14 days in Southern Italy & Croatian Coast Itinerary

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Matera, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive to Naples, Ferry to Anacapri
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Anacapri, Italy
— 1 night
Ferry to Ischia, Taxi to Forio
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Forio, Italy
— 1 night
Taxi to Ischia, Ferry to Naples
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Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly to Trieste, Shuttle to Rovinj
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Rovinj, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Matera, Italy — 2 nights

Subterranean City

Famous for its resemblance to the ancient settlements of Jerusalem and Cappadocia, Matera remains one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): make a trip to Palombaro Lungo, then explore the fascinating underground world of Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, then steep yourself in history at Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera, and finally explore the ancient world of Cripta del Peccato Originale. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Cattedrale di Matera, make a trip to Casa Noha, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Santa Maria de Idris, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Torture and Martyrdom, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa San Giovanni Battista.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Matera vacation builder.

Tampa, USA to Matera is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Tampa to Matera. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tampa in May; daily highs in Matera reach 71°F and lows reach 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Anacapri.
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Anacapri, Italy — 1 night

Anacapri is a comune on the island of Capri, in the Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy. On the 10th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Sofia, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa San Michele, admire the natural beauty at Giardini di Augusto, take a memorable drive along Via Krupp, then take an in-depth tour of Villa San Michele, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Solaro.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Anacapri trip maker.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Matera to Anacapri takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Anacapri when traveling from Matera in May, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Forio.
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Forio, Italy — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Epomeo, then see where the ancients bathed at Negombo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Citara, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa del Soccorso.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Forio journey planner.

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Anacapri to Forio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Naples.
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Naples, Italy — 2 nights

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. On the 12th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gesu Nuovo Church, contemplate the long history of Napoli Sotterranea, then get to know the fascinating history of Naples Centro Storico, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Pontificio Santuario della Beata Maria Vergine del Santo Rosario di Pompei. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Reale, contemplate the long history of Castel dell'Ovo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cloister of Santa Chiara, then explore the world behind art at Chiesa dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo - Complesso Museale dell'Arte della Seta, and finally stroll the grounds of Cimitero delle Fontanelle.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Naples trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Forio to Naples in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rovinj.
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Rovinj, Croatia — 2 nights

Istrian Venice

Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Port of Rovinj, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Romanica Da Santissima Trindade, then sample the fine beverages at Aura Distillery, and finally do a tasting at Winery San Tommaso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Euphemia, admire the landmark architecture of Canon’s House, delve into the distant past at Roman Ruins, admire the striking features of Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of Mary, then steep yourself in history at Porec Old Town, and finally take in the waterfront at Porec Ferry Port.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rovinj road trip app.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Naples to Rovinj takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Naples in May, Rovinj is slightly colder at night with lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Split.
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Split, Croatia — 2 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 16th (Tue), learn more about the world around you at Diocletians Dream, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, then get a taste of the local shopping with Riva Harbor, and finally contemplate the long history of Old Split. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marjan Park, admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, and then contemplate the long history of Historic City of Trogir.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Split trip planning app.

You can fly from Rovinj to Split in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to fly to Dubrovnik.
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Dubrovnik, Croatia — 3 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Popular historic sites such as Fort Lovrijenac and Cavtat Cemetery are in your itinerary. Cavtat Old Town and Church of Saint Blaise are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Dubrovnik to go to Cavtat and see Cavtat Seaside Promenade, which is approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Lapad, pause for some serene contemplation at The Franciscan Church and Monastery, make a trip to Pile Gate, and enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Split to Dubrovnik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.
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