Mountain side village of Castelmezzano in the Potenza Province of Southern Italy

10 Days Off the Beaten Path Tour of Southern Italy and Sicily

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Naples, Sorrento, Palermo (City), Matera...

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Suggested Duration

10 Days

Experience scenic hikes, exhilarating ziplines, intriguing caves with this immersive 10-day vacation to southern Italy and Sicily. Unique experiences and private day trips are included in this amazing and unforgettable vacation. Zipline in Castelmezzano, climb Mt. Vesuvius to enjoy incredible views of Naples, and venture to the Blue Grotto.

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Trip Highlights

  • Climb Mount Vesuvius to enjoy incredible views of the Bay of Naples
  • Venture into the narrow opening of the legendary Blue Grotto and witness the amazing blue aura all around you
  • Experience an exhilarating zipline ride in Castelmezzano with the Lucanian Dolomites in the background
  • View the traditional homes of Alberobello that are known for their stone construction and cone-shaped roofs
  • Discover the fresh air and natural beauty of Sila National Park during a hike through the area
  • Traverse the bridge that connects Syracuse to the island of Ortigia, which is full of historic ruins and stunning views
  • Enjoy the views in Enna as you explore the Enna Cathedral and Lombardy Castle
  • Explore the winding twists and turns in the Capuchin Catacombs, home to the world’s largest collection of skeletons

Detailed Description

This journey through southern Italy and Sicily leads you to some of the most magnificent towns and villages in the area. Your exciting 10-day tour will begin when you land at Naples International Airport. In the afternoon, you will head out for a private tour of the impressive Mt. Vesuvius. The next morning, you will transfer to Sorrento. Here, you will enjoy an excursion to the stunning island of Capri, which will feature a memorable visit to the Blue Grotto.

The following day, you will continue to Matera. Along the way, you will stop in Castelmezzano for a zipline experience. The following morning, you will enjoy a day trip to the nearby town of Alberobello. During your private tour, you will get an up-close look at the unique trulli homes for which the town is known. After one more night in Matera, you will head to the age-old city of Cosenza. After having some time to get acquainted with your new hotel, you will indulge in a scenic hike through Sila National Park.

A relaxing private transfer and a scenic ferry ride will be in store for you the following day as you make your way to the island of Sicily. By the end of the day, you will reach your hotel in the delightful city of Catania. The next morning, you will journey to Syracuse and the island of Ortigia. Syracuse is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and during your private tour, you will get to see and explore ancient ruins. On the next day of your trip, you will transfer to your final destination of Palermo. During your drive through the countryside, you will stop for a tour in the city of Enna, which is located over 3,000 feet above sea level. After your first night in Palermo, you will explore the history of the city with a private visit to the Capuchin Catacombs.

Starting Price

$3,575 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.

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