Last Updated on December 13, 2023 by Ingrid & Alex

If you have two weeks and want to see Southern Italy, here is your perfect easy-to-follow itinerary.

I’ve studied, lived, and worked in Italy and returned as many times as possible in the past 10 years. That’s why I’m extremely familiar with every means of transportation and have seen most of the popular places, and the hidden gems waiting for you to explore.

I’ve created this 2-week Southern Italy itinerary based on my many visits to Rome, the Amalfi Coast, and Sicily, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

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Two weeks in Southern Italy itinerary

Here is an easy-to-follow itinerary option:

Days 1 – 3 : Rome
Days 4 – 6 Naples
Days 6 – 8 Amalfi Coast
Days 9 -14 Sicily

For part of the trip you can travel by train and public transportation, and in Sicily, you should rent a car and drive around – you can use this example for a one-week Sicily itinerary.

two week southern italy itinerary

Day 1 – 3 Rome

Spending 3 days in Rome should be enough for you to get to see some of the most important tourist attractions.

Day 1: Ancient Rome Exploration

Colosseum Rome

Morning

Colosseum: Start your day early at the iconic Colosseum. Explore this ancient amphitheater, imagining the gladiator contests and events that once took place here.

Address: Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Opening hours:

  •  08.30 am- 4.30 pm: until February 15
  •  08.30 am- 5.00 pm: from February 16 to March 15
  •  08.30 am – 5.30 pm: from March 16 to last Saturday of March
  •  08.30 am – 7.15 pm: from the last Sunday of March to August 31
  •  08.30 am – 7.00 pm: from September 1 to September 30
  •  08.30 am – 6.30 pm: from October 1 to the last Saturday of October 

Read the complete guide for visiting the Colosseum here!

Roman Forum: Adjacent to the Colosseum, visit the Roman Forum, the heart of ancient Rome. Wander through the ruins of temples, basilicas, and arches. Read the complete guide for visiting the Roman Forum!

Address: Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186 Roma RM

Opening Hours:

  • from 2 January to 28 February 9.00 – 16.30
  • from 1 to 26 March 9.00 – 17.30
  • from 27 March to 31 August 9.00am – 7.15pm
  • from 1 September to 30 September 9.00 – 19.00
  • from 1 to 29 October 9.00 – 18.30
  • 29 October to 31 October 9.00 – 16.30
  • from November 1st to December 31st 9.00am – 4.30pm

    Last admission one hour before closing

Or book your skip-the-line ticket for the Colosseum and Roman Forum here!

Lunch: head for lunch in the city center

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Afternoon:

Pantheon: Visit the Pantheon, a well-preserved ancient Roman temple with a remarkable dome. Admire the architecture and the Oculus, a hole in the dome’s center.

Address: Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Roma 

Opening hours: The Basilica is open all days from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm (last entry 6.45 pm). Closed on: 1st January, 15 August and the 25th December.

Piazza Navona: Stroll to Piazza Navona, a lively square with beautiful fountains, outdoor cafes, and street performers.

Evening:

Trevi Fountain: Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain. Enjoy the ambiance and take some time to explore the surrounding streets.

Dinner in Centro Storico: Enjoy dinner at a restaurant in the historic center.

Map for your first day in Rome

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Day 2: Vatican City and Castel Sant’Angelo

Morning:

Vatican City: Spend the morning exploring Vatican City. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and climb to the top for a panoramic view of the city.

Vatican Museums: Explore the Vatican Museums, home to an extensive collection of art, including the Sistine Chapel. Book tickets in advance to avoid long lines.

Opening Times: You can check the 2024 opening times here.

Book your tickets for St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel here!

Lunch:

Prati District: Head to the Prati district for lunch. This area has a mix of local trattorias and international restaurants.

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Afternoon:

Castel Sant’Angelo: Walk to Castel Sant’Angelo, a historic fortress with a fascinating history. Enjoy the views of the Tiber River.

