17 days in Italy & France Itinerary

17 days in Italy & France Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Assisi, Italy
— 1 night
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Siena, Italy
— 1 night
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore and Santa Maria in Trastevere. Popular historic sites such as Colosseum and Vatican Museums are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, make a trip to Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rome day trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Rome is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Rome due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: highs in Rome hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Assisi, Italy

— 1 night

City of Peace

Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
On the 19th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Chiara, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, step into the grandiose world of Rocca Maggiore, then examine the collection at Museo della Porziuncola, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eremo delle Carceri.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Assisi trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Rome to Assisi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rome in December: highs in Assisi hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Siena.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites · Museums

Siena, Italy

— 1 night

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, then explore the world behind art at Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, and finally make a trip to Piazza del Campo.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Siena holiday planner.

Drive from Assisi to Siena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Assisi in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Siena, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites · Museums

Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Palazzo Vecchio, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Florence planner.

Drive from Siena to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Florence are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), examine the collection at Doge's Palace, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Canal Grande, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, and finally admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Florence in December: high temperatures in Venice hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Nice, France

— 2 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take a stroll through La Croisette, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue d'Antibes, and then take in the exciting artwork at Galerie du Faune. On your second day here, take a stroll through Avenue Jean Medecin, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and then wander the streets of Vieille Ville.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice tour builder app.

Getting from Venice to Nice by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Venice in December, expect Nice to be somewhat warmer, temps between 17°C and 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. For shopping fun, head to Champs-Elysees or Le Marais. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, take a stroll through Montmartre, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Paris tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Nice to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in December, expect Paris to be slightly colder, temps between 9°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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.

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.