21 days in Abu Dhabi & Italy Itinerary

21 days in Abu Dhabi & Italy Itinerary

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21 days in Abu Dhabi & Italy Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Train + Fly:  13​h 15​min
2
Pompeii, Italy
— 1 night
Bus:  30​min
3
Naples, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h
5
Tivoli, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
7
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
8
Bologna, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
nights
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi ©
Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
Relax by the water at Corniche Beach and Saadiyat Public Beach. Let the collections at Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum and Louvre Abu Dhabi capture your imagination. Go for a jaunt from Abu Dhabi to Al Ain to see Al Ain National Museum about 2 hours away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center, get engrossed in the history at Qasr Al Hosn, browse the different shops at Marina Mall, and don't miss a visit to The Corniche.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Abu Dhabi sightseeing site .

Melbourne, Australia to Abu Dhabi is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Melbourne to Abu Dhabi, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in August, things will get much warmer in Abu Dhabi: highs are around 50°C and lows about 37°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Tue) before leaving for Pompeii.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Museums Outdoors Beaches

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Al Ain
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Bur Dubai Grand Mosque ©
Bur Dubai Grand Mosque
Heritage Village ©
Heritage Village
Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum ©
Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum

1
night
Pompeii, Italy

Pompeii ©
Pompeii has been a tourist destination for more than 250 years.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pontificio Santuario della Beata Maria Vergine del Santo Rosario di Pompei, steep yourself in history at Villa dei Misteri, then explore the ancient world of Pompeii Archaeological Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Vesuviano Giovan Battista Alfano.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Pompeii online itinerary builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Abu Dhabi to Pompeii. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. While traveling from Abu Dhabi, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Pompeii, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Naples.

Things to do in Pompeii

Historic Sites Museums
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1
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Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. On the 29th (Thu), go for a stroll along the water at Santa Lucia, then wander the streets of Chiaia, and then get to know the fascinating history of Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Naples using our trip planner.

Naples is very close to Pompeii. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Rome.

Things to do in Naples

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Chiaia ©
Chiaia
Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli ©
Santa Lucia ©
Santa Lucia

4
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Let the collections at Museo Nazionale delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolari and Museo Nazionale dell'Alto Medioevo capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Sicily Rome American Cemetery and Memorial and Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Stabilimento Balneare le Palme, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico Luigi Pigorini, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parrocchia Santa Maria del Carmelo, and tour the pleasant surroundings at V Lounge Beach Club.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome tour builder website .

Take a train from Naples to Rome in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Tivoli.

Things to do in Rome

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica, Sicily Rome American Cemetery and Memorial
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1
night
Tivoli, Italy

Tivoli ©
Tivoli is a town and comune in Lazio, central Italy, about 30km east-north-east of Rome, at the falls of the Aniene river where it issues from the Sabine hills. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Ferrovia-Museo della Stazione, then don't miss a visit to Villa Adriana, then admire the natural beauty at Parco Villa Gregoriana, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Villa d'Este.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tivoli trip planner .

You can take a train from Rome to Tivoli in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Tivoli are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Tivoli

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Ferrovia-Museo della Stazione
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Villa Adriana ©
Villa Adriana
Villa d'Este ©
Villa d'Este
Ferrovia-Museo della Stazione ©
Ferrovia-Museo della Stazione

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nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 3rd (Tue), steep yourself in history at Centro Storico di Siena, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Siena Cathedral, and then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Monteriggioni. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, then get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Florence vacation planner.

Drive from Tivoli to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In September in Florence, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 5th (Thu), you're off toMilan.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Siena, Castello di Monteriggioni
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Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico ©
Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico
Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana ©
Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana

2
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro and then do a tasting at Enoteca Bolis. On your second day here, examine the collection at Universita di Pavia - Sistema Museale di Ateneo, see the interesting displays at Castello Visconteo - Musei Civici, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica San Michele Maggiore, and finally take in the views from Ponte Coperto.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Milan trip app .

Traveling by train from Florence to Milan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Bologna.

Things to do in Milan

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Pavia
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nights
Bologna, Italy

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Rocchetta Mattei, then examine the collection at Museo della Pieve del Tho, and then examine the collection at Musei San Domenico. Here are some ideas for day two: cool off at Villaggio della Salute Più.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bologna online travel planner .

You can take a train from Milan to Bologna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Bologna can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 9th (Mon), you're off toVenice.

Things to do in Bologna

Theme Parks Spas Museums

Side Trips

Villaggio della Salute Più, Rocchetta Mattei, Musei San Domenico, Chiesa di Pieve Tho
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Villaggio della Salute Più ©
Villaggio della Salute Più
Rocchetta Mattei ©
Rocchetta Mattei
Musei San Domenico ©
Musei San Domenico

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Venice, Italy

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Battistero del Duomo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant’Antonio, and then learn more about the world around you at MAAAP Museo Archeologico Ambientale delle Acque di Padova.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Venice trip planner .

You can drive from Bologna to Venice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Venice sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

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Padua
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Basilica di Sant’Antonio ©
Basilica di Sant’Antonio
Museo Antoniano ©
Museo Antoniano

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