18 days in Italy Itinerary

18 days in Italy Itinerary

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Start: Milan
1
Milan
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Florence
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Siena
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Lucca
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Rome
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Positano
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
End: Bari

4
nights
Milan

Milan ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milan: Chiesa di S. Marta (in Menaggio), Centro Storico (in Gravedona) and Chiesa di Sant'Eufemia (in Dongo). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, don't miss a visit to Piazza Bra, stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Milan trip maker tool.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Malpensa International Airport, Milano Linate Airport and Il Caravaggio International Airport. In June, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Verona, Chiesa di S. Marta, Centro Storico, Chiesa di Sant'Eufemia
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 24th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, contemplate the long history of L’importuno di Michelangelo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Florence online travel planner.

Getting from Milan to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Siena.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Ponte Vecchio ©
Ponte Vecchio
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

2
nights
Siena

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
On the 26th (Fri), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area and then don't miss a visit to Piazza del Campo. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Centro Storico di Siena, then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre del Mangia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Battistero di San Giovanni.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Siena trip planner.

Getting from Florence to Siena by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In June in Siena, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Lucca.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena

3
nights
Lucca

Lucca ©
Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro storico, contemplate the long history of Le mura di Lucca, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa e Convento di San Francesco, then make a trip to Piazza Anfiteatro, then appreciate the history behind Fontana della Pupporona, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Torre Guinigi. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Piazza dei Miracoli, steep yourself in history at Baptistery of St. John, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Camposanto, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario di Santa Gemma Galgani.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lucca route planning tool.

Getting from Siena to Lucca by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Rome.

Things to do in Lucca

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Pisa
Highlights from your plan
Le mura di Lucca ©
Le mura di Lucca
Piazza dei Miracoli ©
Piazza dei Miracoli
St Martin Cathedral ©
St Martin Cathedral

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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, make a trip to Spanish Steps, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rome trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Lucca to Rome in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Positano.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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.
Explore Positano's surroundings by going to Duomo di Sant'Andrea (in Amalfi) and Ravello (Villa Rufolo & Villa Cimbrone Gardens). There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano, get great views at Il Sentiero Degli Dei, and cool off at Fornillo.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Positano vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rome to Positano takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, subway, and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Positano

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Amalfi, Ravello
Highlights from your plan
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Fornillo ©
Fornillo

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