29 days in Italy Itinerary

29 days in Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy route planner

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Palermo
— 3 nights
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Marsala
— 2 nights
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Agrigento
— 2 nights
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Ragusa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Modica
— 1 night
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Syracuse
— 2 nights
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Catania
— 2 nights
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Taormina
— 2 nights
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Messina
— 3 nights
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Milazzo
Ferry
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Stromboli
— 1 day
Ferry
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Naples
— 6 nights
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Amalfi
— 2 nights
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Pompeii
— 1 night
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Palermo

— 3 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Palermo: Duomo di Monreale (in Monreale) and Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro (in Castellammare del Golfo). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Cattedrale di Palermo, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, pick up some local products at Mercato Ballaro, and kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Mondello.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Palermo online route builder.

Milan to Palermo is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or take a train. On the 6th (Fri), you're off to Marsala.

Things to do in Palermo

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:

Marsala

— 2 nights
Marsala is an Italian town located in the Province of Trapani in the westernmost part of Sicily. Marsala is known for nature, parks, and wineries. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Redfish, do a tasting at Donnafugata, make a trip to Saline of the Laguna Marsala, and enjoy the sand and surf at Lido Marakaibbo.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Marsala tour planner.

Traveling by car from Palermo to Marsala takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Agrigento.

Things to do in Marsala

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:

Agrigento

— 2 nights

Valley of the Temples

Historically one of ancient Greece's leading cities, Sicily's Agrigento is home to the seven monumental temples that make up the well-preserved Valley of the Temples.
On the 9th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Il Giardino della Kolymbethra and then delve into the distant past at Valle dei Templi. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Scala dei Turchi and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Riserva Naturale Orientata Torre Salsa.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Agrigento road trip site.

Traveling by car from Marsala to Agrigento takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Marsala in August, Agrigento is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ragusa.

Things to do in Agrigento

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 10:

Ragusa

— 2 nights

Town of Bridges

Once a flourishing ancient city, Ragusa was rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1693.
On the 11th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Castello di Donnafugata, don't miss a visit to Lungomare Andrea Doria e Bisani, and then get behind the scenes at Oleificio Gulino. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Giardini Iblei, then get to know the fascinating history of Ragusa Ibla, and then don't miss a visit to Siculamente.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Ragusa trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Agrigento to Ragusa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Agrigento in August, you will find days in Ragusa are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are slightly colder (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Modica.

Things to do in Ragusa

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 12:

Modica

— 1 night
Modica is a city and comune of 54.456 inhabitants in the Province of Ragusa, Sicily, southern Italy. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): wander the wide-open spaces of Gli Aromi Sicily, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro storico di Scicli - World Heritage Site, and then get engrossed in the history at A Rutta ri Ron Carmelu.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Modica online trip itinerary maker.

Modica is just a short distance from Ragusa. In August, daytime highs in Modica are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Syracuse.

Things to do in Modica

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 13:

Syracuse

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Mediterranean

Philosopher Cicero once described Syracuse as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all." A powerful city-state of ancient Greece, Syracuse now is the capital of the eponymous Italian province on the eastern coast of Sicily.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siracusa, head off the coast to Ortigia, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, then contemplate the long history of Teatro Greco, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio).

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Syracuse trip tool.

You can drive from Modica to Syracuse in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Catania.

Things to do in Syracuse

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:

Catania

— 2 nights

Black Pearl of Ionian Sea

The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate the geological forces at Mt Etna and then look for gifts at Enoteca Regionale di Sicilia. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Parco Archeologico Greco Romano di Catania, don't miss a visit to Piazza Duomo, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Catania road trip planning app.

You can drive from Syracuse to Catania in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Catania sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Taormina.

Things to do in Catania

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:

Taormina

— 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 18th (Wed): stroll around Villa Comunale, don't miss a visit to Ancient Theatre of Taormina, then head off the coast to Isola Bella, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Caterina Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Corso Umberto. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Le Gole dell'Alcantara, then take in breathtaking views at Gole Alcantara Botanical and Geological Park, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Taormina trip maker tool.

