12 days in Italy Itinerary

12 days in Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy visit planner

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Drive to Messina Marittima, Ferry to Villa San Giovanni, Drive to Matera
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Matera
— 2 nights
Drive
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Altamura
— 1 day
Drive
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Castellammare Di Stabia
— 1 night
Taxi
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Pompeii
— 1 night
Drive
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Positano
— 2 nights
Drive
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Amalfi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Naples
— 1 night
Train
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Rome
— 2 nights
Fly

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Matera

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Casa Noha, then get to know the fascinating history of Sassi di Matera, then get up close to creatures of the deep with Master Wave, and finally look for gifts at Prisma. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Palombaro Lungo, see the interesting displays at Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina, then see the interesting displays at Sassi in Miniatura, then stroll through Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, and finally examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Metaponto.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Matera road trip website.

Catania to Matera is an approximately 7-hour combination of car and ferry. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. August in Matera sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Altamura.

Things to do in Matera

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Altamura

— 1 day
Altamura is a city and comune of Apulia, in southern Italy. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Gravina Di Puglia, pause for some serene contemplation at Gravina in Puglia - Cattedrale, examine the collection at Laboratorio della Cola Cola - La Casa della Cola Cola, examine the collection at L'uomo Di Altamura, then take a stroll through I Claustri di Altamura, and finally admire the striking features of Piazza Duomo.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Altamura trip itinerary builder tool.

Altamura is just a short distance from Matera. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Castellammare Di Stabia.

Things to do in Altamura

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Castellammare Di Stabia

— 1 night
Castellammare di Stabia is a comune in the Metropolitan City of Naples, Campania region, in Italy. For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Castellammare Di Stabia trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Altamura to Castellammare Di Stabia takes 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Castellammare Di Stabia can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. You'll set off for Pompeii on the 20th (Thu).

Things to do in Castellammare Di Stabia

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Transportation

Pompeii

— 1 night

Underground City

Pompeii has been a tourist destination for more than 250 years.
On the 20th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Pontificio Santuario della Beata Maria Vergine del Santo Rosario di Pompei, explore the ancient world of Villa di Poppea, contemplate the long history of Forum, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa dei Misteri, and finally explore the ancient world of Pompeii Archaeological Park.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Pompeii journey builder app.

Pompeii is just a stone's throw from Castellammare Di Stabia. In August, daily temperatures in Pompeii can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Positano.

Things to do in Pompeii

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Positano

— 2 nights
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, don't miss a visit to Piazza Tasso, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Art & Craft Gallery, take advantage of the amenities at Fornillo, and then take some stellar pictures from Il Sentiero Degli Dei.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Positano vacation maker website.

Traveling by car from Pompeii to Positano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Positano, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Amalfi.

Things to do in Positano

Tours · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Amalfi

— 2 nights

Painted Town

Known for its impressive hillside cascade of colorful stone buildings down to the Mediterranean shore, Amalfi is the cultural and commercial heart of southern Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cloister del Paradiso, steep yourself in history at Duomo di Ravello, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo, then admire the natural beauty at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, and finally add some adventure to your tour with Amalfi Coast Sea Kayak Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Valle delle Ferriere, look for gifts at Bazar Florio, then cruise along Amalfi Coast, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parrocchia San Giovanni, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Amalfi trip builder website.

Getting from Positano to Amalfi by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or ride a ferry; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Amalfi can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Naples.

Things to do in Amalfi

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Naples

— 1 night
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Underground Naples, then delve into the distant past at Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, then don't miss a visit to Via San Gregorio Armeno, and finally examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Naples driving holiday planning app.

Getting from Amalfi to Naples by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Amalfi in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Naples, with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Rome

— 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and finally explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Colosseum, then admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and then make a trip to Spanish Steps.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner.

Traveling by train from Naples to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Rome are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Italy travel guide

4.6
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.

Amalfi Coast travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Gardens
Renowned for its beautiful landscape and medieval fishing villages that cling precariously to the Mediterranean cliffs, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's top vacation destinations. This World Heritage Site stretches for about 50 km (30 mi) on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula and offers numerous places to visit, from terraced lemon gardens and whitewashed villas to cliff-top views of the sea. Explore the coastline's towns, bays, and resorts. During the peak tourist season, the Amalfi Coast's single seaside road is often jammed with dozens of buses. For that reason, the ubiquitous scooter may be the best way to get around and sightsee. You can also access quite a bit by bicycle.