16 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

16 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

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16 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

Start: Mobile
+2
Taxi + Fly + Train:  18 h 30 min
1
Naples
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Pertosa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Matera
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
Reggio Calabria
— 3 nights
Drive + Ferry:  5 h 45 min
5
Capri, Island of Capri
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
6
Forio, Isola d'Ischia
— 3 nights
+4
Ferry + Subway + Train + Fly + Taxi:  20 h 30 min
End: Mobile

3
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Get a sense of the local culture at LAES - La Napoli Sotterranea and Gesu Nuovo Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Oasi Valle della Caccia and Castel dell'Ovo. Venture out of the city with trips to Sorrento (Piazza Tasso & Fishing Charters & Tours). And it doesn't end there: take an unorthodox tour of Cimitero delle Fontanelle, explore the ancient world of Forum, get impressive views of Vulcano Solfatara, and explore the world behind art at Museo del Tesoro di San Gennaro.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Naples trip tool .

Mobile, USA to Naples is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Mobile in April, expect Naples to be little chillier, temps between 68°F and 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pertosa.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Sorrento, Forum, Vulcano Solfatara, Oasi Valle della Caccia
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Oasi Valle della Caccia ©
Oasi Valle della Caccia
Fishing Charters & Tours
Cimitero delle Fontanelle ©
Cimitero delle Fontanelle

1
night
Pertosa

Pertosa ©
Pertosa is a village and comune of the province of Salerno in the Campania region of south-west Italy. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Castello Marchesale di Auletta and then Head underground at Grotte di Pertosa-Auletta.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Pertosa sightseeing planning site .

Drive from Naples to Pertosa in 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Naples in April since evenings lows in Pertosa dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Matera.

Things to do in Pertosa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Castello Marchesale di Auletta
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Grotte di Pertosa-Auletta ©
Grotte di Pertosa-Auletta
Castello Marchesale di Auletta ©
Castello Marchesale di 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina and Chiesa San Giovanni Battista. Get some cultural insight at Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario and Church of Santa Maria de Idris. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matera: Centro Storico di Craco (in Craco), Chiesa del Purgatorio (in Ferrandina) and Chiesa Madre dei SS. Pietro e Paolo (in Montescaglioso). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera, delve into the distant past at Cripta del Peccato Originale, examine the collection at MUSMA Museum of Contemporary Sculpture, and stroll around Parco della Murgia Materana.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Matera day trip tool .

You can drive from Pertosa to Matera in 2 hours. Traveling from Pertosa in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Matera, with lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Reggio Calabria.

Things to do in Matera

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Centro Storico di Craco, Chiesa del Purgatorio, Chiesa Madre dei SS. Pietro e Paolo
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Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera ©
Church of Santa Maria de Idris ©
Church of Santa Maria de Idris

3
nights
Reggio Calabria

Reggio Calabria ©
Reggio di Calabria, commonly known as Reggio Calabria or simply Reggio in Southern Italy, is the largest city and the most populated comune of Calabria, Southern Italy. Explore hidden gems such as Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria and Cattedrale di Gerace. Do some cultural sightseeing at Artistic Creations The Lighthouse and Castello Aragonese Murat. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reggio Calabria: Capo Vaticano (in Capo Vaticano), Santuario San Nicodemo (in Mammola) and Pizzo (Piedigrotta Church & I Vicoli di Pizzo). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Lungomare Falcomata, don't miss a visit to Chianalea di Scilla, and step into the grandiose world of Castello Ruffo di Scilla.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Reggio Calabria trip app .

Drive from Matera to Reggio Calabria in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Matera in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 54°F in Reggio Calabria. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Capri.

Things to do in Reggio Calabria

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Pizzo, Scilla, Capo Vaticano, Santuario San Nicodemo, Artistic Creations The Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Lungomare Falcomata ©
Lungomare Falcomata
Capo Vaticano ©
Capo Vaticano

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa San Michele, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Sofia, Head underground at White Grotta, appreciate the history behind Natural Arch, then admire the natural beauty at Giardini di Augusto, and finally take an in-depth tour of Villa San Michele.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Capri day trip website .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Reggio Calabria to Capri in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Capri can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Forio.

Things to do in Capri

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Anacapri
Highlights from your plan
Villa San Michele ©
Villa San Michele
White Grotta ©
White Grotta
Chiesa di Santa Sofia ©
Chiesa di Santa Sofia

3
nights
Forio, Isola d'Ischia

Forio ©
On the 17th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Monte Epomeo, then steep yourself in history at Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana), then admire the natural beauty at Giardini Ravino, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa del Soccorso. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Baia di Sorgeto and then take in the waterfront at The Port of Corricella.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Forio online trip builder .

You can drive from Capri to Forio in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 55°F. You'll set off for home on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Forio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Isola d'Ischia, Baia di Sorgeto, The Port of Corricella
Highlights from your plan
Monte Epomeo ©
Monte Epomeo
Chiesa del Soccorso ©
Chiesa del Soccorso
Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana) ©
Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana)

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