12 days in Italy Itinerary

12 days in Italy Itinerary

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12 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Rome
— 3 nights
Subway:  30 min
2
Vatican City
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
3
Florence
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
4
La Spezia
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
5
Cinque Terre
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
6
Pisa
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Venice
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, and other attractions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, then explore the ancient world of Colosseum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Venezia, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musei Capitolini.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome day trip site .

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to Rome is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Santo Domingo to Rome is 5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sat) before leaving for Vatican City.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

1
night
Vatican City

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Square, Vatican Gardens, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, explore the world behind art at Sistine Chapel, then don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, then admire the natural beauty at Vatican Gardens, and finally make a trip to St. Peter's Square.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Vatican City travel route planning website .

Vatican City is just a short distance from Rome. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Florence.

Things to do in Vatican City

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Sistine Chapel ©
Sistine Chapel

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pitti Palace, Ponte Vecchio, Piazzale Michelangelo, and other attractions you added. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Castello di Verrazzano.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Vatican City to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to La Spezia.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Castello di Verrazzano
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
La Spezia

La Spezia
La Spezia, at the head of the Gulf of La Spezia in the Liguria region of Northern Italy, is the capital city of the province of La Spezia.In terms of population, La Spezia is the second city in the Liguria region, preceded just by Genoa. For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our La Spezia trip website .

You can drive from Florence to La Spezia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in La Spezia

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cinque Terre Trails as well as Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza. On the 8th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, hike along Cinque Terre Trails, and then take a memorable drive along Ponte Thaon di Revel.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cinque Terre journey planner.

Cinque Terre is just a short distance from La Spezia. April in Cinque Terre sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Thu) before leaving for Pisa.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Ponte Thaon di Revel
Highlights from your plan
Ponte Thaon di Revel ©
Ponte Thaon di Revel
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails

few
hours
Pisa

Pisa ©
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Leaning Tower of Pisa as well as Duomo di Pisa. On the 9th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baptistery of St. John, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Pisa, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Leaning Tower of Pisa.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Pisa trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Cinque Terre to Pisa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Venice.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa
Baptistery of St. John ©
Baptistery of St. John
Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa

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

You can drive from Pisa to Venice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cannaregio ©
Cannaregio
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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