16 days in France & Italy Itinerary

16 days in France & Italy Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ravello, Italy
— 3 nights
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Paris, France

— 3 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay will appeal to museum buffs. Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, wander the streets of Le Marais, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and visit Saint Germain des Pres Quarter.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Paris is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -4.5 hour difference. Traveling from Colombo in August, you will find days in Paris are slightly colder (29°C), and nights are much colder (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Venice, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Romance

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): examine the collection at Doge's Palace, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco. On your second day here, explore the activities along Canal Grande, steep yourself in history at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

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You can fly from Paris to Venice in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Venice: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Florence, Italy

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Campanile di Giotto. Museum-lovers will get to explore Gallerie Degli Uffizi and M.G. Design. Step out of Florence with an excursion to Castello del Trebbio in Santa Brigida--about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence attractions planner.

Getting from Venice to Florence by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Florence are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trip

Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Colosseum and Pantheon will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at St. Peter's Basilica and Palatine Hill. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, take an in-depth tour of Musei Capitolini, and steep yourself in history at Roman Forum.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rome travel route planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Rome are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Ravello, Italy

— 3 nights
Best known for its celebrated terraced gardens, Ravello is a hidden gem of Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma and Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela. Visiting Fornillo and Lido di Ravello will get you outdoors. Step out of Ravello with an excursion to Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano in Positano--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Spiaggia di castiglione, make a trip to Villa Rufolo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, and kick back and relax at Lido Capo di Conca.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ravello day trip planning website.

You can drive from Rome to Ravello in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Ravello. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ravello

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.