18 days in Bucharest, Budapest & Northwest Italy Itinerary

18 days in Bucharest, Budapest & Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Bucharest, Romania
— 1 day
Drive
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Assisi, Italy
— 1 night
Drive to Piombino, Ferry to Portoferraio
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Portoferraio, Italy
— 2 nights
Ferry to Piombino, Drive to Florence
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train
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Verona, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Bucharest, Romania

— 1 day
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bucharest trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Romania, the closest major aiport is Henri Coandă International Airport. In June, daily temperatures in Bucharest can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You will leave for Budapest on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Bucharest

Tours · Outdoors · Nightlife · Historic Sites

Budapest, Hungary

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Danube

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): stroll through Ram Szakadek, then stroll through Priest's Island (Pap-sziget), then wander the streets of Kiraly Street, and finally stop by Book Cafe - Lotz Terem. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): stroll around Gyomroi Tofurdo, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harmashatarhegy, and then pause for some photo ops at Anonymus Szobor (Anonymous' Statue).

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Budapest vacation planner.

You can drive from Bucharest to Budapest in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Bucharest to Budapest is minus 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Budapest are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Basilica di Santa Prassede and Quirinale Palace (Palazzo del Quirinale) will appeal to history buffs. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Moai Beach and V Lounge Beach Club. When in Rome, make a side trip to see Abbazia Greca di San Nilo in Grottaferrata, approximately Grottaferrata away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mediterranea, delve into the distant past at Foro di Cesare, appreciate the history behind Trajan's Column, and stroll the grounds of Vatican Necropolis.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Rome road trip site.

Fly from Budapest to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Budapest in June, Rome is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Assisi.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Assisi, Italy

— 1 night

City of Peace

Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
On the 4th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Museo del Tesoro e Collezione F.M. Perkins, make a trip to Piazza Inferiore di San Francesco, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Superiore di San Francesco, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico di Assisi, then admire the striking features of Parrocchia Santa Maria Maggiore - Frati Cappuccini Assisi, and finally don't miss a visit to Oratorio S. Francesco Piccolino.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Assisi trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Rome to Assisi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in July, Assisi is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Portoferraio.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites · Museums

Portoferraio, Italy

— 2 nights
Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. On the 5th (Fri), kick back and relax at Spiaggia dell'Ottone, stroll through Viticcio Beach, take an in-depth tour of Napoleonic Mills House, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Schiapparello, then step into the grandiose world of Castello del Volterraio, and finally kick back and relax at Cala di Mola. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Spiaggia di Seccione, get to know the fascinating history of Sant'Andrea LI, kick back and relax at Spiaggia delle Tombe, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Acquario dell'Elba.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Portoferraio trip builder.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Assisi to Portoferraio in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. When traveling from Assisi in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Portoferraio: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Portoferraio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Florence, Italy

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Popular historic sites such as Duomo di San Gimignano and L’importuno di Michelangelo are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Montefioralle Winery and Podere La Marronaia- Sosta Alle Colonne. Venture out of the city with trips to Piazza del Duomo (in San Gimignano), Greve in Chianti (Castello di Montefioralle & Vignamaggio) and Accademia del Buon Gusto (in Panzano in Chianti). Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, tour or see a show at Palazzo Strozzi, pause for some photo ops at Fontana del Porcellino, and take an in-depth tour of Palazzo Medici Riccardi.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence vacation maker app.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Portoferraio to Florence in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train. In July, daytime highs in Florence are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Verona.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Verona, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Romeo and Juliet

The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): make a trip to Arche Scaligere, contemplate the long history of Romeo's House (Casa di Romeo), pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria Antica, then learn about winemaking at Villa Calicantus, and finally go for a walk through Lungolago di Bardolino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesetta di S. Anna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Basilica Madonna della Corona, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo dei Tribunali, then appreciate the history behind La Loggia del Consiglio, then don't miss a visit to Tomba di Giulietta, and finally contemplate the long history of I Portoni della Bra.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Verona vacation builder tool.

You can take a train from Florence to Verona in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Venice, Italy

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Abbazia Cistercense Santa Maria di Follina. Passeggiata lungo la restera and Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio (Zobenigo) will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Valdobbiadene (Cantina San Gregorio & PDC Cartizze), Tomba Brion di Carlo Scarpa (in San Vito di Altivole) and Oasi Cervara (in Quinto di Treviso). There's much more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take in the waterfront activity at Riva degli Schiavoni, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa dei Santi Geremia e Lucia, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Salvador.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Venice travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Verona to Venice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Tours

Side Trips