23 days in Italy Itinerary

23 days in Italy Itinerary

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23 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  26​h
1
Rome
— 1 day
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
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Portofino
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Catania
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Rome
— Few hours
Fly:  26​h
End: Brisbane

1
day
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 7th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Colle Aventino, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa del Gesu, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome online tour 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. While traveling from Brisbane, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rome, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ascoli Piceno.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Colle Aventino ©
Colle Aventino
Piazza Navona ©
Piazza Navona
Church of St. Louis of the French ©
Church of St. Louis of the French

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 8th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Scopa, make a trip to Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo, then make a trip to Piazza del Popolo, then explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Civica di Ascoli Piceno, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza Arringo. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Ponte di Cecco, contemplate the long history of Forte Malatesta, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Vincenzo e Anastasio, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Ventidio Basso.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ascoli Piceno online day trip planner .

You can drive from Rome to Ascoli Piceno in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lucca.

Things to do in Ascoli Piceno

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Chiesa della Scopa ©
Chiesa della Scopa
San Vincenzo e Anastasio ©
San Vincenzo e Anastasio
Forte Malatesta ©
Forte Malatesta

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.
Get some cultural insight at Duomo di Pisa and Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica of San Frediano and Camposanto. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lucca: Centro Storico del Paese di Tellaro (in Tellaro), Duomo di San Cristoforo (in Barga) and Basilica romanica di San Piero a Grado (in Pisa). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Michele in Foro, see the interesting displays at Puccini Museum - Casa Natale, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Guinigi, and get to know the fascinating history of Santuario di Santa Gemma Galgani.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lucca day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Ascoli Piceno to Lucca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, daytime highs in Lucca are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Montecatini Terme.

Things to do in Lucca

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Pisa, Centro Storico del Paese di Tellaro, Duomo di San Cristoforo
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Montecatini Alto and Poggio al Bosco. Get some cultural insight at Barberino Val d'Elsa and Via del Borgo o degli Asini. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montecatini Terme: Castello dei Vicari (in Lari), Volterra (Piazza dei Priori & Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta) and Sacro Monte San Vivaldo (in San Vivaldo). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico di Buggiano, Head underground at Grotta Maona, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Zeno, and walk around Parco delle Terme di Montecatini.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Montecatini Terme route maker tool .

Montecatini Terme is just a stone's throw from Lucca. September in Montecatini Terme sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Portofino.

Things to do in Montecatini Terme

Historic Sites Wineries Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Volterra, Barberino Val d'Elsa, Cathedral of Saint Zeno, Poggio al Bosco, Via del Borgo o degli Asini
Highlights from your plan
Poggio al Bosco ©
Poggio al Bosco
Sacro Monte San Vivaldo ©
Sacro Monte San Vivaldo
Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta

2
nights
Portofino

Portofino ©
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. On the 18th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Giorgio, enjoy the sea views from Faro di Portofino, explore the historical opulence of Castello Brown, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Margherita d'Antiochia - Santuario di Nostra Signora della Rosa, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Parrocchia Di San Martino. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Baia di Paraggi, take in the exciting artwork at Galleria d'Arte Portofino, and then go for a stroll along the water at Marina di Portofino.

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Getting from Montecatini Terme to Portofino by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Montecatini Terme in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in Portofino. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Catania.

Things to do in Portofino

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Margherita Ligure
Highlights from your plan
Church of San Giorgio ©
Church of San Giorgio
Castello Brown ©
Castello Brown
Faro di Portofino ©
Faro di Portofino

7
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.
Get outdoors at Cavagrande del Cassibile and Riserva Naturale Orientata Cavagrande del Cassibile. Explore hidden gems such as Piazza Duomo and Gambino Vini. Explore Catania's surroundings by going to Castillo de Castelmola (in Castelmola), Syracuse (Chiesa di San Filippo Apostolo & Chiesa di San Giovanni Alle Catacombe) and Etna Donkey Trekking (in Linguaglossa). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Castello Normanno, get engrossed in the history at Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943, and ponder the design of Fontana dell'Amenano.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Catania travel route site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Portofino to Catania in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of ferry and car. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Catania

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Noto, Syracuse, Linguaglossa, Castello Normanno, Basilica di San Sebastiano
Highlights from your plan
Piazza Duomo ©
Piazza Duomo
Etna Donkey Trekking ©
Etna Donkey Trekking
St. Nicholas Cathedral ©
St. Nicholas Cathedral

few
hours
Rome

Rome
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You can fly from Catania to Rome in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. You'll set off for home on the 26th (Sat).

Things to do in Rome

Tours Historic Sites Nightlife

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