14 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

14 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

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14 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Train:  15 h 15 min
1
Naples
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
2
Ischia, Isola d'Ischia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Capri, Island of Capri
— 3 nights
Ferry + Drive:  3 h
4
Marina di Camerota
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Pertosa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Matera
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Bus + Subway:  16 h 15 min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Naples

Naples ©
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 16th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gesu Nuovo Church, step into the grandiose world of Castel dell'Ovo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cloister of Santa Chiara, then examine the collection at Certosa e Museo di San Martino Napoli, and finally get great views at Castel Sant'Elmo. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cimitero delle Fontanelle, examine the collection at LAES - La Napoli Sotterranea, then look for all kinds of wild species at Posillipo, and finally get impressive views of Vulcano Solfatara.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Naples travel planner .

Washington DC, USA to Naples is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, flight, and train; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ischia.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Vulcano Solfatara
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Posillipo ©
Posillipo
Vulcano Solfatara
Vulcano Solfatara
LAES - La Napoli Sotterranea ©
LAES - La Napoli Sotterranea

2
nights
Ischia, Isola d'Ischia

Ischia ©
Ischia is a volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea. On the 18th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Pizzi Bianchi Mountain, hike along Sentiero Serrara Fontana a Sant’Angelo, then steep yourself in history at Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana), and finally trek along Sentiero Baia della Pelara. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Monte Epomeo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Vito, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa del Soccorso, then look for gifts at Atelier delle Dolcezze, and finally get your game on at Ischia Paintball.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ischia online attractions planner .

You can ride a ferry from Naples to Ischia in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. In April, daytime highs in Ischia are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Capri.

Things to do in Ischia

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Forio, Serrara Fontana, Isola d'Ischia, Sentiero Baia della Pelara, Ischia Paintball
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Monte Epomeo ©
Monte Epomeo
Ischia Paintball ©
Ischia Paintball
Atelier delle Dolcezze ©
Atelier delle Dolcezze

3
nights
Capri, Island of Capri

Capri ©
The island of Capri encompasses all the magical allure of the Mediterranean--dramatic blue waters, lush mountainous landscape, and picturesque island villages.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sentiero Del Passetiello Capri and Giardini di Augusto. Escape the urban bustle at Walking tours and I Faraglioni. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Villa San Michele, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa San Michele, look for all kinds of wild species at Parco Astarita, and head outdoors with Le Ondine Beach Club.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Capri travel tool .

Getting from Ischia to Capri by ferry takes about an hour. April in Capri sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Marina di Camerota.

Things to do in Capri

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Anacapri, Sentiero Del Passetiello Capri
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Fortini Coastal Walk ©
Fortini Coastal Walk
Sentiero Del Passetiello Capri ©
Sentiero Del Passetiello Capri
Le Ondine Beach Club ©
Le Ondine Beach Club

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nights
Marina di Camerota

Marina di Camerota ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): Head underground at Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro, then explore the fascinating underground world of Apnea Porto Infreschi, then get a new perspective on nature at MUVIP Museo Virtuale del Paleolitico, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Grotta Preistorica della Cala. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Da Poldo Gita Alle Grotte Di Palinuro and then head outdoors with Spiaggia da Peppe.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Marina di Camerota holiday app .

Getting from Capri to Marina di Camerota by combination of ferry and car takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, subway, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Pertosa.

Things to do in Marina di Camerota

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palinuro
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Apnea Porto Infreschi ©
Apnea Porto Infreschi
Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro ©
Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro

1
night
Pertosa

Pertosa ©
Pertosa is a village and comune of the province of Salerno in the Campania region of south-west Italy. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte di Pertosa-Auletta, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Sant'Antonio, then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Caggiano, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello Marchesale di Auletta.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Pertosa trip builder app .

You can drive from Marina di Camerota to Pertosa in 1.5 hours. April in Pertosa sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Matera.

Things to do in Pertosa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Castello di Caggiano, Castello Marchesale di Auletta, Santuario Sant'Antonio
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Castello Marchesale di Auletta ©
Castello Marchesale di Auletta
Grotte di Pertosa-Auletta ©
Grotte di Pertosa-Auletta

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.
On the 26th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Palombaro Lungo, contemplate the long history of Cripta del Peccato Originale, and then explore the striking landscape at Regional Reserve of Montalbano Jonico Badlands. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Matera, Head underground at Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, then make a trip to Casa Noha, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Matera tour itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Pertosa to Matera takes 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Matera when traveling from Pertosa in April, with lows around 46°F. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Matera

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Regional Reserve of Montalbano Jonico Badlands
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cattedrale di Matera ©
Cattedrale di Matera

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