21 days in Italy & France Itinerary

21 days in Italy & France Itinerary

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Venice, Italy
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Rome, Italy
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Lampedusa, Italy
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Taormina, Italy
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San Teodoro, Italy
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Toulouse, France
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Bayeux, France
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Paris, France
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Venice, Italy

— 1 night

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.
On the 21st (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, then identify plant and animal life at Lio Piccolo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli, and finally add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to The Gritti Epicurean School and then admire the striking features of Ca' Zenobio degli Armeni.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Venice trip itinerary planner.

Tallinn, Estonia to Venice is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Tallinn to Venice is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Tallinn in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Venice: highs are around 36°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parasailing & Paragliding and Gelateria Panna e Liquirizia. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Palazzo Colonna - Galleria Colonna, stroll the grounds of Vatican Necropolis, admire the local landmark of Barcaccia Fountain, and have fun and explore at Welcome to Rome.

To see ratings and more tourist information, use the Rome tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Rome takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July in Rome, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Lampedusa.

Things to do in Rome

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

Side Trips

Lampedusa, Italy

— 1 night
Italy's southernmost territory, Lampedusa, is known for its turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and island charm.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Archivio Storico Lampedusa, then head outdoors with Mare Morto, then don't miss a visit to Cala Calandra, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Centro Recupero Tartarughe Marine.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lampedusa trip maker app.

Getting from Rome to Lampedusa by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. When traveling from Rome in July, plan for slightly colder days in Lampedusa, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Taormina.

Things to do in Lampedusa

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Taormina, Italy

— 1 night
With its warm island weather and cliffside location overlooking the Ionion Sea, Taormina has been one of Sicily's most popular getaway destinations since the early 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa del Varo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lido La Dolce Vita, then get a new perspective on things with Antonio - Escursioni in Barca, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Etna Wild.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Taormina travel route builder.

Traveling by flight from Lampedusa to Taormina takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Lampedusa in July, you will find days in Taormina are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to San Teodoro.

Things to do in Taormina

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

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San Teodoro, Italy

— 1 night
A chance to sip cocktails at swanky beach bars by day and experience the vibrant club scene by night makes San Tedoro vacations extremely popular.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stroll through Maneggio La Cinta, and then head outdoors with Nata Libera.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Teodoro holiday planner.

You can fly from Taormina to San Teodoro in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Taormina in July, plan for slightly colder nights in San Teodoro, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Toulouse.

Things to do in San Teodoro

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

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Toulouse, France

— 4 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mirepoix and Atlantide Plongee. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Toulouse: Mirepoix (Place des Couverts & Bastide de Mirepoix). Pack the 1st (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Safari Kids. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Musee du Vieux-Toulouse, admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Grand Rond, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and walk around Jardin Raymond VI.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Toulouse trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Teodoro to Toulouse takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from San Teodoro in July, you will find days in Toulouse are little chillier (33°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Toulouse

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Bayeux, France

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at D-Day Monument and Ferme pedagogique de OUEZY - CANON. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Jardins du Chateau de Canon (in Mezidon-Canon) and Normandy Victory Museum (in Saint Hilaire Petitville). The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Ferme de la Haizerie, take in the history at Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours, walk around Jardin Public de Bayeux, and indulge your taste buds at Cave Cidricole Lecornu.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bayeux online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Toulouse to Bayeux takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Toulouse in August, with highs in Bayeux at 26°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 5 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Discover out-of-the-way places like La Grande Cascade and Quartier de l'Opera. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Eglise du Dome, make a trip to Pont-Neuf, admire the local landmark of Les Jardins du Trocadero, and take a stroll through Quartier Montparnasse.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris travel route planning tool.

You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Paris sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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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.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Normandy travel guide

4.6
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Gardens
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.