8 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

8 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

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8 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

Start: Austin
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Ferry:  17​h 30​min
1
Capri, Island of Capri
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Naples
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Forio, Isola d'Ischia
— 1 night
Ferry + Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Matera
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Austin

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Thu), get outside with Capri Sea Service, admire the natural beauty at Giardini di Augusto, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Piccola. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa San Michele, stop by Corallium, delve into the distant past at Villa del Damecuta, then Head underground at White Grotta, then pause for some photo ops at Natural Arch, and finally get engrossed in the history at Villa San Michele.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Capri trip itinerary maker website .

Austin, USA to Capri is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Austin in October, you will find days in Capri are slightly colder (72°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Naples.

Things to do in Capri

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Anacapri, Capri Sea Service
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White Grotta ©
White Grotta
Villa San Michele ©
Villa San Michele
Giardini di Augusto ©
Giardini di Augusto

2
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): stop by Caseificio La Pagliara, appreciate the extensive heritage of Il Palazzo del Principe e il "Loggione" di Teano, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Napoli, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cloister of Santa Chiara, then explore the historical opulence of Castel dell'Ovo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gesu Nuovo Church. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Cimitero delle Fontanelle, get great views at Castel Sant'Elmo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pontificio Santuario della Beata Maria Vergine del Santo Rosario di Pompei, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Salerno.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Naples trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Capri to Naples in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Capri in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 58°F in Naples. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Forio.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Il Palazzo del Principe e il "Loggione" di Teano, Caseificio La Pagliara, Pontificio Santuario della Beata Maria Vergine del Santo Rosario di Pompei, Duomo di Salerno
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Castel dell'Ovo ©
Castel dell'Ovo
Gesu Nuovo Church ©
Gesu Nuovo Church
Cimitero delle Fontanelle ©
Cimitero delle Fontanelle

1
night
Forio, Isola d'Ischia

Forio ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): do a tasting at Perrazzo Vini d'Ischia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa del Soccorso, then steep yourself in history at Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana), and finally kick back and relax at Spiaggia di San Francesco.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Forio trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Naples to Forio takes 2 hours. October in Forio sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Matera.

Things to do in Forio

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Perrazzo Vini d'Ischia, Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana)
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Chiesa del Soccorso ©
Chiesa del Soccorso
Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana) ©
Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana)
Perrazzo Vini d'Ischia ©
Perrazzo Vini d'Ischia

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 (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa San Giovanni Battista, delve into the distant past at Cripta del Peccato Originale, make a trip to Palombaro Lungo, then examine the collection at Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Santa Maria de Idris, and finally admire the striking features of Cattedrale di Matera.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Matera trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Forio to Matera by combination of ferry and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Forio in October, Matera is slightly colder at night with lows of 53°F. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Matera

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Church of Santa Maria de Idris ©
Church of Santa Maria de Idris
Cripta del Peccato Originale ©
Cripta del Peccato Originale
Cattedrale di Matera ©
Cattedrale di Matera

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