11 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

11 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

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11 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly + bus:  17​h
1
Matera
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Palinuro
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Maratea
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  3​h
4
Anacapri, Island of Capri
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Naples
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Denver

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario and Church of Santa Maria de Idris. Discover out-of-the-way places like Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina and Cripta del Peccato Originale. Venture out of the city with trips to Volo dell'Angelo (in Castelmezzano) and Centro Storico di Craco (in Craco). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Cattedrale di Matera, walk around Parco della Murgia Materana, don't miss a visit to Casa Noha, and see the interesting displays at Sassi in Miniatura.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Matera trip itinerary builder website .

Denver, USA to Matera is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Denver to Matera due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Matera, with lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Palinuro.

Things to do in Matera

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Volo dell'Angelo, Centro Storico di Craco
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Church of Santa Maria de Idris ©
Church of Santa Maria de Idris
Cripta del Peccato Originale ©
Cripta del Peccato Originale

2
nights
Palinuro

Palinuro ©
Palinuro is an Italian small town, the most populated civil parish of Centola, Province of Salerno, in the Campania region. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Calanca Beach, then stroll through Baia del Buon Dormire, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Spiaggia della Marinella, then kick back and relax at Cala Bianca Beach, and then Head underground at Grotta Preistorica della Cala.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Palinuro online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Matera to Palinuro in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Maratea.

Things to do in Palinuro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Marina di Camerota
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Baia del Buon Dormire ©
Baia del Buon Dormire
Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro ©
Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro

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nights
Maratea

Maratea is a town and comune of Basilicata, in the province of Potenza. On the 21st (Wed), appreciate the history behind Statua del Cristo Redentore di Maratea, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria Maggiore, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at La Secca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Il Mirto Solarium Bar, then head off the coast to Island Dino, and then make a trip to Arco Magno.

For reviews and other tourist information, read our Maratea day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Palinuro to Maratea takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Anacapri.

Things to do in Maratea

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Arco Magno, Island Dino
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River Rafting & Tubing
Statua del Cristo Redentore di Maratea ©
Island Dino ©
Island Dino

1
night
Anacapri, Island of Capri

Anacapri ©
Anacapri is a comune on the island of Capri, in the Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy. On the 23rd (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa San Michele, take in nature's colorful creations at Giardini di Augusto, pause for some photo ops at Natural Arch, then Head underground at White Grotta, then get engrossed in the history at Villa San Michele, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Marina Piccola.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Anacapri trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Maratea to Anacapri in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Anacapri can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to 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
White Grotta ©
White Grotta
Marina Piccola
Marina Piccola

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Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. On the 24th (Sat), examine the collection at LAES - La Napoli Sotterranea, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gesu Nuovo Church, then explore the historical opulence of Castel dell'Ovo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cloister of Santa Chiara, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Napoli. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pontificio Santuario della Beata Maria Vergine del Santo Rosario di Pompei and then contemplate the long history of Cimitero delle Fontanelle.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Naples tour app .

You can drive from Anacapri to Naples in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Naples when traveling from Anacapri in October, with lows around 58°F. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Pontificio Santuario della Beata Maria Vergine del Santo Rosario di Pompei
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Castel dell'Ovo ©
Castel dell'Ovo
Cimitero delle Fontanelle ©
Cimitero delle Fontanelle
LAES - La Napoli Sotterranea ©
LAES - La Napoli Sotterranea

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