20 days in Italy Itinerary

20 days in Italy Itinerary

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20 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Venice
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Verona
— Few hours
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Florence
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome
— 4 nights
Bus:  2​h 30​min
5
L'Aquila
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h
End: Ottawa


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3
nights
Venice

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Photography Tours and Centro Storico di Venezia. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in panoramic vistas at Torre dell'Orologio, don't miss a visit to Scala Contarini del Bovolo, and browse the exhibits of Doge's Palace.

Plan trip to Venice with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Ottawa, Canada to Venice is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Ottawa to Venice, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ottawa in August: high temperatures in Venice hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Fri) before leaving for Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Photography Tours

few
hours
Verona

Verona ©
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 28th (Fri), examine the collection at Casa di Giulietta, then take in the views from Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio), and then see the grandeur of opera at Arena di Verona.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Verona day trip tool .

Traveling by bus from Venice to Verona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August in Verona, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Verona

Nightlife Museums Historic Sites
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Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Casa di Giulietta ©
Casa di Giulietta

5
nights
Florence

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyon Park and Walking tours. Change things up with a short trip to Piazza Anfiteatro in Lucca (about 1h 25 min away). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Florence trip maker app .

Traveling by train from Verona to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Florence, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Historic Sites Adventure

Side Trips

Piazza Anfiteatro, Canyon Park
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Food Tours
Canyon Park ©
Canyon Park
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico

4
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rome: Duomo di Orvieto (in Orvieto) and Giardino dei Tarocchi (in Pescia Fiorentina). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls, and appreciate the history behind La Pieta.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Rome online visit planner .

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to L'Aquila.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Tours Fun & Games

Side Trips

Vatican City, Duomo di Orvieto, Giardino dei Tarocchi
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

6
nights
L'Aquila

L'Aquila ©
L'Aquila is a city and comune in Southern Italy, both the capital city of the Abruzzo region and of the Province of L'Aquila., it has a population of 70,967 inhabitants. L'Aquila is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Santa Maria ad Cryptas.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the L'Aquila planner .

Traveling by bus from Rome to L'Aquila takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in L'Aquila sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sat) before leaving for home.
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Santa Maria ad Cryptas ©
Santa Maria ad Cryptas

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