17 days in Italy Itinerary

17 days in Italy Itinerary

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17 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  14​h
1
Rome
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Venice
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Florence
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Assisi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Amalfi
— 3 nights
taxi + subway:  1​h 30​min
6
Naples
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

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.
Get some cultural insight at Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. Museum-lovers will appreciate Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and steep yourself in history at Roman Forum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Rome is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Rome due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rome, with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Get a sense of the local culture at Piazza San Marco and Basilica di San Marco. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Arena di Verona (in Verona) and Padua (Casa Ezzelino & Scrovegni Chapel). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, and contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Venice online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Venice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Venice are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Padua, Arena di Verona
Highlights from your plan
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 9th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Monumento a Dante Alighieri, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, then don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally admire the striking features of Loggia dei Lanzi.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Florence tour planner .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Assisi.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

2
nights
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eremo delle Carceri, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Damiano, learn about winemaking at Tili Vini Societa Agricola, then step into the grandiose world of Rocca Maggiore, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Superiore di San Francesco, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Chiara, learn about winemaking at Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, then examine the collection at Museo della Porziuncola, and finally explore the galleries of Museo Diocesano e Cripta di San Rufino.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Assisi day trip site .

You can drive from Florence to Assisi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Assisi, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Amalfi.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trip

Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio
Highlights from your plan
Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola
Eremo delle Carceri ©
Eremo delle Carceri

3
nights
Amalfi

Amalfi ©
Known for its impressive hillside cascade of colorful stone buildings down to the Mediterranean shore, Amalfi is the cultural and commercial heart of southern Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Get outdoors at Fornillo and Spiaggia di castiglione. Do some cultural sightseeing at Duomo di Ravello and Villa Cimbrone Gardens. Get out of town with these interesting Amalfi side-trips: Spiaggia Lannio (in Cetara) and Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano (in Positano). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Lido di Ravello, view the masterpieces at Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiostro del Paradiso, and pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Sant'Andrea.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Amalfi trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Assisi to Amalfi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Assisi in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Amalfi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Naples.

Things to do in Amalfi

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ravello, Positano, Spiaggia Lannio
Highlights from your plan
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

3
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Museo Cappella Sansevero, then do a tasting at Le Vigne di Raito, and then kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Marina d'Albori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cloister of Santa Chiara, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Di Vietri, and then steep yourself in history at Pompeii Archaeological Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Naples online road trip planner .

Getting from Amalfi to Naples by combination of taxi and subway takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Amalfi in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Naples, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Naples

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Vietri sul Mare, Pompeii Archaeological Park, Marina Di Vietri
Highlights from your plan
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito
Museo Cappella Sansevero ©
Museo Cappella Sansevero

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