11 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

11 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

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11 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem
+2
Fly + Bus + Ferry:  8 h 45 min
1
Reggio Calabria
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Maratea
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Palinuro
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Matera
— 2 nights
Drive + Ferry:  4 h 15 min
5
Forio, Isola d'Ischia
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Naples
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Jerusalem

1
night
Reggio Calabria

Reggio Calabria ©
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. On the 18th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parrocchia Maria S.S Immacolata di Scilla e Favazzina, step into the grandiose world of Castello Ruffo di Scilla, go for a walk through Chianalea di Scilla, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario dell'Eremo - "Santuario Madonna della Consolazione", then admire the masterpieces at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Lungomare Falcomata.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Reggio Calabria online tour planner .

Jerusalem, Israel to Reggio Calabria is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight, bus, and ferry. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jerusalem to Reggio Calabria. Traveling from Jerusalem in מאי, you will find days in Reggio Calabria are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can take a train to Maratea.

Things to do in Reggio Calabria

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Scilla
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1
night
Maratea

Maratea ©
Maratea is a town and comune of Basilicata, in the province of Potenza. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Il Mirto Solarium Bar, enjoy the sand and surf at La Secca, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Statua del Cristo Redentore di Maratea.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Maratea trip planner.

You can take a train from Reggio Calabria to Maratea in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Palinuro.

Things to do in Maratea

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Statua del Cristo Redentore di Maratea ©

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Palinuro

Palinuro ©
Palinuro is an Italian small town, the most populated civil parish of Centola, Province of Salerno, in the Campania region. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Calanca Beach, then Head underground at Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia del Buon Dormire.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Palinuro trip planner.

Getting from Maratea to Palinuro by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Matera.

Things to do in Palinuro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Calanca Beach
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Baia del Buon Dormire ©
Baia del Buon Dormire
Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro ©
Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro

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nights
Matera

Matera ©
Famous for its resemblance to the ancient settlements of Jerusalem and Cappadocia, Matera remains one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.
On the 21st (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa San Giovanni Battista, contemplate the long history of Cripta del Peccato Originale, walk around Parco della Murgia Materana, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Santa Maria de Idris, then make a trip to Palombaro Lungo, and finally delve into the distant past at Materasum Ipogeo. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Cattedrale di Matera, make a trip to Casa Noha, Head underground at Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, make a trip to Chiesa rupestre di Santa Lucia alle Malve, then examine the collection at Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina, and finally see the interesting displays at Sassi in Miniatura.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Matera road trip website .

You can drive from Palinuro to Matera in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In מאי in Matera, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Forio.

Things to do in Matera

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Materasum Ipogeo ©
Materasum Ipogeo
Sassi in Miniatura ©
Sassi in Miniatura

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Forio, Isola d'Ischia

Forio ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Giardini Ravino, then contemplate the long history of Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana), then kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Citara, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa del Soccorso.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Forio route website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Matera to Forio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Matera in מאי, Forio is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Naples.

Things to do in Forio

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana)
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Giardini Ravino ©
Giardini Ravino
Spiaggia di Citara ©
Spiaggia di Citara
Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana) ©
Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana)

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nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Popular historic sites such as Castel dell'Ovo and LAES - La Napoli Sotterranea are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Gesu Nuovo Church and Borgo Medievale di Agropoli. Explore Naples' surroundings by going to Giardini di Augusto (in Capri), Agropoli (Castello Aragonese & Chiesa Madre dei Santi Pietro e Paolo) and Anacapri (Chiesa San Michele, Villa San Michele, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Cimitero delle Fontanelle, see the interesting displays at Museo del Tesoro di San Gennaro, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Napoli, and delve into the distant past at The Neapolis Buried.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Naples road trip tool .

You can drive from Forio to Naples in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in מאי, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Anacapri, Agropoli, Giardini di Augusto
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Castello Aragonese ©
Castello Aragonese
Borgo Medievale di Agropoli ©
Borgo Medievale di Agropoli
Chiesa Madre dei Santi Pietro e Paolo ©

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