15 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

15 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

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15 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + train:  22​h
1
Naples
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Anacapri, Island of Capri
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Paestum
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Palinuro
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Rotonda
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Matera
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Chicago

4
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Popular historic sites such as Gli Scavi Archeologici di Pompei and Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Museo Cappella Sansevero and Galleria Borbonica. Step out of Naples with an excursion to Reggia di Caserta in Caserta--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Ruins of Herculaneum, steep yourself in history at Underground Naples, see the interesting displays at National Archaeological Museum of Naples, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Complesso Museale di Santa Chiara.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Naples tour planner.

Chicago, USA to Naples is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET) is 7 hours. When traveling from Chicago in December, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Naples: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Anacapri.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Reggia di Caserta, Pompeii Archaeological Park, Vesuvio National Park, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
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Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Museo Cappella Sansevero ©
Museo Cappella Sansevero
Cloister of Santa Chiara ©
Cloister of Santa Chiara

1
night
Anacapri, Island of Capri

Anacapri
Anacapri is a comune on the island of Capri, in the Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy. On the 30th (Sat), explore the activities along Marina Piccola, explore the striking landscape at I Faraglioni, get to know the fascinating history of Scala Fenicia (Phoenician Steps), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa San Michele, and finally contemplate the long history of Villa Jovis. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Blue Grotto and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Grande.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Anacapri trip generator.

You can ride a ferry from Naples to Anacapri in an hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Anacapri when traveling from Naples in December, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Paestum.

Things to do in Anacapri

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Capri
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Marina Piccola
Marina Piccola
Marina Grande Public Beach ©
Marina Grande Public Beach
I Faraglioni
I Faraglioni

2
nights
Paestum

Paestum ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario del Getsemani, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario della "Madonna del Granato" (Capaccio), then delve into the distant past at Paestum Ruins, and finally get your game on at parco giochi Nevada Park. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Paestum, delve into the distant past at Il Tempio di Nettuno o Poseidone o di Hera II, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Aragonese, and finally step into the grandiose world of Borgo Medievale di Agropoli.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Paestum vacation planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and train from Anacapri to Paestum in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in December, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Palinuro.

Things to do in Paestum

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Agropoli, Capaccio-Paestum
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Paestum Ruins ©
Paestum Ruins

1
night
Palinuro

Palinuro ©
Palinuro is an Italian small town, the most populated civil parish of Centola, Province of Salerno, in the Campania region. On the 3rd (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Baia del Buon Dormire and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro - Palinuro Porto.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Palinuro custom trip planner.

You can drive from Paestum to Palinuro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Palinuro, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Rotonda.

Things to do in Palinuro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro ©
Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro
Baia del Buon Dormire ©
Baia del Buon Dormire

3
nights
Rotonda

Rotonda ©
Rotonda is a town and comune in the province of Potenza, in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata.Rotonda is famous for the Melanzana rossa di Rotonda. You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Parco Nazionale del Pollino. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotonda: Santuario di San Francesco di Paola (in Paola) and Isola Di Dino (in Praia A Mare). There's still lots to do: get outside with Associazione Viaggiare nel Pollino.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rotonda trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Palinuro to Rotonda in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Matera.

Things to do in Rotonda

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Island Dino, Santuario di San Francesco di Paola, River Rafting & Tubing, Ente Parco Nazionale Del Pollino
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Island Dino ©
Island Dino
River Rafting & Tubing
Santuario di San Francesco di Paola ©

1
night
Matera

Matera ©
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 7th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera, delve into the distant past at Cripta del Peccato Originale, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Santa Maria de Idris, then steep yourself in history at Sassi di Matera, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale di Matera.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Matera tour planner.

You can drive from Rotonda to Matera in 2.5 hours. In January in Matera, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Matera

Historic Sites
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Sassi di Matera ©
Sassi di Matera
Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera ©
Church of Santa Maria de Idris ©
Church of Santa Maria de Idris

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