16 days in France, Spain & Italy Itinerary

16 days in France, Spain & Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Vatican City, 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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take a stroll through Île de la Cité, then admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Seine River. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Champs-Elysees, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and finally wander the streets of Montmartre.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary app.

Los Angeles, USA to Paris is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 9 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 60°F in Paris. On the 1st (Sun), you're off to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Barcelona, Spain

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): admire the striking features of Casa Batllo.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, expect Barcelona to be somewhat warmer, temps between 83°F and 71°F. On the 3rd (Tue), you're off to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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 Duomo di Siena. Family-friendly places like Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Piazzale Michelangelo will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Siena (Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, &more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Pitti Palace, admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John, view the masterpieces at Limbo Art Gallery, and shop like a local with Aria Art Gallery.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Florence trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Barcelona to Florence in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Florence, with lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Venice, Italy

— 3 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 7th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Codex Art Gallery, wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, then wander the streets of Cannaregio, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and finally see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace. On the next day, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, take in the exciting artwork at Itaca Art Studio di Monica Martin, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, and finally contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri.

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Drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Vatican City.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Vatican City, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Covering 44 hectares (110 acres) in the city center of Rome, the wall-enclosed sovereign state of Vatican City is one of the most famous religious sites worldwide, serving as the papal residence and home of the Roman Catholic church.
Family-friendly places like Le Palme and Le Ninfe will thrill your kids. Museum-lovers will get to explore Vatican Museums and La Musa Mosaici. When in Vatican City, make a side trip to see Kayaking & Canoeing in Castel Gandolfo, approximately Castel Gandolfo away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, stroll the grounds of Vatican Necropolis, see the interesting displays at Stanze di Raffaello, and don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Square.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Vatican City trip planner.

Getting from Venice to Vatican City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. August in Vatican City sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vatican City

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

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.