15 days in Southern Italy & Rome Itinerary

15 days in Southern Italy & Rome Itinerary

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15 days in Southern Italy & Rome Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly + bus:  20​h
1
Matera
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Maratea
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Paestum
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Anacapri, Island of Capri
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Forio, Isola d'Ischia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Naples
— 2 nights
7
Rome
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Portland

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.
Get some cultural insight at Cripta del Peccato Originale and Centro Storico di Craco. Visit MEC - Emotional Museum of Craco and Via Ridola for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Matera side-trips: Santuario Santa Maria di Anglona (in Tursi) and Rocca Imperiale (Chiesa Matrice & Castello di Rocca Imperiale). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sasso Barisano and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Domenico.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Matera trip itinerary planning tool .

Portland, USA to Matera is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Maratea.

Things to do in Matera

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Rocca Imperiale, Craco, Santuario Santa Maria di Anglona
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Cripta del Peccato Originale ©
Cripta del Peccato Originale
Sasso Barisano ©
Sasso Barisano

1
night
Maratea

Maratea ©
Maratea is a town and comune of Basilicata, in the province of Potenza. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): make a trip to Arco Magno, head off the coast to Island Dino, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rivello - Convento di S. Antonio da Padova, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario della Madonna del Perpetuo Soccorso, and finally appreciate the history behind Statua del Cristo Redentore di Maratea.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Maratea online trip planner .

Drive from Matera to Maratea in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can take a train to Paestum.

Things to do in Maratea

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santuario della Madonna del Perpetuo Soccorso, Arco Magno, Island Dino, Rivello - Convento di S. Antonio da Padova
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Island Dino ©
Island Dino
Arco Magno ©
Arco Magno

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Paestum

Paestum ©
On the 28th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Paestum Ruins, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario del Getsemani, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario di Santa Sofia, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario della "Madonna del Granato", and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Parrocchia Ss. Annunziata. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museo Vichiano, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza 10 Ottobre 1123, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Madonna di Costantinopoli, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Aragonese, and finally step into the grandiose world of Borgo Medievale di Agropoli.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Paestum online journey builder .

You can take a train from Maratea to Paestum in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Paestum are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Anacapri.

Things to do in Paestum

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Agropoli, Capaccio-Paestum, Museo Vichiano, Santuario di Santa Sofia, Piazza 10 Ottobre 1123
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Paestum Ruins ©
Paestum Ruins
Borgo Medievale di Agropoli ©
Borgo Medievale di Agropoli
Santuario di Santa Sofia ©
Santuario di Santa Sofia

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nights
Anacapri, Island of Capri

Anacapri ©
Anacapri is a comune on the island of Capri, in the Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Parco Astarita, tour the pleasant surroundings at I Faraglioni, stop by Eco Capri, admire the natural beauty at Giardini di Augusto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria a Cetrella, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimitero Acattolico (The Non-Catholic Cemetery). Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Villa del Damecuta, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa San Michele, see the interesting displays at La Bottega dell'Arte di Sergio Rubino, then enjoy the sea views from Punta Carena Lighthouse, then steep yourself in history at Villa San Michele, and finally steep yourself in history at Castello Barbarossa.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Anacapri online route builder .

Traveling by car from Paestum to Anacapri takes 3.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Anacapri can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Forio.

Things to do in Anacapri

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Capri
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Villa San Michele ©
Villa San Michele
Castello Barbarossa ©
Castello Barbarossa
Santa Maria a Cetrella ©
Santa Maria a Cetrella

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night
Forio, Isola d'Ischia

Forio ©
On the 2nd (Wed), steep yourself in history at Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa del Soccorso, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa dell’Arciconfraternita di Santa Maria Visitapoveri a Forio, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Vito, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello Aragonese d'Ischia.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Forio trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Anacapri to Forio by car takes about 4.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Forio can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Naples.

Things to do in Forio

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana), Castello Aragonese d'Ischia
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Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana) ©
Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana)
Castello Aragonese d'Ischia ©
Castello Aragonese d'Ischia
Chiesa del Soccorso ©
Chiesa del Soccorso

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nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): delve into the distant past at Catacombe di San Gennaro, explore the ancient world of Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, and then step into the grandiose world of Castel dell'Ovo. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, get to know the fascinating history of Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli, then brush up on your military savvy at Galleria Borbonica, and finally steep yourself in history at Underground Naples.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Naples road trip app .

You can drive from Forio to Naples in 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Forio in October since evenings lows in Naples dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
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Catacombe di San Gennaro ©
Catacombe di San Gennaro
Galleria Borbonica ©
Galleria Borbonica
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano ©
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano

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Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Villa d'Este and Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like San Pietro in Vincoli and Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rome: Ostia Antica (Cattedrale Di S. Aurea & Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica) and San Pietro alla Carita (in Tivoli). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Venezia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clement Basilica, and don't miss a visit to Piazza del Popolo.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rome tour builder app .

Traveling by train from Naples to Rome takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Rome are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Ostia Antica, Tivoli
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