18 days in Sicily Itinerary

18 days in Sicily Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sicily journey planner

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Palermo
— 7 nights
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Agrigento
— 1 night
Drive
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Modica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Catania
— 5 nights
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Palermo

— 7 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santuario Santa Rosalia and Palazzo Conte Federico. Popular historic sites such as Church and Monastery of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria and Castello di Caccamo are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Palermo side-trips: Museo del Satiro Danzante (in Mazara del Vallo), CIDMA: Mafia and Anti-Mafia Center Guided Visits (in Corleone) and Porta Garibaldi (in Marsala). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Mirto, examine the collection at Museo del Motorismo Siciliano e della Targa Florio di Termini Imerese, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oratorio di San Lorenzo, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Civico di Castelbuono.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Palermo driving holiday planner.

New Orleans, USA to Palermo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Agrigento.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Agrigento

— 1 night

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 31st (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Madre, then admire the natural beauty 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 di Santa Maria dei Greci.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Agrigento tour planner.

You can drive from Palermo to Agrigento in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Agrigento can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to Modica.

Things to do in Agrigento

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Modica

— 3 nights
Modica is a city and comune of 54.456 inhabitants in the Province of Ragusa, Sicily, southern Italy. Get some cultural insight at Duomo San Giorgio and A Rutta ri Ron Carmelu. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cattedrale di San Giovanni Battista and Suore Adoratrici Del Ss. Sacramento. Get out of town with these interesting Modica side-trips: Noto (Chiesa Santa Chiara, St. Nicholas Cathedral, &more) and La Fornace Penna (in Scicli). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Saint Giorgio, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of St. George, stop by Antica Dolceria Bonajuto, and examine the collection at Mulino ad Acqua - Museo Cavallo d'Ispica.

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Traveling by car from Agrigento to Modica takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Agrigento in October, Modica is a bit cooler at night with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Catania.

Things to do in Modica

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Catania

— 5 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Parco Archeologico Greco Romano di Catania and Chiesa Madonna della Rocca are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943 and Palazzo Biscari. Venture out of the city with trips to Gambino Vini (in Linguaglossa), Syracuse (Chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia, Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi, &more) and Duomo di Messina (in Messina). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Quattro Fontane di Taormina, stroll around Giardino Bellini, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Sebastiano, and make a trip to Chiesa della Badia di Sant'Agata.

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Drive from Modica to Catania in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Catania

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Sicily travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Ruins · Churches
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.