12 days in Italy Itinerary

12 days in Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy trip planner

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Rome
— 3 nights
Drive
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Assisi
— 1 night
Drive
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Florence
— 2 nights
Train
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Verona
— 1 night
Drive
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Trento
— 1 night
Drive
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Venice
— 3 nights
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Rome

— 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and Pantheon. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Peter's Basilica and Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vatican Museums, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and don't miss a visit to Roman Forum.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome holiday planning app.

Cape Town, South Africa to Rome is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cape Town in January, expect Rome to be colder, temps between 15°C and 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Assisi.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Assisi

— 1 night

City of Peace

Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Chiara, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, look for gifts at Assisi Jewels, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, then examine the collection at Museo della Porziuncola, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eremo delle Carceri.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Assisi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rome to Assisi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in January, expect nights in Assisi to be about the same, around 2°C, while days are slightly colder, around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Florence

— 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 (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Campanile di Giotto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally take in the views from Ponte Vecchio. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, then admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Florence travel route app.

Getting from Assisi to Florence by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In January in Florence, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Verona.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums

Verona

— 1 night

City of Romeo and Juliet

The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
On the 8th (Fri), see the grandeur of opera at Arena di Verona, wander the streets of Piazza delle Erbe, don't miss a visit to Piazza Bra, then explore the historical opulence of Museo di Castelvecchio, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Verona trip app.

Take a train from Florence to Verona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Trento.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Nightlife

Trento

— 1 night

Painted City

Tyrol's capital and one of the nation's wealthiest cities, Trento serves as the commercial and cultural center of the region.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): stop by Erboristeria Malvina, explore the world behind art at Castello del Buonconsiglio Monumenti e Collezioni Provinciali, then explore the engaging exhibits at MUSE - Science Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Piazza Duomo.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Trento online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Verona to Trento in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Trento sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Trento

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Venice

— 3 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 10th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Scuola Grande di San Rocco, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, then make a trip to Piazza San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St. Anthony, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, explore the activities along Canal Grande, then wander the streets of Cannaregio, and finally visit Campo del Ghetto.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Venice day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Trento to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Trento in January, Venice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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.