18 days in Sicily & Qawra Itinerary

18 days in Sicily & Qawra Itinerary

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18 days in Sicily & Qawra Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Palermo, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Bagheria, Italy
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
3
Monreale, Italy
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Calatafimi-Segesta, Italy
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
5
Erice, Italy
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
6
Trapani, Italy
— 1 night
train:  30​min
7
Marsala, Italy
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
8
Marinella di Selinunte, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Agrigento, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Piazza Armerina, Italy
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
11
Noto, Italy
— 1 night
train:  45​min
12
Syracuse, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
13
Catania, Italy
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
14
Qawra, Malta
— 1 day
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
15
Catania, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
16
Lipari, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
17
Cefalu, Italy
— 1 day
train:  1​h
18
Palermo, Italy
— 1 night
19
Taormina, Italy
— 2 nights
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train + foot + bus + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Newark, United States

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Palermo, Italy

The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Monte Pellegrino. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Palazzo Conte Federico, pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Palermo, and then get outside with Monte Pellegrino.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Palermo trip maker site .

Newark, USA to Palermo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Bagheria.

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Tours Parks Scenic Drive
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Palazzo Conte Federico ©
Palazzo Conte Federico
Monte Pellegrino
Monte Pellegrino

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Bagheria, Italy

Bagheria ©
Bagheria is a town and comune in the Metropolitan City of Palermo in Sicily, Italy.EtymologyAccording to some sources, the name Bagheria originates from the Phoenician term Bayharia meaning "land that descends toward the sea." Other sources claim that it derives from the Arabic Bāb al-Gerib, or "windy gateway." However, the most plausible explanation is that it drives from Arabic بحرية '''', meaning 'of the sea, marine'.HistorySince its founding, the town has gone by the names of Bayharia, Baharia, and Baarìa. On the 25th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Villa Valguarnera, then admire the striking features of Palazzo Villarosa, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa del SS. Sepolcro.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bagheria trip itinerary planner.

Bagheria is very close to Palermo. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monreale.

Things to do in Bagheria

Historic Sites
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Villa Valguarnera ©
Villa Valguarnera
Chiesa del SS. Sepolcro ©
Chiesa del SS. Sepolcro
Palazzo Villarosa ©
Palazzo Villarosa

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Monreale, Italy

Monreale ©
Monreale is a town and comune in the province of Palermo, in Sicily, Italy. To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Monreale online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Bagheria to Monreale in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Calatafimi-Segesta.

Things to do in Monreale

Historic Sites
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Duomo di Monreale ©
Duomo di Monreale

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Calatafimi-Segesta, Italy

Calatafimi-Segesta
For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Calatafimi-Segesta trip itinerary site .

Drive from Monreale to Calatafimi-Segesta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Calatafimi-Segesta sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 62°F at night. You'll set off for Erice on the 26th (Wed).

Things to do in Calatafimi-Segesta

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Erice, Italy

Erice ©
Erice is a historic town and comune in the province of Trapani in Sicily, Italy.GeographyErice is located on top of Mount Erice, at around 750m above sea level, overlooking the city of Trapani, the low western coast towards Marsala, the dramatic Punta del Saraceno and Capo San Vito to the north-east, and the Aegadian Islands on Sicily's north-western coast, providing spectacular views.The bordering municipalities are Buseto Palizzolo, Paceco, Trapani, Valderice and Custonaci. On the 26th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Castello di Venere, stop by La Pasticceria Maria Grammatico, and then admire the natural beauty at Giardini del Balio.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Erice online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Calatafimi-Segesta to Erice takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Trapani.

Things to do in Erice

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
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Giardini del Balio ©
Giardini del Balio
La Pasticceria Maria Grammatico ©
La Pasticceria Maria Grammatico
Castello di Venere ©
Castello di Venere

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Trapani, Italy

Trapani ©
Historically known for its importance in salt production, Trapani has gained recognition as an enticing but affordable vacation locale in Sicily.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Baia Santa Margherita, Castelluzzo di S.Vito Lo Capo.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Trapani day trip planner .

Trapani is very close to Erice. In June in Trapani, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 62°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Marsala.

Things to do in Trapani

Historic Sites
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Marsala, Italy

Marsala ©
Marsala is an Italian town located in the Province of Trapani in the westernmost part of Sicily. For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Marsala trip itinerary planning tool .

Marsala is very close to Trapani. In June in Marsala, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Marinella di Selinunte.
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Saline Della Laguna ©
Saline Della Laguna

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Marinella di Selinunte, Italy

Marinella di Selinunte ©
To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Marinella di Selinunte online route planner .

Traveling by car from Marsala to Marinella di Selinunte takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Agrigento.

