12 days in Italy Itinerary

12 days in Italy Itinerary

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12 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Venice
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Florence
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Assisi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Rome
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Naples
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Dubai

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 17th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Santa Maria e San Donato, and then explore the activities along Canal Grande. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, steep yourself in history at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, and finally take a stroll through Cannaregio.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Venice planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Venice is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Dubai in August; daily highs in Venice reach 34°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Church of Santa Maria e San Donato
Highlights from your plan
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 19th (Mon), examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Sinagoga di Firenze e Museo ebraico, then examine the collection at Pitti Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, admire the striking features of Basilica San Miniato al Monte, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and finally explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence sightseeing tool .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Florence

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

1
night
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cripta di San Francesco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Chiara, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Damiano, and finally don't miss a visit to Eremo delle Carceri.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Assisi road trip planning tool .

Drive from Florence to Assisi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Assisi can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
San Damiano ©
San Damiano
Basilica di Santa Chiara ©
Basilica di Santa Chiara

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): delve into the distant past at Pantheon, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vatican Necropolis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Pietro in Vincoli, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Rome online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Assisi to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Assisi in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rome, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Explore hidden gems such as Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli and Duomo di Sant'Andrea. Duomo di Ravello and Villa Rufolo will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Naples side-trips: Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma (in Ravello), Pompeii (Odeon - Teatro Piccolo, Casa del Fauno, & more) and St Francis Church and Convent (in Sorrento). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Forum, don't miss a visit to Lupanar, explore the world behind art at Museo Cappella Sansevero, and delve into the distant past at The Neapolis Buried.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Naples road trip app .

Traveling by train from Rome to Naples takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Pompeii, Ravello, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, St Francis Church and Convent
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Sant'Andrea ©
Duomo di Sant'Andrea
Museo delle Arti Sanitarie ©
Museo delle Arti Sanitarie
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

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