I am looking to travel to the south of Italy. I have seen everything north of Rome but nothing south of it! I really want to go to Naples to eat pizza from the first-ever pizza restaurant and visit different areas like Pompeii, Capri and the Amalfi Coast. I also want to make it to the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. Can anyone suggest the most effective and efficient way to do this? I am looking to fly in and out of Naples, and I have about a week's time.
Thank you for all your help.
Hi, I haven't done the whole trip you suggest but you are trying to fit too much into one week. Sardinia is way north and both Sardinia and Sicily are worth at least a week each, they are big islands (Sardinia is a long ferry ride). Napoli is a city to explore (fantastic museum too), Pompeii takes at least half a day.Capri is a day trip in itself. That is half the week gone, more or less. To explore the Amalfi coast you would need to rent a car or take a tour. You can take the Circumvesuviana (and stop in Pompeii on the way) to Sorrento and start there.
We did a trip from Rome - Sicily - Napoli - Florence.
Sicily is far, but is worth it. You can take night train from Napoli, they are quite comfortable. In Sicily, depending on what you are interested in, you can either go to Catania and visit Mt Etna and beaches there. Or you can go in the northern part, Aeolian islands of Lipari and Stromboli. We had really great time hiking at both the places. They also have good beaches.
Near Napoli you can go to Pompeii easily, its a day's worth of trip.
There are buses to go to Amalfi coast from Napoli.
Hi Wanderled, with just a week you may not be able to get as far south as Sicily (if you also want to see Naples, Pompeii, Capri and the Amalfi Coast).
We had eight days and only got as far south as Amalfi. We spent a day in Naples and found this to be far too short, I would suggest two days. You can easily do Pompeii as a day trip from Naples as suggested above - we spent the night in new Pompeii however we would have preferred to have that night in Naples. If you are going to catch the ferry to Capri, you might as well see Sorrento too, which is a pretty town with the best limoncello in the area. I think to do justice to the Amalfi Coast (and spend time in a few of the towns), you'll need a minimum of two days, but three would be better.
Hope that helps! 😊
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with only 1 week is really difficoult to include the islands...only a Sicily tour require at least 1 week!
Indeed, you have to consider the high costs of ferry and flights, so After visiting the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii, I really suggest you to better discover the lesser known places of South Italy.
Just few example:
- Puglia region: things to visit - Alberobello with its charming trulli (you can also sleep in one of this ancient house) - Lecce, a city famous for its baroque art - Otranto with a medieval castle overlooking the crystalline sea. The most beautiful beaches are in the southern part of Puglia (ex. Otranto, Santa Maria di Leuca, Gallipoli)
- Basilicata region: things to visit - Matera known as the stone city, rich in rock churches. If there I suggest you to experience a night in a cave hotel...really breathtaking!
- Campania: things to visit - Amalfi Coast (Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano, Ravello and Vietri), Pompeii, Mount Vesuvio, Caserta (famous for its Castle and gardens), Paestum, Naples (don't forgot a stop in the Underground Naples), Agropoli, Capri Island
Hope that can be useful!
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I enjoyed my trip to that area immensely but I agree that you may be taking on too much for one week. Capri is very disappointing. Sorento and the Almalfi coast, a must see.
Good plan but i am afraid you cannot fly all the time. There are places which are worth if and only if you visit them via road. so,better if you either cut out the no. of places you want to visit or extend the no. of days of your vacation.