50 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

50 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

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50 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+5
Fly + Train + Foot + Subway + Foot + Ferry:  27 h
1
Capri, Island of Capri
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Forio, Isola d'Ischia
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Naples
— 8 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Ravello
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Matera
— 7 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Palinuro
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Laino Borgo
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
Reggio Calabria
— 5 nights
+2
Ferry + Bus + Fly:  27 h
End: Sydney

6
nights
Capri, Island of Capri

Capri ©
The island of Capri encompasses all the magical allure of the Mediterranean--dramatic blue waters, lush mountainous landscape, and picturesque island villages.
Relax by the water at Marina Grande Public Beach and Marina Grande Beach. Visiting White Grotta and Fortini Coastal Walk will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Villa San Michele, pause for some photo ops at Natural Arch, take in the dramatic natural features at I Faraglioni, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa San Michele.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Capri itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Capri is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight, train, and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. Traveling from Sydney to Capri, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in August; daily highs in Capri reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Forio.

Things to do in Capri

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Anacapri, Sentiero Del Passetiello Capri
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Villa San Michele ©
Villa San Michele
White Grotta ©
White Grotta
Fortini Coastal Walk ©
Fortini Coastal Walk

5
nights
Forio, Isola d'Ischia

Forio ©
Take a break from the city and head to Maronti Beach and Spiaggia di San Francesco. Relax by the water at Spiaggia di Citara and Chiaiolella. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Forio: Procida (Spiaggia Chiaia, Abbazia San Michele Arcangelo, &more).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Forio trip builder site .

Drive from Capri to Forio in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Naples.

Things to do in Forio

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ischia, Procida, Lacco Ameno, Spiaggia di Cava Grado, Casa Museo
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Spiaggia di Cava Grado ©
Spiaggia di Cava Grado
Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana) ©
Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana)
Maronti Beach ©
Maronti Beach

8
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chiesa dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo - Complesso Museale dell'Arte della Seta and Museo Nazionale Ferroviario di Pietrarsa. Step out of the city life by going to Fishing Charters & Tours and Parco Sommerso di Gaiola - Area Marina Protetta. Change things up with these side-trips from Naples: Pompeii (Temple of Apollo, Lupanar, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museo Cappella Sansevero, contemplate the long history of Catacombe di San Gaudioso, look for all kinds of wild species at Posillipo, and delve into the distant past at Parco Archeologico Pausilypon.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Naples day trip planning site .

Getting from Forio to Naples by car takes about 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ravello.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Pompeii, Fishing Charters & Tours
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Museo Cappella Sansevero ©
Museo Cappella Sansevero
Fishing Charters & Tours
Catacombe di San Gaudioso ©
Catacombe di San Gaudioso

6
nights
Ravello

Ravello ©
Best known for its celebrated terraced gardens, Ravello is a hidden gem of Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Get some cultural insight at Monte Faito e Panorama and Villa Cimbrone Gardens. Visiting Spiaggia di castiglione and Valle delle Ferriere will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Ravello side-trips: Badia della Santissima Trinita' (in Cava De' Tirreni) and Positano (Miniaci Art Gallery, Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano, &more).

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ravello road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Naples to Ravello takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Naples in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ravello, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Matera.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Positano, Amalfi, Basilica of Saint Trofimena, Fondazione Lewitt - Villa Letizia, Badia della Santissima Trinita'
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Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Monte Faito e Panorama ©
Monte Faito e Panorama
Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello

7
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario and Grotta del Trullo. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina and Chiesa San Giovanni Battista. Explore Matera's surroundings by going to Masseria Brancati (in Ostuni), I Pastini (in Martina Franca) and Museo del Confetto Mucci Giovanni (in Andria). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Materasum Ipogeo, make a trip to Chiesa rupestre di Santa Lucia alle Malve, examine the collection at Sassi in Miniatura, and steep yourself in history at Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Matera travel planner.

Traveling by car from Ravello to Matera takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Ravello in September since evenings lows in Matera dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Palinuro.

Things to do in Matera

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Grotta del Trullo, Masseria Brancati, Lama Monachile, I Pastini, Museo del Confetto Mucci Giovanni
Highlights from your plan
Sassi di Matera ©
Sassi di Matera
Masseria Brancati ©
Masseria Brancati

5
nights
Palinuro

Palinuro ©
Palinuro is an Italian small town, the most populated civil parish of Centola, Province of Salerno, in the Campania region. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Antiquarium - Museo Archeologico and Chiesa Santa Maria Loreto. Escape the urban bustle at Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro and Ficocella Beach. Step out of Palinuro to go to Scario and see Spiaggia Dei Gabbiani, which is approximately 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Spiaggia della Marinella, get outside with Servizi Quadrifoglio Palinuro, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia della Molpa.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Palinuro road trip website .

Traveling by car from Matera to Palinuro takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Laino Borgo.

Things to do in Palinuro

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Marina di Camerota, Spiaggia Dei Gabbiani
Highlights from your plan
Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro ©
Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro
Baia del Buon Dormire ©
Baia del Buon Dormire
Spiaggia della Marinella ©
Spiaggia della Marinella

5
nights
Laino Borgo

Laino Borgo is a town and comune in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Setteventi del Pollino. Get a sense of the local culture at Museo della Liquirizia "Giorgio Amarelli" and Museo delle Icone e della Tradizione Bizantina. Get out of town with these interesting Laino Borgo side-trips: Padula (Museo del Cognome, Museo Civico Multimediale, &more), le case del nibbio (in Morano Calabro) and Valle dell'Argentino (in Orsomarso). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Parco Avventura Gioia, get a new perspective on nature at Museo del Peperoncino, kick back and relax at Lido Playa del Sol, and explore the historical opulence of Castle.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Laino Borgo route builder tool .

Traveling by car from Palinuro to Laino Borgo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Reggio Calabria.

Things to do in Laino Borgo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Rossano, Padula, Museo del Peperoncino, Museo Archeologico di Broglio, Castle
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Valle dell'Argentino ©
Valle dell'Argentino

5
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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria and Spiaggia Formicoli. Get some cultural insight at Lungomare Falcomata and Basilica Cattedrale di Reggio Calabria Maria SS Asunta. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Reggio Calabria: Cala di Rovaglioso (in Palmi), Santuario San Nicodemo (in Mammola) and Gerace (Chiesa di San Giovannello, Chiesa di San Francesco d'Assisi, &more). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia di Fuoco, explore the world behind art at Museo diocesano, explore the historical opulence of Castello Aragonese, and don't miss a visit to Il Parco Archeologico delle Mura Greche.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Reggio Calabria trip planner.

You can drive from Laino Borgo to Reggio Calabria in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In October in Reggio Calabria, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Reggio Calabria

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Gerace, Cala di Rovaglioso, Santuario San Nicodemo, Spiaggia Formicoli, Praia di Fuoco
Highlights from your plan
Lungomare Falcomata ©
Lungomare Falcomata
Cattedrale di Gerace ©
Cattedrale di Gerace

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