43 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

43 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

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43 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
+2
Fly + Bus + Ferry:  6 h 45 min
1
Anacapri, Island of Capri
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Naples
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Forio, Isola d'Ischia
— 6 nights
Ferry + Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Palinuro
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Maratea
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
6
Reggio Calabria
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Capo Vaticano
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
8
Pertosa
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Matera
— 6 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
Anacapri, Island of Capri

Anacapri ©
Anacapri is a comune on the island of Capri, in the Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Villa San Michele. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Villa del Damecuta, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa San Michele, get great views at Monte Solaro Chairlift Seggiovia Monte Solaro, then take in nature's colorful creations at Giardini di Augusto, then Head underground at White Grotta, and finally pause for some photo ops at Natural Arch.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Anacapri visit planner .

Amsterdam, Holland to Anacapri is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In August, Anacapri is somewhat warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Naples.

Things to do in Anacapri

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Capri
Highlights from your plan
Giardini di Augusto ©
Giardini di Augusto
Villa del Damecuta ©
Villa del Damecuta
Villa San Michele ©
Villa San Michele

5
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to LAES - La Napoli Sotterranea and Villa di Pollio Felice - Bagni della Regina Giovanna. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gesu Nuovo Church and Cimitero delle Fontanelle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naples: Forum (in Pompeii), Sorrento (Wine Tours & Tastings & Food Tours) and Duomo di Salerno (in Salerno). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castel dell'Ovo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Napoli, look for all kinds of wild species at Posillipo, and delve into the distant past at Scavi di Oplontis.

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Traveling by car from Anacapri to Naples takes 2.5 hours. August in Naples sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to Forio.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Sorrento, Pompeii, Duomo di Salerno, Vulcano Solfatara
Highlights from your plan
Castel dell'Ovo ©
Castel dell'Ovo
Cimitero delle Fontanelle ©
Cimitero delle Fontanelle

6
nights
Forio, Isola d'Ischia

Forio ©
We've included these beaches for you: Spiaggia di Citara and Spiaggia di San Francesco. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chiesa del Soccorso and Museo Archeologico di Pithecusae. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Forio: Ischia (Maronti Beach, Chiesa di Santa Maria di Costantinopoli, & more).

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Forio road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Naples to Forio takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Palinuro.

Things to do in Forio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ischia, Lacco Ameno, Isola d'Ischia, Baia di Sorgeto, Parco Termale Tropical
Highlights from your plan
Giardini Ravino ©
Giardini Ravino
La Spiaggia e la Baia di Cartaromana ©
Spiaggia della Chiaia ©
Spiaggia della Chiaia

5
nights
Palinuro

Palinuro ©
Palinuro is an Italian small town, the most populated civil parish of Centola, Province of Salerno, in the Campania region. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Parco Archeologico di Elea - Velia and Cappella di San Michele Arcangelo. You'll get in some beach time at Cala Bianca Beach and Spiaggia Marina di Ascea. Change things up with these side-trips from Palinuro: Area Marina Protetta Costa degli Infreschi e della Masseta (in Marina di Camerota), Oasi WWF di Morigerati (in Morigerati) and Acciaroli Port (in Acciaroli). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Baia del Buon Dormire, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cappella della Mercede, explore the striking landscape at Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro, and don't miss a visit to Baia Infreschi Marina Di Camerota.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Palinuro trip builder tool .

Do a combination of ferry and car from Forio to Palinuro in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Maratea.

Things to do in Palinuro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Marina di Camerota, Marina di Ascea, Pisciotta, Oasi WWF di Morigerati, Acciaroli Port
Highlights from your plan
Baia del Buon Dormire ©
Baia del Buon Dormire
Cooperativa Cilento Mare ©
Cooperativa Cilento Mare
Parco Archeologico di Elea - Velia ©
Parco Archeologico di Elea - Velia

6
nights
Maratea

Maratea ©
Maratea is a town and comune of Basilicata, in the province of Potenza. Relax by the water at Il Mirto Solarium Bar and La Secca. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Santuario di San Francesco di Paola and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Maratea: Castello Ducale (in Corigliano Calabro), Il ponte del diavolo (in Civita) and Rossano (Museo della Liquirizia "Giorgio Amarelli" & Chiesa di San Bernardino). Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring nature at Ente Parco Nazionale Del Pollino. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Borgo Medievale di Agropoli, steep yourself in history at La Fornace, make a trip to Arco Magno, and examine the collection at Museo all'aperto Bilotti (Mab).

