20 days in Italy, Istanbul & Bodrum District Itinerary

20 days in Italy, Istanbul & Bodrum District Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
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Marmore, Italy
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Massa Martana, Italy
— 12 nights
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Marmore, Italy
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Rome, Italy
— 1 night
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Bodrum City, Turkey
— 2 nights

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Rome, Italy

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary site.

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major aiports are Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport and Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport. In August in Rome, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Marmore.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Marmore, Italy

Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): get outside with Lago di Piediluco.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Marmore visit planner.

Take a train from Rome to Marmore in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. August in Marmore sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Massa Martana.

Things to do in Marmore

Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Massa Martana, Italy

— 12 nights
Massa Martana is an ancient Italian town and comune in the Monti Martani mountain range in the province of Perugia . Get some cultural insight at Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio and Catacomba Di Villa San Faustino. Visiting Lago di Alviano and La Valle - Naturalistic Oasis will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Massa Martana: Musei del Castello di Alviano (in Alviano), Bartolomei Al Vecchio Frantoio dei F.Lli Bartolomei (in Montecchio) and Chiesa di San Giovanni de Butris (in Acquasparta). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Rocca del Leone, explore the ancient world of Ponte Fonnaia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbazia di San Felice, and wander the streets of Centro Storico di Massa Martana.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Massa Martana road trip app.

Drive from Marmore to Massa Martana in an hour. In August in Massa Martana, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 20°C at night. You'll set off for Marmore on the 20th (Tue).

Things to do in Massa Martana

Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Marmore, Italy

Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo Medioevale e Rocca, and then admire the sheer force of Cascata delle Marmore.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Marmore road trip planning website.

You can drive from Massa Martana to Marmore in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Rome.

Things to do in Marmore

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rome, Italy

— 1 night

Eternal City

On the 21st (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Clement Basilica and then delve into the distant past at Colosseum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip builder tool.

You can take a train from Marmore to Rome in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Istanbul, Turkey

— 4 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Popular historic sites such as Hagia Sophia and Sultanahmet District are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sultanahmet Square and Delmece Yaylasi. Step out of Istanbul with an excursion to Erikli Waterfall in Yalova--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Church of St George, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner.

Fly from Rome to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Istanbul is 2 hours. Traveling from Rome in August, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Bodrum City, Turkey

— 2 nights

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bodrum City trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Istanbul to Bodrum City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in August: high temperatures in Bodrum City hover around 43°C and lows are around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Museums · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Italy travel guide

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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.

Terni travel guide

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Waterfalls · Outdoor Activities · Ruins
Terni is a city in the southern portion of the Region of Umbria in central Italy. The city is the capital of the province of Terni, located in the plain of the Nera river. It is 104km northeast of Rome.It was founded as an Ancient Roman town.During the 19th century, steel mills were introduced and led the city to have a role in the second industrial revolution in Italy. Because of its industrial importance, the city was heavily bombed during World War II by the Allies. It still remains an industrial hub, and has been nicknamed "The Steel City" and the "Italian Manchester".Terni also advertises itself as a "City of Lovers", as its patron saint, Saint Valentine, was born and became a bishop here and the remains are preserved in the basilica-sanctuary in his honor.HistoryThe city was founded around the 7th century BC by the Umbrians Naharti, in a territory inhabited (as testified by archaeological excavations of several necropolises) as early as the Bronze Age. In the 3rd century BC it was conquered by the Romans and soon became an important municipium lying on the Via Flaminia. The Roman name was Interamna, meaning "in between two rivers". During the Roman Empire the city was enriched with several buildings, including aqueducts, walls, an amphitheater, a theater, temples and bridges.

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Bodrum District travel guide

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Nightlife · Beaches · Castles
St.-Tropez of Turkey
Elegant Bodrum is a district and port city, watched over by its 15th-century seaside castle and is home to the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Formerly a simple fishing village, the town flourished after writer Kabaağaçlı put the city on the map: exiled here in 1925, he adopted the pen name, "The Fisherman of Halicarnassus"--an allusion to the city's name in aniquity. Today this seaside vacation spot charms visitors with a glittering marina, flower-filled cafes, palm-lined promenades, and a host of seafood restaurants. The serene simplicity that caught Kabaağaçlı's eye has since attracted other artists, giving Bodrum a sophistication that sets it apart from other coastal towns.