17 days in Italy Itinerary

17 days in Italy Itinerary

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17 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  12 h
1
Rome
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Florence
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Venice
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 15 min
4
San Teodoro, Sardinia
— 2 nights
+5
Bus + Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Subway:  6 h 30 min
5
Positano
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Rome
— 1 night
Fly:  12 h
End: Washington DC

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.
Colosseum and Pantheon will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at St. Peter's Basilica and Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico. The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Vatican Necropolis, make a trip to Piazza Venezia, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, and explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rome online holiday planner .

Washington DC, USA to Rome is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Rome. Traveling from Washington DC in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rome, with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

4
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Duomo di Pisa and Pitti Palace. Get a sense of the local culture at Piazzale Michelangelo and Centro Storico. Step out of Florence with an excursion to Baptistery of St. John in Pisa--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Florence route builder tool .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Florence are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Pisa
Highlights from your plan
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico

2
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.
On the 3rd (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Pantalon, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then admire the striking features of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Venice journey maker website .

Take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Florence in October: highs in Venice hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Teodoro.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco

2
nights
San Teodoro, Sardinia

San Teodoro ©
A chance to sip cocktails at swanky beach bars by day and experience the vibrant club scene by night makes San Tedoro vacations extremely popular.
On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Necropoli di San Simplicio, stroll through Spiaggia Isuledda, then kick back and relax at Spiaggia Cala D’Ambra, then stroll through Spiaggia di Punta Molara, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Cala Ginepro Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Teodoro trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Venice to San Teodoro in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Venice in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Teodoro, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Positano.

Things to do in San Teodoro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Spiaggia Isuledda, Necropoli di San Simplicio
Highlights from your plan
Spiaggia Isuledda ©
Spiaggia Isuledda
Spiaggia La Cinta ©
Spiaggia La Cinta
Necropoli di San Simplicio ©
Necropoli di San Simplicio

3
nights
Positano

Positano ©
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
On the 7th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Santa Maria Assunta, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Grande, stop by Nana' Positano, then kick back and relax at Fornillo, and finally indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, pause for some serene contemplation at Cloister del Paradiso, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, ponder the design of Fontana sant'Andrea, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Ravello, and finally admire the striking features of Villa Rufolo.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Positano online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from San Teodoro to Positano takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from San Teodoro in October, Positano is a bit warmer at night with lows of 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rome.

Things to do in Positano

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Amalfi, Ravello
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Duomo di Sant'Andrea ©
Duomo di Sant'Andrea
Villa Rufolo ©
Villa Rufolo

1
night
Rome

Rome ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): wander the streets of Ghetto Ebraico, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, appreciate the history behind Altare Della Patria, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Roma dal Cielo Terrazza delle Quadrighe, then steep yourself in history at Forum of Augustus, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Prassede.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rome travel route planner.

Getting from Positano to Rome by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Positano in October, expect little chillier with lows of 55°F in Rome. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Santa Maria Sopra Minerva ©
Santa Maria Sopra Minerva
Domus Aurea ©
Domus Aurea
Basilica di Santa Prassede ©
Basilica di Santa Prassede

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