Metaponto Trip-Many questions

I have never been to Italy, so I decided to exchange my timeshare week and I will be spending 1 week at the Alessidamo Club, Metaponto. Can anyone tell me some points of interest in that area? What cities should I visit? I will not have a car, so I will depend on public transportation. I will be there for a week, in September (Saturday to Saturday) and I want to do some sightseeing. I heard Bari is nice, but I don't know how to get there. My Itinerary is as follows: Arriving in Naples Friday @ 1030pm- What Train should I take to get to Metaponto? Are there any trains during that time? If I have to stay the night in Naples and take the train Saturday morning, what's a good place to stay? Returning the following week- I'm flying from Naples to Rome. I arrive in Rome at 4pm on Sunday and I have a 17 hour layover in Rome. What's a good place to stay near the airport in Rome and what is the best thing to do during that short time I'm there? My plane leaves at 9am on Monday morning. I want to take advantage of every minute I'm Italy. Thank you,
Nuvia

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
10884 posts

First, you need to get a good Italian guidebook and read up on the Metaponto because we would not know what you are interested in seeing or doing. And goggle Metaponto and see what you find. You are going to Metaponto mostly for the beaches. Not a lot to do in the area and it is not well served by transit. Are you going to the Club Med? Second, is your airline ticket purchased? It would be easier to go to Rome from Metaponto via train. Only an hour more than returning to Naples and you solve the layover problem. You need to learn how to use the rail site, trenitalia.com The next train about your arrival in Naples is 4.30 unfortunately. And it is about a three to four hour trip depending on whether it is an InterCity or Regional train. The fares are very reasonable with 12E for the Regional. The IC train ticket can be purchase in advance, sometimes at discount, and the Regional tickets are purchased at anytime. Staying near the airport is expensive and boring.

Posted by Zoe
Toledo, Ohio, US
2508 posts

Frank is right, Metaponto is not well-served by public transportation, but buses are more frequent than trains. Trying to get a train or even a bus in Metaponto on Sunday is a nightmare, if you can, get to Rome a day earlier and spend the entire day Sunday in Rome, or if you can't do that, get to Sorrento a day early and visit the Amalfi Coast. Definitely read guidebooks and look at websites on the Metaponto area.

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
10884 posts

Metaponto is town of about a 1000 people. A lot like Idaho Springs or Monument. Please answer some of the earlier questions, so we can help you better. Works better when we have a two way conversation.