15 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

15 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Naples
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Forio, Isola d'Ischia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Ravello
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Palinuro
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Matera
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: Cape Town

4
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Get some historical perspective at Pompeii Archaeological Park and Paestum Ruins. Castel dell'Ovo and Gesu Nuovo Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naples: Lupanar (in Pompeii), Borgo Medievale di Agropoli (in Agropoli) and Anacapri (Chiesa San Michele & Villa San Michele). The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Museo Cappella Sansevero, look for all kinds of wild species at Parco Astarita, admire the natural beauty at Giardini di Augusto, and pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Napoli.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Naples trip itinerary planning website.

Cape Town, South Africa to Naples is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Naples. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in September: high temperatures in Naples hover around 31°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Forio.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Pompeii, Capri, Anacapri, Paestum Ruins, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
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Borgo Medievale di Agropoli ©
Borgo Medievale di Agropoli
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Gesu Nuovo Church ©
Gesu Nuovo Church

1
night
Forio, Isola d'Ischia

Forio ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Epomeo, then contemplate the long history of Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana), and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa del Soccorso.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Forio vacation planning website.

Traveling by car from Naples to Forio takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Forio are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ravello.

Things to do in Forio

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Isola d'Ischia
Highlights from your plan
Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana) ©
Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana)
Monte Epomeo ©
Monte Epomeo

3
nights
Ravello

Ravello ©
Best known for its celebrated terraced gardens, Ravello is a hidden gem of Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Get some cultural insight at Duomo di Ravello and Duomo di Sant'Andrea. Get in touch with nature at Spiaggia di castiglione and Fornillo. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Villa Rufolo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Ravello, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa dell'Annunziata, and take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Cimbrone Gardens.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ravello trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Forio to Ravello takes 3 hours. In September in Ravello, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Palinuro.

Things to do in Ravello

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Scala, Amalfi, Spiaggia di Atrani, Fornillo
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Villa Rufolo ©
Villa Rufolo
Duomo di Sant'Andrea ©
Duomo di Sant'Andrea

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 18th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia della Marinella and then kick back and relax at Cala Bianca Beach. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Baia del Buon Dormire and then Head underground at Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Palinuro travel planning site.

Getting from Ravello to Palinuro by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or ride a ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Matera.

Things to do in Palinuro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cala Bianca Beach
Highlights from your plan
Spiaggia della Marinella ©
Spiaggia della Marinella
Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro ©
Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro
Baia del Buon Dormire ©
Baia del Buon Dormire

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Cripta del Peccato Originale, explore the fascinating underground world of Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Santa Maria de Idris, then don't miss a visit to Sassi di Matera, and finally make a trip to Casa Noha. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Cattedrale di Matera, steep yourself in history at Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera, then make a trip to Casa Cisterna Sotterranea, and finally see a world frozen in time at Centro Storico di Craco.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Matera trip planner.

Traveling by car from Palinuro to Matera takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Matera sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Matera

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Centro Storico di Craco
Highlights from your plan
Cripta del Peccato Originale ©
Cripta del Peccato Originale
Church of Santa Maria de Idris ©
Church of Santa Maria de Idris
Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera ©
Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera

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