13 days in Italy Itinerary

13 days in Italy Itinerary

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13 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Rome
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Pompeii
— 1 night
Subway:  45​min
3
Sorrento
— 2 nights
+4
Subway + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Palermo, Sicily
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Rome
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Trastevere as well as Roman Forum. Explore hidden gems such as Villa d'Este and Duomo di Orvieto. Get some historical perspective at Colosseum and Vatican Museums. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Giardino dei Tarocchi (in Pescia Fiorentina) and Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica (in Ostia Antica). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, explore the different monuments and memorials at Vatican Necropolis, make a trip to Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, and explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Rome road trip app .

San Francisco, USA to Rome is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in June, expect Rome to be a bit warmer, temps between 84°F and 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Pompeii.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Giardino dei Tarocchi, Villa d'Este, Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica, Duomo di Orvieto
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

1
night
Pompeii

Pompeii
Pompeii has been a tourist destination for more than 250 years.
To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Pompeii attractions planner.

Getting from Rome to Pompeii by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 66°F. You will leave for Sorrento on the 14th (Sun).

Things to do in Pompeii

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

2
nights
Sorrento

Sorrento ©
A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
You'll get in some beach time at Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano and Stabilimento Balneare Bagni Salvatore. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Duomo di Sant'Andrea and Baia di Ieranto. There's much more to do: make a trip to Piazza Tasso, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Santa Maria Assunta, take in the exciting artwork at Miniaci Art Gallery, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sorrento road trip planning tool .

Take a subway from Pompeii to Sorrento in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Sorrento are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Palermo.

Things to do in Sorrento

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Positano, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, Baia di Ieranto
Highlights from your plan
La Solara ©
La Solara
Duomo di Sant'Andrea ©
Duomo di Sant'Andrea
Church of Santa Maria Assunta ©
Church of Santa Maria Assunta

4
nights
Palermo, Sicily

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Get some historical perspective at Duomo di Monreale and Palazzo Conte Federico. Get some cultural insight at Castello di Caccamo and Cattedrale di Palermo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Palermo: La Bottega nella Roccia (in Caccamo), Museo del Giocattolo Sciacca (in Sciacca) and Cretto di Burri (in Gibellina). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Oratorio di Santa Cita, pause for some serene contemplation at Nobile e Monumentale Chiesa dell'Immacolata Concezione al Capo, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Giuseppe dei Teatini, and don't miss a visit to Chiostro dei Benedettini.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Palermo trip builder website .

Getting from Sorrento to Palermo by combination of subway and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway, train, and flight; or do a combination of subway, flight, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Caccamo, Monreale, Museo del Giocattolo Sciacca, Cretto di Burri, Museo dell'Acciuga
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Caccamo ©
Castello di Caccamo
Duomo di Monreale ©
Duomo di Monreale
Oratorio di Santa Cita ©
Oratorio di Santa Cita

1
night
Rome

Rome
To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rome trip planner .

You can fly from Palermo to Rome in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. You will leave for home on the 21st (Sun).

Things to do in Rome

Tours Historic Sites Nightlife

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