18 days in Rome, Florence & Germany Itinerary

18 days in Rome, Florence & Germany Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Museum-lovers will get to explore Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini and Mercati di Traiano - Museo dei Fori Imperiali. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, explore the world behind art at Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and don't miss a visit to Cupola di San Pietro.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rome journey maker website.

Memphis, USA to Rome is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Memphis to Rome is 7 hours. Traveling from Memphis in May, expect nights in Rome to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are slightly colder, around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Florence, Italy

— 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pitti Palace and Centro Storico. Let the collections at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Palazzo Strozzi capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Castello di Monteriggioni (in Monteriggioni) and San Gimignano (San Gimignano 1300, San Gimignano Bell Tower, &more). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get a sense of history and politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and take an in-depth tour of Corridoio Vasariano.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Florence visit website.

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rome in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 52°F in Florence. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sat) before leaving for Munich.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Munich, Germany

— 4 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedral of St Peter's and St. Peter's Church. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Michael's Church and Basilica of the Nativity of Our Lady Regensburg. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munich: Regensburg (Karmelitenkloster Sankt Joseph, Basilika St. Emmeram, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at BMW Welt, browse the eclectic array of goods at Viktualienmarkt, pause for some serene contemplation at Burgersaalkirche, and admire the striking features of BMW Headquarters.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Munich trip planning website.

Getting from Florence to Munich by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Florence in May, with highs in Munich at 64°F and lows at 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Berlin, Germany

— 3 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 27th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie, then admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, and then admire the landmark architecture of Die Hackeschen Hoefe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Neues Palais, step into the grandiose world of Sanssouci Palace, contemplate the long history of Potsdam's Gardens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and finally take an in-depth tour of Palace of Tears.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Berlin tour itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Munich to Berlin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to fly to Cologne.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Cologne, Germany

— 1 night

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Ursula, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Maria Himmelfahrt, then steep yourself in history at Heinzelmaennchenbrunnen, and finally look for gifts at Lego Store.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cologne travel planner.

You can fly from Berlin to Cologne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May in Cologne, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 47°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites · Shopping

Germany travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.