26 days in Italy Itinerary

26 days in Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy trip itinerary planner

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Naples
— 2 nights
Drive
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Salerno
— 2 nights
Train
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Reggio Calabria
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Messina
— 2 nights
Drive
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Palermo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Syracuse
— 2 nights
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Drive to Catania-Fontanarossa Airport, Fly to Lamezia Terme Airport, Drive to Marina di Davoli
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Marina di Davoli
— 1 day
Drive
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Lecce
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ancona
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ravenna
— 3 nights
Drive
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Florence
— 3 nights

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Naples

— 2 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): learn about all things military at Galleria Borbonica, then contemplate the long history of Lupanar, then don't miss a visit to Pompeii Archaeological Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Museo Cappella Sansevero. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Via San Gregorio Armeno, examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, then steep yourself in history at Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Underground Naples.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Naples road trip planning site.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Naples. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Salerno.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Salerno

— 2 nights

Unspoilt Gem of the Amalfi Coast

While often overshadowed by the Amalfi Coast's array of quaint villages, Salerno has become one of the region's main areas for culture and entertainment, while remaining relatively unmarked by tourism.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Santuario Santa Maria del Bando, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, then cruise along Amalfi Coast, and finally hike along Sentiero dei Limoni. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Promenade Trieste, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Salerno, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Agostino, then delve into the distant past at Castello di Arechi, and finally don't miss a visit to Centro Storico Salerno.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Salerno online trip builder.

You can drive from Naples to Salerno in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Naples in April since evenings lows in Salerno dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can take a train to Reggio Calabria.

Things to do in Salerno

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Reggio Calabria

— 2 nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Castello Aragonese, take in the pleasant sights at Corso Garibaldi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Cattedrale di Reggio Calabria Maria SS Assunta, get to know the fascinating history of Lungomare Falcomata, then appreciate the history behind Monumento Dea Athena, and finally shop like a local with Opere di Rabarama. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria, go for a walk through Chianalea di Scilla, take some stellar pictures from Belvedere di Piazza San Rocco, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Ruffo di Scilla, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Parrocchia Maria S.S Immacolata di Scilla e Favazzina.

To find photos and tourist information, read our Reggio Calabria day trip app.

Traveling by train from Salerno to Reggio Calabria takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salerno in April, Reggio Calabria is a bit cooler at night with lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Messina.

Things to do in Reggio Calabria

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Messina

— 2 nights
Messina is the capital of the Italian Metropolitan City of Messina. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Caterina Church, walk around Villa Comunale, explore the ancient world of Ancient Theatre of Taormina, then don't miss a visit to Corso Umberto, and finally go for a walk through Piazza IX Aprile. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museo Vara e i Giganti, make a trip to Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico), pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Messina, then admire the local landmark of Fontana di Gennaro, then get outside with Colli San Rizzo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tempio Votivo di Cristo Re.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Messina road trip planning site.

Traveling by ferry from Reggio Calabria to Messina takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Palermo.

Things to do in Messina

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Palermo

— 3 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Palermo: Duomo di Monreale (in Monreale) and Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro (in Castellammare del Golfo). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Palermo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cappella Di San Giuseppe Dei Falegnami, Facolta Di Giurisprudenza, Universita Di Palermo, don't miss a visit to Quattro Canti, and admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Conte Federico.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Palermo trip planner.

You can drive from Messina to Palermo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Syracuse.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): Head underground at Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio), head off the coast to Ortigia, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siracusa, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vermexio. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Teatro Greco, explore the ancient world of Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, and then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Syracuse trip website.

Traveling by car from Palermo to Syracuse takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Marina di Davoli.

Things to do in Syracuse

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Marina di Davoli

— 1 day
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa dell'Immacolata, then admire the striking features of Castello Baroni Gallelli Benso, then do a tasting at Cirimingiano, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Lido Golden.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Marina di Davoli vacation planner.

Explore your travel options from Syracuse to Marina di Davoli with the Route module. In April, daytime highs in Marina di Davoli are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Lecce.

Things to do in Marina di Davoli

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Wineries

Side Trip

Lecce

— 3 nights

Florence of the South

Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zoosafari (in Fasano) and Trullo Sovrano (in Alberobello). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Centro Storico, Lecce, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Lecce, get engrossed in the history at Museo Faggiano, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Mostra La Tana della Taranta.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lecce trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marina di Davoli to Lecce takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ancona.

Things to do in Lecce

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Ancona

— 3 nights
Ancona is a city and a seaport in the Marche region in central Italy, with a population of around 101,997. Venture out of the city with trips to Piazza del Popolo (in Ascoli Piceno) and Grotte di Frasassi (in Genga). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Della Santa Casa, don't miss a visit to Loggia dei Mercanti, admire the striking features of Mole Vanvitelliana, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa Santa Maria della Piazza.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ancona road trip planning tool.

Getting from Lecce to Ancona by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In April in Ancona, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ravenna.

Things to do in Ancona

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Ravenna

— 3 nights

City of Mosaics

Famous for its wealth of original mosaics, Ravenna is a hub of artistic and cultural heritage.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ravenna: Ferrara (Piazzetta Sant'Anna, Castello Estense, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica San Vitale, find something for the whole family at Mirabilandia, examine the collection at Archiepiscopal Museum, and contemplate the long history of Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi).

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ravenna online vacation planner.

You can drive from Ancona to Ravenna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in Ravenna

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Siena (Battistero di San Giovanni, Piazza del Campo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, admire the striking features of Campanile di Giotto, and steep yourself in history at The Baptistery of St. John.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Ravenna to Florence in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

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.