18 days in Italy Itinerary

18 days in Italy Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Rome
Fly:  3 h 15 min
1
Venice
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Florence
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Assisi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Rome
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
5
Naples
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
End: Rome

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Piazza San Marco and Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Do some cultural sightseeing at Doge's Palace and Basilica di Santa Anastasia. Take a break from Venice with a short trip to Castello Estense in Ferrara, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, contemplate the long history of Squero di San Trovaso, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum.

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Rome to Venice is an approximately 3.5- hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rome in December: high temperatures in Venice hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Castello Estense, Basilica di Santa Anastasia
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari ©
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

4
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Basilica San Vitale. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida) and Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

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Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Venice, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Florence, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Castello del Trebbio, Basilica San Vitale, Abbazia di San Galgano, Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Highlights from your plan
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano

3
nights
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Step off the beaten path and head to Pozzo di San Patrizio and Eremo delle Carceri. Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi and Museo della Porziuncola. Explore Assisi's surroundings by going to Duomo di Orvieto (in Orvieto), Civita di Bagnoregio (in Bagnoregio) and Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Chiara, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, step into the grandiose world of Rocca Maggiore, and do a tasting at Azienda Agraria Saio.

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Drive from Florence to Assisi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Assisi can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rome.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Orvieto, Civita di Bagnoregio, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto, Cascata delle Marmore
Highlights from your plan
Eremo delle Carceri ©
Eremo delle Carceri
Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Colosseum and Piazza Navona. Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and admire the striking features of Pantheon.

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You can drive from Assisi to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Assisi in January, expect nights in Rome to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Museum-lovers will get to explore Galleria Borbonica and Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli. Explore hidden gems such as Museo delle Arti Sanitarie and The Neapolis Buried. When in Naples, make a side trip to see Santuario di Montevergine in Mercogliano, approximately Mercogliano away. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Pompeii Archaeological Park, explore the world behind art at Gallerie di Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giovanni a Carbonara, and make a trip to Via San Gregorio Armeno.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Naples trip maker website.

Getting from Rome to Naples by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Pompeii, Santuario di Montevergine
Highlights from your plan
Galleria Borbonica ©
Galleria Borbonica
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Museo delle Arti Sanitarie ©
Museo delle Arti Sanitarie

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