22 days in Italy Itinerary

22 days in Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy holiday planner
Make it your trip
— 12 nights
Fly to Lamezia Terme Airport, Drive to Santa Caterina dello Ionio
Santa Caterina dello Ionio
— 3 nights
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Drive to Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, Fly to Sydney



Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Rome trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Sydney, Australia to Rome is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Rome is minus 9 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Rome reach 16°C and lows reach 4°C. On the 23rd (Fri), you're off to Catania.
Tours · Historic Sites · Nightlife · Outdoors
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Catania — 12 nights

Black Pearl of Ionian Sea

The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
Get out of town with these interesting Catania side-trips: Chiesa dell'Eremo di Sant'Anna (in Aci Catena), Ragusa (Sudestasi Contemporanea, Ragusa Ibla, &more) and Etna Passion (in Zafferana Etnea). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Mt Etna, delve into the distant past at Ancient Theatre of Taormina, soak in style at Bagni Arabi, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Catania trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Catania takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. December in Catania sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 5°C at night. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santa Caterina dello Ionio.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks
Side Trips
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Santa Caterina dello Ionio — 3 nights

Santa Caterina dello lonio is a town and comune in the province of Catanzaro in the Calabria region of southern Italy.GeographyThe village is bordered by Badolato and Guardavalle. On the 5th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Cirimingiano, head outdoors with Lido Caciaro, then make a trip to Monastero di San Giovanni Theristis, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuary Hermit of Santa Maria della Stella, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo di Santa Caterina dello Ionio. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Castle of Stilo, walk around Parco Naturale Regionale delle Serre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria Nel Bosco Santuary, then make a trip to Certosa di Serra San Bruno, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo della Certosa.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Caterina dello Ionio journey planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Catania to Santa Caterina dello Ionio. In January in Santa Caterina dello Ionio, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Salerno.
Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:

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 7th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Giardino della Minerva, then admire the natural beauty at Villa Comunale, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Salerno, and finally make a trip to Promenade Trieste.

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You can drive from Santa Caterina dello Ionio to Salerno in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Santa Caterina dello Ionio in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 10°C in Salerno. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Torvaianica.
Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

Torvaianica — 2 nights

Torvaianica or Torvajanica is a frazione of the commune of Pomezia, in the province of Rome, central Italy. Pack the 9th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Zoomarine. There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Rutuli Vineyard, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Benedetto, take an in-depth tour of Museo Civico Archeologico Lavinium, and stroll the grounds of Cimitero Militare Germanico.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Torvaianica trip builder website.

Getting from Salerno to Torvaianica by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Salerno in January since evenings lows in Torvaianica dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Side Trip
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Italy travel guide

Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
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.

Sicily travel guide

Beaches · Ruins · Churches
The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is a ruggedly attractive land. The island has a long history of foreign domination and has been controlled by the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and Normans. The result is a distinct culture blending elements from all of those areas and featuring an intriguing dialect. This is a huge island with plenty of small villages to tour, each with its own treasures. Beyond the popular coastal areas, Sicily's inland attractions include an unspoiled landscape of mountains, hills, and villages that sometimes seem frozen in time. While the natural environment is its biggest draw, Sicily's greatest asset may be its people. They are proud of their traditions and incredibly hospitable to visitors.

Amalfi Coast travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Gardens
Renowned for its beautiful landscape and medieval fishing villages that cling precariously to the Mediterranean cliffs, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's top vacation destinations. This World Heritage Site stretches for about 50 km (30 mi) on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula and offers numerous places to visit, from terraced lemon gardens and whitewashed villas to cliff-top views of the sea. Explore the coastline's towns, bays, and resorts. During the peak tourist season, the Amalfi Coast's single seaside road is often jammed with dozens of buses. For that reason, the ubiquitous scooter may be the best way to get around and sightsee. You can also access quite a bit by bicycle.

Province of Rome travel guide

Ruins · Gardens · Theme Parks
Rome is the capital of Italy and a special comune (named Comune di Roma Capitale). Rome also serves as the capital of the Lazio region. With 2,877,215 residents in 1285km2, it is also the country's most populated comune. It is the fourth-most populous city in the European Union by population within city limits. It is the center of the Metropolitan City of Rome, which has a population of 4.3 million residents. Rome is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, within Lazio (Latium), along the shores of the Tiber. The Vatican City is an independent country inside the city boundaries of Rome, the only existing example of a country within a city: for this reason Rome has been often defined as capital of two states.Rome's history spans more than 2,500 years. While Roman mythology dates the founding of Rome at around 753 BC, the site has been inhabited for much longer, making it one of the oldest continuously occupied sites in Europe. The city's early population originated from a mix of Latins, Etruscans and Sabines. Eventually, the city successively became the capital of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, and is regarded as the birthplace of Western civilisation and by some as the first ever metropolis. It was first called The Eternal City (Urbs Aeterna; La Città Eterna) by the Roman poet Tibullus in the 1st century BC, and the expression was also taken up by Ovid, Virgil, and Livy. Rome is also called the "Caput Mundi" (Capital of the World).