35 days in Italy Itinerary

35 days in Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy vacation planner

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Syracuse
— 3 nights
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Lampedusa
— 2 nights
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Palermo
— 5 nights
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Drive to Messina Marittima, Ferry to Villa San Giovanni, Drive to Tropea
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Tropea
— 5 nights
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Otranto
— 3 nights
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Lecce
— 2 nights
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Alberobello
— 2 nights
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Matera
— 2 nights
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Siena
— 4 nights
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Lucca
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Syracuse

— 3 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.
Chiesa di San Giovanni Alle Catacombe and Chiesa Santa Chiara are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll get in some beach time at Lido Arenella and Lido di Noto. Venture out of the city with trips to Lido di Noto (Abbronzatissima Beach Club & Spiaggia di Eloro), Spiaggia di Gallina (in Avola) and Noto (Palazzo Castelluccio, Chiesa di San Carlo Borromeo, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Spiaggia Pineta del Gelsomineto, kick back and relax at Lido Sayonara, contemplate the long history of Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Filippo Apostolo.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Syracuse trip itinerary planning tool.

Beirut, Lebanon to Syracuse is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Beirut to Syracuse. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can fly to Lampedusa.

Things to do in Syracuse

Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Lampedusa

— 2 nights
Italy's southernmost territory, Lampedusa, is known for its turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and island charm.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): make a trip to Cala Guitgia, identify plant and animal life at Centro Recupero Tartarughe Marine, then kick back and relax at Cala Croce Beach, then kick back and relax at Cala Greca, and finally don't miss a visit to Santuario di Nostra Signora di Lampedusa, Lampedusa. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Archivio Storico Lampedusa, head outdoors with Mare Morto, then visit a coastal fixture at Faro di Capo Grecale, then make a trip to Cala Calandra, and finally stroll through Cala Pisana.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lampedusa road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Syracuse to Lampedusa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. July in Lampedusa sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Palermo.

Things to do in Lampedusa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Palermo

— 5 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Explore hidden gems such as Palazzo Conte Federico and San Giuseppe dei Teatini. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chiesa Inferiore della Cappella Palatina and Oratorio di Santa Cita. Change things up with these side-trips from Palermo: Duomo di Monreale (in Monreale), Cefalu (Enoteca le Petit Tonneau, Chiesa del Purgatorio, &more) and Dojo & SPA (in Capaci). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Oratorio di San Lorenzo, explore the world behind art at Museum of tiles Stanze al Genio, pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Palermo, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Palermo trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Lampedusa to Palermo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tropea.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Tropea

— 5 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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Capo Vaticano and Scuba & Snorkeling. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell'Isola and Basilica Santo Angelo d'Acri. Explore Tropea's surroundings by going to Castello Normanno Svevo (in Vibo Valentia), Spiaggia di Falerna (in Falerna) and Pizzo (Chiesa Matrice S.Giorgio Martire & Piazza della Repubblica). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Michelino Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Acquamarina Beach, get outside with Lido l'Oasi, and step into the grandiose world of Castello Medioevale Cleto.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tropea trip itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Palermo to Tropea in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Tropea are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to fly to Otranto.

Things to do in Tropea

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Otranto

— 3 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. Discover out-of-the-way places like La Dolce Riva and Spiaggia Porto Miggiano. Get a sense of the local culture at Chiesa di San Pietro and Villa Raffaella. Take a break from Otranto with a short trip to Grotta Azzurra e Palombara in Castro, about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Bagno Marino Archi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lungomare degli Eroi, get to know the fascinating history of Villa Sticchi, and discover the deep blue sea with Scuba Diving.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Otranto trip planner.

You can fly from Tropea to Otranto in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Tropea in July, you will find days in Otranto are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Lecce.

Things to do in Otranto

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lecce

— 2 nights

Florence of the South

Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Castello di Acaya. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Matteo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbazia di Santa Maria di Cerrate, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Irene, and finally contemplate the long history of Torre del Parco.

