13 days in Italy Itinerary

13 days in Italy Itinerary

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13 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  26​h
1
Rome
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
4
Venice
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Brisbane

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.
On the 10th (Sun), contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and finally get engrossed in the history at Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Villa Farnesina, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary site .

Brisbane, Australia to Rome is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Rome is minus 9 hours. May in Rome sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, then take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and finally explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Loggia dei Lanzi, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, and finally admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Florence journey planning app .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Florence, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cinque Terre.

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 ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

2
nights
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Groppo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo Storico di Riomaggiore, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Doria, and finally get into the urban bustle at Vernazza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa Di San Pietro, get to know the fascinating history of Borgo Storico di Corniglia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco, and finally learn more about the world around you at Punta Corvo.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cinque Terre trip planner .

You can drive from Florence to Cinque Terre in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May in Cinque Terre, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Punta Corvo
Highlights from your plan
Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church ©
Vernazza ©
Vernazza
Punta Corvo ©
Punta Corvo

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Piazza San Marco and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Museum-lovers will get to explore Doge's Palace and Max Studio. Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Piazza dei Signori (in Padua), Santuario della Madonna di Monte Berico (in Vicenza) and Casa del Petrarca (in Arqua Petrarca). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, appreciate the extensive heritage of Campo del Ghetto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Pantalon, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Vetro.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Cinque Terre to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Venice, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Murano, Piazza dei Signori, Casa del Petrarca, Santuario della Madonna di Monte Berico, Castello Estense
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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