If you have read my 7 days in Northern Italy itinerary (and I hope you did) you know I’m very good at planning trips in Italy. Thus, here goes my one week in Southern Italy Itinerary.
Italy is amazing. The narrow streets, colorful houses, delicious food, strong coffee. Take that and add-in incredible beaches and Caribean like water, and you know you are in Southern Italy.
One week in Southern Italy Itinerary
First stop: 2 nights in Alberobello
Land in Bari and jump right in the car and make your way to Alberobello, where I would book the 2 nights in a trullo.
If you have read my 7 days in Northern Italy itinerary, you know that I totally recommend doing it by train, because trains are very well organized, cheap when booked in advance, and very efficient in Northern Italy.
Southern Italy on the other hand, is another story. The best way of making the best out of your trip is renting a car and spending the rest of your one week Southern Italy itinerary driving around Puglia and its beautiful villages.
During the time spent in Alberobello (or Martina Franca/Locorotondo if you are looking for cheaper trullo housing), head to Polignano a Mare for the most perfect views over the deep blue sea, Ostuni for the narrow white streets, Monopoli for its Baroque beauty on the shore of the Adriatic Sea.
The last stop while driving towards the next location should be in Matera, with its impressive cave-like houses.
Second stop: 3 nights on the Amalfi Coast
Last stop: 2 Nights in Sorrento
You could choose Naples, but after having spent some 4 days in the Southern Italian town, I would rather go back to Sorrento and book a stay there.
Why have I included Sorrento as the last stop in my one week in Southern Italy itinerary?
First of all because of its beautiful coquette streets, balconies with amazing views starting to look a lot like the rest of the Amalfi Coast.
Naples, on the other hand, is a bit hard to take in. Filthy hectic streets, run-down buildings, delicious food, and historic buildings all stand together.
Another reason for choosing Sorrento as an overnight stay is the fact that you can get plenty of boat tours to Capri Island or Ischia island.
Moreover, getting from Sorrento to Pompei is also easy, both on your own but also on a guided tour.