16 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

16 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southern Italy visit planner
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Fly
1
Naples
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Sorrento
— 2 nights
Ferry
3
Capri, Island of Capri
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ischia, Taxi to Forio
4
Forio, Isola d'Ischia
— 1 night
Ferry to Naples, Fly to Reggio Calabria
5
Reggio Calabria
— 1 night
Drive
6
Matera
— 4 nights
Drive to Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport, Fly to Newark

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Naples — 5 nights

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Your inner history buff will appreciate Castel dell'Ovo and Gesu Nuovo Church. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cimitero delle Fontanelle and Pontificio Santuario della Beata Maria Vergine del Santo Rosario di Pompei. Change things up with these side-trips from Naples: Certosa di Padula (in Padula), Duomo di Salerno (in Salerno) and Pompeii (Villa dei Misteri & Forum). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Museo del Tesoro di San Gennaro, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Napoli, take some stellar pictures from Castel Sant'Elmo, and make a trip to Stazione Napoli Centrale.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Naples trip itinerary tool.

Newark, USA to Naples is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Newark in October, Naples is a bit warmer at night with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sorrento.
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Sorrento — 2 nights

Land of the Sirens

A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
On the 9th (Sun), stop by Arte Artigiana, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Francis Church and Convent, and finally make a trip to Piazza Tasso. On your second day here, stroll through Villa di Pollio Felice - Bagni della Regina Giovanna, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then take a leisurely stroll along Marina Grande - Antico Borgo Marinaro.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sorrento tour planner.

Getting from Naples to Sorrento by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Capri.
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Capri, Island of Capri — 2 nights

The island of Capri encompasses all the magical allure of the Mediterranean--dramatic blue waters, lush mountainous landscape, and picturesque island villages.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Piazza Umberto I, tour the pleasant surroundings at Giardini di Augusto, look for gifts at The Sea Gull, get engrossed in the history at Villa San Michele, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Solaro, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa San Michele. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, pause for some photo ops at Natural Arch, and then Head underground at White Grotta.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Capri trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Sorrento to Capri by ferry takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Forio.
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Forio, Isola d'Ischia — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): see where the ancients bathed at Negombo and then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa del Soccorso.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Forio day trip planning site.

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Capri to Forio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Reggio Calabria.
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Reggio Calabria — 1 night

Reggio di Calabria, commonly known as Reggio Calabria or simply Reggio in Southern Italy, is the largest city and the most populated comune of Calabria, Southern Italy. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): go for a walk through Chianalea di Scilla, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lungomare Falcomata.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Reggio Calabria trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Forio to Reggio Calabria takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and train. In October, daytime highs in Reggio Calabria are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Matera.
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Matera — 4 nights

Subterranean City

Famous for its resemblance to the ancient settlements of Jerusalem and Cappadocia, Matera remains one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cattedrale di Matera and Melfi Castle. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Church of Santa Maria de Idris and Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina. Take a break from Matera with a short trip to Castello Di Lagopesole in Lagopesole, about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa San Giovanni Battista, contemplate the long history of Cripta del Peccato Originale, explore the engaging exhibits at Racconti in Pietra, and don't miss a visit to Casa Noha.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Matera trip maker.

Drive from Reggio Calabria to Matera in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Reggio Calabria in October: high temperatures in Matera hover around 68°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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