12 days in Calabria & Matera Itinerary

12 days in Calabria & Matera Itinerary

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12 days in Calabria & Matera Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  29 h
1
Tropea
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Laino Borgo
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Reggio Calabria
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
Matera
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  31 h
End: Sydney

2
nights
Tropea

Tropea ©
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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Castello Aragonese Murat. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell'Isola and Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo. Get in touch with nature at Tropea Beach and Praia di Fuoco. Step out of Tropea to go to Pizzo and see Piedigrotta Church, which is approximately 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Capo Vaticano, tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia di Riaci, make a trip to Grotticelle beach, and look for gifts at Gourmetit.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tropea road trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Tropea is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central European Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in September, with highs in Tropea at 31°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Laino Borgo.

Things to do in Tropea

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Capo Vaticano, Pizzo, Spiaggia di Riaci
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Tropea Beach ©
Tropea Beach
Capo Vaticano ©
Capo Vaticano
Grotticelle beach ©
Grotticelle beach

1
night
Laino Borgo

Laino Borgo is a town and comune in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy. On the 18th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Ente Parco Nazionale Del Pollino and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Laino Borgo online travel planner.

You can drive from Tropea to Laino Borgo in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Reggio Calabria.

Things to do in Laino Borgo

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trip

Ente Parco Nazionale Del Pollino
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River Rafting & Tubing
Ente Parco Nazionale Del Pollino ©
Ente Parco Nazionale Del Pollino

2
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria, get a taste of the local shopping with Opere di Rabarama, pause for some photo ops at Monumento Dea Athena, then get to know the fascinating history of Corso Garibaldi, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Aragonese, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Lungomare Falcomata.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Reggio Calabria travel planning site .

You can drive from Laino Borgo to Reggio Calabria in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daily temperatures in Reggio Calabria can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Reggio Calabria

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Lungomare Falcomata ©
Lungomare Falcomata
Castello Aragonese ©
Castello Aragonese

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina. Visiting Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario and Grotte di Castellana will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Sassi di Matera and Trullo Sovrano. Explore Matera's surroundings by going to I Pastini (in Martina Franca) and Museo del Confetto Mucci Giovanni (in Andria). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Materasum Ipogeo and examine the collection at La Cantina Frrud - Museo del Vino.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Matera sightseeing planning app .

You can drive from Reggio Calabria to Matera in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Reggio Calabria in September, with highs in Matera at 29°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Matera

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

La Cantina Frrud - Museo del Vino, Trullo Sovrano, Grotte di Castellana, Museo del Confetto Mucci Giovanni, I Pastini
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Sassi di Matera ©
Sassi di Matera
Grotte di Castellana ©
Grotte di Castellana

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