15 days in Sicily Itinerary

15 days in Sicily Itinerary

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15 days in Sicily Itinerary

Start: Tampa
bus + Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Catania
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Taormina
— 2 nights
3
Agrigento
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
4
Palermo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
San Vito lo Capo
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  17​h 45​min
End: Tampa

1
night
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 18th (Sat): get impressive views of Mount Etna. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Giardino Bellini, step into the grandiose world of Castello Normanno, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Catedrale Sant'Agata V.M. Catania, then take an in-depth tour of Monastero dei Benedettini, and finally steep yourself in history at Parco Archeologico Greco Romano di Catania.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Catania trip itinerary planning site .

Tampa, USA to Catania is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Tampa to Catania is 6 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tampa in May; daily highs in Catania reach 75°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can take a train to Taormina.

Things to do in Catania

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Castello Normanno
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Mount Etna ©
Mount Etna
Monastero dei Benedettini ©
Monastero dei Benedettini

2
nights
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.
On the 20th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa del Varo, don't miss a visit to Piazza IX Aprile, don't miss a visit to Corso Umberto, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Messina, then make a trip to Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico), and finally make a trip to Belvedere Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Good Fellas Art Studio, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Castelmola, then explore the world behind art at Casa Cuseni, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Taormina trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Catania to Taormina in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Catania in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 61°F in Taormina. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Agrigento.

Things to do in Taormina

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Messina, Castillo de Castelmola, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Piazza IX Aprile ©
Piazza IX Aprile
Duomo di Taormina ©
Duomo di Taormina

2
nights
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 22nd (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Il Giardino della Kolymbetra, explore the ancient world of Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa San Nicola, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Archeologico Regionale di Agrigento. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Farm Cultural Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Riserva Naturale Orientata Foce del Fiume Platani, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Riserva Naturale Orientata Torre Salsa.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Agrigento road trip app .

Traveling by car from Taormina to Agrigento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can take a bus to Palermo.

Things to do in Agrigento

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Farm Cultural Park, Riserva Naturale Orientata Torre Salsa, Riserva Naturale Orientata Foce del Fiume Platani
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Il Giardino della Kolymbetra ©
Il Giardino della Kolymbetra

3
nights
Palermo

The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Explore hidden gems such as Cefalu Coast and Fontana della Vergogna (Fontana Pretoria). Change things up with these side-trips from Palermo: Cefalu (Lavatoio Medievale & La Rocca) and Teatro Greco di Segesta (in Calatafimi-Segesta). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, contemplate the long history of Norman Palace and Palatine Chapel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Jesus, and head off the coast to Ustica.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Palermo trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Agrigento to Palermo by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to San Vito lo Capo.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Cefalu, Teatro Greco di Segesta
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Food Tours
Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio ©
Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio
Cefalu Coast ©
Cefalu Coast

5
nights
San Vito lo Capo

San Vito lo Capo ©
A vacation in San Vito lo Capo offers a chance to enjoy a sheltered bay and a town with distinctive Arab-Norman architecture.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tempio di Segesta and Parco Archeologico di Selinunte. Explore San Vito lo Capo's surroundings by going to La Pasticceria Maria Grammatico (in Erice), Grotta Mangiapane (in Custonaci) and Trapani (Chiesa di Sant'Agostino & Museo del sale). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Macari, make a trip to Baia Santa Margherita, Castelluzzo di S.Vito Lo Capo, stroll through Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Di San Vito.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Vito lo Capo travel planner.

Drive from Palermo to San Vito lo Capo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. In May in San Vito lo Capo, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 60°F at night. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Vito lo Capo

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Trapani, La Pasticceria Maria Grammatico, Tempio di Segesta, Parco Archeologico di Selinunte, Grotta Mangiapane
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Spiaggia di Macari ©
Spiaggia di Macari
Parco Archeologico di Selinunte ©
Parco Archeologico di Selinunte
Tempio di Segesta ©
Tempio di Segesta

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