16 days in Sicily & South Tyrol Dolomites Itinerary

16 days in Sicily & South Tyrol Dolomites Itinerary

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16 days in Sicily & South Tyrol Dolomites Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Palermo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Taormina
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Syracuse
— 3 nights
+3
train + foot + bus + Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Lampedusa
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  7​h 30​min
5
Braies
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
San Cassiano
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Seattle

3
nights
Palermo

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Change things up with these side-trips from Palermo: Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro (in Castellammare del Golfo), Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo (in San Vito lo Capo) and Duomo di Monreale (in Monreale). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Cattedrale di Palermo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cappella Di San Giuseppe Dei Falegnami, Facolta Di Giurisprudenza, Universita Di Palermo, admire the striking features of Norman Palace, and steep yourself in history at Catacombe dei Cappuccini.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Palermo trip planner .

Seattle, USA to Palermo is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Seattle to Palermo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Taormina.

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

2
nights
Taormina

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 6th (Wed), take in breathtaking views at Gole Alcantara Botanical and Geological Park, stroll around Villa Comunale, head off the coast to Isola Bella, then don't miss a visit to Corso Umberto, and finally go for a walk through Piazza IX Aprile. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Messina, don't miss a visit to Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico), then do a tasting at Vivera Etna Winery, then learn about winemaking at Gambino Vini, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa del Varo.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Taormina vacation maker site .

Getting from Palermo to Taormina by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. May in Taormina sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Syracuse.

Things to do in Taormina

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Linguaglossa, Messina, Gole Alcantara Botanical and Geological Park
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Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella
Villa Comunale ©
Villa Comunale
Corso Umberto ©
Corso Umberto

3
nights
Syracuse

Syracuse ©
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.
Explore Syracuse's surroundings by going to Centro Storico (in Noto), Ragusa Ibla (in Ragusa) and Mulino ad Acqua - Museo Cavallo d'Ispica (in Modica). The adventure continues: head off the coast to Ortigia, contemplate the long history of Teatro Greco, explore the fascinating underground world of Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Syracuse Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Syracuse trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Taormina to Syracuse by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lampedusa.

Things to do in Syracuse

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Ragusa Ibla, Centro Storico, Mulino ad Acqua - Museo Cavallo d'Ispica
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Ortigia ©
Ortigia
Duomo di Siracusa ©
Duomo di Siracusa
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico

1
night
Lampedusa

Lampedusa ©
Italy's southernmost territory, Lampedusa, is known for its turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and island charm.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): kick back and relax at La Tabaccara, stroll through Spiaggia dei Conigli, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Centro di Recupero Tartarughe e Fauna Selvatica WWF.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lampedusa tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Syracuse to Lampedusa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Braies.

Things to do in Lampedusa

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

1
day
Braies

Braies ©
On the 12th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Braies, then walk around Parco e Percorso Salute, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Dobbiaco.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Braies day trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Lampedusa to Braies takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Lampedusa in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Braies, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Cassiano.

Things to do in Braies

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lago di Dobbiaco, Parco e Percorso Salute
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Lago di Braies ©
Lago di Braies
Parco e Percorso Salute ©
Parco e Percorso Salute

4
nights
San Cassiano

San Cassiano ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Alpe di Siusi (Alpe di Siusi - Seiser Alm Bahn, Alpe di Siusi, & more) and Dobbiaco (Alpinschule Globo Alpin & Belvedere sulle Pareti Nord delle Tre Cime).

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Cassiano online visit planner .

Getting from Braies to San Cassiano by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Braies in May, expect San Cassiano to be slightly colder, temps between 61°F and 43°F. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Cassiano

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Corvara in Badia, Castelrotto, Dobbiaco
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Alpe di Siusi ©
Alpe di Siusi
Sellaronda ©
Sellaronda
Alpinschule Globo Alpin ©
Alpinschule Globo Alpin

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