12 days in Sicily Itinerary

12 days in Sicily Itinerary

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Bus to Larnaca, Fly to Palermo
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Palermo
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Agrigento
— 1 day
Drive
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Palermo
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Cefalu
— Few hours
Train
5
Messina
— 1 night
Bus to Milazzo, Ferry to Lipari
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Lipari
— Few hours
Unknown
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Panarea
— 1 night
Unknown
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Taormina
— 2 nights
Train
9
Syracuse
— 1 day
Train
10
Avola
— Few hours
Taxi
11
Noto
— Few hours
Train
12
Taormina
— 2 nights
Drive
13
Catania
— Few hours
Fly to Larnaca, Bus to Paphos

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Palermo

The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): make a trip to Palazzo Conte Federico, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Monreale, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Palermo, and finally don't miss a visit to Quattro Canti. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Norman Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Inferiore della Cappella Palatina, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of San Cataldo.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Palermo travel route site.

Paphos, Cyprus to Palermo is an approximately 13-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Traveling from Paphos to Palermo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Agrigento.

Things to do in Palermo

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 7:

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Agrigento

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Valle dei Templi, then take in nature's colorful creations at Il Giardino della Kolymbethra, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico Regionale di Agrigento, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa San Nicola.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Agrigento trip builder app.

You can drive from Palermo to Agrigento in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Agrigento are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Palermo.

Things to do in Agrigento

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 8:

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Palermo

On the 8th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Mondello, ponder the design of Fontana della Vergogna (Fontana Pretoria), then don't miss a visit to Piazza Pretoria, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa del Gesu.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Palermo online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Agrigento to Palermo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Cefalu.

Things to do in Palermo

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 9:

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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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Duomo di Cefalu, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocca di Cefalu, and then explore the world behind art at Museo Mandralisca.

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You can drive from Palermo to Cefalu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Messina.

Things to do in Cefalu

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 10:

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Messina

Messina is the capital of the Italian Metropolitan City of Messina. To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Messina travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Cefalu to Messina in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 16°C. On the 10th (Fri), you're off to Lipari.

Things to do in Messina

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 10:

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Lipari

Lipari is the largest of the Aeolian Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the northern coast of Sicily, southern Italy; it is also the name of the island's main town and comune, which is administratively part of the Metropolitan City of Messina. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Belvedere Quattrocchi and then see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Regionale Eoliano.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lipari trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Messina to Lipari takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry. April in Lipari sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 16°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Fri) before leaving for Panarea.

Things to do in Lipari

Museums
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:

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Panarea

On the 10th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Pietro in Panarea.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Panarea trip itinerary maker tool.

You can ride a ferry from Lipari to Panarea in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can travel. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Taormina.

Things to do in Panarea

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:
Highlights from your trip

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Piazza IX Aprile, don't miss a visit to Corso Umberto, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Castelmola, then admire the landmark architecture of Porta Catania di Taormina, then don't miss a visit to Porta Messina, and finally kick back and relax at Isola Bella.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Taormina travel itinerary planner.

Travel from Panarea to Taormina in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Syracuse.

Things to do in Taormina

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Ortigia, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siracusa, and then explore the ancient world of Parco Archeologico della Neapolis.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Syracuse trip planner.

Traveling by train from Taormina to Syracuse takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Avola.

Things to do in Syracuse

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:

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Avola

Avola is a city and comune in the province of Syracuse, Sicily .HistoryThe foundation of the city in an area previously inhabited by the Sicani and invaded by the Sicels in the 13th-12th centuries BC, is perhaps connected to the city of Hybla Major. To see where to stay and tourist information, read Avola online sightseeing planner.

Avola is just a short distance from Syracuse. On the 13th (Mon), you'll travel to Noto.

Things to do in Avola

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:

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Noto

Noto is a city and comune in the Province of Syracuse, Sicily, Italy. To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Noto online itinerary planner.

Noto is very close to Avola. You'll set off for Taormina on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Noto

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:

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Taormina

On the 14th (Tue), take in the pleasant sights at Chiesa Madonna della Rocca and then appreciate the history behind Quattro Fontane di Taormina.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Taormina trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by train from Noto to Taormina takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Catania.

Things to do in Taormina

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:

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Catania

Black Pearl of Ionian Sea

The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
On the 15th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Monastero dei Benedettini, make a trip to Piazza Duomo, and then hunt for treasures at A' Piscaria Mercato del Pesce.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Catania route builder website.

Getting from Taormina to Catania by car takes about an hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Taormina in April since evenings lows in Catania dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Catania

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Sicily travel guide

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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.

Aeolian Islands travel guide

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Beaches · Volcanos · Outdoor Activities
Named for the Greek god of wind by early settlers, the Aeolian Islands are a volcanic archipelago of unspoiled natural wonders and historical charm. Stromboli, made famous by the Ingrid Bergman film of the same name, is a popular among nature enthusiasts who come to hike the island's volcano. The twin-peaked island of Salina offers a busy port full of trendy boutiques and small eateries. Explore the popular vacation locale of Panarea, with its alluring beaches and high-end shopping and fine dining. You can escape to the less-populated Alicudi, where donkeys are the only mode of transportation, to enjoy a tranquil island atmosphere.