Address: Lungotevere Castello, 50, 00193 Roma

Opening Hours:

Tuesday to Sunday:9.00 AM  to 7.30 PM
Last admission: 6:30 PM
Closed on: Monday, January 1st, May 1st, and December 25th.

Spanish Steps: Visit the Spanish Steps and the nearby shopping area of Via dei Condotti for some leisurely shopping or people-watching.

Evening:

Dinner in Piazza del Popolo: Have dinner in Piazza del Popolo, a large square with a vibrant atmosphere.

Book a table at Il Porto di Ripetta, Le Jardin de Russie, or Negresco Ristorante Pizzeria.

Map for your 2nd day in Rome

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Day 3: Modern Rome and Leisure

Villa Borghese Rome

Morning:

Villa Borghese: Spend the morning in Villa Borghese, a large public park. Visit the Borghese Gallery, home to an impressive collection of art.

Book your ticket for the Borghese Gallery here, they have timed visits and it is important to book in advance.

Address: 00197 Rome

Opening Hours:

From Tuesday to Sunday, between 9 AM to 7 PM

Last Admission: 5 PM

Closed: Mondays, 1 January, 25 December

Lunch:

Pincio Terrace: Have lunch at Casina Valadier Restaurant on Pincio Terrace (Terrazza del Pincio) in Villa Borghese for panoramic views.

Afternoon:

Explore Campo de’ Fiori: Wander through Campo de’ Fiori, a lively square known for its market and surrounded by cafes.

Jewish Ghetto: Explore the Jewish Ghetto area, known for its history and delicious Roman-Jewish cuisine.

Evening:

Dinner in Trastevere: Return to Trastevere for your final dinner in Rome. Explore more of this charming neighborhood and enjoy a meal at a local restaurant.

Try Tonnarello, Trattoria Da Enzo al 29, or Ristorante La Scala in Trastevere.

Map for your 3rd day in Rome

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Where to stay in Rome

When booking your stay in Rome you will have to have in mind the area for your accommodation. You’ll want to be close to public transportation, yet close to the train station not to waste time on your commute to the next stop on your itinerary. 

I would choose to stay in the Historical Center with such little time on my hands, but here are a few pros and cons for doing this:

  • Pros: Staying in the historic center puts you within walking distance of major attractions like the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, and Trevi Fountain. The area is lively with charming streets, shops, and numerous restaurants.
  • Cons: It can be crowded and a bit noisy, especially during peak tourist seasons.

Another great option is to stay around the Vatican Prati area. There are plenty of more affordable accommodation options, and you have the subway station nearby.

Here are 2 great recommendations you might want to check out:

Vatican Luxury Penthouse with terrace

Rooftop Magic in Piazza del Popolo

Days 4 – 6 Naples

one day in Naples

Choosing your base for 2 days in Naples will give you the chance to explore the city in 1 day and take the boat to Capri Island or Ischia Island on the second day.

One day in Naples

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Morning:

Historic Naples

Start at Spaccanapoli: Begin your day by exploring Spaccanapoli, a narrow, bustling street that cuts through the historic center of Naples. Admire the vibrant atmosphere, local shops, and historic churches.

Naples Cathedral (Duomo di Napoli): Visit the Naples Cathedral, dedicated to San Gennaro, the city’s patron saint. The cathedral is known for its beautiful frescoes and the Chapel of the Treasure of San Gennaro.

Address: Via Duomo, 147, 80138 Napoli 

Opening Hours:

Daily from 8 am to 12:30 pm, and from 4:30 pm to 7 pm.

Lunch:

Napoli Street Food

Pizzeria da Michele: For a true Neapolitan pizza experience, head to Pizzeria da Michele. This historic pizzeria, featured in the movie “Eat Pray Love,” is known for its simple but delicious Margherita and Marinara pizzas.

Afternoon:

Naples Museums

Naples National Archaeological Museum: Spend your afternoon at the Naples National Archaeological Museum, home to an impressive collection of Greco-Roman antiquities, including artifacts from Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Address: Piazza Museo, 19, 80135 Napoli

Opening Hours:

Monday9:00 – 19:30
TuesdayClosed
Wednesday9:00 – 19:30
Thursday9:00 – 23:00
Friday9:00 – 19:30
Saturday9:00 – 19:30
Sunday9:00 – 19:30

Castel dell’Ovo: Visit Castel dell’Ovo, a seaside castle with panoramic views of the Gulf of Naples. Stroll along the seafront promenade and enjoy the picturesque setting.

Address: Via Eldorado, 3, 80132 Napoli

Opening Hours: From Monday through Saturday the opening is at 8 AM and the closing is at sunset. On Sundays and other public holidays opening time is at 9 AM and closing at noon.

Evening: Waterfront and Dinner

Lungomare: Take a leisurely walk along Via Partenope and Lungomare, the waterfront promenade. Enjoy views of the sea, Mount Vesuvius, and the iconic Castel dell’Ovo.

Dinner in Chiaia or Vomero: Choose a neighborhood like Chiaia or Vomero for dinner. These areas offer a variety of restaurants serving Neapolitan and Italian cuisine. Consider trying local specialties like pasta with ragù, seafood dishes, or sfogliatella for dessert.

Nightlife (Optional):

Piazza Bellini: If you’re up for some evening entertainment, head to Piazza Bellini. This area is known for its vibrant nightlife, with numerous bars and live music venues.

Where to stay in Naples

Choose to stay in Spaccanapoli, the Historical Center, or Lungomare Caracciolo. There are all better areas in town, from where you can easily get to the train station, but also to most of the important attractions in town.

During our visit to Naples we chose to stay close to the train station, believing this would be great since we were planning to go on day trips. Learn from our mistake and choose one of the above-mentioned locations, because the train station area is very creepy.

Day trip to Capri Island

day trip to Capri from Positano

The easiest way to get to Capri is on a boat trip from Naples.

What to see on Capri Island?

Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra): One of Capri’s most famous natural wonders, the Blue Grotto is a sea cave with vibrant blue waters, illuminated by sunlight passing through an underwater cavity.

Marina Grande: Capri’s main port, Marina Grande is a picturesque harbor with colorful buildings, waterfront restaurants, and the perfect starting point for your exploration of the island.

Anacapri: The quieter and less crowded part of the island, Anacapri is known for its narrow streets, artisan shops, and attractions such as Villa San Michele and the chairlift to Mount Solaro.

Faraglioni Rocks: These iconic limestone sea stacks are a symbol of Capri and can be admired from various viewpoints. Boat tours around the island often pass through the arch of the Faraglioni, providing a unique perspective.

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Capri Town (Capri): The main town on the island, Capri Town is famous for its central square, Piazza Umberto I (often called the Piazzetta), lined with cafes and high-end boutiques.

Villa Jovis: Built by Emperor Tiberius, Villa Jovis is a historic Roman villa located on the eastern cliffs of Capri. The ruins offer stunning views of the Gulf of Naples.

Augustus Gardens (Giardini di Augusto): These gardens in Capri Town provide panoramic views of the Faraglioni rocks and the Marina Piccola. It’s a tranquil spot to enjoy the scenery.

Monte Solaro: The highest point on Capri, Monte Solaro offers breathtaking views of the island and the Bay of Naples. You can reach the summit by hiking or taking the chairlift from Anacapri.

Villa San Michele: Located in Anacapri, Villa San Michele was the home of Swedish physician Axel Munthe. The villa and its gardens boast impressive views and a collection of ancient artifacts.

Capri’s Beaches: While Capri is not primarily known for its beaches, you can still enjoy the sun and sea at spots like Marina Piccola and Bagni di Tiberio.

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Days 6 – 8 Amalfi Coast

2 days on the Amalfi Coast

How to get from Naples to the Amalfi Coast

Depending on where you choose to stay for 2 nights on the Amalfi Coast, getting from Naples to the Amalfi Coast is relatively straightforward, with several transportation options to choose from.

By Car:

Renting a car is a popular option as it allows you the flexibility to explore the Amalfi Coast at your own pace.

Take the A3 highway from Naples to the Amalfi Coast. The journey offers picturesque views, especially along the scenic winding roads of the coastline.

My go-to car rental company is always Discover Cars. It is a great aggregator that will help you find and book the best option for renting a car during your trip, helping you save up to 70% on your car rental.

They have a pretty good cancellation policy that would give you options in case your flight or travel plans change. You will most probably need a car to get to most of these places, especially if you want to keep a schedule. Get your best offers here!

Read more about driving on the Amalfi Coast

By SITA Bus:

The SITA bus service operates regular routes between Naples and various towns on the Amalfi Coast, including Amalfi and Positano.

Buses depart from Naples’ Piazza Garibaldi or Sorrento’s Circumvesuviana station.

The journey takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the destination and departure point.

SITA Bus ticket_Amalfi Coast

You can buy tickets from any tabaccheria, and it’s better to ask the hotel’s reception or your host about it. The tickets cost 2 EUR one way, and you can also buy daily tickets. 

By Train and Bus:

Take the Circumvesuviana train from Naples to Sorrento.

From Sorrento, transfer to the SITA bus heading to your specific destination on the Amalfi Coast.

By Ferry:

During the summer months, you can take a ferry from Naples to various towns on the Amalfi Coast, including Sorrento, Positano, and Amalfi.

The ferry offers a scenic and relaxing journey, but schedules may vary, and it’s important to check in advance.  

Check out ferry schedules and prices here!

Private Transfer or Taxi:

Arrange for a private transfer or take a taxi directly from Naples to your desired destination on the Amalfi Coast.

This option provides convenience and comfort, but it can be more expensive than other modes of transportation.

Arrange for a shuttle transfer!

What to see on the Amalfi Coast in 2 days

While two days may not be enough to explore every corner of the Amalfi Coast, you can still experience some of its highlights. Here’s a suggested itinerary:

Day 1: Amalfi and Atrani Exploration

5 days Amalfi Coast itinerary

Morning:

Arrival in Amalfi: Start your day in Amalfi, the namesake town of the coast. Wander through the charming streets, visit the iconic Cathedral of St. Andrew, and enjoy views of the Mediterranean.

Paper Museum (Museo della Carta): Learn about the region’s historic paper-making tradition at the Paper Museum.

Address: Via delle Cartiere, 23, 84011

Opening Hours: check the complete timetable here

Lunch:

Lunch in Amalfi: Enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the seaside restaurants in Amalfi, savoring fresh seafood and local specialties. Try L’Abside, La Taverna Di Masaniello, or Taverna Buonvicino.

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Afternoon:

Ravello: Take a bus or taxi to Ravello, a hilltop town known for its stunning views and beautiful gardens. Visit Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone for their impressive architecture and landscapes.

Address:

Villa Rufolo – Piazza Duomo, 1, 84010 Ravello

Villa Cimbrone – Via Santa Chiara, 26, 84010 Ravello

Opening Hours

Villa Rufolo – every day 9.00 – 19.00 (last entrance 18.30)

Villa Cimbrone – Villa Cimbrone’s Gardens are open to the public from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (last entrance at 4:30 pm)

Duomo di Ravello: Explore the Duomo (Cathedral) in Ravello, known for its medieval architecture and vibrant ceramic artwork.

Address: Piazza Duomo, 84010 Ravello 

Opening hours: 9.00-12.00 & 17.30-19.00 · Duomo Museum 9.00 – 19.00 

Evening:

Dinner in Ravello: Enjoy dinner at a restaurant in Ravello with panoramic views of the coastline. Book a table at L’Antica Cartiera or at Bella Vista sul Mare.

Your first day in Amalfi map

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Day 2: Positano and Sorrento Excursion

Morning:

Depart for Positano: Travel to Positano, one of the most picturesque towns on the Amalfi Coast. Stroll through the narrow streets, explore the shops, and take in the colorful architecture.

Spiaggia Grande: Relax on Spiaggia Grande, Positano’s main beach. Enjoy the sun and the stunning backdrop of pastel-colored buildings.

Lunch:

Lunch in Positano: Dine at a seaside restaurant in Positano, savoring local cuisine while admiring the coastal views. Try the heart-shaped pizza at Chez Black, or book a table at the Saraceno D’Oro.

Afternoon:

Path of the Gods (Sentiero degli Dei): For a nature excursion, consider taking a portion of the Path of the Gods hiking trail. It offers breathtaking views of the coastline.

Best airbnb in Sorrento

Sorrento: In the late afternoon, head to Sorrento, the gateway to the Amalfi Coast. Explore the historic center, visit Piazza Tasso, and stroll along the waterfront.

Evening:

Dinner in Sorrento: Have dinner in Sorrento, choosing from its diverse culinary offerings. Try Il Bucco, Accènto Restaurant, or l’Orangerie.

Map of your second day on the Amalfi Coast

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Where to stay on the Amalfi Coast

When you are traveling on a budget, choose to stay in one of these Amalfi budget accommodation options, set in places like Maiori, VietriCetaraor Scala.

For the proposed itinerary, staying in Amalfi or Positano would help you save time.

Days 9 -14 Sicily

How to get from the Amalfi Coast to Sicily

The easiest way is to fly from Naples to Sicily – Catania or Palermo, depending on where you choose to stay. Check out flight options!

Of course, if you feel adventurous, you can always take the train to Salerno or Reggio Calabria and from there, hop on the ferry to Messina, Palermo, or Catania. Check out ferry schedules and prices here!

What to do in 5 days in Sicily

Sicily in winter

In Sicily, you can split your days between the western part (Palermo) and the eastern part (Catania). Here is an itinerary example that will take you to see some of the most important attractions in Sicily in one week.

You will definitely need to rent a car and drive around Sicily if you want to see it all, also because public transportation in the island is not so great.

Day 1: Palermo

Palermo
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Morning:

Explore Palermo’s Historic Center

Visit the Palermo Cathedral and the Royal Palace of Palermo.

Wander through the bustling markets, such as Ballarò or Vucciria, to experience the local atmosphere.

Afternoon:

Palazzo dei Normanni and Capella Palatina

Visit the Palazzo dei Normanni, the Norman Palace, and the stunning Capella Palatina with its remarkable mosaics.

Address: Piazza del Parlamento, 1, 90129 Palermo

Opening Hours:

From Monday to Saturday from 8.30am to 4.30pm (last entry);

Sundays and holidays from 8.30am to 12.30pm (last entry).

The Monumental Complex will be closed: 25 December and 1 January.

Evening:

Dinner in Kalsa District

Enjoy dinner in the Kalsa district, known for its charming streets and diverse dining options.

Where to stay in Palermo

That might be the one most important decision you should make when choosing to stay in Palermo. 

As soon as you reach the city, you’ll understand what I’m talking about. 

The safest places to stay in Palermo would be anywhere in the Old Town (just keep an eye open for the ZTL – limited traffic areas) or by the sea, close to Mondello Beach.

With that being said, here are a few accommodation options that are not only perfectly located, but are also extremely charming.

  • B&B One – beautiful rooms, with a modern design, located in an old building with a special charm. Guests particularly enjoyed the breakfast here, but also the fact that it is within walking distance from some of the most important attractions in town. See more here!
  • Ci’Cala House – perfect location and a charming view, especially when you book the room with a sea view balcony. See more here!
  • Quattro Incanti – you might know by now that if there’s one thing I love most, that’s a beautiful rooftop terrace. And that’s the main reason why I chose this apartment. Just know that it is located on the 3rd floor of a building without an elevator. See more here!

Day 2: Monreale and Cefalù

Cefalu Sicily

Morning:

Monreale

Visit the Monreale Cathedral, renowned for its intricate mosaics.

Explore the cloisters of the Benedictine Monastery.

Address: Piazza Guglielmo II, 1, 90046 Monreale

Opening Hours: workdays 8.30-12.30 and 2.30-4.30, Sundays 8.00-9.30 and 2.30-4.30.

Afternoon:

Cefalù

Head to Cefalù and visit the stunning Cefalù Cathedral.

Relax on the beach or stroll through the charming old town.

Evening:

Dinner in Cefalù

Enjoy dinner at a seaside restaurant in Cefalù: Ristorante La Brace Cefalù, Ristorante Le Chat Noir, or Al Porticciolo are all great options.

Day 3: Agrigento and Valley of the Temples

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Morning:

Agrigento

Explore the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site with well-preserved ancient Greek ruins.

Visit the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Hera, and other archaeological wonders.

Address: 92100 Agrigento

Opening Hours:

  • week-days: 08.30 a.m. – 22.00  (exit by 23.00)
  • public holidays and pre-holidays: 08.30 a.m. – 23.00  (exit by 24.00

Afternoon:

Scala dei Turchi

After Agrigento, head to the nearby Scala dei Turchi, a stunning white limestone cliff overlooking the sea.

Evening: Dinner in Agrigento or Realmonte

Enjoy dinner in Agrigento or the nearby town of Realmonte.

In Agrigento, try Ristorante Perbacco, Ristorante La Scala, or Ristorante Krokos.

If you choose Realmonte for dinner, try Osteria dei Folli or Ristorante, pizzeria Pizzi cotti.

Day 4: Syracuse

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Morning:

Ortigia Island

Explore Ortigia, the historical center of Syracuse. Visit the Cathedral of Syracuse and the Fountain of Arethusa.

Stroll through the charming streets and enjoy the local markets.

You can always book a guided tour that will also take you to the sea to explore the sea caves close to Ortigia.

Afternoon:

Archaeological Park of Neapolis

Visit the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, home to the ancient Greek Theatre, Roman Amphitheatre, and the Ear of Dionysius.

Address: Via del Teatro Greco, 96100 Siracusa

Opening Hours:

September: from Monday to Sunday from 8.30 to 18.00

October: from Monday to Sunday from 8.30 to 17.30

November: from Monday to Sunday from 8.30 to 15.30

December – February: from Monday to Sunday from 8.30 to 16.00

March: from Monday to Sunday from 8.30 to 18.00

April – August: from Monday to Sunday from 8.30 to 19.00

Evening:

Dinner in Ortigia

Have dinner at one of the waterfront restaurants in Ortigia.

Book Le Vin De L’Assassin in advance, go to Trattoria La Foglia, or try something light at Sicily Fish & Chips.

Day 5: Mount Etna and Taormina

Morning:

Mount Etna

Take a guided tour to Mount Etna, Europe’s highest and most active volcano.

Explore the landscapes, perhaps taking a cable car or off-road vehicle to higher altitudes.

Of course, if you don’t feel confident about going on the trip by yourself, you can choose to go on a guided tour.

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Afternoon:

Taormina

Head to Taormina and visit the ancient Greek Theatre with its panoramic views.

Explore the charming streets, visit the Public Gardens, and enjoy the view of Mount Etna.

Evening:

Dinner in Taormina

Have a relaxing dinner in one of Taormina’s many restaurants.

Try Osteria Santa Domenica Taormina, Da Giovanni, or Villa Antonio for a special meal with a view.

When is the best time to go on a 14 day Southern Italy itinerary

I would always encourage you to skip summer when it comes to visiting Italy.

Spring (March to May) or fall (September to November) are way better options: you will not only get to see some of the most beautiful places without the crowds, but you can save on accommodation and other expenses.

How to get around in Southern Italy

The easiest way to get around on your Southern Italy itinerary 14 days is by car.

That being said, you can also travel by train, bus, and/or ferry. You will just need to plan your trip very well and check timetables and connections ahead of time.

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