12 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

12 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

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12 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Tropea
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Reggio Calabria
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Maratea
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Paestum
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Forio, Isola d'Ischia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
6
Capri, Island of Capri
— 4 nights
+3
Ferry + Shuttle + Fly + Bus:  15 h
End: New York City

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Capo Vaticano, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take a stroll around Tropea, and finally look for gifts at Creazioni Artistiche Il Faro. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell'Isola, stroll through Spiaggia di Riaci, then pause for some serene contemplation at Piedigrotta Church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello Aragonese Murat.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tropea day trip planning tool .

New York City, USA to Tropea is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Tropea is 6 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Reggio Calabria.

Things to do in Tropea

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pizzo, Spiaggia di Riaci, Capo Vaticano
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Spiaggia di Riaci ©
Spiaggia di Riaci
Capo Vaticano ©
Capo Vaticano
Castello Aragonese Murat ©
Castello Aragonese Murat

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Reggio Calabria

Reggio Calabria ©
Reggio di Calabria, commonly known as Reggio Calabria or simply Reggio in Southern Italy, is the largest city and the most populated comune of Calabria, Southern Italy. On the 11th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Lungomare Falcomata, take in the exciting artwork at Palazzo Della Cultura Pasquino Crupi, then take in the pleasant sights at Chianalea di Scilla, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Ruffo di Scilla, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Reggio Calabria trip planner .

Getting from Tropea to Reggio Calabria by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Tropea in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 69°F in Reggio Calabria. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Maratea.

Things to do in Reggio Calabria

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Scilla
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Castello Ruffo di Scilla ©
Castello Ruffo di Scilla
Palazzo Della Cultura Pasquino Crupi ©
Palazzo Della Cultura Pasquino Crupi

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nights
Maratea

Maratea is a town and comune of Basilicata, in the province of Potenza. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then contemplate the long history of Complesso Monumentale Santuario delle Cappelle, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Statua del Cristo Redentore di Maratea. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario della Madonna del Perpetuo Soccorso, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia D'i Vranne, and then kick back and relax at Il Mirto Solarium Bar.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Maratea vacation builder app .

You can take a train from Reggio Calabria to Maratea in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Paestum.

Things to do in Maratea

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Laino Borgo, Santuario della Madonna del Perpetuo Soccorso
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River Rafting & Tubing

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Paestum

Paestum ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Borgo Medievale di Agropoli, step into the grandiose world of Castello Aragonese, then delve into the distant past at Il Tempio di Nettuno o Poseidone o di Hera II, then stop by Bazar Cerere, and finally take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Park of Paestum.

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Traveling by train from Maratea to Paestum takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Paestum, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Forio.

Things to do in Paestum

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Agropoli
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Castello Aragonese ©
Castello Aragonese
Borgo Medievale di Agropoli ©
Borgo Medievale di Agropoli

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Forio, Isola d'Ischia

Forio ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Di Santa Maria Di Loreto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa del Soccorso, then steep yourself in history at Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana), then trek along Sentiero Serrara Fontana a Sant’Angelo, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Bagno Franco.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Forio sightseeing planning site .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Paestum to Forio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. September in Forio sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Capri.

Things to do in Forio

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bagno Franco, Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana)
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Chiesa del Soccorso ©
Chiesa del Soccorso
Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana) ©
Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana)

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chiesa San Michele and Villa San Michele. Take a break from the city and head to Walking tours and Fortini Coastal Walk. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Carthusia, take in nature's colorful creations at Giardini di Augusto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria a Cetrella, and hike along Sentiero Del Passetiello Capri.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Capri trip maker website .

Traveling by ferry from Forio to Capri takes an hour. In September in Capri, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 68°F at night. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Capri

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Anacapri, Sentiero Del Passetiello Capri
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Carthusia ©
Carthusia
Fortini Coastal Walk ©
Fortini Coastal Walk
Scala Fenicia (Phoenician Steps) ©
Scala Fenicia (Phoenician Steps)

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