30 days in Italy Itinerary

30 days in Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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Venice
— 4 nights
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Verona
— 2 nights
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Bologna
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Spezia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Florence
— 5 nights
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Rome
— 7 nights
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Naples
— 5 nights
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Venice

— 4 nights

City of Romance

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Piazza San Marco and Scrovegni Chapel. Get some historical perspective at Doge's Palace and Basilica of St. Anthony. Step out of Venice with an excursion to Caffe Pedrocchi in Padua--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, and take a stroll through Cannaregio.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice trip itinerary planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Venice is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Cape Town in September, with highs in Venice at 29°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nightlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Verona

— 2 nights

City of Romeo and Juliet

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Museo di Castelvecchio and Grotte di Catullo. Piazzale Castel San Pietro and Castello Scaligero are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Anastasia, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in panoramic vistas at Torre dei Lamberti, and admire the masterpieces at AMO - Arena Museo Opera.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Verona trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. September in Verona sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Verona

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

Bologna

— 2 nights

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
You've now added Cook Italy to your itinerary. On the 15th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Domenico, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Petronio, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, then enjoy breathtaking views from Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, and finally indulge your taste buds at Cook Italy. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giacomo Maggiore, don't miss a visit to Piazza Maggiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Via delle Volte, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello Estense.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bologna planner.

Traveling by train from Verona to Bologna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to La Spezia.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Tours · Classes

Side Trip

La Spezia

— 2 nights
La Spezia, at the head of the Gulf of La Spezia in the Liguria region of Northern Italy, is the capital city of the province of La Spezia.In terms of population, La Spezia is the second city in the Liguria region, preceded just by Genoa. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Baia del Silenzio and then explore and take pictures at Cinque Terre Trails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the La Spezia journey site.

Traveling by car from Bologna to La Spezia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in La Spezia, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Florence.

Things to do in La Spezia

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Florence

— 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You've added Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, Campanile di Giotto, Food Tours, and other attractions to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Piazzale Michelangelo and Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Visit Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Baptistery of St. John for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Siena (Casa di Santa Caterina & Take Me Out in Tuscany). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and get a sense of history and politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence road trip planning website.

You can drive from La Spezia to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daytime highs in Florence are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Rome

— 7 nights

Eternal City

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 Spanish Steps as well as Free Bike Tours Rome. Get outdoors at Colle del Gianicolo and Esquilino. Visit Colosseum and Piazza Navona for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Villa Adriana in Tivoli (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip itinerary builder website.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Rome are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Naples

— 5 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Get a sense of the local culture at Pompeii Archaeological Park and Villa Rufolo. Get in touch with nature at Fornillo and Exclusive Cruises. Explore Naples' surroundings by going to Duomo di Sant'Andrea (in Amalfi), Villa dei Misteri (in Pompeii) and Ravello (Duomo di Ravello & Villa Cimbrone Gardens). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, pause for some serene contemplation at Cloister of Santa Chiara, get to know the fascinating history of Underground Naples, and explore the galleries of Museo Cappella Sansevero.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Naples online travel planner.

Take a train from Rome to Naples in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. September in Naples sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Transportation

Side Trips

Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.