13 days in Italy & France Itinerary

13 days in Italy & France Itinerary

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13 days in Italy & France Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Palermo, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Turin, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 15​min
4
Bologna, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Siena, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Assisi, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Cape Town, South Africa


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1
night
Palermo, Italy

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Oratorio del Rosario di San Domenico, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Augustine - Chiesa di Sant'Agostino, then get to know the fascinating history of Via Matteo Bonello, then see the interesting displays at Palazzo Asmundo Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Palazzo Comitini. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Villino Florio, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Giovanni dei Lebbrosi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa Santa Maria della Pieta', and finally steep yourself in history at Palazzo Branciforte.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Palermo trip planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Palermo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Palermo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Museums
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2
nights
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
On the 4th (Wed), explore the galleries of Musee zoologique, pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Jean, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Saint Peter's Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Protestant Church of St. Peter the Younger, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saints Pierre et Paul. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saints-Pierre-et-Paul de Rosheim, then do a tasting at Cave du Roi Dagobert, then see the interesting displays at Pixel Museum, and finally put a fun spin on your tour with Insolit'Pro.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Strasbourg online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Palermo to Strasbourg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In March in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Turin.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Obernai, Cave du Roi Dagobert, Eglise Saints-Pierre-et-Paul de Rosheim
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Catholic Church Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune ©
Pixel Museum ©
Pixel Museum
Eglise Saints-Pierre-et-Paul de Rosheim ©

1
night
Turin, Italy

Turin ©
A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
On the 6th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Linea 7 Storica, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Filippo Neri, then see the interesting displays at Museo di Anatomia Umana, and finally examine the collection at Officina della Scrittura.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Turin driving holiday website .

You can drive from Strasbourg to Turin in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Turin

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo di Anatomia Umana ©
Museo di Anatomia Umana
Officina della Scrittura ©
Officina della Scrittura
Chiesa di San Filippo Neri ©
Chiesa di San Filippo Neri

1
night
Bologna, Italy

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 7th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Complesso Monumentale San Michele In Bosco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria dei Servi Bologna, then make a trip to Piazza Santo Stefano, then see the interesting displays at Oratorio Di Santa Cecilia, and finally examine the collection at San Colombano - Tagliavini Collection.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bologna tour itinerary maker website .

Take a train from Turin to Bologna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Turin, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bologna, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Siena.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Museums
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1
night
Siena, Italy

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
On the 8th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abazzia di Torri, get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico di Siena, contemplate the long history of Palazzo Piccolomini, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Contrada Priora della Civetta, and finally steep yourself in history at Loggia della Mercanzia.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Siena holiday tool .

You can drive from Bologna to Siena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Siena are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Abazzia di Torri
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Abazzia di Torri ©
Abazzia di Torri
Palazzo Piccolomini ©
Palazzo Piccolomini
Loggia della Mercanzia ©
Loggia della Mercanzia

1
night
Assisi, Italy

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): browse the collection at Palazzo Giacobetti, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Superiore di San Francesco, get engrossed in the history at Museo della Memoria, then don't miss a visit to Oratorio S. Francesco Piccolino, then delve into the distant past at Parrocchia Santa Maria Maggiore - Frati Cappuccini Assisi, and finally look for gifts at Il Sole Souvenir.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Assisi online travel planner .

Drive from Siena to Assisi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Assisi are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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4
nights
Venice, Italy

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.
Get some cultural insight at Piazza dei Signori and Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo. Explore hidden gems such as Battistero del Duomo and Santa Maria dei Miracoli. Take a break from Venice with a short trip to Basilica di Santa Giustina in Padua, about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Palazzo Mocenigo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Salvador, admire the masterpieces at Museo di Palazzo Grimani, and explore the historical opulence of Ca' d'Oro.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Venice trip planner.

You can drive from Assisi to Venice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Padua
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Santa Maria dei Miracoli ©
Santa Maria dei Miracoli
Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo ©
Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo
Museo di Palazzo Grimani ©
Museo di Palazzo Grimani

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