18 days in Italy Itinerary

18 days in Italy Itinerary

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18 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Venice
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Bologna
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Florence
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Assisi
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Naples
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Cape Town

2
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 a sense of the local culture at San Giorgio Maggiore and Basilica di Santa Anastasia. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cannaregio and Basilica di Sant’Antonio. Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Verona (Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore & Museo di Castelvecchio), Basilica Palladiana (in Vicenza) and Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dell'Orologio, and steep yourself in history at Scuola Grande di San Rocco.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice trip itinerary planning website .

Cape Town, South Africa to Venice is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, shuttle, and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Venice due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Cape Town in March: highs in Venice hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Bologna.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Verona, Padua, Basilica Palladiana
Highlights from your plan
Scrovegni Chapel ©
Scrovegni Chapel
Campo del Ghetto ©
Campo del Ghetto
Basilica Palladiana ©
Basilica Palladiana

3
nights
Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Castello Estense and Castello di Gradara. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano and Duomo di Modena. Venture out of the city with trips to Basilica San Vitale (in Ravenna), Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe (in Classe) and Mantua (Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova & Palazzo Te). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario di Madonna di San Luca, steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Petronio, and examine the collection at Museo Ferrari.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bologna trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Venice to Bologna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Bologna can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Mantua, Ferrara, Duomo di Modena, Basilica San Vitale, Castello di Gradara
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe ©
Ferrara Cathedral ©
Ferrara Cathedral
Palazzo Te ©
Palazzo Te

4
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Appreciate the collections at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore and Church and Museum of Orsanmichele. Your inner history buff will appreciate Centro Storico and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino), Pisa (Camposanto & Duomo di Pisa) and Historic Centre of San Gimignano (in San Gimignano). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, ponder the world of politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, and take an in-depth tour of Corridoio Vasariano.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Florence trip maker site .

Traveling by train from Bologna to Florence takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Pisa, Historic Centre of San Gimignano, Abbazia di San Galgano
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo Strozzi ©
Palazzo Strozzi
Corridoio Vasariano ©
Corridoio Vasariano
Church and Museum of Orsanmichele ©
Church and Museum of Orsanmichele

3
nights
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Civita di Bagnoregio and Museo della Porziuncola. Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola and San Damiano. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Assisi: Rocca Paolina (in Perugia), Spoleto (La Rocca, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto, & more) and Orvieto (Duomo di Orvieto & Pozzo di San Patrizio). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Chiara, contemplate the long history of Eremo delle Carceri, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di San Rufino.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Assisi journey planner.

You can drive from Florence to Assisi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. March in Assisi sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Naples.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Spoleto, Orvieto, Rocca Paolina, Civita di Bagnoregio
Highlights from your plan
Cattedrale di San Rufino ©
Cattedrale di San Rufino
San Damiano ©
San Damiano

3
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Parco Acheologico di Ercolano and Monte Cassino will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Neapolis Buried and Museo del Tesoro di San Gennaro. Step out of Naples to go to Paestum and see Paestum Ruins, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Gennaro, examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, make a trip to Via San Gregorio Armeno, and steep yourself in history at Underground Naples.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read Naples trip planner .

Drive from Assisi to Naples in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Assisi in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Naples, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Monte Cassino, Paestum Ruins, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
Highlights from your plan
The Neapolis Buried ©
The Neapolis Buried
Monte Cassino ©
Monte Cassino
Catacombe di San Gennaro ©
Catacombe di San Gennaro

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