Drive from Catania to Taormina in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Catania in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Taormina. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Messina.

Things to do in Taormina

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 19:

Messina

— 3 nights
Messina is the capital of the Italian Metropolitan City of Messina. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Museo diocesano, get to know the fascinating history of Lungomare Falcomata, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Chianalea di Scilla and then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Messina.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Messina trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Taormina to Messina in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Messina, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Milazzo.

Things to do in Messina

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:

Milazzo

Milazzo is a town in the Metropolitan City of Messina, Sicily, southern Italy; it is the largest commune in the Metropolitan City after Messina and Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto. For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Milazzo online trip maker.

Traveling by train from Messina to Milazzo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You will leave for Stromboli on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Milazzo

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 23:

Stromboli

— 1 day
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at Centro Visitatori INGV and then get impressive views of Stromboli.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Stromboli holiday builder.

Getting from Milazzo to Stromboli by ferry takes about 2 hours. August in Stromboli sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Naples.

Things to do in Stromboli

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 23:

Naples

— 6 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Explore Naples' surroundings by going to Reggia di Caserta (in Caserta), Capri (I Faraglioni, Giardini di Augusto, &more) and Vesuvio National Park (in Ottaviano). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museo Cappella Sansevero, appreciate the extensive heritage of Underground Naples, take an in-depth tour of Galleria Borbonica, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Gennaro.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Naples day trip site.

You can ride a ferry from Stromboli to Naples in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Stromboli in August, Naples is slightly colder at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Amalfi.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 28:

Amalfi

— 2 nights

Painted Town

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.
On the 28th (Sat), take some stellar pictures from Il Sentiero Degli Dei, examine the collection at Museo della Carta, then look for gifts at Antichi Sapori d'Amalfi, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Sant'Andrea. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Villa Rufolo, then steep yourself in history at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, then admire the sheer force of Valle delle Ferriere, and finally indulge your senses at Amalfi Coast Drive.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Amalfi travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Naples to Amalfi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pompeii.

Things to do in Amalfi

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 28 — 30:

Pompeii

— 1 night

Underground City

Pompeii has been a tourist destination for more than 250 years.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Lupanar, then make a trip to Pompeii Archaeological Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pontificio Santuario della Beata Maria Vergine del Santo Rosario di Pompei.

Plan my day in Pompeii using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Amalfi to Pompeii takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Amalfi in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 25°C in Pompeii. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Pompeii

Find places to stay Aug 30 — 31:

Italy travel guide

4.6
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.

Province of Syracuse travel guide

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Islands · Beaches · Ruins
Syracuse is a historic city in Sicily, the capital of the province of Syracuse. The city is notable for its rich Greek history, culture, amphitheatres, architecture, and as the birthplace of the preeminent mathematician and engineer Archimedes. This 2,700-year-old city played a key role in ancient times, when it was one of the major powers of the Mediterranean world. Syracuse is located in the southeast corner of the island of Sicily, next to the Gulf of Syracuse beside the Ionian Sea.The city was founded by Ancient Greek Corinthians and Teneans and became a very powerful city-state. Syracuse was allied with Sparta and Corinth and exerted influence over the entirety of Magna Graecia, of which it was the most important city. Described by Cicero as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all", it equaled Athens in size during the fifth century BC. It later became part of the Roman Republic and Byzantine Empire. After this Palermo overtook it in importance, as the capital of the Kingdom of Sicily. Eventually the kingdom would be united with the Kingdom of Naples to form the Two Sicilies until the Italian unification of 1860.

