12 days in Italy, City of San Marino & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

12 days in Italy, City of San Marino & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

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12 days in Italy, City of San Marino & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  9​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Subway:  30​min
2
Vatican City, Italy
— 1 day
Subway:  30​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  2​h
4
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
City of San Marino, San Marino
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
7
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
8
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 25th (Wed), admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, make a trip to Piazza Navona, then steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, then contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary planning app .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rome is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Dubai to Rome. Traveling from Dubai in December, things will get much colder in Rome: highs are around 16°C and lows about 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take the subway to Vatican City.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

1
day
Vatican City, Italy

Vatican City ©
Covering 44 hectares (110 acres) in the city center of Rome, the wall-enclosed sovereign state of Vatican City is one of the most famous religious sites worldwide, serving as the papal residence and home of the Roman Catholic church.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, contemplate the long history of Torre San Giovani, get a sense of history and politics at Prefettura degli Affari Economici della Santa Sede, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vatican Museums, and finally pause for some photo ops at La Pieta.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Vatican City trip planner .

Vatican City is very close to Rome. December in Vatican City sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take the subway to Rome.

Things to do in Vatican City

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
La Pieta ©
La Pieta
Torre San Giovani ©
Torre San Giovani

1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rome trip maker website .

Rome is just a stone's throw from Vatican City. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Galleria Borghese
Galleria Borghese
Spanish Steps ©
Spanish Steps

1
night
Florence, Italy

Florence
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Festa di San Giovanni.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Florence trip planner .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December in Florence, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to City of San Marino.

1
day
City of San Marino, San Marino

City of San Marino ©
The capital of one of the world's smallest and oldest republics, the hillside city of San Marino boasts a World Heritage-listed old town that's known for its winding cobblestone streets and sweeping views of the surrounding countryside.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Cesta Tower, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Titan, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Pubblico, step into the grandiose world of Guaita, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica del Santo Marino, and finally steep yourself in history at Piazza della Liberta.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read City of San Marino day trip planner.

Getting from Florence to City of San Marino by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. While traveling from Florence, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in City of San Marino, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in City of San Marino

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Guaita ©
Guaita
Mount Titan ©
Mount Titan
Palazzo Pubblico ©
Palazzo Pubblico

1
night
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, then explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Florence online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from City of San Marino to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from City of San Marino in December, you will find days in Florence are somewhat warmer (15°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

2
nights
Venice, Italy

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 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Doge's Palace, don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Venice online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Florence in December; daily highs in Venice reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

2
nights
Milan, Italy

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.
To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Milan travel route planning website .

Traveling by train from Venice to Milan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. December in Milan sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Il Cenacolo ©
Il Cenacolo
Room Escape Games

1
night
Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Monte-Carlo ©
Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Prince's Palace, see the interesting displays at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, and then try your luck at Casino of Monte-Carlo. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Jardin Exotique de Monaco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, then see the interesting displays at The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III, then take in the waterfront at Monte Carlo Harbor, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Gardens.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Monte-Carlo trip builder tool .

Drive from Milan to Monte-Carlo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Milan in January, expect Monte-Carlo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 15°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Museums Casinos Historic Sites

Side Trips

Monaco-Ville, Jardin Exotique de Monaco
Highlights from your plan
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco ©
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
Casino of Monte-Carlo ©
Casino of Monte-Carlo
Jardin Exotique de Monaco ©
Jardin Exotique de Monaco

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night
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, and then contemplate the long history of Castello Sforzesco.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan tour builder .

Traveling by car from Monte-Carlo to Milan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Monte-Carlo in January, expect Milan to be little chillier, temps between 9°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

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