17 days in Italy, Madrid & South of Spain Itinerary

17 days in Italy, Madrid & South of Spain Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
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Ronda, Spain
— Few hours
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train to Napoli Centrale, Bus to Matera
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Matera, Italy
— 2 nights
Bus to Bari, Train to Polignano a Mare
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Polignano a Mare, Italy
— 2 nights
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Bologna, Italy
— 1 night
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Prado National Museum. On the 8th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Museo Cerralbo, admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, then take a stroll through La Latina, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Cava Baja Gallery. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum of Spain, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, then steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, and finally pause for some photo ops at Puerta de Alcala.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Madrid online trip itinerary builder.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Madrid is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 7 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Jose in May; daily highs in Madrid reach 28°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Granada, Spain

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mezquita Mayor de Granada, then examine the collection at Museo Cuevas del Sacromonte, and finally contemplate the long history of Royal Chapel of Granada. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Cuarto Real de Santo Domingo, explore the world behind art at Monasterio de la Concepcion, then take in nature's colorful creations at Generalife, and finally admire the striking features of Court of the Lions.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Granada online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Madrid to Granada in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Granada can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ronda.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Ronda, Spain

City of Dreams

Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
On the 12th (Wed), get a dose of the wild on Paddock Paradise Ronda, explore the stunning scenery at El Tajo de Ronda, and then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Don Bosco.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ronda tour itinerary maker app.

Getting from Granada to Ronda by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. May in Ronda sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Seville.

Things to do in Ronda

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
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Seville, Spain

City of Towers

A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardines de Murillo, then relax in sumptuous surroundings at AIRE Ancient Baths Sevilla, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza del Triunfo.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Seville online visit planner.

Drive from Ronda to Seville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Seville can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Parks · Baths · Spas
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Rome, Italy

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): browse the exhibits of Mercati di Traiano - Museo dei Fori Imperiali, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Prassede. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, explore the world behind art at Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and finally explore the galleries of Villa Farnesina.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rome tour itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Seville to Rome in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Matera.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums
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Matera, Italy

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 16th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa del Purgatorio, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Francesco d'Assisi, then steep yourself in history at Antica Matera Casa Grotta, and finally see the interesting displays at Sassi in Miniatura. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Casa grotta del Casalnuovo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convicinio Di Sant' Antonio, steep yourself in history at Piazza San Pietro Caveoso, make a trip to Casa Cisterna Sotterranea, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Duomo, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Palazzo Gattini Spa.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Matera route planner.

Traveling by car from Rome to Matera takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rome in May since evenings lows in Matera dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Polignano a Mare.

Things to do in Matera

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums
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Polignano a Mare, Italy

Polignano a Mare is a town and comune in the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy, located on the Adriatic Sea. Planning Polignano a Mare trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Matera to Polignano a Mare takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bologna.

Things to do in Polignano a Mare

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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Bologna, Italy

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): examine the collection at Oratorio Di Santa Cecilia and then contemplate the long history of Piazza Santo Stefano.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bologna online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Polignano a Mare to Bologna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Bologna, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 14°C at night. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Madrid.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Museums
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Madrid, Spain

Cultural Capital of Spain

On the 21st (Fri), steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada, examine the collection at MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Santa Cruz, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Ildefonso Jesuitas, and finally steep yourself in history at Puerta del Sol.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Madrid trip planner.

Getting from Bologna to Madrid by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.