39 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

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Naples
— 8 nights
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Sorrento
— 8 nights
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Ravello
— 7 nights
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Castellabate
— 4 nights
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Civita
— 3 nights
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Matera
— 8 nights
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Naples — 8 nights

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Kids will appreciate attractions like Museo Cappella Sansevero and Parco Acheologico di Ercolano. Galleria Borbonica and Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naples: Vesuvio National Park (in Ottaviano), Pompeii (Tempio di Giove Capitolino, Odeon - Teatro Piccolo, &more) and Francesco (Frank) Carpegna - Walking with the Gods (in Positano). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Pompeii Archaeological Park, get to know the fascinating history of Underground Naples, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Marina di Vietri, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Gennaro.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Naples vacation builder app.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Naples is an approximately 6-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Naples is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in November: high temperatures in Naples hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sorrento.
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Sorrento — 8 nights

Land of the Sirens

A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
Absolute Positano and Museo della Ceramica Alfonso Tafuri are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Kids will appreciate attractions like Spiaggia Grande and Food Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Palazzo Ruggi d'Aragona (in Salerno), Positano (Miniaci Art Gallery, Fornillo, &more) and Chiesa di Santa Croce (in Nocelle). There's much more to do: stroll through Amalfi Coast Paradise, get to know the fascinating history of Corso Italia, experience rural life at Agriturismo Primaluce - Fattoria Didattica e Tour, and don't miss a visit to Piazza Tasso.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sorrento trip planner.

You can drive from Naples to Sorrento in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. Traveling from Naples in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sorrento, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Ravello.
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Ravello — 7 nights

Best known for its celebrated terraced gardens, Ravello is a hidden gem of Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma and Museo della Carta. Get some historical perspective at Duomo di Ravello and Villa Rufolo. Get out of town with these interesting Ravello side-trips: Positano (Le Ali nel Vento - Birds of Prey Experience, Il Sentiero Degli Dei, &more) and Fiordo di Furore (in Furore). There's lots more to do: stroll through Ravello-Minori Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di castiglione, get a taste of the local shopping with Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, and head outdoors with California Beach.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ravello trip itinerary app.

You can ride a ferry from Sorrento to Ravello in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. December in Ravello sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Castellabate.
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Castellabate — 4 nights

Castellabate is a town and comune in the province of Salerno in the Campania region of south-western Italy.HistoryThe area was inhabited since Upper Palaeolithic times. Family-friendly places like Archaeological Park of Paestum and Scuba & Snorkeling will thrill your kids. Visit Chiesa di Sant'Eufemia and La Fornace for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Castellabate: Statua del Principe Bulgaro Khan Alzeco (in Celle di Bulgheria), Oasi La Fiumara (in Sessa Cilento) and Astrea Wellness & Spa (in Altavilla Silentina). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Parco Turistico delle Sorgenti and take an in-depth tour of Museo Vichiano.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Castellabate trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ravello to Castellabate takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Castellabate can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Civita.
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Civita — 3 nights

Civita is a hilltown and comune in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy. Bring the kids along to Setteventi del Pollino and Chiesa di S. Maria Assunta. Get in touch with nature at Sci Club Terranova del Pollino and Ferrata Ramo Imperiale. Explore Civita's surroundings by going to Valle dell'Argentino (in Orsomarso) and Eufrasia Wellness & Spa (in Rotonda). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Etonico Arbresh and pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario della Madonna del Castello.

Before you visit Civita, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Castellabate to Civita by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Matera.
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Matera — 8 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sassi di Matera and MOOM Matera Olive Oil Museum. Get some historical perspective at Sasso Barisano and Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera. Get out of town with these interesting Matera side-trips: Museo della Cultura Arbereshe (in San Paulo Albanese), Regional Reserve of Montalbano Jonico Badlands (in Montalbano Jonico) and Museo Archeologico Nazionale del Melfese Massimo Pallottino (in Melfi). And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Parco Regionale di Gallipoli Cognato - Piccole Dolomiti Lucane, explore the ancient world of Materasum Ipogeo, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Le Dolomiti Lucane.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Matera tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Civita to Matera in 2.5 hours. December in Matera sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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