12 days in Italy Itinerary

12 days in Italy Itinerary

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12 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Rome
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Salerno
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Florence
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Venice
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Cape Town

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.
Kids will enjoy Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pantheon and Vatican Museums. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, and don't miss a visit to Roman Forum.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rome holiday planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Rome is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in September: high temperatures in Rome hover around 32°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Salerno.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Salerno

Salerno ©
While often overshadowed by the Amalfi Coast's array of quaint villages, Salerno has become one of the region's main areas for culture and entertainment, while remaining relatively unmarked by tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Sol’Art Ceramiche, explore the ancient world of Pompeii Archaeological Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Ravello Arte, learn about winemaking at Le Vigne di Raito, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Libreria Antiquaria Vecchi Libri, and finally identify plant and animal life at Oasi Valle della Caccia.

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

You can take a train from Rome to Salerno in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in September, Salerno is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Salerno

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ravello, Vietri sul Mare, Pompeii Archaeological Park, Oasi Valle della Caccia
Highlights from your plan
Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Sol’Art Ceramiche ©
Sol’Art Ceramiche

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at M.G. Design, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and finally explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi.

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You can take a train from Salerno to Florence in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Florence when traveling from Salerno in September, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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 ©

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Canal Grande and Piazza San Marco. Shop till you drop at Piazza delle Erbe and Galleria Cavour. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Verona (Museo di Castelvecchio & Arena di Verona) and Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, steep yourself in history at St Mark's Campanile, and admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Venice trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Verona, Padua
Highlights from your plan
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande

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