9 days in Palermo, Lampedusa & Catania Itinerary

9 days in Palermo, Lampedusa & Catania Itinerary

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9 days in Palermo, Lampedusa & Catania Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  8 h 45 min
1
Palermo
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Lampedusa
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
3
Catania
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Tel Aviv

2
nights
Palermo

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
On the 9th (Wed), make a trip to Quattro Canti, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe dei Cappuccini, then admire the striking features of Norman Palace, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Palermo, and finally indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Cataldo, then admire the local landmark of Fontana della Vergogna (Fontana Pretoria), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Monreale, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Nobile e Monumentale Chiesa dell'Immacolata Concezione al Capo.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Palermo online trip maker .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Palermo is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tel Aviv to Palermo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Catania.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Tours

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

2
nights
Lampedusa

Lampedusa ©
Italy's southernmost territory, Lampedusa, is known for its turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and island charm.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): kick back and relax at Spiaggia dei Conigli, then stroll through Cala Pulcino, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cala Croce Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at Centro di Recupero Tartarughe e Fauna Selvatica WWF. On your second day here, stroll through La Tabaccara, then don't miss a visit to Cala Guitgia, and then kick back and relax at Sciatu Persu.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lampedusa trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Palermo to Lampedusa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daytime highs in Lampedusa are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Catania.

Things to do in Lampedusa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Spiaggia dei Conigli ©
Spiaggia dei Conigli
La Tabaccara ©
La Tabaccara
Cala Pulcino ©
Cala Pulcino

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Catania side-trips: Taormina (Villa Comunale, Corso Umberto, & more) and Syracuse (Ortigia & Syracuse Cathedral). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Piazza Duomo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Catedrale Sant'Agata V.M. Catania, admire the masterpieces at MacS, Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicilia, and admire the natural beauty at Giardino Bellini.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Catania tour itinerary website .

Getting from Lampedusa to Catania by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Lampedusa in October since evenings lows in Catania dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Catania

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Taormina, Syracuse
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Ortigia ©
Ortigia
Duomo di Siracusa ©
Duomo di Siracusa
Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella

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