15 days in Italy Itinerary

15 days in Italy Itinerary

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15 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  5 h
1
Bologna
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h 30 min
2
Ragusa
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Fly + Shuttle:  8 h 15 min
3
Otranto
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Matera
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Pompeii
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
Alghero
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Olbia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Manchester

3
nights
Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bologna: Florence (Piazza del Duomo, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, &more) and Venice (Basilica di San Marco, Canal Grande, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano.

To find where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bologna online tour planner .

Manchester, UK to Bologna is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manchester to Bologna. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in July: high temperatures in Bologna hover around 37°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Ragusa.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Venice, Florence
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

1
night
Ragusa

Ragusa ©
Once a flourishing ancient city, Ragusa was rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1693.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ragusa Ibla, make a trip to Siculamente, then make a trip to Palazzo Arezzo Di Trifiletti, then admire the landmark architecture of Duomo San Giorgio, and finally make a trip to Lungomare Andrea Doria e Bisani.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ragusa trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Bologna to Ragusa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Otranto.

Things to do in Ragusa

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ragusa Ibla ©
Ragusa Ibla
Duomo San Giorgio ©
Duomo San Giorgio
Palazzo Arezzo Di Trifiletti ©
Palazzo Arezzo Di Trifiletti

1
night
Otranto

Otranto ©
Otranto is a town and comune in the province of Lecce (Apulia, Italy), in a fertile region once famous for its breed of horses.It is located on the east coast of the Salento peninsula. On the 30th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Castello di Corigliano d'Otranto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, and then head outdoors with Circolo Ippico Malepezza. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Grotta del Soffio, see the interesting displays at Sidereus, then don't miss a visit to Antichi Frantoi Ipogei, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico di Presicce.

Before you visit Otranto, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Ragusa to Otranto in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Ragusa in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Otranto, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Matera.

Things to do in Otranto

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Presicce, Sidereus, Circolo Ippico Malepezza, Grotta del Soffio, Castello di Corigliano d'Otranto
Highlights from your plan
Circolo Ippico Malepezza ©
Circolo Ippico Malepezza
Grotta del Soffio ©
Grotta del Soffio

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): examine the collection at Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina, get to know the fascinating history of Sassi di Matera, then don't miss a visit to Casa Noha, then examine the collection at La Cantina Frrud - Museo del Vino, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Grotta del Trullo. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Parco Naturalistico di Capotenda, then examine the collection at Laboratorio della Cola Cola - La Casa della Cola Cola, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally explore the ancient world of Materasum Ipogeo.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Matera trip maker tool .

Drive from Otranto to Matera in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Matera sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Pompeii.

Things to do in Matera

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Gravina in Puglia, Grotta del Trullo, La Cantina Frrud - Museo del Vino
Highlights from your plan
Sassi di Matera ©
Sassi di Matera
Materasum Ipogeo ©
Materasum Ipogeo

3
nights
Pompeii

Pompeii ©
Pompeii has been a tourist destination for more than 250 years.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pompeii: Ravello (Villa Cimbrone Gardens, Villa Rufolo, &more), Amalfi (Museo della Carta, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, &more) and Salerno (Speed Boats Tours & Lavorazione Artigianale Savastano). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Villa dei Misteri, stroll through Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano, explore the ancient world of Casa di Ottavio Quartione, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Pompeii trip planner.

Traveling by car from Matera to Pompeii takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Pompeii sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Alghero.

Things to do in Pompeii

Outdoors Tours Transportation

Side Trips

Ravello, Positano, Amalfi, Salerno
Highlights from your plan
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Villa dei Misteri ©
Villa dei Misteri
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
Alghero

Built surrounding a 16th-century fortified port, Alghero remains one of Sardinia's most visited sites, rich in cultural and historical heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see Off-Road Tours, and then do a tasting at Azienda Agricola Leda' d'Ittiri.

To find other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Alghero road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Pompeii to Alghero takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Pompeii in August, plan for little chillier nights in Alghero, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Olbia.

Things to do in Alghero

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Azienda Agricola Leda' d'Ittiri ©
Azienda Agricola Leda' d'Ittiri

2
nights
Olbia

Olbia is a city and comune of 59,885 inhabitants (November 2016) in northeastern Sardinia (Italy), in the Gallura sub-region. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then see the interesting displays at Museo etnografico Galluras . Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): kick back and relax at Spiaggia La Cinta, identify plant and animal life at L'Area Naturale Marina Protetta Tavolara - Punta Coda Cavallo, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Olbia itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Alghero to Olbia by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Olbia

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Speed Boats Tours, Museo etnografico Galluras , Dolphin & Whale Watching, Spiaggia La Cinta
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Museo etnografico Galluras ©
Museo etnografico Galluras
Spiaggia La Cinta ©
Spiaggia La Cinta

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