8 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

8 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

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8 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

Start: Madrid
+2
Fly + Bus + Ferry:  9​h
1
Reggio Calabria
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Matera
— 2 nights
Drive + Ferry:  3​h 45​min
3
Anacapri, Island of Capri
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Naples
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Madrid

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Parrocchia Maria S.S Immacolata di Scilla e Favazzina, step into the grandiose world of Castello Ruffo di Scilla, take in the pleasant sights at Chianalea di Scilla, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Cattedrale di Reggio Calabria Maria SS Asunta, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria, and finally view the masterpieces at Opere di Rabarama.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Reggio Calabria tour itinerary planner .

Madrid, Spain to Reggio Calabria is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Reggio Calabria when traveling from Madrid in March, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Matera.

Things to do in Reggio Calabria

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Scilla
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Lungomare Falcomata ©
Lungomare Falcomata
Castello Ruffo di Scilla ©
Castello Ruffo di Scilla

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): see a world frozen in time at Centro Storico di Craco, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa San Giovanni Battista, see the interesting displays at MUSMA Museum of Contemporary Sculpture, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Santa Maria de Idris, then Head underground at Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, and finally contemplate the long history of Cripta del Peccato Originale. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Cattedrale di Matera, don't miss a visit to Casa Noha, examine the collection at Sassi in Miniatura, see the interesting displays at Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina, then stroll around Parco della Murgia Materana, and finally contemplate the long history of Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera.

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

You can drive from Reggio Calabria to Matera in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Reggio Calabria in March; daily highs in Matera reach 15°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Anacapri.

Things to do in Matera

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Centro Storico di Craco
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Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera ©
Church of Santa Maria de Idris ©
Church of Santa Maria de Idris

1
night
Anacapri, Island of Capri

Anacapri ©
Anacapri is a comune on the island of Capri, in the Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Sofia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa San Michele, stroll through Giardini di Augusto, then get engrossed in the history at Villa San Michele, then look for gifts at Eureka, and finally appreciate the history behind Natural Arch.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Anacapri trip tool .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Matera to Anacapri takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Matera in March since evenings lows in Anacapri dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Naples.

Things to do in Anacapri

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Capri
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Villa San Michele ©
Villa San Michele
Chiesa di Santa Sofia ©
Chiesa di Santa Sofia
Giardini di Augusto ©
Giardini di Augusto

3
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Get some cultural insight at Castel dell'Ovo and Pontificio Santuario della Beata Maria Vergine del Santo Rosario di Pompei. Gesu Nuovo Church and The Neapolis Buried will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Pompeii (Forum & Lupanar), Tenuta Vannulo (in Capaccio Scalo) and Duomo di Salerno (in Salerno). The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of LAES - La Napoli Sotterranea, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cloister of Santa Chiara, examine the collection at Museo del Tesoro di San Gennaro, and admire the striking features of Palazzo Reale.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Naples online attractions planner .

You can drive from Anacapri to Naples in 2.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Naples are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Pompeii, Oplonti Villa di Poppea Ruins, Scavi di Stabia, Tenuta Vannulo, Duomo di Salerno
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LAES - La Napoli Sotterranea ©
LAES - La Napoli Sotterranea
Castel dell'Ovo ©
Castel dell'Ovo
Gesu Nuovo Church ©
Gesu Nuovo Church

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