18 days in Italy Itinerary

18 days in Italy Itinerary

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Matera
— 3 nights
Drive
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Agropoli
— 3 nights
Fly
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Noto
— 1 night
Drive
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Marzamemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Syracuse
— 2 nights
Drive
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Catania
— 1 night
Drive
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Taormina
— 3 nights
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Drive to Messina Marittima, Ferry to Villa San Giovanni, Drive to Tropea
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Tropea
— 2 nights
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Matera

— 3 nights

Subterranean City

Famous for its resemblance to the ancient settlements of Jerusalem and Cappadocia, Matera remains one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matera: I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site (in Alberobello), Riserva Naturale Statale Stornara (in Castellaneta Marina) and Martina Franca (Valle d'Itria, I Pastini, &more). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sassi di Matera, make a trip to Piazza Duomo, see the interesting displays at Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina, and stop by Prisma.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Matera trip itinerary planning website.

Bologna to Matera is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In August in Matera, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Agropoli.

Things to do in Matera

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Agropoli

— 3 nights
Agropoli is a town and comune, former bishopric and present Latin Catholic titular see located in the Cilento area of the province of Salerno, Campania, Italy. Change things up with these side-trips from Agropoli: Paestum (Anfiteatro Romano di Paestum & Lido Mediterraneo Beach), Campanile (in Oliveto Citra) and Oasi Valle della Caccia (in Senerchia). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Paestum Ruins, take in panoramic vistas at Torre di Paestum, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and stop by Bazar Cerere.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Agropoli trip planner.

Drive from Matera to Agropoli in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Agropoli when traveling from Matera in August, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Noto.

Things to do in Agropoli

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Noto

— 1 night
Noto is a city and comune in the Province of Syracuse, Sicily, Italy. On the 8th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Convento San Francesco d'Assisi all'Immacolata, kick back and relax at Spiaggia Calamosche, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Santa Chiara, then make a trip to Centro Storico, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Corso Vittorio Emanuele III.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Noto trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from Agropoli to Noto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Marzamemi.

Things to do in Noto

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Marzamemi

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Tonnara di Marzamemi, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally look for gifts at Adelfio - Marzamemi. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Fortezza di Carlo V, then don't miss a visit to Isola delle Correnti, then wander the wide-open spaces of Gli Aromi Sicily, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Pietrenere.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Marzamemi day trip tool.

Marzamemi is very close to Noto. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Syracuse.

Things to do in Marzamemi

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

Syracuse

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Mediterranean

Philosopher Cicero once described Syracuse as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all." A powerful city-state of ancient Greece, Syracuse now is the capital of the eponymous Italian province on the eastern coast of Sicily.
On the 11th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio), then cast your line with Zefirella Charter Sicily, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Filippo Apostolo. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi, head off the coast to Ortigia, then stop by Trimarchi di Villa Marchese, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siracusa, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Benevantano del Bosco.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Syracuse holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Marzamemi to Syracuse takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Catania.

Things to do in Syracuse

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Catania

— 1 night

Black Pearl of Ionian Sea

The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
On the 13th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Fontana dell'Elefante, steep yourself in history at Piazza Duomo, then stop by Gran Bazar Artigianato Siciliano Souvenirs, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally get impressive views of Siciliamareterra.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Catania trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Syracuse to Catania in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Taormina.

Things to do in Catania

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Taormina

— 3 nights
With its warm island weather and cliffside location overlooking the Ionion Sea, Taormina has been one of Sicily's most popular getaway destinations since the early 19th century.
Venture out of the city with trips to Etna Donkey Trekking (in Linguaglossa) and Etna Passion (in Zafferana Etnea). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Ancient Theatre of Taormina, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa del Varo, take in the exciting artwork at Good Fellas Art Studio, and stop by Sicilian Store.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Taormina trip planner.

Traveling by car from Catania to Taormina takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Taormina when traveling from Catania in August, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tropea.

Things to do in Taormina

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Tropea

— 2 nights
Tropea is a municipality located within the province of Vibo Valentia, in Calabria (southern Italy).The town is a famous bathing place, situated on a reef, in the gulf of St. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get great views at Affaccio Raf Vallone, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stroll through Michelino Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Praia di Fuoco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell'Isola, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Concattedrale, stop by Creazioni Artistiche Il Faro, get engrossed in the history at Artistic Creations The Lighthouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tropea Beach, and finally get outside with Lido Costa degli Dei.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tropea trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Taormina to Tropea takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Tropea when traveling from Taormina in August, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tropea

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Province of Messina travel guide

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Ruins · Landmarks · Islands
Messina is the capital of the Italian Metropolitan City of Messina. It is the third-largest city on the island of Sicily, and the 13th-largest city in Italy, with a population of more than 238,000 inhabitants in the city proper and about 650,000 in the Metropolitan City. It is located near the northeast corner of Sicily, at the Strait of Messina, opposite Villa San Giovanni on the mainland, and has close ties with Reggio Calabria. According to Eurostat the FUA of the metropolitan area of Messina has, in 2014, 277,584 inhabitants.The city's main resources are its seaports (commercial and military shipyards), cruise tourism, commerce, and agriculture (wine production and cultivating lemons, oranges, mandarin oranges, and olives). The city has been a Roman Catholic Archdiocese and Archimandrite seat since 1548 and is home to a locally important international fair. The city has the University of Messina, founded in 1548 by Ignatius of Loyola.Messina has a light rail system, Tranvia di Messina, that was opened on 3 April 2003. This line is and links the city's central railway station with the city centre and harbour.

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