16 days in Italy Itinerary

16 days in Italy Itinerary

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16 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Venice
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Train + Bus:  6​h
2
Villasimius, Sardinia
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Train + Foot + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Rome
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence
— 3 nights
Train:  45​min
5
Bologna
— 1 night
Train:  45​min
6
Modena
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
7
Milan
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Toronto


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3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica di San Marco and Piazza San Marco. Head to Segni nel Tempo antiquarian bookshop and Bressanello Artstudiofor plenty of shopping. Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica di Sant’Antonio). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, and explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice trip itinerary builder site .

Toronto, Canada to Venice is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Venice. When traveling from Toronto in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Venice: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Villasimius.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Padua
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

2
nights
Villasimius, Sardinia

Villasimius ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Baccu Mandara and then kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Piscadeddus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Cala San Stefano and then enjoy the sand and surf at Porto Giunco.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Villasimius trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Venice to Villasimius in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. July in Villasimius sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Villasimius

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Baccu Mandara
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Porto Giunco ©
Porto Giunco

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palatine Hill and St. Peter's Basilica. Visit Piazza Navona and Colosseum for their historical value. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Catacombe di San Callisto, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rome trip website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Villasimius to Rome in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. In July in Rome, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

3
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kids will enjoy Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Boboli Gardens. Get a sense of the local culture at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and M.G. Design. Take a break from Florence with a short trip to Duomo di Siena in Siena, about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Florence online road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, Florence is little chillier at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Duomo di Siena
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

1
night
Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
On the 23rd (Thu), take an in-depth tour of La Macchina del Tempo, steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Petronio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, then learn and have fun at Academya Lingue, then stop by Gallina Smilza, and finally contemplate the long history of Piazza Maggiore.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bologna online travel route planner .

Take a train from Florence to Bologna in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Modena.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Classes Tours
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Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano ©
Basilica di San Petronio ©
Basilica di San Petronio
Piazza Maggiore ©
Piazza Maggiore

1
night
Modena

Modena ©
Deemed the Capital of Engines, Modena is the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari and the headquarters of Italian sports cars.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Modena, stop by La Vacchetta Grassa Cuoieria Artigiana, get engrossed in the history at Sala Museale dell'Accademia Militare, then examine the collection at Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti, then learn about winemaking at Acetaia Villa San Donnino, and finally see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Modena online sightseeing planner .

You can take a train from Bologna to Modena in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Modena are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Modena

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti ©
Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti
Acetaia Villa San Donnino ©
Acetaia Villa San Donnino
Duomo di Modena ©
Duomo di Modena

1
night
Milan

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Milan trip itinerary builder tool .

You can take a train from Modena to Milan in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Milan are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

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