20 days in Italy Itinerary

20 days in Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe tour planner

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Venice
— 2 nights
Drive
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Verona
Drive
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San Felice del Benaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mandello del Lario
— 1 night
Drive
5
Cernobbio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Portofino
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cinque Terre
— 1 night
Drive
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Florence
— 2 nights
Drive
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Siena
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vatican City
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Rome
— 2 nights
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Venice

— 2 nights

City of Romance

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, make a trip to Basilica di San Marco, and then steep yourself in history at Peggy Guggenheim Collection. On your second day here, explore the activities along Canal Grande, contemplate the long history of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, make a trip to Piazza San Marco, then admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, and finally take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Venice sightseeing app.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Venice is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Dubai in April, things will get much colder in Venice: highs are around 21°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Verona

City of Romeo and Juliet

The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
On the 10th (Sun), see the grandeur of opera at Arena di Verona, contemplate the long history of Piazza delle Erbe, take in panoramic vistas at Torre dei Lamberti, then admire the striking features of Casa di Giulietta, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Verona trip itinerary app.

Drive from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Verona can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Felice del Benaco.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Nightlife

San Felice del Benaco

— 2 nights
San Felice del Benaco is a comune in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy, northern Italy. On the 10th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Parrocchiale dei Santi Felice.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Felice del Benaco trip maker.

Getting from Verona to San Felice del Benaco by car takes about an hour. In April in San Felice del Benaco, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Mandello del Lario.

Things to do in San Felice del Benaco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mandello del Lario

— 1 night
Mandello del Lario is an Italian town and comune in the province of Lecco, in Lombardy, on the Como Lake.Since 1921, Mandello del Lario has been home to Moto Guzzi—the Italian motorcycle manufacturer, now a subsidiary of Piaggio & Co. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio, admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Vezio, explore the stunning scenery at Orrido di Bellano, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbazia Cluniacense di Santa Maria di Piona, and finally learn about all things military at Forte Montecchio Nord. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giorgio, hike along Sentiero del Viandante, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Como.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mandello del Lario attractions planner.

You can drive from San Felice del Benaco to Mandello del Lario in 2.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Mandello del Lario can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Cernobbio.

Things to do in Mandello del Lario

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Cernobbio

— 3 nights
Cernobbio is a comune (municipality) in the province of Como, Lombardy, northern Italy. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Greenway del Lago di Como, admire the striking features of Villa del Balbianello, and then trek along Sentee di Sort. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Il Giardino della Valle, view the masterpieces at Chiosco Villa Carlotta, then take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Carlotta, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Lorenzo a Tremezzo.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cernobbio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mandello del Lario to Cernobbio takes 1.5 hours. In April in Cernobbio, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Portofino.

Things to do in Cernobbio

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Portofino

— 2 nights
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): make a trip to Piazza Martiri Dell'Olivetta, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, step into the grandiose world of Castello Brown, then enjoy the sea views from Faro di Portofino, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Giorgio, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria d'Arte Portofino. Keep things going the next day: take in the waterfront activity at Marina di Portofino, then identify plant and animal life at Area Marina Protetta Portofino, then admire the landmark architecture of Oratorio di Nostra Signora Assunta, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parrocchia Di San Martino.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Portofino trip planning tool.

Getting from Cernobbio to Portofino by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Cernobbio in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 14°C in Portofino. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Portofino

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Cinque Terre

— 1 night

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): hike along Cinque Terre Trails, take some stellar pictures from View Point Corniglia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, then hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, and finally take a stroll around Vernazza. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Oratorio della Cofradia dei Bianchi o de Santa Croce.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Portofino to Cinque Terre takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Portofino in April, expect little chillier with lows of 9°C in Cinque Terre. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Trails

Florence

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 20th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Florence holiday planner.

Getting from Cinque Terre to Florence by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Siena.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Historic Sites

Siena

— 3 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Get out of town with these interesting Siena side-trips: Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino) and San Gimignano (Torre Grossa & Guardastelle Vineyard). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Piazza del Campo, browse the collection at Biblioteca Piccolomini, take in panoramic vistas at Torre del Mangia, and browse the exhibits of Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Siena online holiday maker.

Getting from Florence to Siena by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Vatican City.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City

City of Seven Hills

Covering 44 hectares (110 acres) in the city center of Rome, the wall-enclosed sovereign state of Vatican City is one of the most famous religious sites worldwide, serving as the papal residence and home of the Roman Catholic church.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums and then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Vatican City trip planner.

You can drive from Siena to Vatican City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Vatican City can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rome.

Things to do in Vatican City

Historic Sites · Museums

Rome

— 2 nights

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 24th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Roman Forum. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rome travel route planning app.

Rome is just a short distance from Vatican City. In April in Rome, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
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.

Lake Como travel guide

4.2
Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."

Tuscany travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Art Museums · Historic Walking Areas
Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.