11 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

11 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

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Fly
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Matera
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Palinuro
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Sorrento
— 1 night
Ferry
4
Anacapri, Island of Capri
— 2 nights
Ferry
5
Naples
— 2 nights
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Matera — 2 nights

Famous for its resemblance to the ancient settlements of Jerusalem and Cappadocia, Matera remains one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): walk around Parco della Murgia Materana and then make a trip to Palombaro Lungo. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Matera, don't miss a visit to Casa Noha, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Matera road trip planning app.

Philadelphia, USA to Matera is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Matera due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Palinuro.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Palinuro — 3 nights

Palinuro is an Italian small town, the most populated civil parish of Centola, Province of Salerno, in the Campania region. Relax by the water at Baia del Buon Dormire and Il Mirto Solarium Bar. Escape the urban bustle at Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro and Grotte di Pertosa-Auletta. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Palinuro: Certosa di Padula (in Padula) and Cala Bianca Beach (in Marina di Camerota). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia della Marinella.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Palinuro trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Matera to Palinuro in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Sorrento.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trips

Sorrento — 1 night

A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
On the 22nd (Sun), make a trip to Piazza Tasso, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Francis Church and Convent, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and finally stroll through Villa di Pollio Felice - Bagni della Regina Giovanna.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sorrento day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Palinuro to Sorrento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Sorrento can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Anacapri.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Anacapri, Island of Capri — 2 nights

Anacapri is a comune on the island of Capri, in the Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Piazza Umberto I, appreciate the history behind Natural Arch, Head underground at White Grotta, then enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Piccola, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa San Michele. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Corallium, take an in-depth tour of Villa San Michele, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Solaro, then make a trip to Via Krupp, then take in the dramatic natural features at I Faraglioni, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Giardini di Augusto.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Anacapri travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Sorrento to Anacapri by ferry takes about an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Naples.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping
Side Trip

Naples — 2 nights

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. On the 25th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Castel dell'Ovo, contemplate the geological forces at Vulcano Solfatara, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pontificio Santuario della Beata Maria Vergine del Santo Rosario di Pompei. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gesu Nuovo Church, don't miss a visit to Spaccanapoli, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Napoli, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cloister of Santa Chiara, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza del Plebiscito.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Naples road trip planning tool.

You can ride a ferry from Anacapri to Naples in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Side Trips