12 days in Sicily Itinerary

12 days in Sicily Itinerary

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12 days in Sicily Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  15​h
1
Catania
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Lampedusa
— 3 nights
ferry:  4​h 30​min
3
Agrigento
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
4
Palermo
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  15​h
End: New York City

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.
Explore Catania's surroundings by going to Syracuse (Syracuse Cathedral & Ortigia), Taormina (Isola Bella, Villa Comunale, & more) and Etna Donkey Trekking (in Linguaglossa). There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Biagio Church - Sant'Agata alla Fornace.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Catania trip itinerary site .

New York City, USA to Catania is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Lampedusa.

Things to do in Catania

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Taormina, Syracuse, Etna Donkey Trekking
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Ortigia ©
Ortigia
Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella
Etna Donkey Trekking ©
Etna Donkey Trekking

3
nights
Lampedusa

Lampedusa ©
Italy's southernmost territory, Lampedusa, is known for its turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and island charm.
Lampedusa is known for beaches, wildlife, nightlife, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Spiaggia dei Conigli, stroll through La Tabaccara, make a trip to Santuario di Nostra Signora di Lampedusa, Lampedusa, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lampedusa day trip app .

Fly from Catania to Lampedusa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Catania in August, Lampedusa is a bit warmer at night with lows of 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Agrigento.

Things to do in Lampedusa

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

1
night
Agrigento

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 23rd (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Monte Guastanella, then take in the dramatic natural features at Scala dei Turchi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa San Nicola, and finally delve into the distant past at Valle dei Templi.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Agrigento travel site .

Getting from Lampedusa to Agrigento by ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train. August in Agrigento sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Palermo.

Things to do in Agrigento

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Monte Guastanella, Scala dei Turchi
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Valle dei Templi ©
Valle dei Templi
Scala dei Turchi ©
Scala dei Turchi
Monte Guastanella ©
Monte Guastanella

4
nights
Palermo

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Palermo: Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo (in San Vito lo Capo), Riserva Naturale Orientata dello Zingaro (in Castellammare del Golfo) and Duomo di Monreale (in Monreale). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Palermo, admire the landmark architecture of Norman Palace, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe dei Cappuccini.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Palermo driving holiday planner .

Getting from Agrigento to Palermo by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Palermo

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Duomo di Monreale, Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro, Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo
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Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro ©
Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro
Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo ©
Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo
Cattedrale di Palermo ©
Cattedrale di Palermo

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