18 days in Italy Itinerary

18 days in Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe travel route builder

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Fly
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Milan
— 1 night
Drive
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Bellagio
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Verona
— 2 nights
Bus
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Venice
— 3 nights
Train
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Florence
— 3 nights
Train
6
Rome
— 2 nights
Fly
7
Portofino
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Milan
— 1 day
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Milan

— 1 night

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Sant'Alessandro, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Milan driving holiday planner.

London, UK to Milan is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Milan, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, Milan is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Bellagio.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Shopping

Bellagio

— 3 nights

Pearl of Lake Como

Known as the pearl of Lake Como for its luxury accommodations, high-end shops, and fine dining options, Bellagio serves as the lake's premiere resort town.
Get out of town with these interesting Bellagio side-trips: Orrido di Bellano (in Bellano), Tremezzina (Villa Carlotta & Villa del Balbianello) and Lido di Lenno (in Lenno). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero, do a tasting at Enoteca Principessa, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and stroll through I Giardini di Villa Melzi.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bellagio trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Milan to Bellagio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Verona.

Things to do in Bellagio

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Verona

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the views from Ponte Pietra, examine the collection at Casa di Giulietta, don't miss a visit to Torre dei Lamberti, wander the streets of Piazza delle Erbe, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Procolo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): see the grandeur of opera at Arena di Verona, make a trip to Liston, make a trip to Piazza Bra, then explore the historical opulence of Museo di Castelvecchio, and finally snap pictures at Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio).

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Drive from Bellagio to Verona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Verona, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Venice

— 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.
Venice is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Canal Grande, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, and take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Venice attractions planner.

Traveling by bus from Verona to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a train. In July in Venice, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Nature

Florence

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida) and Pisa (Leaning Tower of Pisa & Duomo di Pisa). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence road trip planning website.

You can drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Rome

— 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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rome trip planner.

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Portofino.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Portofino

— 3 nights
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take in the waterfront activity at Marina di Portofino, step into the grandiose world of Castello Brown, then visit a coastal fixture at Faro di Portofino, then identify plant and animal life at Area Marina Protetta Portofino, and finally make a trip to Piazza Martiri Dell'Olivetta. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Giorgio, then get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria d'Arte Portofino, then admire the striking features of Oratorio di Nostra Signora Assunta, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Parrocchia Di San Martino.

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

Getting from Rome to Portofino by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rome in July: highs in Portofino hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Portofino

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Milan

— 1 day

Fashion Capital of World

Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): contemplate the long history of Castello Sforzesco and then get engrossed in the history at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Milan driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Portofino to Milan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Portofino in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Milan, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums

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.

Lake Como travel guide

4.2
Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."