22 days in Italy Itinerary

22 days in Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Rome
— 3 nights
Train
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Florence
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Venice
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Positano
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Matera
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Locorotondo
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Monopoli
— 1 night
Drive
8
Gallipoli
— 2 nights
Drive
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Otranto
— 2 nights
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Rome

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, and contemplate the long history of Roman Forum.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome travel planner.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Rome is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Christchurch to Rome is minus 11 hours. Traveling from Christchurch in July, expect Rome to be much hotter, temps between 37°C and 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Florence

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Florence is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, appreciate the history behind Campanile di Giotto, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Florence trip builder tool.

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rome in July since evenings lows in Florence dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Venice

— 2 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
On the 8th (Thu), explore the activities along Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and finally pause for some photo ops at Punta della Dogana. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then make a trip to Piazza San Marco, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Venice trip site.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can fly to Positano.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Positano

— 3 nights
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Positano: Amalfi (Duomo di Sant'Andrea & Amalfi Coast Drive) and Ravello (Duomo di Ravello, Villa Rufolo, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Fornillo, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, head outdoors with Walk of the Gods, and get great views at Il Sentiero Degli Dei.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Positano road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Venice to Positano in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Positano can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Matera.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Matera

— 2 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.
On the 13th (Tue), examine the collection at Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina, steep yourself in history at Antica Matera Casa Grotta, then don't miss a visit to Sassi di Matera, and finally admire the masterpieces at MUDIMA - Museo Diocesano Matronei Altamura. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Materasum Ipogeo, then browse the exhibits of La Cantina Frrud - Museo del Vino, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Duomo, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with Master Wave.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Matera vacation site.

Getting from Positano to Matera by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Positano in July, Matera is little chillier at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Locorotondo.

Things to do in Matera

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Locorotondo

— 2 nights
Locorotondo is a town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy, with a population of about 14,000. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Castello Aragonese, do a tasting at L'Acropoli di Puglia, and then learn about winemaking at I Pastini. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Valle d’itria e Dintorni, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Nicola, then explore the striking landscape at Canale di Pirro, and finally admire the striking features of I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site.

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

You can drive from Matera to Locorotondo in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Matera in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 30°C in Locorotondo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monopoli.

Things to do in Locorotondo

Wineries · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Monopoli

— 1 night
Monopoli is a town and municipality in Italy, in the province of Bari and region of Apulia. On the 17th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Masseria Brancati, race across the water with a speed boat tour, then explore the striking landscape at Grotta del Trullo, and finally admire the artistry at GiuInLab.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Monopoli tour itinerary tool.

Monopoli is just a stone's throw from Locorotondo. Traveling from Locorotondo in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Monopoli, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Monopoli

Museums · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Gallipoli

— 2 nights

Ionian Pearl

Deriving its name from the Greek for "beautiful city," Gallipoli retains the charm of an old fishing port.
On the 18th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, don't miss a visit to Libreria La Musa, and then make a trip to Il Frantoio del Vicere. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Antichi Frantoi Ipogei, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then Head underground at Grotta del Soffio.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Gallipoli trip planner.

You can drive from Monopoli to Gallipoli in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July in Gallipoli, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Otranto.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Otranto

— 2 nights
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. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): get outside with Circolo Ippico Malepezza, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico Otranto, and then contemplate the long history of Cattedrale Di Otranto.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Otranto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gallipoli to Otranto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Otranto sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Otranto

Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

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 Lecce travel guide

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Beaches · Outdoor Activities · Landmarks
Lecce is a historic city of 94,766 inhabitants (2015) in southern Italy, the capital of the province of Lecce, the second province in the region by population, as well as one of the most important cities of Apulia. It is the main city of the Salentine Peninsula, a sub-peninsula at the heel of the Italian Peninsula and is over 2,000 years old.Because of the rich Baroque architectural monuments found in the city, Lecce is commonly nicknamed "The Florence of the South". The city also has a long traditional affinity with Greek culture going back to its foundation; the Messapii who founded the city are said to have been Cretans in Greek records. To this day, in the Grecìa Salentina, a group of towns not far from Lecce, the griko language is still spoken.In terms of industry, the "Lecce stone"—a particular kind of limestone—is one of the city's main exports, because it is very soft and workable, thus suitable for sculptures. Lecce is also an important agricultural centre, chiefly for its olive oil and wine production, as well as an industrial centre specializing in ceramic production.

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