20 days in Italy Itinerary

20 days in Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy Trip Planner

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Cagliari
— 2 nights
Fly
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Palermo
— 1 night
Drive
3
Pozzallo
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Messina
— 1 night
Ferry to Villa S.Giovanni, Train to Salerno
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Salerno
— 1 night
Drive
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Amalfi
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Pompeii
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Naples
— 2 nights
Train
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Rome
— 2 nights
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Cagliari

— 2 nights

City of Sun

The capital of Sardinia, Cagliari is spread out over seven hills and still bears the marks of its past conquerors, including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Romans.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spiaggia Piscina Rei and Spiaggia di Sant'Elmo. When in Cagliari, make a side trip to see Spiaggia di Porto Sa Ruxi in Villasimius, approximately Villasimius away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of The Royal Palace, browse the eclectic array of goods at San Benedetto market, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tower of San Pancrazio.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cagliari trip itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Cagliari is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Cagliari is minus 9 hours. When traveling from Sydney in August, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Cagliari: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Palermo.

Things to do in Cagliari

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:

Palermo

— 1 night
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, then contemplate the long history of Catacombe dei Cappuccini, and then steep yourself in history at Norman Palace.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Palermo online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Cagliari to Palermo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Pozzallo.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 9:

Pozzallo

— 3 nights
Pozzallo is a town and comune in the province of Ragusa, Sicily, Italy. Get in touch with nature at Spiaggia di Randello and Spiaggia di Gallina. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica di San Sebastiano and Chiesa San Paolo. Get out of town with these interesting Pozzallo side-trips: A Rutta ri Ron Carmelu (in Scicli) and Casa Museo Antonino Uccello (in Palazzolo Acreide). There's more to do: examine the collection at Antica Farmacia Cartia.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Pozzallo online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Palermo to Pozzallo takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Messina.

Things to do in Pozzallo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 12:

Messina

— 1 night
Messina is the capital of the Italian Metropolitan City of Messina. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museo Tesoro del Duomo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Santuario S.Antonio, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario della Madonna di Montalto.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Messina trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Pozzallo to Messina by car takes about 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Messina can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Salerno.

Things to do in Messina

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 13:

Salerno

— 1 night

Unspoilt Gem of the Amalfi Coast

While often overshadowed by the Amalfi Coast's array of quaint villages, Salerno has become one of the region's main areas for culture and entertainment, while remaining relatively unmarked by tourism.
On the 14th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Lannio, stop by Lavorazione Artigianale Savastano, then have a few drinks at Salerhum, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Salerno War Cemetery.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Salerno travel planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and train from Messina to Salerno takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Amalfi.

Things to do in Salerno

Nightlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 14:

Amalfi

— 2 nights

Painted Town

Known for its impressive hillside cascade of colorful stone buildings down to the Mediterranean shore, Amalfi is the cultural and commercial heart of southern Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo, then admire the natural beauty at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lido Capo di Conca. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Villa Romana e Antiquarium, then explore the historical opulence of Castello di San Nicola de Thoro-Plano, then make a trip to Fiordo di Furore, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Sant'Andrea.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Amalfi day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Salerno to Amalfi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. August in Amalfi sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Pompeii.

Things to do in Amalfi

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 16:

Pompeii

— 3 nights

Underground City

Pompeii has been a tourist destination for more than 250 years.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Casa del Fauno and Odeon - Teatro Piccolo. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lupanar and Terme del Foro. Change things up with these side-trips from Pompeii: Giardino Romantico (in Massa Lubrense) and Sorrentino Vini (in Boscotrecase). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Faito e Panorama, delve into the distant past at Temple of Apollo, and make a trip to Forum Baths.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Pompeii itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Amalfi to Pompeii takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Amalfi in August since evenings lows in Pompeii dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Naples.

Things to do in Pompeii

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:

Naples

— 2 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Cimitero delle Fontanelle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lido Onde Blu, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cloister of Santa Chiara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gesu Nuovo Church, get impressive views of Vulcano Solfatara, then explore the historical opulence of Castel dell'Ovo, and finally steep yourself in history at Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana).

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Naples trip planner.

Naples is very close to Pompeii. In August, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 21:

Rome

— 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Acqua e Sale - Stabilimento Balneare and then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rome tour planning website.

You can take a train from Naples to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:

Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.