12 days in Italy Itinerary

12 days in Italy Itinerary

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12 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Rome
1
Rome
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Montepulciano
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Reggio Emilia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Venice
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Bologna
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Rome


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2
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 11th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and then steep yourself in history at Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rome road trip planning site .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport and Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport. In October, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Montepulciano.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

3
nights
Montepulciano

Montepulciano ©
Perched on a limestone ridge in the heart of Tuscany, Montepulciano is known worldwide for its production of red wine, the Vino Noble.
Explore Montepulciano's surroundings by going to Siena (Duomo di Siena & Piazza del Campo). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Tenuta Valdipiatta, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tempio di San Biagio, and make a trip to Piazza Grande a Montepulciano.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Montepulciano attractions planning site .

You can drive from Rome to Montepulciano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. October in Montepulciano sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Montepulciano

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Siena
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Tenuta Valdipiatta ©
Tenuta Valdipiatta
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena

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 16th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Castello Doria and then hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from View Point Corniglia, then take in the waterfront at Passeggiata Lungomare, and then get into the urban bustle at Vernazza.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre visit planning app .

You can drive from Montepulciano to Cinque Terre in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Cinque Terre sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Reggio Emilia.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Vernazza ©
Vernazza
Castello Doria ©
Castello Doria

1
night
Reggio Emilia

Reggio Emilia ©
Known as the Tricolor Town, Reggio Emilia is the birthplace of the modern Italian flag and serves as the region's hub for cultural activity.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): admire the striking features of Stazione Reggio Emilia AV Mediopadana, stop by Consorzio Vacche Rosse, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Fontanesi, and finally browse the collection at Libreria All'Arco.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Reggio Emilia online holiday planner .

Drive from Cinque Terre to Reggio Emilia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cinque Terre in October: highs in Reggio Emilia hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Reggio Emilia

Shopping Historic Sites
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Consorzio Vacche Rosse ©
Consorzio Vacche Rosse
Libreria All'Arco ©
Libreria All'Arco

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, then steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, and then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Venice trip planner .

Traveling by car from Reggio Emilia to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bologna.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

1
night
Bologna

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 21st (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Domenico, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Maggiore, and finally don't miss a visit to Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda.

Before you visit Bologna, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Venice to Bologna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Bologna are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Basilica San Vitale
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Basilica San Vitale ©
Basilica San Vitale
Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell ©
Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell
Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano ©

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