11 days in Italy Itinerary

11 days in Italy Itinerary

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11 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  13​h
1
Venice
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  3​h 45​min
3
Portoferraio, Elba Island
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Rome
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Houston


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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ponte di Rialto, Cannaregio and Venice Jazz Club. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, wander the streets of Cannaregio, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Venice Jazz Club. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, then make a trip to Piazza San Marco, and finally steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Venice road trip planning site .

Houston, USA to Venice is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Houston to Venice, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in September, expect Venice to be a bit cooler, temps between 77°F and 59°F. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Nightlife Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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.
Cinque Terre Trails has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get into the urban bustle at Vernazza and then hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Buranco Agriturismo, then kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Fegina, and then hike along Cinque Terre Trails.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre trip planner .

Getting from Venice to Cinque Terre by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Cinque Terre are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Tue) before leaving for Portoferraio.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails
Vernazza ©
Vernazza

2
nights
Portoferraio, Elba Island

Portoferraio ©
Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): stroll through Spiaggia Di Sansone and then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Capo Bianco. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Cavoli and then kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Fetovaia.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Portoferraio trip planner.

Getting from Cinque Terre to Portoferraio by combination of car and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. September in Portoferraio sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Montalcino.

Things to do in Portoferraio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Spiaggia di Fetovaia, Spiaggia di Cavoli
Highlights from your plan
Spiaggia Di Sansone ©
Spiaggia Di Sansone
Spiaggia di Cavoli ©
Spiaggia di Cavoli
Spiaggia di Fetovaia ©
Spiaggia di Fetovaia

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.
On the 27th (Fri), contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, admire the striking features of Pantheon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, then contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, and finally contemplate the long history of Colosseum. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and finally steep yourself in history at Roman Forum.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rome journey planning website .

Getting from Portoferraio to Rome by combination of ferry and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and flight. When traveling from Portoferraio in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Rome, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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