15 days in Florence, Southern Italy & Rome Itinerary

15 days in Florence, Southern Italy & Rome Itinerary

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Start: Washington DC
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Florence
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h
2
Pompeii
— Few hours
Subway:  45 min
3
Sorrento
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
4
Amalfi
— 2 nights
Ferry:  45 min
5
Positano
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Rome
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  12 h
End: Washington DC

3
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 28th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, enjoy the sand and surf at Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, then steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally make a trip to L’importuno di Michelangelo. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, and finally steep yourself in history at The Baptistery of St. John.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Florence route planner.

Washington DC, USA to Florence is an approximately 15- hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Florence is 6 hours. June in Florence sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Pompeii.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte

few
hours
Pompeii

Pompeii ©
Pompeii has been a tourist destination for more than 250 years.
On the 30th (Tue), explore the ancient world of House of Menander (Casa del Menandro), don't miss a visit to Terme del Foro, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Apollo, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa dei Misteri, and finally delve into the distant past at Forum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Pompeii road trip app.

Traveling by train from Florence to Pompeii takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In June, daily temperatures in Pompeii can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can take a subway to Sorrento.

Things to do in Pompeii

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
House of Menander (Casa del Menandro) ©
House of Menander (Casa del Menandro)
Forum ©
Forum
Villa dei Misteri ©
Villa dei Misteri

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at I Giardini di Cataldo and then don't miss a visit to Piazza Tasso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Museobottega della Tarsialignea, enjoy the sand and surf at Villa di Pollio Felice - Bagni della Regina Giovanna, enjoy the sand and surf at La Solara, then learn about winemaking at Limonoro, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Francis Church and Convent.

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Getting from Pompeii to Sorrento by subway takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Amalfi.

Things to do in Sorrento

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
St Francis Church and Convent ©
St Francis Church and Convent
Marina Grande - Antico Borgo Marinaro ©
Marina Grande - Antico Borgo Marinaro

2
nights
Amalfi

Amalfi ©
Known for its impressive hillside cascade of colorful stone buildings down to the Mediterranean shore, Amalfi is the cultural and commercial heart of southern Italy's Amalfi Coast.
On the 2nd (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Ravello, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo, make a trip to Le Ville di Ravello, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimitero Monumentale, then make a trip to Ruga Nova Mercatorum (Via dei Mercanti), and finally ponder the design of Fontana Cap e Ciuccio.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Amalfi driving holiday planner.

Traveling by ferry from Sorrento to Amalfi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Positano.

Things to do in Amalfi

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Ravello
Highlights from your plan
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Duomo di Sant'Andrea ©
Duomo di Sant'Andrea

3
nights
Positano

Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Get some historical perspective at Church of Santa Maria Assunta and Cappella dell'Annunziata. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Il Sentiero Degli Dei and Boat Tours & Water Sports. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Fornillo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano, make a trip to Parrocchia Di San Gennaro, and take in the exciting artwork at Miniaci Art Gallery.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Positano attractions planner.

Positano is just a short distance from Amalfi. Traveling from Amalfi in July, Positano is slightly colder at night with lows of 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Positano

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Praiano
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Il Sentiero Degli Dei ©
Il Sentiero Degli Dei

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and finally make a trip to Vatican Necropolis. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, then steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Campidoglio, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Venezia.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rome online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Positano to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, subway, and train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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