9 days in Sicily Itinerary

9 days in Sicily Itinerary

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Bus to Larnaca, Fly to Palermo
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Palermo
— 3 nights
Train
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Cefalu
Drive
3
Taormina
— 2 nights
Train
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Syracuse
— 1 day
Train
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Taormina
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Catania
Fly to Larnaca, Bus to Paphos

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Palermo

— 3 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Your list of things to see and do now includes La Cala, Palazzo Abatellis, Palazzo Mirto, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Quattro Canti, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa del Gesu, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of San Cataldo, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Mirto, then see the interesting displays at Palazzo Abatellis, and finally take a leisurely stroll along La Cala. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, catch a live performance at Teatro Massimo, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Monreale.

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Paphos, Cyprus to Palermo is an approximately 13-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paphos to Palermo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cefalu.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Museums

Side Trip

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 14th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiostro della Cattedrale di Cefalu, contemplate the long history of Duomo di Cefalu, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocca di Cefalu.

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You can drive from Palermo to Cefalu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Taormina.

Things to do in Cefalu

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Taormina

— 2 nights
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 14th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa del Varo.

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Traveling by car from Cefalu to Taormina takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Taormina are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Syracuse.

Things to do in Taormina

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Syracuse

— 1 day

Pearl of the Mediterranean

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siracusa, admire the local landmark of Fonte Aretusa, explore the ancient world of Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, then Head underground at Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio), and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Syracuse itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Taormina to Syracuse in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Taormina.

Things to do in Syracuse

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Taormina

— 2 nights
On the 17th (Sat), take in the pleasant sights at Piazza IX Aprile, don't miss a visit to Corso Umberto, stop by Made in Sicily Taormina, walk around Villa Comunale, then don't miss a visit to Ancient Theatre of Taormina, and finally step off the mainland to explore Isola Bella.

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Traveling by train from Syracuse to Taormina takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sun) before leaving for Catania.

Things to do in Taormina

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Catania

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.
On the 18th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Giardino Bellini, then make a trip to Piazza Duomo, then ponder the design of Fontana dell'Amenano, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Catedrale Sant'Agata V.M. Catania.

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You can drive from Taormina to Catania in an hour. Traveling from Taormina in April, plan for little chillier nights in Catania, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Catania

Historic Sites · Parks

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.