17 days in Italy Itinerary

17 days in Italy Itinerary

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17 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Penzance
Drive:  18​h
1
Portoferraio, Elba Island
— 3 nights
ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
2
Villasimius, Sardinia
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Dorgali, Sardinia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
San Teodoro, Sardinia
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Santa Teresa Gallura, Sardinia
— 2 nights
Drive:  18​h 30​min
End: Penzance

3
nights
Portoferraio, Elba Island

Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Stabilimento Balneare Mandel 2. Step out of Portoferraio to go to Seccheto and see Spiaggia di Cavoli, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Gelateria Zero Gradi, stroll through Spiaggia della Biodola, meet the residents at Acquario dell'Elba, and kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Capo Bianco.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Portoferraio trip maker tool .

Penzance, UK to Portoferraio is an approximately 22.5-hour car ride. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. In August, Portoferraio is a bit warmer than Penzance - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Villasimius.

Things to do in Portoferraio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Capoliveri, Acquario dell'Elba, Spiaggia di Cavoli
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Spiaggia di Cavoli ©
Spiaggia di Cavoli
Stabilimento Balneare Mandel 2 ©
Stabilimento Balneare Mandel 2

4
nights
Villasimius, Sardinia

Villasimius ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Spiaggia di Sant'ELmo and Davide Sessa Artigiano Pellettiere. Family-friendly places like Spiaggia Piscina Rei and Spiaggia di Tuerredda will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Area Archeologica di Nora in Pula (about 1h 40 min away).

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Villasimius trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and flight from Portoferraio to Villasimius in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Portoferraio in August: high temperatures in Villasimius hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Dorgali.

Things to do in Villasimius

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Pula, Spiaggia di Mari Pintau, Spiaggia di Sant'ELmo, Spiaggia di Tuerredda, Spiaggia Piscina Rei
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Porto Giunco ©
Porto Giunco
Spiaggia Piscina Rei ©
Spiaggia Piscina Rei
Spiaggia di Tuerredda ©
Spiaggia di Tuerredda

3
nights
Dorgali, Sardinia

Dorgali ©
Attractions like Osalla Beach and Cala Cartoe make great kid-friendly stops. Discover out-of-the-way places like Parco Museo S'Abba Frisca and Santuario Nuragico di Serra Orrios. Step out of Dorgali to go to Orosei and see Oasis Bidderosa, which is approximately 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cala Fuili Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Acquario Cala Gonone, and explore the fascinating underground world of Grotta del Bue Marino.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Dorgali trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Villasimius to Dorgali takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Teodoro.

Things to do in Dorgali

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Orosei
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Oasi Biderosa ©
Oasi Biderosa
Cala Fuili Beach ©
Cala Fuili Beach
Acquario Cala Gonone ©
Acquario Cala Gonone

2
nights
San Teodoro, Sardinia

San Teodoro ©
A chance to sip cocktails at swanky beach bars by day and experience the vibrant club scene by night makes San Tedoro vacations extremely popular.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Lu Impostu Beach and La Cinta.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Teodoro trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Dorgali to San Teodoro in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Santa Teresa Gallura.

Things to do in San Teodoro

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Cala Brandinchi, spiaggia di Posada, Porto Taverna Beach
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La Cinta ©
La Cinta
Lu Impostu Beach ©
Lu Impostu Beach
Porto Taverna Beach ©
Porto Taverna Beach

2
nights
Santa Teresa Gallura, Sardinia

Santa Teresa Gallura ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): kick back and relax at Spiaggia Rena di Ponente, identify plant and animal life at Capo Testa, and then make a trip to Valle della Luna. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Cala Spinosa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Naracu Nieddu Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Lu Litarroni.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Santa Teresa Gallura road trip planner.

Getting from San Teodoro to Santa Teresa Gallura by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Teodoro in August since evenings lows in Santa Teresa Gallura dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Teresa Gallura

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Aglientu, Valle della Luna
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Spiaggia Rena di Ponente ©
Spiaggia Rena di Ponente
Spiaggia Lu Litarroni ©
Spiaggia Lu Litarroni
Capo Testa
Capo Testa

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