13 days in Italy & Island of Malta Itinerary

13 days in Italy & Island of Malta Itinerary

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Start: Durham, United States
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  18 h 15 min
1
Valletta, Malta
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
2
Assisi, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
San Gimignano, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Lucca, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Siena, Italy
— 1 night
Bus:  45 min
7
Castellina In Chianti, Italy
— 1 day
Drive:  30 min
8
Greve in Chianti, Italy
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Durham, United States

3
nights
Valletta, Malta

Valletta ©
Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
Valletta is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Mnajdra, Head underground at Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja), explore the world behind art at Casa Rocca Piccola, and get to know the fascinating history of Mdina Old City.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Valletta online travel route builder.

Durham, USA to Valletta is an approximately 18- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Durham in April, you will find days in Valletta are a bit cooler (68°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Assisi.

Things to do in Valletta

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Mdina Old City, Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja), Mnajdra
Highlights from your plan
Mdina Old City ©
Mdina Old City
Mnajdra ©
Mnajdra
Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja) ©
Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja)

1
night
Assisi, Italy

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): examine the collection at Museo della Porziuncola, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, then steep yourself in history at Basilica di Santa Chiara, and finally steep yourself in history at Eremo delle Carceri.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Assisi using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Valletta to Assisi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Valletta in April, Assisi is a bit cooler at night with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola

1
night
San Gimignano, Italy

San Gimignano ©
A historical gem in the heart of Tuscany, San Gimignano is known as the Town of Fine Towers for its jutting skyline of high city walls.
On the 22nd (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di San Gimignano, contemplate the long history of Torre Grossa, learn about winemaking at Guardastelle Vineyard, then learn about winemaking at Podere La Marronaia- Sosta Alle Colonne, and finally make a trip to San Gimignano Bell Tower.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Gimignano online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Assisi to San Gimignano takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Wineries Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Guardastelle Vineyard ©
Guardastelle Vineyard
Duomo di San Gimignano ©
Duomo di San Gimignano
Podere La Marronaia- Sosta Alle Colonne ©
Podere La Marronaia- Sosta Alle Colonne

1
night
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cinque Terre footpaths, trek along Il Sentiero da Levanto a Monterosso, then stroll through Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, and finally get into the urban bustle at Vernazza.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cinque Terre trip itinerary site.

You can drive from San Gimignano to Cinque Terre in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. April in Cinque Terre sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Lucca.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Cinque Terre footpaths ©
Cinque Terre footpaths
Vernazza ©
Vernazza

1
night
Lucca, Italy

Lucca ©
Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): admire the striking features of St Martin Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Le mura di Lucca, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Anfiteatro, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Guinigi.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucca holiday planner.

Drive from Cinque Terre to Lucca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Lucca can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Siena.

Things to do in Lucca

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Le mura di Lucca ©
Le mura di Lucca
Piazza Anfiteatro ©
Piazza Anfiteatro
St Martin Cathedral ©
St Martin Cathedral

1
night
Siena, Italy

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Siena trip maker website.

Drive from Lucca to Siena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Siena, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Castellina In Chianti.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo
Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana ©
Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana
Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico ©
Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico

1
day
Castellina In Chianti, Italy

Castellina In Chianti ©
Castellina in Chianti is a comune (municipality) of c. On the 26th (Sun), do a tasting at Fattoria di Montemaggio, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Monterinaldi, then do a tasting at Sant'Agnese Farm, and finally do a tasting at Fattoria Casa Sola.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Castellina In Chianti trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Siena to Castellina In Chianti takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Castellina In Chianti, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Greve in Chianti.

Things to do in Castellina In Chianti

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Radda in Chianti, Fattoria Casa Sola
Highlights from your plan
Fattoria di Montemaggio ©
Fattoria di Montemaggio
Fattoria Casa Sola ©
Fattoria Casa Sola
Sant'Agnese Farm ©
Sant'Agnese Farm

1
night
Greve in Chianti, Italy

Greve in Chianti ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Castello di Verrazzano, do a tasting at Accademia del Buon Gusto, then do a tasting at Montefioralle Winery, and finally stop by Piccole Armonie Country.

To find out how to plan a trip to Greve in Chianti, use our trip itinerary maker.

Greve in Chianti is just a short distance from Castellina In Chianti. In April in Greve in Chianti, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Greve in Chianti

Wineries Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Accademia del Buon Gusto ©
Accademia del Buon Gusto
Castello di Verrazzano ©
Castello di Verrazzano

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