26 days in Italy Itinerary

26 days in Italy Itinerary

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26 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Venice
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Cinque Terre
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Pisa
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
4
Positano
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Rome
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Florence
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Ostia Antica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Siena
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Tram + Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Ottawa

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Canal Grande and Ponte di Rialto. Change things up with a short trip to Arena di Verona in Verona (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, get a new perspective on things with Like a Venetian, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and contemplate the waterfront views at Canale di Cannaregio.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Venice road trip site.

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. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ottawa in June, with highs in Venice at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Arena di Verona
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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.
Vernazza has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take a stroll around Vernazza, trek along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, then stroll through Il Sentiero da Levanto a Monterosso, and finally hike along Cinque Terre Trails. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Groppo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Baia del Silenzio, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Genoa.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Venice to Cinque Terre takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Cinque Terre, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Pisa.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Genoa, Baia del Silenzio
Highlights from your plan
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Aquarium of Genoa ©
Aquarium of Genoa
Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails

4
nights
Pisa

Pisa ©
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bagno Maurizio and Le mura di Lucca. Venture out of the city with trips to Canyon Park (in Bagni di Lucca) and Lucca (Torre Guinigi & Piazza Anfiteatro). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Leaning Tower of Pisa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Pisa, appreciate the extensive heritage of Knights’ Square, and admire the landmark architecture of St Martin Cathedral.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Pisa day trip site.

You can take a train from Cinque Terre to Pisa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Pisa are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Positano.

Things to do in Pisa

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Lucca, Bagno Maurizio, Canyon Park
Highlights from your plan
Canyon Park ©
Canyon Park
Bagno Maurizio ©
Bagno Maurizio
Le mura di Lucca ©
Le mura di Lucca

3
nights
Positano

Positano ©
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Family-friendly places like Fornillo and Spiaggia Grande will thrill your kids. Explore Positano's surroundings by going to Duomo di Sant'Andrea (in Amalfi) and Villa Cimbrone Gardens (in Ravello). The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, steep yourself in history at Church of Santa Maria Assunta, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and take some stellar pictures from Il Sentiero Degli Dei.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Positano holiday website .

You can drive from Pisa to Positano in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, train, and subway; or do a combination of train and subway. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Positano when traveling from Pisa in July, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Rome.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Villa Cimbrone Gardens, Duomo di Sant'Andrea
Highlights from your plan
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Fishing Charters & Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Trastevere as well as Campo de' Fiori. Kids will appreciate attractions like Colosseum and Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo. There's still lots to do: ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, have fun and explore at Welcome to Rome, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Positano to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

3
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Boboli Gardens. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, and take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary planning app.

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Florence, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ostia Antica.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto
The Boboli Gardens ©
The Boboli Gardens

3
nights
Ostia Antica

Ostia Antica ©
Ostia Antica is a large archeological site, close to the modern suburb of Ostia, that was the location of the harbour city of ancient Rome, which is approximately 30km to the northeast. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Zoomarine and then explore the ancient world of Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Riserva Naturale di Tor Caldara, stroll the grounds of Sicily Rome American Cemetery and Memorial, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Caetani, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo C’era Una Volta.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ostia Antica online driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Ostia Antica in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Ostia Antica can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Siena.

Things to do in Ostia Antica

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Sermoneta, Lido di Ostia, Riserva Naturale di Tor Caldara, Zoomarine, Sicily Rome American Cemetery and Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica ©
Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica
Zoomarine ©
Zoomarine
Piccolo Zoo ©
Piccolo Zoo

3
nights
Siena

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Basilica di San Clemente in Santa Maria dei Servi has been added to your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Fosso Bianco - Bagni San Filippo in Bagni di San Filippo (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Piazza del Campo, contemplate the long history of Centro Storico di Siena, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di S.Agostino, and explore the engaging exhibits at Museo di Storia Naturale dell'Accademia dei Fisiocritici.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Siena online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Ostia Antica to Siena takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Siena can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Fosso Bianco - Bagni San Filippo
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fosso Bianco - Bagni San Filippo ©
Fosso Bianco - Bagni San Filippo

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