10 days in Italy Itinerary

10 days in Italy Itinerary

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10 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  19 h
1
Rome
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Florence
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
3
Pisa
— 1 day
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
5
Milan
— 1 night
Train:  3 h
End: Rome

3
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Duomo di Orvieto and Welcome to Rome. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Colosseum and Pantheon. Step out of Rome with an excursion to Cascata delle Marmore in Marmore--about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Vatican Museums, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rome day trip site .

San Diego, USA to Rome is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Diego to Rome due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Diego in March; daily highs in Rome reach 61°F and lows reach 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Vatican City, Cascata delle Marmore, Duomo di Orvieto
Highlights from your plan
Piazza Navona ©
Piazza Navona
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, then admire the masterpieces at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Florence itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. March in Florence sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Pisa.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico

1
day
Pisa

Pisa ©
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at National Museum of Saint Mathew, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Michele in Borgo, make a trip to Knights’ Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Pisa.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Pisa vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Florence to Pisa in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in April, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa
Knights’ Square ©
Knights’ Square
Chiesa di Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri ©

2
nights
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stroll through Spiaggia di Fegina, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Lorenzo, then trek along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre trip planner .

You can take a train from Pisa to Cinque Terre in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in April, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Chiesa di San Lorenzo ©
Chiesa di San Lorenzo

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbazia di Chiaravalle. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Villa Necchi Campiglio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, and then admire the masterpieces at Bagatti Valsecchi Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Milan tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Cinque Terre to Milan by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. April in Milan sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Villa Necchi Campiglio ©
Villa Necchi Campiglio
Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro ©

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