16 days in Italy, Dubrovnik & Pula Itinerary

16 days in Italy, Dubrovnik & Pula Itinerary

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Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
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Salerno, Italy
— 3 nights
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Catania, Italy
— 1 night
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Syracuse, Italy
— 2 nights
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Palermo, Italy
— 2 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Pula, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
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Naples, Italy

— 2 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Take a break from Naples with a short trip to Lupanar in Pompeii, about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Pompeii Archaeological Park, steep yourself in history at Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Napoli, and make a trip to Spaccanapoli.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Naples road trip tool.

Lisbon, Portugal to Naples is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Salerno.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Salerno, Italy

— 3 nights

Unspoilt Gem of the Amalfi Coast

While often overshadowed by the Amalfi Coast's array of quaint villages, Salerno has become one of the region's main areas for culture and entertainment, while remaining relatively unmarked by tourism.
Get out of town with these interesting Salerno side-trips: Duomo di Sant'Andrea (in Amalfi) and Ravello (Villa Cimbrone Gardens, Villa Rufolo, &more). On the 19th (Sun), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Amalfi Coast, stop by La Bottega di Marilu', examine the collection at Pinacoteca Provinciale Salerno, and don't miss a visit to Promenade Trieste.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Salerno trip builder site.

You can drive from Naples to Salerno in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Naples in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Salerno, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Catania.

Things to do in Salerno

Outdoors · Tours · Transportation · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Catania, Italy

— 1 night

Black Pearl of Ionian Sea

The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
On the 22nd (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Giardino di Villa Trinita and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Etna.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Catania sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Salerno to Catania in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Syracuse.

Things to do in Catania

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Syracuse, Italy

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Mediterranean

Philosopher Cicero once described Syracuse as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all." A powerful city-state of ancient Greece, Syracuse now is the capital of the eponymous Italian province on the eastern coast of Sicily.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the ancient world of Teatro Greco, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siracusa, then admire the striking features of Palazzo Benevantano del Bosco, and finally step off the mainland to explore Ortigia. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi, explore the fascinating underground world of Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio), then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Santa Chiara, then make a trip to Centro Storico, and finally explore the world behind art at Monastero del San salvatore.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Syracuse holiday builder app.

Traveling by car from Catania to Syracuse takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Palermo.

Things to do in Syracuse

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Palermo, Italy

— 2 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, steep yourself in history at Norman Palace, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe dei Cappuccini, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Palermo, and finally make a trip to Quattro Canti.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Palermo road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Syracuse to Palermo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Palermo

Tours · Historic Sites

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls and then head off the coast to Lokrum Island. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Pile Gate and then stop by Old Town.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Dubrovnik online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Palermo to Dubrovnik takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Pula.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Pula, Croatia

— 2 nights
It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): make a trip to Pula's Marketplace, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Aquarium Pula, explore the ancient world of Pula Arena, then relax in the rural setting at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, then don't miss a visit to Les galeries souterraines Zerostrasse, and finally admire the striking features of Arco dei Sergi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at National Park Brijuni.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Pula sightseeing planner.

Fly from Dubrovnik to Pula in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Dubrovnik in September since evenings lows in Pula dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Pula

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Venice, Italy

— 1 night

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande. On your second day here, make a trip to Peggy Guggenheim Collection, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and then make a trip to Piazza San Marco.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Venice online visit planner.

Getting from Pula to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Veneto travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water · Historic Walking Areas
An independent republic until Napoleon's invasion in 1797, Veneto is among the wealthiest and most developed regions in the country. The region has a bustling tourism industry, drawing nearly 70 million visitors annually to its historical, natural, artistic, cultural, musical, and culinary treasures. Though most tourists begin and end their Veneto holiday in Venice, the area has plenty more to offer. A range of attractions await beyond the capital city, including World Heritage-listed Palladian villas, seaside resorts, vineyards, lakes, beaches, thermal baths, lush parks, and imposing mountain ranges. Veneto's clubs, bars, and restaurants make for a lively nightlife in the region's thriving cities.