18 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

18 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

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18 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
+2
Fly + shuttle + ferry:  5​h 45​min
1
Capri, Island of Capri
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Forio, Isola d'Ischia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Naples
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Ravello
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Palinuro
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Matera
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

2
nights
Capri, Island of Capri

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 28th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Villa San Michele. On the next day, Head underground at Blue Grotto, contemplate the waterfront views at Marina Piccola, explore the striking landscape at I Faraglioni, admire the natural beauty at Giardini di Augusto, then don't miss a visit to Belvedere Cannone, and finally pause for some photo ops at Natural Arch.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Capri trip app .

Valletta, Malta to Capri is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Capri can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Forio.

Things to do in Capri

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Anacapri
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Speed Boats Tours
Blue Grotto ©
Blue Grotto
Marina Piccola
Marina Piccola

1
night
Forio, Isola d'Ischia

Forio ©
On the 1st (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Epomeo, then steep yourself in history at Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana), then take in nature's colorful creations at Giardini Ravino, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa del Soccorso.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Forio holiday builder website .

Traveling by car from Capri to Forio takes 4 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Naples.

Things to do in Forio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Isola d'Ischia
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Giardini Ravino ©
Giardini Ravino
Chiesa del Soccorso ©
Chiesa del Soccorso
Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana) ©
Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana)

4
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Il Vallone dei Mulini. Attractions like Pompeii Archaeological Park and Parco Acheologico di Ercolano make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Naples side-trips: Marina Di Vietri (in Salerno), The Port of Corricella (in Procida Island) and Vietri sul Mare (Le Vigne di Raito & ceramica solimene). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Vulcano Solfatara, admire the masterpieces at Museo Cappella Sansevero, brush up on your military savvy at Galleria Borbonica, and pause for some serene contemplation at Parrocchia di S. Gennaro al Vomero.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Naples trip builder app .

Drive from Forio to Naples in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Naples are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Ravello.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Vietri sul Mare, Marina Di Vietri, The Port of Corricella, Il Vallone dei Mulini, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
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Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Vulcano Solfatara
Vulcano Solfatara
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano ©
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano

4
nights
Ravello

Ravello ©
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Spiaggia di castiglione and Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano. Get out of town with these interesting Ravello side-trips: Positano (Fornillo & Il Sentiero Degli Dei), Spiaggia Lannio (in Cetara) and Il Gusto della Costa (in Praiano).

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ravello road trip planning website .

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 July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ravello, with lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Palinuro.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Positano, Praiano, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, Spiaggia Lannio, Santa Maria de Olearia
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello

3
nights
Palinuro

Palinuro ©
Palinuro is an Italian small town, the most populated civil parish of Centola, Province of Salerno, in the Campania region. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Il Mirto Solarium Bar and Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro. Get out of town with these interesting Palinuro side-trips: Arco Magno (in San Nicola Arcella), Statua del Cristo Redentore di Maratea (in Maratea) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Laino Borgo). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia del Buon Dormire, don't miss a visit to Baia Infreschi - Marina di Camerota, and examine the collection at MUVIP Museo Virtuale del Paleolitico.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Palinuro trip planner .

You can drive from Ravello to Palinuro in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or ride a ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Matera.

Things to do in Palinuro

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Marina di Camerota, Maratea, Arco Magno, River Rafting & Tubing
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Baia del Buon Dormire ©
Baia del Buon Dormire
Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro ©
Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina and Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera. Go for a jaunt from Matera to Praiano to see Spiagge Le Praie about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sassi di Matera, admire the landmark architecture of Cattedrale di Matera, examine the collection at Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Santa Maria de Idris.

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Drive from Palinuro to Matera in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Matera sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Matera

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Spiagge Le Praie
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Sassi di Matera ©
Sassi di Matera
Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera ©

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