15 days in Italy Itinerary

15 days in Italy Itinerary

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15 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Madison
Bus + Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Rome
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Paestum
— 1 night
Drive + Ferry:  6 h 45 min
3
Portoferraio, Elba Island
— 2 nights
Ferry + Drive:  3 h
4
Florence
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Venice
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  15 h 30 min
End: Madison

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.
Let the collections at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palatine Hill and Colosseum. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, and admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rome trip planner.

Madison, USA to Rome is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Madison to Rome, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Madison in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 65°F in Rome. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Paestum.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

1
night
Paestum

Paestum ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Temple of Athena, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Paestum, and then explore the ancient world of Paestum Ruins.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Paestum trip planner .

Getting from Rome to Paestum by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Rome in June, plan for little chillier days in Paestum, with highs around 79°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Portoferraio.

Things to do in Paestum

Historic Sites Museums
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Paestum Ruins ©
Paestum Ruins
Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Paestum ©
Temple of Athena ©
Temple of Athena

2
nights
Portoferraio, Elba Island

Portoferraio ©
Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. Visit Spiaggia Luigi d'Angelo and Spiaggia delle Tombe for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Stabilimento Balneare Il Delfino and Spiaggia Di Sansone. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Spiaggia Canata and stroll through Spiaggia Stecchi.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Portoferraio holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Paestum to Portoferraio takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. Expect little chillier evenings in Portoferraio when traveling from Paestum in June, with lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Portoferraio

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Capoliveri, Spiaggia delle Tombe, Stabilimento Balneare Il Delfino
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Spiaggia Di Sansone ©
Spiaggia Di Sansone
Stabilimento Balneare Il Delfino ©
Stabilimento Balneare Il Delfino

3
nights
Florence

Florence
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pitti Palace and Piazzale Michelangelo. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia, explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, and take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Florence vacation maker site .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Portoferraio to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Portoferraio in June: highs in Florence hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Highlights from your plan
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Isola di Burano and San Giorgio Maggiore. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Scrovegni Chapel. When in Venice, make a side trip to see Basilica di Sant’Antonio in Padua, approximately 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, don't miss a visit to Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), take a stroll through Cannaregio, and contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

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You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Padua
Highlights from your plan
San Giorgio Maggiore ©
San Giorgio Maggiore
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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