22 days in Italy Itinerary

22 days in Italy Itinerary

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22 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Lucca
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
2
Cinque Terre
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
San Gimignano
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Florence
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Bologna
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
6
Verona
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
7
Venice
— 6 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Cape Town


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1
day
Lucca

Lucca ©
Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Palazzo Pfanner, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of San Frediano, then see the interesting displays at Chiesa e Battistero di San Giovanni e Santa Reparata, and finally steep yourself in history at St Martin Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Lucca trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Lucca is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Cape Town to Lucca, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cape Town in July, plan for much warmer days in Lucca, with highs around 35°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Lucca

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo Pfanner ©
Palazzo Pfanner
Basilica of San Frediano ©
Basilica of San Frediano
St Martin Cathedral ©
St Martin Cathedral

3
nights
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Step out of the city life by going to Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza and Cinque Terre Trails. Step off the beaten path and head to Vernazza and Castello Doria. Change things up with these side-trips from Cinque Terre: Levanto to Monterosso Trail (in Levanto) and Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello (in Genoa). There's still lots to do: hike along Sentiero Monterosso - Vernazza, stop by Fannys Bazar, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, and admire the landmark architecture of Chiesa Di San Pietro.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cinque Terre holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Lucca to Cinque Terre in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello, Levanto to Monterosso Trail
Highlights from your plan
Vernazza ©
Vernazza
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello ©

1
night
San Gimignano

San Gimignano ©
A historical gem in the heart of Tuscany, San Gimignano is known as the Town of Fine Towers for its jutting skyline of high city walls.
On the 5th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of San Gimignano, take in the exciting artwork at La Bottega del Sale di Duccio Nacci photographer, take an in-depth tour of Torre e Casa Campatelli, then steep yourself in history at Torre Grossa, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Balducci Ceramics.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Gimignano trip planning site .

You can drive from Cinque Terre to San Gimignano in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. In July, daytime highs in San Gimignano are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Florence.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Torre e Casa Campatelli ©
Torre e Casa Campatelli
Balducci Ceramics ©
Balducci Ceramics

4
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pitti Palace and Loggia dei Lanzi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Anghiari (in Anghiari) and Cortona (La Torena Arte & Eremo Le Celle). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and look for gifts at Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella.

To find out how to plan a trip to Florence, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from San Gimignano to Florence in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Florence are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Cortona, Anghiari
Highlights from your plan
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

3
nights
Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Museo Ducati and Museo Europeo degli Studenti - MEUS will appeal to museum buffs. Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano and Basilica di San Domenico are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Bologna with a short trip to Altamarea Beach Village in Cattolica, about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at La Macchina del Tempo, contemplate the long history of Piazza Maggiore, explore the world behind art at Museo di Palazzo Poggi, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria dei Servi Bologna.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bologna trip planner .

Take a train from Florence to Bologna in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Bologna can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Altamarea Beach Village, Museo Ducati
Highlights from your plan
Museo Ducati ©
Museo Ducati
Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano ©
Basilica di San Domenico ©
Basilica di San Domenico

3
nights
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.
Appreciate the collections at Museo Storico Italiano della Guerra and Casa di Giulietta. Piazza dei Signori and Arena di Verona are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Parco Naturalistico delle Cascate-Family, wander the streets of Piazza delle Erbe, pause for some serene contemplation at Cappella dei Notai, and admire the striking features of Arche Scaligere.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Verona trip tool .

Getting from Bologna to Verona by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lago di Ledro, Museo Storico Italiano della Guerra
Highlights from your plan
Lago di Ledro ©
Lago di Ledro
Museo Storico Italiano della Guerra ©

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and Civico Museo della Risiera di San Sabba. You'll explore and learn at Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Venture out of the city with trips to Basilica di Aquileia (in Aquileia) and La Cinta Muraria - Camminamento di Ronda (in Cittadella). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, hunt for treasures at Mercati di Rialto, contemplate the long history of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Venice route planning app .

You can take a bus from Verona to Venice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Basilica di Aquileia, Civico Museo della Risiera di San Sabba, La Cinta Muraria - Camminamento di Ronda
Highlights from your plan
La Cinta Muraria - Camminamento di Ronda ©
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Civico Museo della Risiera di San Sabba ©

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