Thirteen to 15 days is the most popular trip length for Italy travelers interested in visiting Sicily's Syracuse, Taormina, and Palermo, especially when also including Catania. If you're only headed to Syracuse, Taormina, and Palermo, you can enjoy a comfortably-paced trip in eight to nine days. A fast-paced highlights trip is possible in six or seven days for travelers with limited time. Read on for the best itineraries, including Syracuse, Taormina, Palermo, and beyond.

How many days do you need in Syracuse, Taormina & Palermo?

  • Most travelers spend 8-9 days in Syracuse, Taormina, and Palermo combined
  • Visiting Syracuse, Taormina, and Palermo in 6 or 7 days is possible, but it will feel rushed
  • With 10 or more days, most travelers choose to add more stops to their trip
  • The most common extensions are Catania, Agrigento, and Rome

How Many Days Should You Spend in Sicily?

Recommended Itineraries for Syracuse, Taormina & Palermo

Recommended Itinerary for 8 Days

Enjoy a gelato as you stroll through the elegant streets of Noto
Enjoy a gelato as you stroll through the elegant streets of Noto
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Palermo Palermo
Day 2 Guided Tour of Palermo, Visit Monreale Palermo
Day 3 Drive to Syracuse, Visit Agrigento Syracuse
Day 4 Day Trip to Ragusa Ibla, Modica & Scicli Syracuse
Day 5 Explore Syracuse, Day Trip to Noto Syracuse
Day 6 Drive to Taormina, Guided Mount Etna Hike Taormina
Day 7 Godfather Movie Set Tour Taormina
Day 8 Drive to Catania, Depart  

Featuring a combination of culture, adventure, and relaxation, this 8-day self-drive tour of Sicily will bring you to the regional capital of Palermo, the Greek temple ruins of Agrigento, and the brilliant Baroque laneways and staircases of Ragusa Ibla, Modica, and Scicli. Marvel at the impressive Norman-Byzantine details of Monreale Cathedral, hike the slopes of Mount Etna and take in the breathtaking scenery in Savoca and Forza D'Agrò. Read more

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Extended Itineraries

2-Week Itinerary Including Catania

Village of Savoca
Village of Savoca
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Palermo, Evening Guided Tour Palermo
Day 2 Palermo Segway Tour & Cooking Class Palermo
Day 3 Free Day in Palermo Palermo
Day 4 Palermo Catacombs & Monreale Cathedral Palermo
Day 5 Transfer to Syracuse, Afternoon Ortygia Tour Syracuse
Day 6 Free Day in Syracuse Syracuse
Day 7 Transfer to Taormina, City Tour Taormina
Day 8 Mount Etna Tour Taormina
Day 9 Three Etna Wineries Tour Taormina
Day 10 Free Day in Taormina Taormina
Day 11 Transfer to Catania, Self-Guided Exploration Catania
Day 12 Walking Food Tour of Catania Catania
Day 13 Free Day in Catania Catania
Day 14 Depart Catania  

If you have two weeks and a thirst for Sicilian sunshine, delicious street food, and fascinating culture, then this is the trip for you. Spend four days exploring Palermo's diverse history, shopping at bustling markets, and relaxing on sunny beaches. Visit Syracuse—home city of mathematician Archimedes—and explore the Old Town of Ortygia, then head to Taormina to hike Mount Etna and catch a performance at the ancient Greek Theater. End your trip with a street food tour and sunny views of the Ionian Sea in Catania. Read more

How to travel between Syracuse, Taormina & Palermo

How to get from Syracuse to Taormina
Self-driving is the most convenient way to travel the 120 miles (193 km) between Syracuse and Taormina, especially for travelers who plan on venturing beyond the two towns into nearby Mount Etna or Catania. Read more

How to get from Palermo to Syracuse
Traveling across Sicily from Palermo to Syracuse is a 162-mile (261 km) journey that begins along the Tyrrhenian Sea and cuts south across the heart of the island, regardless of what form of transport you choose. Winding your way through the hills that dot the landscape takes some time, so expect to spend at least three hours in transit. Read more


Map of Syracuse, Taormina & Palermo: Best Itinerary Ideas
Map of Syracuse, Taormina & Palermo: Best Itinerary Ideas