12 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

12 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

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12 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Bus:  19 h
1
Matera
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Positano
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
3
Capri, Island of Capri
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
4
Forio, Isola d'Ischia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Naples
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: San Francisco

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Cripta del Peccato Originale, then get to know the fascinating history of Sassi di Matera, and then make a trip to Casa Noha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera, make a trip to Piazza San Pietro Caveoso, explore the fascinating underground world of Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Santa Maria de Idris, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Duomo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cattedrale di Matera.

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San Francisco, USA to Matera is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Matera is 9 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: high temperatures in Matera hover around 87°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Positano.

Things to do in Matera

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Cripta del Peccato Originale ©
Cripta del Peccato Originale
Church of Santa Maria de Idris ©
Church of Santa Maria de Idris
Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera ©

2
nights
Positano

Positano ©
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): cool off at Fornillo, then view the masterpieces at Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, then admire the striking features of Villa Rufolo, and finally stroll through Villa Cimbrone Gardens. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Lido di Ravello, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Ravello, then see the interesting displays at Museo della Carta, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea.

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Getting from Matera to Positano by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and subway. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Positano when traveling from Matera in August, with lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Capri.

Things to do in Positano

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ravello, Amalfi
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Villa Rufolo ©
Villa Rufolo
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Chiesa San Michele and Santa Maria a Cetrella. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Walking tours and Fortini Coastal Walk. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Villa San Michele, appreciate the extensive heritage of Scala Fenicia (Phoenician Steps), explore the fascinating underground world of White Grotta, and admire the natural beauty at Giardini di Augusto.

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Capri is just a short distance from Positano. In August in Capri, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Forio.

Things to do in Capri

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trip

Anacapri
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Villa San Michele ©
Villa San Michele
White Grotta ©
White Grotta
Giardini di Augusto ©
Giardini di Augusto

1
night
Forio, Isola d'Ischia

Forio ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Di Santa Maria Di Loreto, enjoy the sand and surf at Bagno Franco, then contemplate the long history of Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana), then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa del Soccorso, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa dell’Arciconfraternita di Santa Maria Visitapoveri a Forio.

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Traveling by ferry from Capri to Forio takes an hour. In August in Forio, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Naples.

Things to do in Forio

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bagno Franco, Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana)
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3
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Get some historical perspective at Museo Cappella Sansevero and Gesu Nuovo Church. Pompeii Archaeological Park and Cloister of Santa Chiara are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at National Archaeological Museum of Naples, take an unorthodox tour of Cimitero delle Fontanelle, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Napoli, and steep yourself in history at Underground Naples.

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Ride a ferry from Forio to Naples in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Pompeii Archaeological Park, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
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Museo Cappella Sansevero ©
Museo Cappella Sansevero
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Gesu Nuovo Church ©
Gesu Nuovo Church

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