13 days in Rome, Southern Italy & Messina Itinerary

13 days in Rome, Southern Italy & Messina Itinerary

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Rome
— 2 nights
Train
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Naples
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ischia, Taxi to Forio
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Forio, Isola d'Ischia
— 1 night
Taxi to Ischia, Ferry to Capri
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Capri, Island of Capri
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Sorrento
— 2 nights
Drive
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Amalfi
— 2 nights
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Taxi to Salerno, Train to Villa S.Giovanni, Bus to Messina
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Messina
— 1 night
Ferry to Villa S.Giovanni, Fly to Rome

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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.
On the 15th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Domus Aurea, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Campidoglio, admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza Venezia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, don't miss a visit to Cupola di San Pietro, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, and finally admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

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If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport and Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Naples

— 2 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take a stroll through Decumani di Napoli, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Gregorio Armeno, then explore the ancient world of The Neapolis Buried, then pause for some serene contemplation at Monumental Complex Donnaregina - Diocesan Museum of Naples, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pio Monte della Misericordia. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Catacombe di San Gaudioso, delve into the distant past at Teatro Grande, explore the ancient world of Tempio di Giove Capitolino, don't miss a visit to Terme del Foro, then delve into the distant past at Forum, and finally explore the ancient world of Odeon - Teatro Piccolo.

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You can take a train from Rome to Naples in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Forio.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Forio, Isola d'Ischia

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Di Santa Maria Di Loreto, admire the ancient design of Negombo, see the interesting displays at Casa Museo, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Vito, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa dell’Arciconfraternita di Santa Maria Visitapoveri a Forio, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Gaetano.

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Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Naples to Forio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Capri.

Things to do in Forio

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums · Baths

Side Trips

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.
On the 20th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Grande Public Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of White Grotta, stroll through I Faraglioni, then take in nature's colorful creations at Giardini di Augusto, then get great views at Belvedere Cannone, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Punta Carena Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Monte Solaro, get to know the fascinating history of Scala Fenicia (Phoenician Steps), then stop by Ceramiche Tavassi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Sofia, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria a Cetrella.

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Getting from Forio to Capri by combination of taxi and ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Capri can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Sorrento.

Things to do in Capri

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

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 22nd (Sat), don't miss a visit to Piazza Tasso, then stop by Ceramica Assunta, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fornillo, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

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You can ride a ferry from Capri to Sorrento in an hour. May in Sorrento sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Amalfi.

Things to do in Sorrento

Tours · Wineries · Beaches · Outdoors

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.
On the 24th (Mon), make a trip to Fontana sant'Andrea, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parrocchia San Giovanni, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Trofimena, then hike along Ravello-Minori Walk, and finally view the masterpieces at Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Duomo di Ravello, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo, don't miss a visit to Le Ville di Ravello, take in the exciting artwork at Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, then see the interesting displays at Museo della Carta, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cloister del Paradiso.

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You can drive from Sorrento to Amalfi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Amalfi are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Messina.

Things to do in Amalfi

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Messina

— 1 night
Messina is the capital of the Italian Metropolitan City of Messina. On the 26th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario della Madonna di Montalto, get great views at Tempio Votivo di Cristo Re, get to know the fascinating history of Monte di Pieta, take in the spiritual surroundings of Annunziata dei Catalani Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Santuario S.Antonio, and finally look for gifts at Bottega Sicula Ceramiche Siciliane. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Castelmola, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Taormina, then surround yourself with nature on Etna Wild, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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You can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus from Amalfi to Messina in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Messina

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips