Italian Journey: Naples, Matera, Puglia and Sicily
Ideal Length:12 Days
Best Time To Go:April - May, September - October
Flight Time:LAX 15 Hours 45 Minutes, CHI 12 Hours 40 Minutes, NYC-All Airports 11 Hours 40 Minutes
AVERAGE COST PER PERSON (Single occupancy; Airfare not included):$13,500
Begin your Italian vacation with a visit to Naples.
Feeling adventurous? Explore 9,000-year-old caves in Matera, Italy.
Sleep in a cavernous suite at the Sextantio Grotte della Civita Hotel in Matera, Italy.
While visiting Puglia, don't miss exploring charming small towns nearby like Alberobello.
More than 2,000 years old, Lecce is known as the "Florence of the South" with beautiful landmarks including the Piazza del Duomo Square and the Virgin Mary Cathedral.
In Taormina, our Italy travel specialists recommend a guided walking tour to see historical sites, such as the Greco-Roman Teatro Antico di Taormina.
Take a private boat tour along the coast of the Aeolian Islands and stop to visit popular destinations along the way, including Lipari.
Our Italy travel specialists recommend a stay here at the Therasia Resort & Spa in Vulcano, Italy.
Naples Day 1
Start your Italian vacation in Naples, a coastal city in southern Italy dating back to the 2nd millennium B.C. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the birthplace of Neapolitan cuisine and home to sites such as the lavish Royal Palace and 13th century Castel Nuovo.
Matera Day 2-3
This 9,000-year-old city of about 60,000 people is located a 3-hour drive (via transfer from Naples. Matera became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993. This jewel of the Basilicata region was recognized as the 2019 European Capital of Culture.
Puglia Day 4-6
A visit to Puglia should also include stops in notable destinations such as Bari, Alberobello and Lecce. Learn how to make pasta, explore Greco-Roman history in small towns, embark on Michelin-starred culinary experiences, and take catamaran tour on the Adriatic Sea.
Taormina Day 7-9
An Italy travel specialist can arrange your transfer to Bari Airport and your flight to Taormina – a hilltop town on the east coast of Sicily – known for the Teatro Antico di Taormina, an ancient Greco-Roman theater.
Aeolian Islands Day 10-12
Explore the Aeolian Islands, an idyllic volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Take a full-day private boat tour to visit a couple of the islands to sample local wines, see the indigenous wildlife and to take a pore-cleansing dip in a natural mud pool.