52 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southern Italy vacation planner
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Amalfi
— 11 nights
Drive
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Matera
— 7 nights
Drive
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Paestum
— 6 nights
Drive
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Naples
— 8 nights
Ferry to Ischia, Taxi to Forio
5
Forio, Isola d'Ischia
— 6 nights
Taxi to Ischia, Ferry to Capri
6
Capri, Island of Capri
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Sorrento
— 8 nights
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Amalfi — 11 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amalfi: Tramonti (Giardino Segreto dell'Anima & Societa Agricola Tenuta San Francesco - S.R.L.), Praiano (Parrocchia Di San Gennaro & Torre di Grado) and Positano (Arienzo Beach Club, Positano, Le Ali nel Vento - Birds of Prey Experience, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo, take a memorable drive along Amalfi Coast, tour the pleasant surroundings at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, and examine the collection at Museo della Carta.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Amalfi online trip itinerary planner.

Belfast, UK to Amalfi is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Belfast to Amalfi. In September, Amalfi is somewhat warmer than Belfast - with highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Matera.
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Matera — 7 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Matera side-trips: Setteventi del Pollino (in Civita), Fontana Monumentale di Piazza Mario Pagano (in Tolve) and Ferrata Ramo Imperiale (in Cerchiara di Calabria). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sassi di Matera, learn about winemaking at TEMPERE Azienda Vitivinicola f.lli Pica, don't miss a visit to Casa Noha, and visit Volo dell'Angelo.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Matera trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amalfi to Matera takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Amalfi in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Matera, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Paestum.
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Paestum — 6 nights

Explore Paestum's surroundings by going to Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro (in Palinuro), Marina di Camerota (Cooperativa Rosa dei Venti & MUVIP Museo Virtuale del Paleolitico) and Borgo Medievale Di Terravecchia (in Giffoni Valle Piana).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Paestum road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Matera to Paestum takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Matera in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Paestum. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Naples.
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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. Change things up with these side-trips from Naples: Salerno (Museo Diocesano San Matteo di Salerno, Duomo di Salerno, &more) and Pompeii (Temple of Apollo, Villa dei Misteri, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Pompeii Archaeological Park, stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Gennaro, take in the spiritual surroundings of Museo Cappella Sansevero, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Napoli.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Naples trip builder website.

Getting from Paestum to Naples by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Paestum in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Naples, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Forio.
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Forio, Isola d'Ischia — 6 nights

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Forio: Maronti Beach (in Barano d'Ischia), Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta (in Ischia Porto) and Gelateria Ice da Luciano (in Ischia).

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Forio driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Naples to Forio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. October in Forio sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Capri.
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Capri, Island of Capri — 5 nights

The island of Capri encompasses all the magical allure of the Mediterranean--dramatic blue waters, lush mountainous landscape, and picturesque island villages.
Spend the 21st (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: stroll through Monte Solaro, look for all kinds of wild species at Parco Astarita, take in panoramic vistas at Belvedere di Tragara, and explore the striking landscape at I Faraglioni.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Capri holiday planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Forio to Capri in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. October in Capri sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sorrento: Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista (in Praiano) and Positano (Spas, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). On the 24th (Tue), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Dedicate the 29th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: experience rural life at La Masseria Farm Experience, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Antonino, make a trip to Piazza Tasso, and get to know the fascinating history of Corso Italia.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sorrento trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by ferry from Capri to Sorrento takes an hour. October in Sorrento sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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