21 days in Italy & Croatia Itinerary

21 days in Italy & Croatia Itinerary

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Fly to Naples International Airport, Drive to Maiori
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Maiori, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Positano, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Siena, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly to Split, Ferry to Hvar
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Hvar, Croatia
— 3 nights
Taxi to Stari Grad, Ferry to Korcula Town
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Korcula Town, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry

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Maiori, Italy

— 2 nights
Maiori is a town and comune on the Amalfi coast in the province of Salerno . Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Valle delle Ferriere, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parrocchia San Giovanni, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, then see the interesting displays at Museo della Carta, and finally don't miss a visit to Fontana Cap e Ciuccio. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Domenico, examine the collection at Museo d'Arte Sacra "Don C. Confalone", and then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Francesco.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Maiori tour itinerary maker site.

Cape Town, South Africa to Maiori is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Cape Town in December: highs in Maiori hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Positano.

Things to do in Maiori

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Positano, Italy

— 2 nights
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Santa Maria Assunta.

To find photos and more tourist information, use the Positano trip planner.

Traveling by car from Maiori to Positano takes 1.5 hours. In December in Positano, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rome.

Things to do in Positano

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Rome, Italy

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then pause for some photo ops at La Pieta, and finally admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rome trip planner.

Drive from Positano to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Positano in December since evenings lows in Rome dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Siena.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Siena, Italy

— 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
On the 22nd (Wed), don't miss a visit to Centro Storico di Siena, then make a trip to Piazza del Campo, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero di San Giovanni. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Cappelleria Bertacchi, take in panoramic vistas at Torre del Mangia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, then ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Siena road trip planning tool.

Getting from Rome to Siena by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Florence, Italy

— 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 24th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, contemplate the long history of L’importuno di Michelangelo, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Florence road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Siena to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Florence are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Venice, Italy

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Padua (Basilica of St. Anthony, Chiesa degli Eremitani, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, browse the exhibits of Doge's Palace, and enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Venice trip builder tool.

Getting from Florence to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in December, things will get little chillier in Venice: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Hvar, Croatia

— 3 nights

Croatian St. Tropez

The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
Hvar is known for adventure, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the sky in a new way at Fort Napoljun - Napolean, awaken your taste buds at Hvar Tours, relax and rejuvenate at Massage Studio Pharos, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Holy Spirit.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hvar tour itinerary planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Venice to Hvar in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, Hvar is somewhat warmer than Venice - with highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Hvar

Historic Sites · Wineries · Spas · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Korcula Town, Croatia

— 2 nights
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): make a trip to Atelier Abel, look for gifts at Bags by Kristina, make a trip to Zakerja Tower, then make a trip to Kula Morska Vrata, then view the masterpieces at Vapor gallery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mark's Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with Croatia Divers Vela Luka, then get engrossed in the history at Ethno Museum Barilo, then don't miss a visit to Forteca, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sveti Mihovil.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Korcula Town online road trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Hvar to Korcula Town in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): wander the streets of Old Town and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Fort Lovrijenac, then brush up on your military savvy at Museum of Croatian War of Independence, then look for gifts at Clara Stones, and finally take an in-depth tour of War Photo Limited.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik visit planning app.

You can ride a ferry from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Italy travel guide

4.6
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.

Tuscany travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.

Croatia travel guide

4.4
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.