22 days in Italy Itinerary

22 days in Italy Itinerary

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22 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  26 h
1
Rome
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Ascoli Piceno
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Lucca
— 5 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Montecatini Terme
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Catania
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Palermo
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
7
Rome
— 3 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Brisbane

few
hours
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clement Basilica and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Rome travel itinerary planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Rome is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Rome is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Brisbane in September, expect nights in Rome to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ascoli Piceno.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
St. Clement Basilica ©
St. Clement Basilica
Santa Maria in Trastevere ©
Santa Maria in Trastevere

2
nights
Ascoli Piceno

Ascoli Piceno ©
Home to more than 200 towers during the Middle Ages, Ascoli Piceno has one of the most beautiful main plazas in Italy.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the views from Ponte di Cecco and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Vincenzo e Anastasio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa della Scopa, examine the collection at Musei della Cartiera Papale, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Francesco, then make a trip to Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo, and finally make a trip to Piazza del Popolo.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ascoli Piceno online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Rome to Ascoli Piceno in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lucca.

Things to do in Ascoli Piceno

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Vincenzo e Anastasio ©
San Vincenzo e Anastasio
Saint Francesco ©
Saint Francesco
Chiesa della Scopa ©
Chiesa della Scopa

5
nights
Lucca

Lucca ©
Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
Duomo di Pisa and Palazzo Pfanner are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilica of San Frediano and St Martin Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Lucca: Pisa (Basilica romanica di San Piero a Grado & Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina), Duomo di San Cristoforo (in Barga) and Santuario di Montenero (in Livorno). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Michele in Foro, make a trip to Torre delle Ore, explore the world behind art at Museo di Arte Contemporanea Lu.C.C.A. - Lucca Center of Contemporary Art, and steep yourself in history at Le mura di Lucca.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lucca road trip tool .

Getting from Ascoli Piceno to Lucca by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Lucca can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Montecatini Terme.

Things to do in Lucca

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Pisa, Duomo di San Cristoforo, Santuario di Montenero
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of San Frediano ©
Basilica of San Frediano
Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina

3
nights
Montecatini Terme

Montecatini Terme ©
Montecatini Terme is an Italian municipality of 21,095 inhabitants within the province of Pistoia in Tuscany, Italy. Get some historical perspective at Sacro Monte San Vivaldo and Centro Storico Montecarlo. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Montecatini Alto and Poggio al Bosco. Explore Montecatini Terme's surroundings by going to Piazza dei Priori (in Volterra), Azienda Agricola San Quirico (in San Gimignano) and Castello di Montefioralle (in Greve in Chianti). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico di Buggiano, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Zeno, Head underground at Grotta Maona, and stroll around Parco delle Terme di Montecatini.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Montecatini Terme tour itinerary planner.

Montecatini Terme is very close to Lucca. In September, daily temperatures in Montecatini Terme can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Catania.

Things to do in Montecatini Terme

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Centro Storico Montecarlo, Cathedral of Saint Zeno, Sacro Monte San Vivaldo, La Pieve di San Leonardo, Azienda Agricola San Quirico
Highlights from your plan
Poggio al Bosco ©
Poggio al Bosco
Sacro Monte San Vivaldo ©
Sacro Monte San Vivaldo
Azienda Agricola San Quirico ©
Azienda Agricola San Quirico

3
nights
Catania

Catania ©
The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Piazza Duomo and Parco Archeologico Greco Romano di Catania. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chiesa Santa Chiara and Corso Vittorio Emanuele III. The adventure continues: make a trip to Via Etnea, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa San Benedetto, admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Biscari, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Francesco Borgia.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Catania trip builder.

Fly from Montecatini Terme to Catania in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Palermo.

Things to do in Catania

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Noto, Basilica di San Sebastiano
Highlights from your plan
Piazza Duomo ©
Piazza Duomo
Corso Vittorio Emanuele III ©
Corso Vittorio Emanuele III

3
nights
Palermo

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Popular historic sites such as Duomo di Monreale and Chiostro dei Benedettini are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cattedrale di Palermo and Chiesa di S. Domenico e Chiostro. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Nobile e Monumentale Chiesa dell'Immacolata Concezione al Capo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oratorio del Rosario di San Domenico, admire the landmark architecture of Church of San Francesco of Assisi -Chiesa di San Francesco d'Assisi, and contemplate the long history of Palazzo Branciforte.

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

Getting from Catania to Palermo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Monreale
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Monreale ©
Duomo di Monreale
Cattedrale di Palermo ©
Cattedrale di Palermo
Chiostro dei Benedettini ©
Chiostro dei Benedettini

3
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Piazza Navona and Duomo di Orvieto. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Pozzo di San Patrizio (in Orvieto) and Necropoli di Tarquinia (in Tarquinia). See some other sides of Rome: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, get to know the fascinating history of Colle Aventino, and make a trip to Vatican Necropolis.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rome trip maker website .

You can fly from Palermo to Rome in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. You will leave for home on the 26th (Sat).

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vatican City, Orvieto, Necropoli di Tarquinia
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli ©
Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

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