino Airport, Vincenzo Florio Airport Trapani-Birgi and Catania-Fontanarossa Airport. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Cefalu.

Things to do in Palermo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo, Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro
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Cattedrale di Palermo ©
Cattedrale di Palermo
Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo ©
Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo
Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro ©
Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro

3
nights
Cefalu

Cefalu ©
Cefalù is a city and comune in the Province of Palermo, located on the northern coast of Sicily, Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea about 70km east of the provincial capital and 185km west of Messina. On the 12th (Sat), make a trip to Duomo di Cefalu, wander the streets of Cefalu Coast, take in the awesome beauty at Rocca di Cefalu, then stop by Enoteca le Petit Tonneau, and finally make a trip to Lavatoio Medievale. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Caccamo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario dello Spirito Santo, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tindari.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cefalu online itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Palermo to Cefalu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Catania.

Things to do in Cefalu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tindari, Castello di Caccamo, Museo del Motorismo Siciliano e della Targa Florio di Termini Imerese, Santuario dello Spirito Santo
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Duomo di Cefalu ©
Duomo di Cefalu
Rocca di Cefalu ©
Rocca di Cefalu
Cefalu Coast ©
Cefalu Coast

3
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Catania: Taormina (Villa Comunale & Isola Bella) and Ortigia (in Syracuse). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Piazza Duomo, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Rosa di Catania, and see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Catania day trip website .

You can drive from Cefalu to Catania in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Catania

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Taormina, Ortigia
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Ortigia ©
Ortigia
Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella
Villa Comunale ©
Villa Comunale

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