Make your Lecce itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Otranto to Lecce takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Lecce, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Alberobello.

Things to do in Lecce

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Alberobello

— 2 nights
Alberobello is a small town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy. On the 22nd (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Lido Ottagono, kick back and relax at Sabbiadoro Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Parrocchia Santuario Basilica S.S. Cosma E Damiano, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at I Pastini, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, then do a tasting at L'Acropoli di Puglia, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Martino, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Palazzo dell'Universita e Torre dell'orologio.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Alberobello tour website.

You can drive from Lecce to Alberobello in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Alberobello sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Matera.

Things to do in Alberobello

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Palazzo Baldassarre, explore the galleries of La Cantina Frrud - Museo del Vino, take a stroll through I Claustri di Altamura, then don't miss a visit to Corso Federico II Di Svevia, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa del Purgatorio, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Duomo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Via Ridola, contemplate the long history of Casa grotta del Casalnuovo, stroll through Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, then contemplate the long history of Piazza San Pietro Caveoso, and finally look for gifts at Peperoncino.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Matera trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Alberobello to Matera in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Matera, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Siena.

Things to do in Matera

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Siena

— 4 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Get a sense of the local culture at Poggio Amorelli and Centro storico di Monteriggioni. Popular historic sites such as Torre Grossa and Sinagoga di Siena are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Siena side-trips: Dievole (in Vagliagli), San Gimignano (Historic Centre of San Gimignano, Galleria Gagliardi, &more) and Pornanino (in Radda in Chianti). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Sant'Agnese Farm, admire the masterpieces at Parco Sculture Del Chianti, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cappella di Piazza, and explore the historical opulence of La Rocca di Staggia.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Siena trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Matera to Siena takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. July in Siena sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Lucca.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Lucca

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Churches

Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lucca trip planner.

Getting from Siena to Lucca by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Lucca can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 30th (Sat), you're off to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Lucca

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Cinque Terre

— 5 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Visit Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church and Church of San Giorgio for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours and Levanto to Monterosso Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cinque Terre: Basilica Di Santa Maria Assunta (in Camogli), Basilica di Santo Stefano (in Lavagna) and Castello Brown (in Portofino). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oratorio dei Disciplinati di Santa Caterina, hike along Sentiero Monterosso - Vernazza, and step off the mainland to explore Isola Palmaria.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Lucca to Cinque Terre takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Cinque Terre sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
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.

Calabria travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Landmarks · Castles
Forming the toe of Italy's "boot," Calabria is considered the Caribbean of Europe and may very well be the country's best-kept secret. Visitors can find everything from beaches to Byzantine churches here. Hillside towns, ancient Greek temples, and medieval castles and palaces are just some of the attractions scattered around one of the country's least-developed regions. Calabria remains largely unblemished by mass tourism, with many charming places to visit like olive plantations, orange groves, waterfalls, and lakes. Because it's bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on three sides, the water plays a huge role in the region's culture and cuisine. Calabria is also an up-and-coming producer of fine wines.

Puglia travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Churches
Situated at the southeastern tip of the country, Puglia forms the heel on the "boot" of Italy. First colonized by Mycenaean Greeks, the region flourished during Roman times as a major producer of grain and oil. Today, Puglia remains a predominantly agricultural part of the country, though its warm and sunny coastal weather makes it a favorite holiday destination with an ever-increasing number of tourists. The long coastline features attractions like sun-kissed beaches and lively resorts, many of which are overlooked by limestone cliffs. Deeper inland, Puglia is largely flat, a land of charming villages and world-class cuisine. Here, you'll find olive oil, grapes, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, and fresh seafood to give you sustenance as you continue sightseeing. Despite its reputation as a producer of some Italy's best food and wines, Puglia still has numerous rural corners that most tourists have yet to explore.

Tuscany travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Art Museums · Historic Walking Areas
Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.