19 days in Italy, Madrid & Malta Itinerary

19 days in Italy, Madrid & Malta Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Valletta, Malta
— 3 nights
Bari, Italy
— 1 night
Matera, Italy
— 2 nights
Monopoli, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive to Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport, Fly to Madrid
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights


Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Appreciate the collections at Espacio Fundacion Telefonica and Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Los Jeronimos and Church of San Antonio de los Alemanes. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Museo de Historia de Madrid, see the interesting displays at Museo Del Romanticismo, delve into the distant past at Templo de Debod, and pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Jesus de Medinaceli.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip planner.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Madrid is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from San Jose to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Jose in April, you will find days in Madrid are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are much colder (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can fly to Valletta.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Valletta, Malta — 3 nights

Most Proud

Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
You'll explore and learn at Fort St Elmo - National War Museum and Casa Rocca Piccola. Visit St. John's Co-Cathedral and Hal Saflieni Hypogeum for their historical value. There's still lots to do: witness the site of a historic battle at Saluting Battery, pause for some serene contemplation at Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, don't miss a visit to Siege Bell War Memorial, and contemplate the long history of Parrocca San Pawl Nawfragu.

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You can fly from Madrid to Valletta in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, taxi, and ferry. Traveling from Madrid in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Valletta, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to fly to Bari.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips
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Bari, Italy — 1 night

Gateway to Apulia

Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bari road trip planning site.

You can fly from Valletta to Bari in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Valletta in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 11°C in Bari. You'll set off for Matera on the 19th (Tue).
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nightlife · Tours
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Matera, Italy — 2 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Cantina Frrud - Museo del Vino and Chiesa del Purgatorio. Get a sense of the local culture at Sassi di Matera and Piazza Duomo. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale Domenico Ridola, relax and rejuvenate at Palazzo Gattini Spa, and make a trip to Chiesa di San Francesco d'Assisi.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Matera trip maker tool.

You can drive from Bari to Matera in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April in Matera, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Monopoli.
Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Wineries
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Monopoli, Italy — 5 nights

Monopoli is a town and municipality in Italy, in the province of Bari and region of Apulia. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Castello di Carlo V and Chiesa Santa Maria Amalfitana. Discover out-of-the-way places like Torre San Giorgio e Chiesa Rupestre and Palazzo Palmieri. There's much more to do: make a trip to Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi, explore the ancient world of Villa De Martino - Giannulo, steep yourself in history at Il Castello di Santo Stefano, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Teresa.

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Drive from Matera to Monopoli in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Monopoli can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Madrid.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Fun & Games · Classes
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Madrid, Spain — 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Museum-lovers will get to explore Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museo Sorolla and Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande. Explore Madrid further: contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, view the masterpieces at Cava Baja Gallery, admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Monopoli to Madrid. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours
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Malta travel guide

Historic Walking Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Gardens
Land of Honey
Aside from the crystal azure waters and the soft sandy beaches in Malta, there is more ancient, medieval, and Baroque architecture here than most visitors have time for. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation spent people-watching and sun-bathing or a history lesson filled with fortified cities and catacombs, Malta lets you hop from island to island with a plethora of options. And with so much coastline wherever you are in Malta, opportunities for water sports abound, including snorkeling and diving. Despite the thriving tourism, many areas feel uncrowded due to lack of residency, leaving you space to enjoy the sun and sea at your own pace.

Italy travel guide

Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.