15 days in Sicily, Tropea & Puglia Itinerary

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Palermo — 3 nights

The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Visiting Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro and Spiaggia di Mondello will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Cattedrale di Palermo and Catacombe dei Cappuccini. When in Palermo, make a side trip to see Duomo di Monreale in Monreale, approximately Monreale away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Norman Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of San Cataldo, admire the local landmark of Fontana della Vergogna (Fontana Pretoria), and contemplate the long history of Palazzo Mirto.

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Milan to Palermo is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Syracuse.
Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Syracuse — 4 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Duomo di Siracusa and Chiesa di San Giovanni Alle Catacombe. Step out of the city life by going to Ortigia and Spiaggia Calamosche. Change things up with these side-trips from Syracuse: Noto (Centro Storico & Monastero del San salvatore). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Parco Archeologico della Neapolis and take an in-depth tour of Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi.

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Traveling by car from Palermo to Syracuse takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Taormina.
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Taormina — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Corso Umberto, step off the mainland to explore Isola Bella, and then make a trip to Ancient Theatre of Taormina.

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You can drive from Syracuse to Taormina in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July in Taormina, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Tropea.
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Tropea — 1 night

Tropea is a municipality located within the province of Vibo Valentia, in Calabria (southern Italy).The town is a famous bathing place, situated on a reef, in the gulf of St. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell'Isola and then kick back and relax at Tropea Beach.

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Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Taormina to Tropea takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Taormina in July since evenings lows in Tropea dip to 23°C. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Otranto.
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Otranto — 5 nights

Otranto is a town and comune in the province of Lecce (Apulia, Italy), in a fertile region once famous for its breed of horses.It is located on the east coast of the Salento peninsula. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sidereus and Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria. Get outdoors at Leuca Explorer and Maldive del Salento Pescoluse. Venture out of the city with trips to Porto Selvaggio (in Nardo) and Basilica di Santa Croce (in Lecce). The adventure continues: stroll through Baia dei Turchi, enjoy the sea views from Cape Palascia, and enjoy the sand and surf at Torre dell'Orso Beach.

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Traveling by flight from Tropea to Otranto takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Tropea in July, expect nights in Otranto to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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Sicily travel guide

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.

Puglia travel guide

Beaches · Landmarks · Churches
Situated at the southeastern tip of the country, Puglia forms the heel on the "boot" of Italy. First colonized by Mycenaean Greeks, the region flourished during Roman times as a major producer of grain and oil. Today, Puglia remains a predominantly agricultural part of the country, though its warm and sunny coastal weather makes it a favorite holiday destination with an ever-increasing number of tourists. The long coastline features attractions like sun-kissed beaches and lively resorts, many of which are overlooked by limestone cliffs. Deeper inland, Puglia is largely flat, a land of charming villages and world-class cuisine. Here, you'll find olive oil, grapes, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, and fresh seafood to give you sustenance as you continue sightseeing. Despite its reputation as a producer of some Italy's best food and wines, Puglia still has numerous rural corners that most tourists have yet to explore.