17 days in Italy Itinerary

17 days in Italy Itinerary

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17 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Taormina, Sicily
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Isola di Favignana
— 2 nights
+3
Ferry + Foot + Bus + Train:  9 h 15 min
4
Noto, Sicily
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Lampedusa
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  4 h 45 min
6
Orvieto
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

3
nights
Taormina, Sicily

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tindari and Quattro Fontane di Taormina. Explore Taormina's surroundings by going to Reggio Calabria (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria & Lungomare Falcomata), Messina (Duomo di Messina & Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico)) and Gambino Vini (in Linguaglossa). There's much more to do: make a trip to Porta Messina, go for a walk through Piazza IX Aprile, walk around Villa Comunale, and head off the coast to Isola Bella.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Taormina trip itinerary planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Taormina is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 27°C in Taormina. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Castellammare del Golfo.

Things to do in Taormina

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Messina, Reggio Calabria, Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tindari, Gambino Vini
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Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tindari ©
Piazza IX Aprile ©
Piazza IX Aprile

3
nights
Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily

Castellammare del Golfo ©
Castellammare del Golfo is a town and comune in the Trapani Province of Sicily. Discover out-of-the-way places like Teatro Greco di Segesta and Spiaggia di Macari. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Castellammare del Golfo: La Pasticceria Maria Grammatico (in Erice) and Selinunte Archaeological Park (in Marinella di Selinunte). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Riserva Naturale Orientata dello Zingaro and delve into the distant past at Tempio di Segesta.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Castellammare del Golfo road trip site .

Getting from Taormina to Castellammare del Golfo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Castellammare del Golfo sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Isola di Favignana.

Things to do in Castellammare del Golfo

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Calatafimi-Segesta, La Pasticceria Maria Grammatico, Selinunte Archaeological Park, Spiaggia di Macari
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Selinunte Archaeological Park ©
Selinunte Archaeological Park
Spiaggia di Macari ©
Spiaggia di Macari
Teatro Greco di Segesta ©
Teatro Greco di Segesta

2
nights
Isola di Favignana

Isola di Favignana ©
Once famous for its white tuff shell quarries and tuna can factory--now turned into a museum--Isola di Favignana attracts divers and beachgoers with its jagged coastline rich in coves and caves.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Ex Stabilimento Florio delle Tonnare di Favignana e Formica, kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Cala Rossa, and then don't miss a visit to Grotte bue marino. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Castello di Santa Caterina, then head outdoors with Cala Azzurra, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lido Burrone.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Isola di Favignana travel planner .

Drive from Castellammare del Golfo to Isola di Favignana in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Isola di Favignana can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Noto.

Things to do in Isola di Favignana

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Grotte bue marino ©
Grotte bue marino
Cala Azzurra ©
Cala Azzurra
Lido Burrone ©
Lido Burrone

2
nights
Noto, Sicily

Noto ©
Noto is a city and comune in the Province of Syracuse, Sicily, Italy. Discover out-of-the-way places like Isola delle Correnti and Cavagrande del Cassibile. Get out of town with these interesting Noto side-trips: Scicli (in Scicli), Cathedral of St. George (in Modica) and Ragusa Ibla (in Ragusa). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giovanni Alle Catacombe, explore the fascinating underground world of Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Noto online tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train from Isola di Favignana to Noto in 9.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lampedusa.

Things to do in Noto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Syracuse, Ragusa Ibla, Cathedral of St. George, Scicli, Isola delle Correnti
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Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Scicli ©
Scicli
Isola delle Correnti ©
Isola delle Correnti

2
nights
Lampedusa

Lampedusa ©
Italy's southernmost territory, Lampedusa, is known for its turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and island charm.
On the 17th (Wed), stroll through Cala Pulcino, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia dei Conigli, and then make a trip to Cala Guitgia. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Santuario di Nostra Signora di Lampedusa, Lampedusa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cala Croce Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Centro di Recupero Tartarughe e Fauna Selvatica WWF, and finally enjoy the sea views from Faro di Capo Grecale.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lampedusa day trip app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Noto to Lampedusa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Orvieto.

Things to do in Lampedusa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Cala Pulcino ©
Cala Pulcino
Cala Croce Beach ©
Cala Croce Beach
Cala Guitgia ©
Cala Guitgia

3
nights
Orvieto

Orvieto ©
The striking town of Orvieto, perched on a volcanic cliff overlooking the Umbrian countryside, is known as the Green Heart of Italy.
Get out of town with these interesting Orvieto side-trips: Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore), Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto (in Spoleto) and Pitigliano Centro Storico (in Pitigliano). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Giardino dei Tarocchi, take in the natural beauty of Cascate del Mulino, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Orvieto, and wander the streets of Civita di Bagnoregio.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Orvieto road trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Lampedusa to Orvieto takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lampedusa in July: highs in Orvieto hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Orvieto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Giardino dei Tarocchi, Pitigliano Centro Storico, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto, Civita di Bagnoregio, Cascata delle Marmore
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Duomo di Orvieto ©
Duomo di Orvieto
Pitigliano Centro Storico ©
Pitigliano Centro Storico

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