12 days in Sicily, Calabria & Puglia Itinerary

12 days in Sicily, Calabria & Puglia Itinerary

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12 days in Sicily, Calabria & Puglia Itinerary

Start: Miami
Fly:  16​h
1
Palermo
— 1 night
2
Syracuse
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  2​h 15​min
3
Reggio Calabria
— 2 nights
4
Otranto
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Bari
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Miami

1
night
Palermo

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nobile e Monumentale Chiesa dell'Immacolata Concezione al Capo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Monreale, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Cataldo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo dell'Acciuga, admire the striking features of Palazzo Conte Federico, then contemplate the long history of Norman Palace and Palatine Chapel, then steep yourself in history at Catacombe dei Cappuccini, and finally make a trip to Cattedrale di Palermo.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Palermo trip itinerary planning tool .

Miami, USA to Palermo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Miami to Palermo, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Syracuse.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Museo dell'Acciuga, Duomo di Monreale
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Cattedrale di Palermo ©
Cattedrale di Palermo
Duomo di Monreale ©
Duomo di Monreale
Museo dell'Acciuga ©
Museo dell'Acciuga

2
nights
Syracuse

Syracuse ©
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 15th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Ortigia, explore the ancient world of Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Archeologico Regionale P. Orsi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Syracuse Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Monastero del San salvatore, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, and finally examine the collection at Mulino ad Acqua - Museo Cavallo d'Ispica.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Syracuse day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Palermo to Syracuse takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Reggio Calabria.

Things to do in Syracuse

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Noto, Mulino ad Acqua - Museo Cavallo d'Ispica
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Ortigia ©
Ortigia
Syracuse Cathedral ©
Syracuse Cathedral
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico

2
nights
Reggio Calabria

Reggio Calabria ©
Reggio di Calabria, commonly known as Reggio Calabria or simply Reggio in Southern Italy, is the largest city and the most populated comune of Calabria, Southern Italy. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Santo Niceto, take an in-depth tour of IL Museo Etnografico, then explore the galleries of Sentiero della Civilta Contadina, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario della Madonna del Mare. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Lungomare Falcomata, then don't miss a visit to Chianalea di Scilla, and then get outside with Villa Comunale Giuseppe Mazzini.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Reggio Calabria visit site .

Getting from Syracuse to Reggio Calabria by combination of car and ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in October, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Otranto.

Things to do in Reggio Calabria

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Sentiero della Civilta Contadina, Villa Comunale Giuseppe Mazzini, Castello di Santo Niceto, Chianalea di Scilla, IL Museo Etnografico
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Castello di Santo Niceto ©
Castello di Santo Niceto
Lungomare Falcomata ©
Lungomare Falcomata

2
nights
Otranto

Otranto ©
Otranto is a town and comune in the province of Lecce (Apulia, Italy), in a fertile region once famous for its breed of horses.It is located on the east coast of the Salento peninsula. On the 19th (Sat), get outside with Circolo Ippico Malepezza, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, then get curious at Parco Astronomico San Lorenzo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Madonna delle Grazie. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Otranto, contemplate the long history of Palazzo del Principe, and then see the interesting displays at Sidereus.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Otranto online journey builder .

Traveling by car from Reggio Calabria to Otranto takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Reggio Calabria in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Otranto, with lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bari.

Things to do in Otranto

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Palazzo del Principe, Circolo Ippico Malepezza, Parco Astronomico San Lorenzo, Sidereus, Santuario Madonna delle Grazie
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Circolo Ippico Malepezza ©
Circolo Ippico Malepezza
Centro Storico Otranto ©
Centro Storico Otranto
Parco Astronomico San Lorenzo ©
Parco Astronomico San Lorenzo

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nights
Bari

Bari ©
Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Masseria Brancati, do a tasting at I Pastini, then learn about winemaking at L'Acropoli di Puglia, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa e Convento di Santa Maria dell'Isola. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo del Confetto Mucci Giovanni, look for gifts at Confetti Andria, steep yourself in history at Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II (Largo Catuma), pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Trani, then pause for some serene contemplation at Parrocchia S.Chiara, and finally make a trip to Cattedrale di Bitonto.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bari holiday planner .

You can drive from Otranto to Bari in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Bari, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Andria, Martina Franca, Trani, Cattedrale di Bitonto, Masseria Brancati
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Masseria Brancati ©
Masseria Brancati
Cattedrale di Bitonto ©
Cattedrale di Bitonto
Confetti Andria ©
Confetti Andria

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