20 days in Italy Itinerary

20 days in Italy Itinerary

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Fly to Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, Drive to Tivoli
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Tivoli
— 3 nights
Drive
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Naples
— 3 nights
Drive
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Amalfi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Civita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bari
— 1 night
Fly
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Taormina, Sicily
— 2 nights
Drive
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Catania, Sicily
— 1 night
Drive
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Palermo, Sicily
— 3 nights
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Tivoli — 3 nights

Tivoli is a town and comune in Lazio, central Italy, about 30km east-north-east of Rome, at the falls of the Aniene river where it issues from the Sabine hills. Get out of town with these interesting Tivoli side-trips: Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore), Parco dei Mostri (in Bomarzo) and Orvieto (Sant'Andrea, Orvieto & Duomo di Orvieto). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Villa d'Este, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria Maggiore, explore the ancient world of Junior Village Tivoli Parco Giochi, and stroll around Parco Villa Gregoriana.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tivoli trip itinerary maker app.

San Francisco, USA to Tivoli is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In October in Tivoli, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Naples.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Naples — 3 nights

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Change things up with these side-trips from Naples: Pompeii (Lupanar & Villa dei Misteri) and Sorrento (Marina Grande - Antico Borgo Marinaro, Piazza Tasso, &more). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Pompeii Archaeological Park, admire the masterpieces at Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, and get engrossed in the history at Galleria Borbonica.

To find out how to plan a trip to Naples, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Tivoli to Naples by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October in Naples, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Amalfi.
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Amalfi — 3 nights

Known for its impressive hillside cascade of colorful stone buildings down to the Mediterranean shore, Amalfi is the cultural and commercial heart of southern Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Amalfi is known for historic sites, museums, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: awaken your taste buds at Amalfi Coast Drive, admire the natural beauty at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, ponder the design of Fontana Cap e Ciuccio, and see the interesting displays at Museo della Carta.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Amalfi tour itinerary site.

Getting from Naples to Amalfi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Amalfi sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Civita.
Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
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Civita — 2 nights

Civita is a hilltown and comune in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Museo Etonico Arbresh, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di S. Maria Assunta, and then stroll through Setteventi del Pollino.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Civita travel planner.

Getting from Amalfi to Civita by car takes about 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bari.
Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
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Bari — 1 night

Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
On the 13th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica San Nicola and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lungomare e Murat.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bari online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Civita to Bari takes 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Bari can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Taormina.
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Taormina, Sicily — 2 nights

With its warm island weather and cliffside location overlooking the Ionion Sea, Taormina has been one of Sicily's most popular getaway destinations since the early 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Gambino Vini and then take in the pleasant sights at Piazza IX Aprile. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): stroll around Villa Comunale, delve into the distant past at Ancient Theatre of Taormina, stroll through Isola Bella, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Caterina Church, and finally make a trip to Corso Umberto.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Taormina trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bari to Taormina takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bari in October since evenings lows in Taormina dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Catania.
Parks · Nature · Beaches · Wineries
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Catania, Sicily — 1 night

The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): contemplate the geological forces at Mt Etna.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Catania tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Taormina to Catania takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Taormina in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Catania, with lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Palermo.
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Palermo, Sicily — 3 nights

The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Palermo: Duomo di Monreale (in Monreale) and Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro (in Castellammare del Golfo). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Cattedrale di Palermo, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of San Cataldo, see the interesting displays at Palazzo Asmundo, and admire the landmark architecture of Norman Palace.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Palermo trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Catania to Palermo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Italy travel guide

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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.

Amalfi Coast travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Gardens
Renowned for its beautiful landscape and medieval fishing villages that cling precariously to the Mediterranean cliffs, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's top vacation destinations. This World Heritage Site stretches for about 50 km (30 mi) on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula and offers numerous places to visit, from terraced lemon gardens and whitewashed villas to cliff-top views of the sea. Explore the coastline's towns, bays, and resorts. During the peak tourist season, the Amalfi Coast's single seaside road is often jammed with dozens of buses. For that reason, the ubiquitous scooter may be the best way to get around and sightsee. You can also access quite a bit by bicycle.

Calabria travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Castles
Forming the toe of Italy's "boot," Calabria is considered the Caribbean of Europe and may very well be the country's best-kept secret. Visitors can find everything from beaches to Byzantine churches here. Hillside towns, ancient Greek temples, and medieval castles and palaces are just some of the attractions scattered around one of the country's least-developed regions. Calabria remains largely unblemished by mass tourism, with many charming places to visit like olive plantations, orange groves, waterfalls, and lakes. Because it's bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on three sides, the water plays a huge role in the region's culture and cuisine. Calabria is also an up-and-coming producer of fine wines.

Puglia travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Churches
Situated at the southeastern tip of the country, Puglia forms the heel on the "boot" of Italy. First colonized by Mycenaean Greeks, the region flourished during Roman times as a major producer of grain and oil. Today, Puglia remains a predominantly agricultural part of the country, though its warm and sunny coastal weather makes it a favorite holiday destination with an ever-increasing number of tourists. The long coastline features attractions like sun-kissed beaches and lively resorts, many of which are overlooked by limestone cliffs. Deeper inland, Puglia is largely flat, a land of charming villages and world-class cuisine. Here, you'll find olive oil, grapes, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, and fresh seafood to give you sustenance as you continue sightseeing. Despite its reputation as a producer of some Italy's best food and wines, Puglia still has numerous rural corners that most tourists have yet to explore.

Province of Palermo travel guide

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Palermo is a city of Southern Italy, the capital of both the autonomous region of Sicily and the Metropolitan City of Palermo. The city is noted for its history, culture, architecture and gastronomy, playing an important role throughout much of its existence; it is over 2,700 years old. Palermo is located in the northwest of the island of Sicily, right by the Gulf of Palermo in the Tyrrhenian Sea.The city was founded in 734 BC by the Phoenicians as Ziz ('flower'). Palermo then became a possession of Carthage, before becoming part of the Roman Republic, the Roman Empire and eventually part of the Byzantine Empire, for over a thousand years. The Greeks named the city Panormus meaning 'complete port'. From 831 to 1072 the city was under Arab rule during the Emirate of Sicily when the city first became a capital. The Arabs shifted the Greek name into Balarme (بَلَرْم), the root for Palermo's present-day name. Following the Norman reconquest, Palermo became the capital of a new kingdom (from 1130 to 1816), the Kingdom of Sicily and the capital of the Holy Roman Empire under Frederick II Holy Roman Emperor and Conrad IV of Germany, King of the Romans. Eventually Sicily would be united with the Kingdom of Naples to form the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies until the Italian unification of 1860.

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