15 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

15 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

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15 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
train + Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Reggio Calabria
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Pizzo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Matera
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Paestum
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Capri, Island of Capri
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Forio, Isola d'Ischia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Naples
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia

1
day
Reggio Calabria

Reggio Calabria ©
Reggio di Calabria, commonly known as Reggio Calabria or simply Reggio in Southern Italy, is the largest city and the most populated comune of Calabria, Southern Italy. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Lungomare Falcomata, enjoy the sand and surf at Lido Coco Beach, explore the historical opulence of Castello Ruffo di Scilla, then take in the pleasant sights at Chianalea di Scilla, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Reggio Calabria online trip maker .

Philadelphia, USA to Reggio Calabria is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Reggio Calabria due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 69°F in Reggio Calabria. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pizzo.

Things to do in Reggio Calabria

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Scilla, Lido Coco Beach
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Castello Ruffo di Scilla ©
Castello Ruffo di Scilla
Chianalea di Scilla ©
Chianalea di Scilla
Lido Coco Beach ©
Lido Coco Beach

2
nights
Pizzo

Pizzo ©
On the 17th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Santa Maria dell'Isola, get into the urban bustle at Tropea, have fun and explore at Creazioni Artistiche Il Faro, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Aragonese Murat, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Piedigrotta Church. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Il Paese Delle Meraviglie, do a tasting at Bonta e Delizie di Calabria, then don't miss a visit to Capo Vaticano, and finally kick back and relax at Grotticelle beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Pizzo day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Reggio Calabria to Pizzo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Reggio Calabria in September since evenings lows in Pizzo dip to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Matera.

Things to do in Pizzo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tropea, Capo Vaticano
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Castello Aragonese Murat ©
Castello Aragonese Murat
Artistic Creations The Lighthouse ©
Artistic Creations The Lighthouse
Piedigrotta Church ©
Piedigrotta Church

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.
On the 19th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale di Matera, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Santa Maria de Idris, then Head underground at Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, then steep yourself in history at Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera, and finally delve into the distant past at Cripta del Peccato Originale. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Casa Cisterna Sotterranea, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sassi di Matera, don't miss a visit to Casa Noha, then examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Metaponto, and finally mingle with the ghosts of the past at Centro Storico di Craco.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Matera driving holiday website .

You can drive from Pizzo to Matera in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Paestum.

Things to do in Matera

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Metaponto, Centro Storico di Craco
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Cattedrale di Matera ©
Cattedrale di Matera
Church of Santa Maria de Idris ©
Church of Santa Maria de Idris
Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera ©

2
nights
Paestum

Paestum ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Temple of Athena, explore the ancient world of Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Paestum, then delve into the distant past at Paestum Ruins, and finally delve into the distant past at Il Tempio di Nettuno o Poseidone o di Hera II. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Borgo Medievale di Agropoli, appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo Medievale di Castellabate, then don't miss a visit to Piazza 10 Ottobre 1123, then take in the waterfront at Acciaroli Port, and finally delve into the distant past at Parco Archeologico di Elea - Velia.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Paestum online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Matera to Paestum in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Matera in September since evenings lows in Paestum dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Capri.

Things to do in Paestum

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Castellabate, Acciaroli Port, Borgo Medievale di Agropoli, Parco Archeologico di Elea - Velia
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Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Paestum ©
Temple of Athena ©
Temple of Athena

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Villa Jovis and Walking tours. Chiesa San Michele and Punta Carena Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Marina Piccola, appreciate the history behind Natural Arch, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Solaro, and don't miss a visit to Giardini di Augusto.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Capri online itinerary planner .

Getting from Paestum to Capri by combination of taxi and ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in September, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Forio.

Things to do in Capri

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Anacapri
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Scala Fenicia (Phoenician Steps) ©
Scala Fenicia (Phoenician Steps)
Belvedere Cannone ©
Belvedere Cannone
Villa Jovis ©
Villa Jovis

2
nights
Forio, Isola d'Ischia

Forio ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Maronti Beach, then steep yourself in history at Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana), then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa del Soccorso, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa dell’Arciconfraternita di Santa Maria Visitapoveri a Forio. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Bagno Franco, then take in nature's colorful creations at Giardini La Mortella, and then kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Citara.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Forio trip itinerary planning site .

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Capri to Forio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in September, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Naples.

Things to do in Forio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bagno Franco, Maronti Beach, Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana)
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Maronti Beach ©
Maronti Beach
Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana) ©
Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana)
Chiesa del Soccorso ©
Chiesa del Soccorso

2
nights
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 28th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cloister of Santa Chiara, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Napoli, explore the fascinating underground world of Cimitero delle Fontanelle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gesu Nuovo Church, then delve into the distant past at Scavi Archeologici di Ercolano, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuary of the Madonna of the Rosary. On the next day, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Naples holiday app .

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Forio to Naples in 1.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Naples

Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pontificio Santuario della Beata Maria Vergine del Santo Rosario di Pompei
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