13 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

13 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

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13 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

Start: Chicago
+3
Fly + Train + Subway + Ferry:  16 h
1
Forio, Isola d'Ischia
— 1 day
Ferry + Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Palinuro
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Maratea
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Positano
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
5
Naples
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Chicago

1
day
Forio, Isola d'Ischia

Forio ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana) and then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa del Soccorso.

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Chicago, USA to Forio is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight, train, and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. Traveling from Chicago to Forio, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Palinuro.

Things to do in Forio

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana)
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Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana) ©
Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana)

2
nights
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 10th (Wed): Head underground at Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Certosa di Padula. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): stroll through Cala Bianca Beach and then kick back and relax at Baia del Buon Dormire.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Palinuro holiday maker website .

Do a combination of ferry and car from Forio to Palinuro in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or ride a ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Maratea.

Things to do in Palinuro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Certosa di Padula, Cala Bianca Beach
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Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro ©
Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro
Baia del Buon Dormire ©
Baia del Buon Dormire
Certosa di Padula ©
Certosa di Padula

2
nights
Maratea

Maratea ©
Maratea is a town and comune of Basilicata, in the province of Potenza. On the 12th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rivello - Convento di S. Antonio da Padova, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Secca, and finally don't miss a visit to Statua del Cristo Redentore di Maratea. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Arco Magno, head off the coast to Island Dino, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Il Mirto Solarium Bar.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Maratea trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Palinuro to Maratea takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Positano.

Things to do in Maratea

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Rivello - Convento di S. Antonio da Padova, Island Dino, Arco Magno, River Rafting & Tubing
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Island Dino ©
Island Dino
River Rafting & Tubing
Statua del Cristo Redentore di Maratea ©

3
nights
Positano

Positano ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano and Fontana sant'Andrea. Visit Fornillo and Spiaggia di castiglione for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Ravello (Villa Rufolo, Duomo di Ravello, &more), Lido Capo di Conca (in Conca dei Marini) and Lido di Ravello (in Castiglione). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Sant'Andrea, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Antichi Sapori d'Amalfi, kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Atrani, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cloister del Paradiso.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Positano sightseeing site .

Getting from Maratea to Positano by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Naples.

Things to do in Positano

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ravello, Amalfi, Lido Capo di Conca, Spiaggia di Atrani
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Duomo di Sant'Andrea ©
Duomo di Sant'Andrea

4
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Step off the beaten path and head to Borgo Medievale di Agropoli and Villa San Michele. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Cappella Sansevero and Chiesa San Michele. Explore Naples' surroundings by going to Capri (Giardini di Augusto & I Faraglioni), Sol’Art Ceramiche (in Vietri sul Mare) and Paestum Ruins (in Paestum). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Galleria Borbonica, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Napoli, steep yourself in history at Castel dell'Ovo, and examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Naples trip builder tool .

You can take a bus from Positano to Naples in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. In June, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Capri, Anacapri, Paestum Ruins, Borgo Medievale di Agropoli, Sol’Art Ceramiche
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Borgo Medievale di Agropoli ©
Borgo Medievale di Agropoli
Galleria Borbonica ©
Galleria Borbonica
Paestum Ruins ©
Paestum Ruins

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