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You can drive from Palinuro to Maratea in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Reggio Calabria.

Things to do in Maratea

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Agropoli, Rossano, Island Dino, Museo all'aperto Bilotti (Mab), Santuario di San Francesco di Paola
Highlights from your plan
Island Dino ©
Island Dino
Museo all'aperto Bilotti (Mab) ©
Museo all'aperto Bilotti (Mab)
Castello Aragonese ©
Castello Aragonese

4
nights
Reggio Calabria

Reggio Calabria ©
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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lungomare Falcomata and Creazioni Artistiche Il Faro. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Michelino Beach and Chianalea di Scilla. Get out of town with these interesting Reggio Calabria side-trips: Castello Aragonese Murat (in Pizzo), Scilla (Lido Francesco & Castello Ruffo di Scilla) and The Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell'Isola (in Tropea). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria, kick back and relax at Lido Coco Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Gallico Marina, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Cattedrale di Reggio Calabria Maria SS Asunta.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Reggio Calabria tour builder tool .

Getting from Maratea to Reggio Calabria by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In September in Reggio Calabria, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Capo Vaticano.

Things to do in Reggio Calabria

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Scilla, Tropea, Spiaggia di Riaci, Lido Coco Beach, Michelino Beach
Highlights from your plan
Spiaggia di Riaci ©
Spiaggia di Riaci
Michelino Beach ©
Michelino Beach

3
nights
Capo Vaticano

Capo Vaticano ©
Cattedrale di Gerace and Chiesa di San Pietro Apostolo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Capo Vaticano. Go for a jaunt from Capo Vaticano to Gerace to see Museo Diocesano about 1h 20 min away.

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You can take a train from Reggio Calabria to Capo Vaticano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Capo Vaticano when traveling from Reggio Calabria in September, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Pertosa.

Things to do in Capo Vaticano

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nicotera, Gerace, Chiesa di San Pietro Apostolo
Highlights from your plan
Cattedrale di Gerace ©
Cattedrale di Gerace
Capo Vaticano ©
Capo Vaticano
Grotticelle beach ©
Grotticelle beach

5
nights
Pertosa

Pertosa ©
Pertosa is a village and comune of the province of Salerno in the Campania region of south-west Italy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cantine del Notaio and Museo Archeologico Nazionale. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oasi Valle della Caccia and Grotte di Pertosa-Auletta. Change things up with these side-trips from Pertosa: Certosa di Padula (in Padula), Muro Lucano - Castello (in Muro Lucano) and Castle (in Melfi). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Grotte di Castelcivita, explore the historical opulence of Castello Marchesale di Auletta, explore the ancient world of Area Archeologica di Serra di Vaglio, and contemplate the long history of Roscigno Vecchia.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Pertosa trip planner .

You can drive from Capo Vaticano to Pertosa in 4 hours. Traveling from Capo Vaticano in September, Pertosa is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Matera.

Things to do in Pertosa

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Museo Archeologico di Atena Lucana, Cascate di San Fele, Roscigno Vecchia, Melfi Castle
Highlights from your plan
Melfi Castle ©
Melfi Castle
Oasi Valle della Caccia ©
Oasi Valle della Caccia
Cantine del Notaio ©
Cantine del Notaio

6
nights
Matera

Matera ©
Famous for its resemblance to the ancient settlements of Jerusalem and Cappadocia, Matera remains one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina and Cripta del Peccato Originale. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera and Castello di Rocca Imperiale. Explore Matera's surroundings by going to Spiaggia di Policoro (in Policoro), Sea and Beach in Roseto Capo Spulico (in Roseto Capo Spulico) and Centro Storico di Craco (in Craco). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Santa Maria de Idris, don't miss a visit to San Giovanni Battista, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parco della Murgia Materana, and explore the fascinating underground world of Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Matera holiday planner.

Drive from Pertosa to Matera in 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Matera when traveling from Pertosa in September, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Matera

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sea and Beach in Roseto Capo Spulico, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Metaponto, Terzo Cavone, Spiaggia di Policoro, Centro Storico di Craco
Highlights from your plan
Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera ©
Sassi in Miniatura ©
Sassi in Miniatura

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