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Rome south by car for 3 weeks.

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Rome south by car for 3 weeks.

Any help on suggestions for a car tour leaving Rome early February 2015 and driving south and return. We have 4 weeks and would like to spend 3 of those driving south from Rome. We have explored many parts of Italy north of Rome but never ventured south. Should we try to get to Sicily or is that pushing it? Down the west coast and back up the east? Explore the central areas or just find a nice spot and spend time?

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1. Re: Rome south by car for 3 weeks.

Three weeks of driving around will let you see a LOT. Italy isn't all that big. If you want to go to Sicily, head there. Lots of Greek temples. I would suggest an overall guidebook to Italy--read up on everything the south has to offer and decide what you want to see, then make up an itinerary. Keep in mind that you can cross Italy in about 2.5 hours in a car, top to bottom in a couple of days.

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2. Re: Rome south by car for 3 weeks.

Once past Campania's Paestum and Bascilicata's Maratea, there isn't too much to see in winter through Calabria.

Also note that there's ongoing construction on the A3, and that you would require snow chains or winter tyres during that period.

Sicily is a 2-week destination, so perhaps find a nice spot an spend time tking day trips.

Or perhaps consider Campania and Puglia.

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3. Re: Rome south by car for 3 weeks.

Sicily can be a 2 week destination, if you wish to see it all, and stay more than one night in each hotel. However, if you just wish to get a 'taste' of the island, and see specific sites, we spent one week there, and used the other week to cross the 'instep' to go to see the Sissi and the Trulli in Basilicata and Puglia. Castelmezzano is a place to see as well

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4. Re: Rome south by car for 3 weeks.

So yes, you might see highlights of Campania like Pompeii or Paestum, and then decide on an area of Sicily, but then head to the trulli in Alberobello (Puglia), or the sassi in Matera (Basilicata), both UNESCO sites.

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5. Re: Rome south by car for 3 weeks.

Thanks for the quick responses....I was wondering too about the weather in the south that time of year. Would it be spring like in February in southern Italy?

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6. Re: Rome south by car for 3 weeks.

Etna and the higher elevations would have snow!

And coastal resort towns are very quiet. Many of Taormina's hotels and restaurants close in February.

Winter and low season is a good time to explore cities and historical sites.

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