43 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

43 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southern Italy itinerary planner

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Reggio Calabria
— 4 nights
Train
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Maratea
— 6 nights
Drive
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Palinuro
— 6 nights
Drive
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Termoli
— 4 nights
Drive
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Matera
— 6 nights
Drive to Sorrento, Ferry to Capri
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Capri, Island of Capri
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ischia, Taxi to Forio
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Forio, Isola d'Ischia
— 6 nights
Taxi to Ischia, Ferry to Naples
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Naples
— 6 nights
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Reggio Calabria

— 4 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. Let the collections at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria and Artistic Creations The Lighthouse capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lungomare Falcomata and Cattedrale di Gerace. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reggio Calabria: Capo Vaticano (in Capo Vaticano), Spiaggia di Riaci (in Santa Domenica) and Pizzo (Piedigrotta Church & Castello Aragonese Murat). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cattolica di Stilo, make a trip to Chianalea di Scilla, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell'Isola, and step into the grandiose world of Castello Ruffo di Scilla.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Reggio Calabria vacation site.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Reggio Calabria is an approximately 160.5-hour car ride. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Johannesburg in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Reggio Calabria: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Maratea.

Things to do in Reggio Calabria

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Maratea

— 6 nights
Maratea is a town and comune of Basilicata, in the province of Potenza. Appreciate the collections at Museo all'aperto Bilotti (Mab) and Ecomuseo Sandro Berardone. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Castello Aragonese and Castello Ducale. Change things up with these side-trips from Maratea: Agropoli (Borgo Medievale di Agropoli & La Fornace), Santuario di San Francesco di Paola (in Paola) and Arco Magno (in San Nicola Arcella). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Island Dino, snap pictures at Il ponte del diavolo, get interesting insight from Tours, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa dell'Immacolata.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Maratea day trip tool.

You can take a train from Reggio Calabria to Maratea in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Palinuro.

Things to do in Maratea

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Palinuro

— 6 nights
Palinuro is an Italian small town, the most populated civil parish of Centola, Province of Salerno, in the Campania region. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Certosa di Padula and Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli. Step off the beaten path and head to Spiaggia della Marinella and Parco Archeologico di Elea - Velia. Explore Palinuro's surroundings by going to MuSea Museo Vivo del Mare di Pioppi (in Pioppi), Spiaggia Marina di Ascea (in Marina di Ascea) and Acciaroli Port (in Acciaroli). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museo delle testimonianze e della memoria di Centola, kick back and relax at Baia del Buon Dormire, Head underground at Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro, and take in the dramatic scenery at Cascate di San Fele.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Palinuro tour planning site.

Traveling by car from Maratea to Palinuro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Termoli.

Things to do in Palinuro

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Termoli

— 4 nights
Termoli is a town and comune on the Adriatic coast of Italy, in the province of Campobasso, region of Molise. Visit Cattedrale di Termoli and Borgo Medievale di Termoli for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Museo del Profumo and ADRAM Basso Molise. Get out of town with these interesting Termoli side-trips: Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta (in Sessano del Molise), Centro storico di Isernia (in Isernia) and Palazzo Colagrosso - Museo Civico (in Bojano). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Timoteo, delve into the distant past at Castello d'Evoli, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di S. Giorgio a Campobasso, and stroll through Lido Aurora.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Termoli tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Palinuro to Termoli takes 4 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Termoli can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Matera.

Things to do in Termoli

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Matera

— 6 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.
Let the collections at Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario and Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina capture your imagination. Visit Melfi Castle and Chiesa San Giovanni Battista for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Matera side-trips: Craco (MEC - Emotional Museum of Craco & Centro Storico di Craco), Fontana Angioina (in Venosa) and Cantine del Notaio (in Rionero in Vulture). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera, pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Matera, explore the ancient world of Materasum Ipogeo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Santa Maria de Idris.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Matera road trip planning website.

Getting from Termoli to Matera by car takes about 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Matera are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Capri.

Things to do in Matera

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Capri, Island of Capri

— 2 nights
The island of Capri encompasses all the magical allure of the Mediterranean--dramatic blue waters, lush mountainous landscape, and picturesque island villages.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Villa San Michele, appreciate the history behind Natural Arch, then explore the fascinating underground world of White Grotta, then explore the activities along Marina Piccola, and finally see the interesting displays at La Bottega dell'Arte di Sergio Rubino. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Sofia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa San Michele, examine the collection at Casa Rossa, take in nature's colorful creations at Giardini di Augusto, then make a trip to Piazza Umberto I, and finally make a trip to Chiesa di Santo Stefano.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Capri online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Matera to Capri by combination of car and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Matera in December: high temperatures in Capri hover around 17°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Forio.

Things to do in Capri

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Forio, Isola d'Ischia

— 6 nights
Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana) and Perrazzo Vini d'Ischia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Chiesa del Soccorso and Сhurch of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Get out of town with these interesting Forio side-trips: Procida (The Port of Corricella & Chiaiolella), Torre di Guevara (in Ischia Porto) and Ischia (Chiesa di Santa Maria di Costantinopoli, Parco Pineta Mirtina, &more).

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Forio online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Capri to Forio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. December in Forio sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Naples.

Things to do in Forio

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Naples

— 6 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cloister of Santa Chiara and Cimitero delle Fontanelle. You'll explore and learn at LAES - La Napoli Sotterranea and Santuario di Montevergine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naples: Sorrento (Piazza Tasso, Villa di Pollio Felice - Bagni della Regina Giovanna, &more), Caseificio La Pagliara (in Caianello) and Santuario dell'Addolorata di Castelpetroso (in Castelpetroso). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of The Neapolis Buried, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pontificio Santuario della Beata Maria Vergine del Santo Rosario di Pompei, admire the masterpieces at Museo del Tesoro di San Gennaro, and explore the historical opulence of Castel dell'Ovo.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Naples road trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Forio to Naples takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Forio in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Naples, with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips