10 days in Italy Itinerary

10 days in Italy Itinerary

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10 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Milan
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h
2
Venice
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Bologna
— 1 day
Train:  1​h
4
Florence
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
5
Rome
— 1 night
Train:  3​h
6
Milan
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  5​h 30​min
End: Cardiff

2
nights
Milan

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 5th (Thu), snap pictures at Ponte Coperto, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Michele Maggiore, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and finally make a trip to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, then contemplate the long history of Certosa di Pavia, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Milan sightseeing planning app .

Cardiff, UK to Milan is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cardiff to Milan is 1 hour. Traveling from Cardiff in December, Milan is slightly colder at night with lows of 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Pavia, Certosa di Pavia
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Ponte Coperto ©
Ponte Coperto

2
nights
Venice

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
On the 7th (Sat), take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, explore the activities along Canal Grande, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, make a trip to Basilica di San Marco, admire the masterpieces at Museo Correr, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, and finally snap pictures at Ponte dell'Accademia.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Venice trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Milan to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December in Venice, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bologna.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

1
day
Bologna

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, and then take in panoramic vistas at Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bologna trip planning app .

You can drive from Venice to Bologna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Bologna can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Bologna

Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell ©

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the striking features of Basilica San Miniato al Monte, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, then take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, and finally contemplate the long history of Loggia dei Lanzi. On the next day, examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Bologna to Florence in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Bologna in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Florence, with highs around 55°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

1
night
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, then ponder the design of Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Colosseum and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rome road trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December in Rome, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

1
night
Milan

Milan ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): wander the streets of Brera District, don't miss a visit to Dialogo nel Buio, and then see the interesting displays at Gallerie d’Italia.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Milan trip maker site .

Traveling by train from Rome to Milan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rome in December, expect Milan to be little chillier, temps between 46°F and 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Brera District ©
Brera District
Dialogo nel Buio ©
Dialogo nel Buio
Gallerie d’Italia ©
Gallerie d’Italia

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