Things to do in Marinella di Selinunte

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Torre di Porto Palo
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Pensiero Contemporaneo ©
Pensiero Contemporaneo
Torre di Porto Palo ©
Torre di Porto Palo

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Agrigento, Italy

Agrigento ©
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.
On the 28th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Il Giardino della Kolymbetra, then get engrossed in the history at Collezione La Gaipa, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi).

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Agrigento online holiday planner .

Getting from Marinella di Selinunte to Agrigento by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Marinella di Selinunte in June, Agrigento is a bit warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Piazza Armerina.

Things to do in Agrigento

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Valle dei Templi ©
Valle dei Templi
Il Giardino della Kolymbethra ©
Il Giardino della Kolymbethra
Collezione La Gaipa ©
Collezione La Gaipa

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Piazza Armerina, Italy

Piazza Armerina
Piazza Armerina is an Italian comune in the province of Enna of the autonomous island region of Sicily.HistoryThe city of Piazza developed during the Norman domination in Sicily, when Lombards settled the central and eastern part of Sicily.But the area had been inhabited since prehistoric times. To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Piazza Armerina day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Agrigento to Piazza Armerina takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Noto.

Things to do in Piazza Armerina

Historic Sites
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Villa Romana del Casale
Villa Romana del Casale

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Noto, Italy

Noto ©
Noto is a city and comune in the Province of Syracuse, Sicily, Italy. For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Noto planning app .

Drive from Piazza Armerina to Noto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Syracuse.

Things to do in Noto

Museums Historic Sites
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Monastero del San salvatore ©
Monastero del San salvatore
Palazzo Ducezio ©
Palazzo Ducezio

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Syracuse, Italy

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Museo Archeologico Regionale P. Orsi, enjoy the sand and surf at Lido Le Nereidi, examine the collection at L'Angolo del Papiro, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Filippo Apostolo, then stop by Giudecca Trentasette Ortigia, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Syracuse Cathedral, delve into the distant past at Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sbarcatore dei Turchi.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Syracuse trip planner .

Getting from Noto to Syracuse by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Catania.

Things to do in Syracuse

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Sbarcatore dei Turchi
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Lido Le Nereidi ©
Lido Le Nereidi
Chiesa di San Filippo Apostolo ©
Chiesa di San Filippo Apostolo

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Catania, Italy

Catania
The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Catania tour builder website .

You can drive from Syracuse to Catania in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You will leave for Qawra on the 2nd (Tue).

Things to do in Catania

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Qawra, Malta

Little more than a sleepy fishing settlement for nearly a thousand years, Qawra now forms part of one of Malta's busiest coastal resorts, popular with both domestic and international travelers.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Qawra online trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Catania to Qawra. In July in Qawra, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Catania.

Things to do in Qawra

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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Catania, Italy

Catania ©
On the 3rd (Wed), get impressive views of Mount Etna.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Catania itinerary builder app .

Explore your travel options from Qawra to Catania with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Lipari.

Things to do in Catania

Parks Nature
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Mt Etna ©
Mt Etna

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Lipari, Italy

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 4th (Thu): kick back and relax at Spiaggia Valle i Mura, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Vecchia di Quattropani, then take some stellar pictures from Belvedere Quattrocchi, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Regionale Eoliano.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lipari trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Catania to Lipari by car takes about 4.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cefalu.

Things to do in Lipari

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Museo Archeologico Regionale Eoliano ©
Chiesa Vecchia di Quattropani ©
Chiesa Vecchia di Quattropani
Belvedere Quattrocchi ©
Belvedere Quattrocchi

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Cefalu, Italy

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 5th (Fri), delve into the distant past at La Rocca and then take a stroll through Cefalu Coast.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cefalu online route planner .

Traveling by car from Lipari to Cefalu takes 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Palermo.

Things to do in Cefalu

Neighborhoods Parks Nature
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Cefalu Coast ©
Cefalu Coast
Rocca di Cefalu ©
Rocca di Cefalu

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Palermo, Italy

Palermo ©
For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Palermo sightseeing planner.

Getting from Cefalu to Palermo by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites
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Taormina, Italy

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa del Varo, take in the pleasant sights at Chiesa Madonna della Rocca, and then stroll through Villa Comunale. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Lido La Dolce Vita, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Duomo, and finally admire the local landmark of Quattro Fontane di Taormina.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Taormina online journey planner .

Drive from Palermo to Taormina in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Taormina, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Taormina

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Riserva Naturale Orientata Laghetti di Marinello
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Villa Comunale ©
Villa Comunale
Chiesa Madonna della Rocca ©
Chiesa Madonna della Rocca

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