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Province of Catania travel guide

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Mountains · Historic Sites · Landmarks
Catania is an Italian city on the east coast of Sicily facing the Ionian Sea. It is the capital of the Metropolitan City of Catania, one of the ten biggest cities in Italy, and the seventh largest metropolitan area in Italy. The population of the city proper is 313,000 while the population of the conurbation is estimated to be 767,003. The metropolitan city has 1,115,310 inhabitants.Catania is well known for its historical earthquakes, having been destroyed by catastrophic earthquakes in 1169 and 1693, and for several volcanic eruptions from the neighbouring Mount Etna, the most violent of which was in 1669.Catania has had a long and eventful history, having been founded in the 8th century BC. In 1434, the first university in Sicily was founded in the city. In the 14th century and into the Renaissance period, Catania was one of Italy's most important cultural, artistic and political centres. The city has a rich culture and history, hosting many museums, restaurants, churches, parks and theatres. Catania is well known for its street food.GeographyCatania is located on the east coast of the island of Sicily, at the foot of Mount Etna.As observed by Strabo, the location of Catania at the foot of Mount Etna has been both a curse and a blessing. On the one hand, violent outbursts of the volcano throughout history have destroyed large parts of the city, whilst on the other hand the volcanic ashes yield fertile soil, especially suited for the growth of vines. (Strab. vi. p. 269)

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Province of Messina travel guide

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Ruins · Landmarks · Islands
Messina is the capital of the Italian Metropolitan City of Messina. It is the third-largest city on the island of Sicily, and the 13th-largest city in Italy, with a population of more than 238,000 inhabitants in the city proper and about 650,000 in the Metropolitan City. It is located near the northeast corner of Sicily, at the Strait of Messina, opposite Villa San Giovanni on the mainland, and has close ties with Reggio Calabria. According to Eurostat the FUA of the metropolitan area of Messina has, in 2014, 277,584 inhabitants.The city's main resources are its seaports (commercial and military shipyards), cruise tourism, commerce, and agriculture (wine production and cultivating lemons, oranges, mandarin oranges, and olives). The city has been a Roman Catholic Archdiocese and Archimandrite seat since 1548 and is home to a locally important international fair. The city has the University of Messina, founded in 1548 by Ignatius of Loyola.Messina has a light rail system, Tranvia di Messina, that was opened on 3 April 2003. This line is and links the city's central railway station with the city centre and harbour.

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Campania travel guide

4.3
Ruins · Landmarks · Art Museums
Stretching along the Tyrrhenian Sea, Campania is noted for its mild climate, picturesque coast, outstanding culinary tradition, and rich legacy of art and culture. Most visitors to this region begin their holiday sightseeing at the sea, where the coastline is marked with secluded bays, tranquil coves, and dramatic cliffs. The lush Mediterranean landscape is home to flourishing towns and charming villages, each steeped in its own culture, art, and traditions, and offering plenty of local places to visit. This ancient land is the birthplace of some well-known culinary favorites, including pizza and spaghetti. Campanians were among the first Europeans to use tomatoes not only as an ornamental plant, but also as food and garnish. The region is renowned for its fruits and vegetables--but its best-known product is mozzarella cheese.

Province of Salerno travel guide

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Salerno is a city and comune in Campania (south-western Italy) and is the capital of the province of the same name. It is located on the Gulf of Salerno on the Tyrrhenian Sea. The city is divided into three distinct zones: the medieval sector, the 19th century sector and the more densely populated post-war area, with its several apartment blocks.Salerno was an independent Lombard principality, Principality of Salerno, in the early Middle Ages. During this time, the Schola Medica Salernitana, the first medical school in the world, was founded. In the 16th century, under the Sanseverino family, among the most powerful feudal lords in southern Italy, the city became a great centre of learning, culture and the arts, and the family hired several of the greatest intellectuals of the time. Later, in 1694, the city was struck by several catastrophic earthquakes and plagues. After a period of Spanish rule which would last until the 18th century, Salerno became part of the Parthenopean Republic.In recent history the city hosted Victor Emmanuel III, the King of Italy, who moved from Rome in 1943 after Italy negotiated a peace with the Allies in World War II, making Salerno the home of the "government of the South" (Regno del Sud) and therefore capital of Italy for some months. Some of the Allied landings during Operation Avalanche (the invasion of Italy) occurred near Salerno. Today Salerno is an important cultural centre in Campania and Italy.

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