20 days in Sicily Itinerary

20 days in Sicily Itinerary

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20 days in Sicily Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Palermo
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
2
Cefalu
— 3 nights
3
Taormina
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Catania
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Syracuse
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Ragusa
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
End: London

4
nights
Palermo

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Tonnara di Scopello has been added to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cattedrale di Palermo and Cefalu Coast. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Palermo: Cefalu (Duomo di Cefalu & La Rocca) and Museo del Giocattolo Sciacca (in Sciacca). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Norman Palace and Palatine Chapel, admire the striking features of Palazzo Conte Federico, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Inferiore della Cappella Palatina, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Cataldo.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Palermo road trip planning website .

London, UK to Palermo is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Cefalu.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cefalu, Duomo di Monreale, Tonnara di Scopello, Museo del Giocattolo Sciacca
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Cattedrale di Palermo ©
Cattedrale di Palermo
Duomo di Monreale ©
Duomo di Monreale
Norman Palace ©
Norman Palace

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. Attractions like Spiaggia Torre Conca and Lampare Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Get some cultural insight at Duomo di Cefalu and Castello Ventimiglia. Explore Cefalu's surroundings by going to Gole di Tiberio (in San Mauro Castelverde) and Castello di Caccamo (in Caccamo). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Cefalu Coast, explore the ancient world of La Rocca, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Caldura, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Gibilmanna.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cefalu trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Palermo to Cefalu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Piazza Armerina.

Things to do in Cefalu

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Castello Ventimiglia, Spiaggia Torre Conca, Castello di Caccamo, Lampare Beach, Gole di Tiberio
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Gole di Tiberio ©
Gole di Tiberio
Duomo di Cefalu ©
Duomo di Cefalu
Castello di Caccamo ©
Castello di Caccamo

3
nights
Taormina

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.
Kids will enjoy Isola Bella and Villa Comunale. Get a sense of the local culture at Gambino Vini and Duomo di Messina. Change things up with a short trip to Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tindari in Tindari (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Corso Umberto, go for a walk through Chiesa Madonna della Rocca, take in breathtaking views at Gole Alcantara, and pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Taormina.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Taormina road trip planner.

Getting from Cefalu to Taormina by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Taormina are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Catania.

Things to do in Taormina

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Duomo di Messina, Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tindari, Gambino Vini, Castillo de Castelmola, Gole Alcantara Botanical and Geological Park
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Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella
Villa Comunale ©
Villa Comunale
Corso Umberto ©
Corso Umberto

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): make a splash at Etnaland. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Lido dei Ciclopi, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Normanno, and then head outdoors with EtnaExcursion.it.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Catania online visit planner .

Traveling by train from Taormina to Catania takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Taormina in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 23°C in Catania. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Syracuse.

Things to do in Catania

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

EtnaExcursion.it, Castello Normanno, Etnaland, Lido dei Ciclopi
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Etnaland ©
Etnaland
EtnaExcursion.it ©
EtnaExcursion.it
Castello Normanno ©
Castello Normanno

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mercato Di Siracusa. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico Regionale P. Orsi, then look for gifts at Mercato Di Siracusa, and then step off the mainland to explore Ortigia. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Calamosche, appreciate the extensive heritage of Monastero del San salvatore, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Santa Chiara.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Syracuse travel route app .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Saint Julian's to Syracuse in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Taormina.

Things to do in Syracuse

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Noto
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Ortigia ©
Ortigia
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico

3
nights
Ragusa

Ragusa ©
Once a flourishing ancient city, Ragusa was rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1693.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Calamosche and then don't miss a visit to Centro Storico. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Ortigia.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ragusa visit planning app .

Getting from Piazza Armerina to Ragusa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August in Ragusa, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Saint Julian's.

Things to do in Ragusa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Noto, Ortigia
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Ortigia ©
Ortigia
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Spiaggia Calamosche ©
Spiaggia Calamosche

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