16 days in Northwest Italy, Galway & Dublin Itinerary

16 days in Northwest Italy, Galway & Dublin Itinerary

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16 days in Northwest Italy, Galway & Dublin Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly:  12 h
1
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Subway:  1 h
2
Vatican City, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Saturnia, Italy
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
San Gimignano, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Pisa, Italy
— Few hours
Train:  1 h
6
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 30 min
7
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h
8
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  10 h
End: Montreal, Canada

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, then steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, then steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rome travel planner.

Montreal, Canada to Rome is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Montreal to Rome, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Montreal in April: high temperatures in Rome hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can take the subway to Vatican City.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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night
Vatican City, Italy

Vatican City ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes St. Peter's Square as well as Sistine Chapel. On the 9th (Thu), contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then pause for some photo ops at La Pieta, then make a trip to St. Peter's Square, and finally admire the masterpieces at Sistine Chapel.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Vatican City online tour itinerary maker .

Vatican City is just a short distance from Rome. In April in Vatican City, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Saturnia.

Things to do in Vatican City

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Sistine Chapel ©
Sistine Chapel
La Pieta ©
La Pieta

few
hours
Saturnia, Italy

Saturnia ©
On the 10th (Fri), take in the natural beauty of Cascate del Mulino.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Saturnia trip planner.

Getting from Vatican City to Saturnia by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Saturnia

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cascate del Mulino ©
Cascate del Mulino

2
nights
San Gimignano, Italy

San Gimignano ©
A historical gem in the heart of Tuscany, San Gimignano is known as the Town of Fine Towers for its jutting skyline of high city walls.
On the 10th (Fri), learn about winemaking at Podere La Marronaia- Sosta Alle Colonne and then steep yourself in history at Torre Grossa.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Gimignano online route planner .

You can drive from Saturnia to San Gimignano in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Pisa.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Wineries Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Guardastelle Vineyard ©
Guardastelle Vineyard
Podere La Marronaia- Sosta Alle Colonne ©
Torre Grossa ©
Torre Grossa

few
hours
Pisa, Italy

Pisa ©
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Leaning Tower of Pisa.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Pisa trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Gimignano to Pisa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Pisa sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Florence.
Highlights from your plan
Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa

1
night
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 12th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo and then explore the world behind art at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Florence tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by train from Pisa to Florence takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Florence are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

2
nights
Venice, Italy

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): examine the collection at Doge's Palace, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, make a trip to Basilica di San Marco, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Venice travel route planner.

Take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You will leave for Galway on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

3
nights
Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty), Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor) and Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Galway City Museum, stroll around Eyre Square, don't miss a visit to Quay Street, and admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral.

For maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Galway day trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Venice to Galway in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Venice to Galway. Traveling from Venice in April, expect Galway to be little chillier, temps between 12°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Cliffs of Moher, Corcomroe Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden ©

3
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
On the 19th (Sun), examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then steep yourself in history at Guinness Storehouse, then take a stroll through Temple Bar, and finally pause for some photo ops at James Joyce Statue. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to The Spire, then make a trip to The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, then stroll around St Stephens Green, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dublin trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Galway to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. On the 21st (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
St Stephens Green ©
St Stephens Green

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