12 days in Italy & Portugal Itinerary

12 days in Italy & Portugal Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Ravello, Italy
— 1 night
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Assisi, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Food Tours of Rome. Let the collections at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese capture your imagination. Discover out-of-the-way places like Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano and Church of St. Louis of the French. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, make a trip to Roman Forum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rome trip website.

Cape Town, South Africa to Rome is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Rome is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cape Town in September, things will get a bit warmer in Rome: highs are around 32°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nightlife

Side Trip

Ravello, Italy

— 1 night
Best known for its celebrated terraced gardens, Ravello is a hidden gem of Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Ravello, make a trip to Villa Rufolo, take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, then make a trip to Ruderi della Basilica di Sant'Eustachio, then see the interesting displays at Museo della Carta, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ravello day trip website.

Traveling by car from Rome to Ravello takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in October, Ravello is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Ravello

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Assisi, Italy

— 1 night

City of Peace

Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
On the 5th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Museo della Porziuncola, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Chiara, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eremo delle Carceri.

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Traveling by car from Ravello to Assisi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Ravello in October, expect little chillier with lows of 12°C in Assisi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites · Museums

Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, admire the landmark architecture of Campanile di Giotto, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and finally contemplate the long history of The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Florence trip planning website.

You can drive from Assisi to Florence in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October, daytime highs in Florence are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums

Venice, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Romance

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, and finally make a trip to Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then contemplate the long history of Squero di San Trovaso, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore.

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Drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in October, you will find days in Venice are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Lisbon, Portugal

— 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 10th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), then don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

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Traveling by flight from Venice to Lisbon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Venice to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Venice in October; daily highs in Lisbon reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Portugal travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.