17 days in Italy Itinerary

17 days in Italy Itinerary

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17 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
+2
train + bus + Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Rome
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
2
Florence
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Siena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Montepulciano
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Positano
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 30​min
6
Salerno
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  16​h
End: Ottawa

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 Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. Kids will appreciate attractions like Palatine Hill and Trevi Fountain. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, take an in-depth tour of Musei Capitolini, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, and make a trip to Piazza Navona.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary builder website .

Ottawa, Canada to Rome is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Ottawa in March, expect Rome to be warmer, temps between 19°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Florence trip builder website .

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. March in Florence sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Siena.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

2
nights
Siena

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
On the 14th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, then explore the engaging exhibits at Museo di Storia Naturale dell'Accademia dei Fisiocritici, then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre del Mangia, and finally surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Centro Storico di Siena, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, then explore the world behind art at Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello di Monteriggioni.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Siena day trip tool .

You can take a bus from Florence to Siena in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Siena can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Montepulciano.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Castello di Monteriggioni
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico ©
Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico
Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana ©
Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana

3
nights
Montepulciano

Montepulciano ©
Perched on a limestone ridge in the heart of Tuscany, Montepulciano is known worldwide for its production of red wine, the Vino Noble.
On the 16th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Cascate del Mulino, take a stroll through Civita di Bagnoregio, and then get curious at Museo Geologico e delle Frane. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo Diocesano, get engrossed in the history at MAEC - Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca, then contemplate the long history of Pozzo di San Patrizio, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tempio di San Biagio, and finally make a trip to Piazza Grande a Montepulciano.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Montepulciano trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Siena to Montepulciano takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Positano.

Things to do in Montepulciano

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Civita di Bagnoregio, Cortona, Cascate del Mulino, Abbazia di Sant'Antimo, Pozzo di San Patrizio
Highlights from your plan
Civita di Bagnoregio ©
Civita di Bagnoregio
Museo Diocesano ©
Museo Diocesano
MAEC - Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca ©

2
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.
Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Absolute Positano, get engrossed in the history at MAR - Museo Archeologico Romano, Head underground at Grotte di Suppraiano, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of Smeraldo, then examine the collection at Museo della Carta, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Sant'Andrea.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Positano travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Montepulciano to Positano by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train, subway, and bus. Traveling from Montepulciano in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Positano, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Salerno.

Things to do in Positano

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Amalfi, Grotte di Suppraiano
Highlights from your plan
Cave of Smeraldo ©
Cave of Smeraldo
Duomo di Sant'Andrea ©
Duomo di Sant'Andrea
Fornillo ©
Fornillo

2
nights
Salerno

Salerno ©
While often overshadowed by the Amalfi Coast's array of quaint villages, Salerno has become one of the region's main areas for culture and entertainment, while remaining relatively unmarked by tourism.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Salerno. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museo della Ceramica Alfonso Tafuri, take in the dramatic natural features at I Due Fratelli, then view the masterpieces at Sol’Art Ceramiche, and finally explore the ancient world of Paestum Ruins.

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Getting from Positano to Salerno by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. In March in Salerno, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Salerno

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Pompeii Archaeological Park, Sentiero dei Limoni, Paestum Ruins, Ravello - Atrani Walk, Sol’Art Ceramiche
Highlights from your plan
Paestum Ruins ©
Paestum Ruins
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Sol’Art Ceramiche ©
Sol’Art Ceramiche

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