30 days in Southern Italy & Bari Itinerary

30 days in Southern Italy & Bari Itinerary

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30 days in Southern Italy & Bari Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  26​h
1
Tropea
— 3 nights
2
Bari
— 6 nights
3
Paestum
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Ischia, Isola d'Ischia
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Capri, Island of Capri
— 5 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
Naples
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Chicago

3
nights
Tropea

Tropea ©
Tropea is a municipality located within the province of Vibo Valentia, in Calabria (southern Italy).The town is a famous bathing place, situated on a reef, in the gulf of St. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tropea Beach and Chianalea di Scilla. Kids will enjoy Capo Vaticano and Spiaggia di Riaci. Venture out of the city with trips to Reggio Calabria (Da Cesare Gelateria & Lungomare Falcomata). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Grotticelle beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Santa Maria dell'Isola, stop by Bookshop Il Pensiero Meridiano, and stroll through Michelino Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tropea trip itinerary maker.

Chicago, USA to Tropea is an approximately 26-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Tropea is 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bari.

Things to do in Tropea

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Capo Vaticano, Reggio Calabria, Michelino Beach, Spiaggia di Riaci, Chianalea di Scilla
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Tropea Beach ©
Tropea Beach
Spiaggia di Riaci ©
Spiaggia di Riaci
Capo Vaticano ©
Capo Vaticano

6
nights
Bari

Bari ©
Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zoosafari and Motobarca Desiree Grotte Marine di Vieste. Bring the kids along to Vignanotica Beach and Area Marina Protetta Torre Guaceto. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bari: Grotte di Castellana (in Castellana Grotte), Vieste (Piccolo Souvenir & Old Town), Sassi di Matera (in Matera), Centro Storico di Polignano a Mare (in Polignano a Mare), Castel del Monte (in Andria), Cattedrale di Trani (in Trani), I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site (in Alberobello) and Cattedrale (in Altamura). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica San Nicola and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale Bitonto.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bari custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tropea to Bari takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, flight, and subway; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Paestum.

Things to do in Bari

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Vieste, Cattedrale di Trani, Cattedrale, Sassi di Matera, Torre Guaceto Marine Protected Area
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Sassi di Matera ©
Sassi di Matera
Zoosafari ©
Zoosafari
Cattedrale di Trani ©
Cattedrale di Trani

5
nights
Paestum

Paestum ©
Kids will enjoy Baia del Buon Dormire and Cala Bianca Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro - Palinuro Porto and Castello dei Principi Capano. Change things up with a short trip to Area Marina Protetta Costa degli Infreschi e della Masseta in Marina di Camerota (about 1:45 hours away). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Paestum Ruins, explore the historical opulence of Borgo Medievale di Agropoli, get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Paestum, and contemplate the long history of Il Tempio di Nettuno o Poseidone o di Hera II.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Paestum trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Bari to Paestum takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bari in June since evenings lows in Paestum dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ischia.

Things to do in Paestum

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Palinuro, Castello dei Principi Capano, Borgo Medievale di Agropoli
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Paestum Ruins ©
Paestum Ruins
Baia del Buon Dormire ©
Baia del Buon Dormire

3
nights
Ischia, Isola d'Ischia

Ischia ©
Ischia is a volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Explore hidden gems such as Giardini La Mortella and Spas & Wellness. Family-friendly places like Maronti Beach and Spiaggia di Citara will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Castello Aragonese, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa del Soccorso, steep yourself in history at Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana), and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ischia itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Paestum to Ischia in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, shuttle, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Capri.

Things to do in Ischia

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Forio, Spiaggia di Cava Grado, Baia di San Montano, Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana)
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Giardini La Mortella ©
Giardini La Mortella
Maronti Beach ©
Maronti Beach
Spiaggia di Citara ©
Spiaggia di Citara

5
nights
Capri, Island of Capri

Capri ©
The island of Capri encompasses all the magical allure of the Mediterranean--dramatic blue waters, lush mountainous landscape, and picturesque island villages.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Monte Solaro and Villa San Michele. Kids will appreciate attractions like Blue Grotto and Marina Piccola. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at I Faraglioni, take some stellar pictures from Monte Solaro Chairlift, take in nature's colorful creations at Gardens of Augustus, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Fortini Coastal Walk.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Capri itinerary maker.

You can ride a ferry from Ischia to Capri in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Naples.

Things to do in Capri

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Anacapri
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Monte Solaro ©
Monte Solaro
Marina Grande Public Beach ©
Marina Grande Public Beach
Blue Grotto ©
Blue Grotto

5
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Family-friendly places like Gli Scavi Archeologici di Pompei and Ruins of Herculaneum will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naples: La Reggia di Caserta (in Caserta) and Villa dei Misteri (in Pompeii). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Vesuvius, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Gennaro, wander the streets of Spaccanapoli, and examine the collection at National Archaeological Museum of Naples.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Naples itinerary builder.

You can ride a ferry from Capri to Naples in an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Pompeii, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, Reggia di Caserta, Vulcano Solfatara, Vesuvio National Park
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Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Vulcano Solfatara
Vulcano Solfatara
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano ©
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano

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