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South Italy Road Trip

Bari - Alberobello - Lecce - Otranto - Santa Maria di Leuca - Gallipoli - Taranto - Matera - Crotone - Monasterace Marina - Reggio Calabria - Tropea - Maratea - Salerno - Ravello - Sorrento - Naples - Foggia - Vieste - Manfredonia - Molfetta

Expect on your South Italy Road Trip Itinerary

Historical sites Historical sites
Landscape Landscape
Benefit-stress ratio Benefit-stress ratio
Beach Beach
Urban life Urban life
Comfort Comfort
Road conditions Road conditions
Culture Culture
ACTIVATE MAP Stages21 km2,538 h/stage2.9

Best months to drive South Italy Road Trip

I II III IV V VI
VII VIII IX X XI XII

Road Trip Costs

How much does it cost to go on a South Italy Road Trip in Italy?

Economy
Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 788EUR drive & more 288EUR sleep & more 1,155EUR eat & more 756EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 2,199EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 2,986EUR
Standard
Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 1,418EUR drive & more 375EUR sleep & more 1,848EUR eat & more 1,008EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 3,231EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 4,649EUR
Premium
High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 1,890EUR drive & more 475EUR sleep & more 3,003EUR eat & more 1,512EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 4,990EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 6,880EUR
Camper
On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self-catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 4,725EUR drive & more 575EUR sleep & more 583EUR eat & more 756EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,914EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 6,639EUR
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South Italy Road Trip Itinerary

If you are looking for one of the most alluring road trips in Italy, South Italy Road Trip will surely measure up to your expectations. The attractions features in South Italy Road Trip will be especially suitable for family. You will have the option to explore such places as Bari, Lecce, and Otranto while behind the wheel. The route described in this article takes 21 days to complete, but travellers can easily complete it in 15. Our adventure can be treated like a foundation that can be easily extend your road trip. If you are wondering about the time spent on the road, it will be approximately 2.9 hours each day, and drivers will travel 2,538km . So, sit comfortably behind the wheel, and let’s begin the journey!
number of days 21 number of days
route length 2,538 km route length
budget moderate budget
good for family good for
traffic direction on the right traffic direction
accident level moderate accident level
One of the greatest advantages of this journey is the fact that you can marvel at awe-inspiring natural gems. While on this trip, you do not have to worry about stressful experiences and you can enjoy a number of interesting places. While on South Italy Road Trip, you will also have a superb option to pay a visit to a few wonderful historical sites. Travellers will have an equal opportunity to see the urban life, as the trip also passes through many urban zones. In spite of the fact that the trip is characterised by a lower security level in comparison to other road trips, staying careful while on the road will increase the security of you and your passengers. Holidaymakers will be pleased with this adventure, as it is quite very affordable thanks to a small number of amenities. You move on the right and there is a moderate number of accidents in Italy. The recommended period to travel is between April and November.

START Bari

Distance 2,538 km Driving time 60.0 h Pace: slow Airports BRI
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Your journey starts at the Bari Airport. It is precisely the place where you can collect your rental vehicle.

1 Bari - Alberobello

Distance 85 km Driving time 1.5 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
interesting  historic site accommodation options UNESCO World Heritage Site camper parking available
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2 Alberobello - Lecce

Distance 151 km Driving time 3.7 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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3 Lecce - Otranto

Distance 44 km Driving time 1.4 h Pace: slow View map Itinerary
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4 Otranto - Santa Maria di Leuca

Distance 53 km Driving time 1.5 h Pace: slow View map Itinerary
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5 Santa Maria di Leuca - Gallipoli

Distance 54 km Driving time 1.4 h Pace: slow View map Itinerary
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6 Gallipoli - Taranto

Distance 119 km Driving time 4.1 h Pace: slow View map Itinerary
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7 Taranto - Matera

Distance 74 km Driving time 1.3 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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8 Matera - Crotone

Distance 247 km Driving time 4.7 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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9 Crotone - Monasterace Marina

Distance 173 km Driving time 3.4 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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10 Monasterace Marina - Reggio Calabria

Distance 207 km Driving time 5.1 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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11 Reggio Calabria - Tropea

Distance 116 km Driving time 2.6 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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12 Tropea - Maratea

Distance 204 km Driving time 4.4 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
interesting  historic site accommodation options camper parking available junction of road trips
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13 Maratea - Salerno

Distance 211 km Driving time 5.7 h Pace: slow View map Itinerary
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14 Salerno - Ravello

Distance 22 km Driving time 0.8 h Pace: slow View map Itinerary
junction of road trips accommodation options UNESCO World Heritage Site interesting  historic site attractive landscape
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15 Ravello - Sorrento

Distance 38 km Driving time 1.3 h Pace: slow View map Itinerary
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16 Sorrento - Naples

Distance 64 km Driving time 2.0 h Pace: slow View map Itinerary
accommodation options camper parking available junction of road trips UNESCO World Heritage Site interesting  historic site interesting cultural site
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17 Naples - Foggia

Distance 212 km Driving time 4.6 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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18 Foggia - Vieste

Distance 158 km Driving time 4.7 h Pace: slow View map Itinerary
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19 Vieste - Manfredonia

Distance 71 km Driving time 1.3 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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20 Manfredonia - Molfetta

Distance 213 km Driving time 4.0 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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21 Molfetta - Bari

Distance 21 km Driving time 0.5 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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South Italy Road Trip Summary

Surely, our road trip idea has become an ideal inspiration for your future holidays.
The itinerary we’ve suggested can be used as a template that you can recreate in its entirety or only partially and that can be enriched with original attractions.
If travelling by car is your plan when moving around Italy, there are a number of vital traffic regulations to follow and a list of things to remember to make your adventure smooth. The following road rules will surely become useful for all drivers considering renting a car or hiring a camper.
There are a number of traffic rules to be bore in mind while sightseeing around Italy. When moving around Italy in a car, try to avoid spirits at all. Drivers ought to remember that the permitted consumption limit is very low and equals only 0.5‰. Exceeding the maximum permissible speed, which is 50km/h, when travelling around the the city streets may lead to speeding offence. Never exceed the maximum car speed of 90km/h when travelling in rural areas. Driving faster than the speed limit of 130km/h. We recommend driving with your headlights on at daytime and equipping your car with a fire extinguisher and first aid kit for your own safety.
One of the decisive factors when scheduling an itinerary is costs. Depending on the budget option that you select, the final cost of the whole road trip may vary. A wide range of budget possibilities is showed below.
We estimate that the cheapest option when it comes to fuel to cover the planned 2,538km while travelling around Italy will cost roughly 288 EUR. Within the economy offer, accommodation options will cost more or less 1,155 EUR. Those who opt for this option will spend about 756 EUR on food and restaurants. Travellers will have to pay about 788 EUR if they aim for the cheapest car hire offer as well. Thus, going for car rental will increase the costs of the road trip from roughly 2,199 EUR to about 2,986 EUR.
When it comes to the standard offer, you should be prepared to pay the maximum of 375 EUR on the fuel needed to cover the itinerary. If you are into standard accommodation options, you should bear in mind that the expenses can amount up to about 1,848 EUR. The standard option in terms of food and restaurants may cost up to around 1,008 EUR. Travellers who want to cover the trip in a standard hire car can expect a cost of about 1,418 EUR. Summing up the standard offer, the estimated cost of the road trip will total roughly 4,649 EUR for holidayers who would like to try vehicle hire and 3,231 EUR for those who are not interested in rental.
Holidayers who would like to take advantage of the highest level of convenience will be pleased with the premium offer. When it comes to this offer, the estimated cost of the road trip will total approximately 6,880 EUR for holidaymakers who are considering vehicle hire and 3,231 EUR for those who do not need a rental car. Travellers who want to cover the road trip in a premium rental car can expect a cost of around 1,890 EUR. When it comes to the premium version of the tour, you have to spend the maximum of 475 EUR on the fuel needed to cover the road trip. Drivers who are interested in top services in all aspects of their trip should expect to pay roughly 1,512 EUR for restaurants and food and more or less 3,003 EUR for accommodation.
Our tour will also cater to the needs of all camper fans. When it comes to this means of transport, you will pay up to around 4,725 EUR. Camper fans will spend about 575 EUR on gasoline allowing to cover all stages of the itinerary. Holidaymakers who would like to go for camper rental should expect to pay more or less 583 EUR for accommodation and roughly 756 EUR for expenses connected with food.
The section Road Trip Costs presents all the above-mentioned costs in detail.
The period between April and November is superb to visit the part of Italy showed in our adventure idea. There are countless picturesque adventures that are available on our website if you’d like to see other of our road trip ideas. We hope that the great diversity of trips will surely come up to the expectations of the most demanding holidayers.

Facts for safer driving in Italy

drink drive limit drink drive limit 0.5
max speed urban max speed urban 50 km/h
max speed rural max speed rural 90 km/h
max speed highway max speed highway 130 km/h
headlights at daytime headlights at daytime on
fire extinguisher fire extinguisher no
tolls tolls yes
seat belts seat belts yes

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