13 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

13 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

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13 days in Southern Italy Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
1
Matera
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Paestum
— 2 nights
train + taxi:  1​h 45​min
3
Positano
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Naples
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Kuwait City

1
day
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.
On the 10th (Mon), make a trip to Palombaro Lungo, delve into the distant past at Materasum Ipogeo, examine the collection at Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina, don't miss a visit to Chiesa rupestre di Santa Lucia alle Malve, then explore the fascinating underground world of Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Sassi di Matera.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Matera trip itinerary tool .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Matera is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Kuwait City to Matera due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuwait City in September, expect Matera to be much colder, temps between 29°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Paestum.

Things to do in Matera

Parks Nature Museums
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Sassi di Matera ©
Sassi di Matera
Materasum Ipogeo ©
Materasum Ipogeo

2
nights
Paestum

Paestum ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Temple of Athena, browse the exhibits of Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Paestum, then explore the ancient world of Paestum Ruins, and finally steep yourself in history at Il Tempio di Nettuno o Poseidone o di Hera II. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Lido Militare Paestum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Mura, then explore the ancient world of Castello di Arechi, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Salerno.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paestum online attractions planner .

You can drive from Matera to Paestum in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Matera in September, Paestum is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Positano.

Things to do in Paestum

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Salerno
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Paestum Ruins ©
Paestum Ruins
Temple of Athena ©
Temple of Athena
Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Paestum ©

4
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.
Let the collections at Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela and Museo della Carta capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Duomo di Sant'Andrea and Centro Storico Ravello. Explore Positano's surroundings by going to Spiaggia di Atrani (in Atrani), Spiaggia Lannio (in Cetara) and Ravello (Villa Cimbrone Gardens, Villa Rufolo, & more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Lido di Ravello, stroll through Bagni d'Arienzo, sample the fine beverages at Il Gusto della Costa, and cool off at Fornillo.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Positano online visit planner .

You can drive from Paestum to Positano in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Positano are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Naples.

Things to do in Positano

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ravello, Amalfi, Spiaggia di Atrani, Spiaggia Lannio, Il Gusto della Costa
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Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Duomo di Sant'Andrea ©
Duomo di Sant'Andrea

5
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 Museo Cappella Sansevero and Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Archaeological Museum of Naples and Certosa e Museo di San Martino Napoli. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naples: Pompeii (Forum, Casa del Fauno, & more). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Gli Scavi Archeologici di Pompei, take an in-depth tour of Galleria Borbonica, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Napoli, and wander the streets of Spaccanapoli.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Naples trip maker app .

Getting from Positano to Naples by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and subway; or ride a ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Pompeii, Ruins of Herculaneum
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Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Museo Cappella Sansevero ©
Museo Cappella Sansevero
Galleria Borbonica ©
Galleria Borbonica

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