20 days in Montreal & Southern Italy Itinerary

20 days in Montreal & Southern Italy Itinerary

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20 days in Montreal & Southern Italy Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Canada
1
Montreal, Canada
— 5 nights
Fly + Train:  13 h 15 min
2
Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Forio, Italy
— 2 nights
Ferry + Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Palinuro, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Maratea, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Matera, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
7
Tropea, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Montreal, Canada

5
nights
Montreal, Canada

Quebec's economic and cultural capital, Montreal serves as the province's major point of entry, known for its rich history and high standard of living.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Old Port of Montreal and Beer Tastings & Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Montreal side-trips: Sainte Agathe des Monts (Villa des Arts & Tessier Beach), Parc Lineaire le P'tit Train du Nord (in Sainte-Adele) and Laurentian ski museum (in Saint Sauveur des Monts). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Centre (Le Centre de la nature), race across the water with a speed boat tour, and step off the mainland to explore Parc Jean-Drapeau.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Montreal trip itinerary planning tool.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Montreal / Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and Montreal International (Mirabel) Airport. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in juillet, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Naples.

Things to do in Montreal

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Coaticook, Sainte Agathe des Monts, Laval, Laurentian ski museum, Parc Lineaire le P'tit Train du Nord
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Food Tours
Nature Centre (Le Centre de la nature) ©
Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook ©
Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook

2
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Step off the beaten path and head to Villa di Pollio Felice - Bagni della Regina Giovanna and Spaccanapoli. Visit Baia di Ieranto and Spiaggia di Recommone for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Naples: Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Massa Lubrense) and Sorrento (I Giardini di Cataldo, St Francis Church and Convent, &more). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Gennaro, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gesu Nuovo Church, see the interesting displays at LAES - La Napoli Sotterranea, and get impressive views of Vulcano Solfatara.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Naples trip builder app.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Montreal to Naples in 13.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Montreal in juillet: high temperatures in Naples hover around 36°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Forio.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sorrento, Massa Lubrense, Vulcano Solfatara
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Vulcano Solfatara
Vulcano Solfatara

2
nights
Forio, Italy

Forio ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Epomeo, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Cava dell'Isola, contemplate the long history of Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana), kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Citara, then admire the natural beauty at Giardini Ravino, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa del Soccorso. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Baia di San Montano, don't miss a visit to Fungo Di Lacco Ameno, kick back and relax at Spiaggia degli Inglesi, test the waters at a local thermal spa, then kick back and relax at Maronti Beach, and finally stroll around Parco Pineta Mirtina.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Forio trip itinerary site.

Getting from Naples to Forio by car takes about 2 hours. In juillet, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Palinuro.

Things to do in Forio

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ischia, Isola d'Ischia, Lacco Ameno, Thermal Spas
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Chiesa del Soccorso ©
Chiesa del Soccorso
Maronti Beach ©
Maronti Beach
Spiaggia di Citara ©
Spiaggia di Citara

2
nights
Palinuro, Italy

Palinuro ©
Palinuro is an Italian small town, the most populated civil parish of Centola, Province of Salerno, in the Campania region. On the 14th (Tue), head outdoors with Servizi Quadrifoglio Palinuro, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro, then enjoy the sand and surf at Baia del Buon Dormire, and finally kick back and relax at Spiaggia della Marinella. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cala Bianca Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Area Marina Protetta Costa degli Infreschi e della Masseta, and finally don't miss a visit to Baia Infreschi - Marina di Camerota.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Palinuro trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Forio to Palinuro takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or ride a ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Maratea.

Things to do in Palinuro

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Marina di Camerota
Highlights from your plan
Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro ©
Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro
Baia del Buon Dormire ©
Baia del Buon Dormire
Spiaggia della Marinella ©
Spiaggia della Marinella

2
nights
Maratea, Italy

Maratea is a town and comune of Basilicata, in the province of Potenza. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Il Mirto Solarium Bar, then enjoy the sand and surf at La Secca, then tour the pleasant surroundings at A' Gnola, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Buddha Beach, step off the mainland to explore Island Dino, make a trip to Arco Magno, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Nera - Cala Jannita, then appreciate the history behind Statua del Cristo Redentore di Maratea, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Biagio.

Plan trip to Maratea with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Palinuro to Maratea in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Matera.

Things to do in Maratea

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Praia A Mare, River Rafting & Tubing, Arco Magno
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Island Dino ©
Island Dino
Statua del Cristo Redentore di Maratea ©

3
nights
Matera, Italy

Matera ©
Famous for its resemblance to the ancient settlements of Jerusalem and Cappadocia, Matera remains one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario and Parco della Murgia Materana. Venture out of the city with trips to Chiesa di Sant’Antonio (in Pomarico), Complesso Megalitico - Petre de la Mola (in Accettura) and Volo dell'Angelo (in Castelmezzano). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina, don't miss a visit to Chiesa rupestre di Santa Lucia alle Malve, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Santa Maria de Idris, and contemplate the long history of Cripta del Peccato Originale.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Matera trip planning app.

You can drive from Maratea to Matera in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In juillet, daily temperatures in Matera can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tropea.

Things to do in Matera

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chiesa di Sant’Antonio, Centro Storico di Craco, Complesso Megalitico - Petre de la Mola, Volo dell'Angelo, Castello di Laurenzana
Highlights from your plan
Cripta del Peccato Originale ©
Cripta del Peccato Originale
Volo dell'Angelo ©
Volo dell'Angelo

2
nights
Tropea, Italy

Tropea ©
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. On the 21st (Tue), head outdoors with Ciccio sul Mare, make a trip to Capo Vaticano, kick back and relax at Grotticelle beach, kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Riaci, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell'Isola, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Tropea Beach. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Castello Aragonese Murat, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Piedigrotta Church, and then don't miss a visit to I Vicoli di Pizzo.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tropea attractions planning app.

Traveling by car from Matera to Tropea takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In juillet in Tropea, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tropea

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Capo Vaticano, Pizzo, Spiaggia di Riaci, Michelino Beach
Highlights from your plan
Capo Vaticano ©
Capo Vaticano
Tropea Beach ©
Tropea Beach
Spiaggia di Riaci ©
Spiaggia di Riaci

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