We went off-season, the week before Thanksgiving, November 2017. This was a good trip; the weather was perfect, no crowds, but more things might have been open if we had gone a couple weeks earlier. We flew into Sicily and spent a couple days to see one of my husband’s ancestral homelands, then flew up north to spend some time hiking Cinque Terre, part of the Italian Riviera. We drove through Tuscany and finished up our trip with a few days in Rome.
Day by Day Schedule
Day 1 – Flight to Sicily & Drive across Sicily
We took an overnight flight from NY to Palermo and rented a car. We stopped in Bagheria and Enna on our way to Taormina, along the A19.
Day 2 – Taormina
We spent the day exploring this town.
9.14 miles walked, 129 flights of stairs
Day 3 – Sicily to Milan
We took an early morning flight from Catania to Milan. At the airport we rented a car and took a 1 hour detour to Switzerland. In Milan we climbed the Duomo roof and walked the canal district.
11.83 miles walked, 29 flights of stairs
Day 4 – Milan to Corniglia
We drove to the Italian Riviera and accidentally explored Sestri Levante.
8.04 miles walked, 74 flights of stairs
Day 5 – Cinque Terra - Corniglia Hiking South
We hiked to Manarola & Riomaggiore.
12.84 miles walked, 294 flights of stairs
Day 6 – Cinque Terra - Corniglia Hiking North
We hiked to Vernazza & Monterosso.
13.02 miles walked, 274 flights of stairs
Day 7 – Tuscany
We drove through Tuscany stopping in Lucca, San Gimignano, and Siena.
13.54 miles walked, 108 flights of stairs
Day 8 – Orvieto to Rome
We explored Orvieto and drove back to Rome
13.10 miles walked, 148 flights of stairs
Day 9 – Rome
13.24 miles walked, 69 flights of stairs
Day 10 – Rome
We did an audio tour of the Forum, walked around Paletine Hill, and wandered the city.
16.65 miles walked, 103 flights of stairs
Day 11- Going Home
Approx $2550 total for two
- Flight: $1140
- Lodging: $920
- Car rental: $390
- Tours: $100
Short on Time?
You could easily fly directly to Milan instead of Sicily and still have a great trip.
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