31 days in Italy & Dubai Itinerary

31 days in Italy & Dubai Itinerary

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31 days in Italy & Dubai Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  24​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Bologna, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Naples, Italy
— 6 nights
ferry:  1​h
7
Sorrento, Italy
— 3 nights
subway + train:  2​h 45​min
8
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
9
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Sydney, Australia

5
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rome driving holiday planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Rome is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Rome. Traveling from Sydney in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 11°C in Rome. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Go for a jaunt from Florence to Pisa to see Leaning Tower of Pisa about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, and admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Florence sightseeing planner .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Leaning Tower of Pisa
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

2
nights
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Genoa, then stop by Fannys Bazar, and then trek along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cinque Terre trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Florence to Cinque Terre in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April in Cinque Terre, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bologna.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Aquarium of Genoa, Portovenere
Highlights from your plan
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Aquarium of Genoa ©
Aquarium of Genoa
Vernazza ©
Vernazza

2
nights
Bologna, Italy

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
On the 28th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica San Vitale, steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Petronio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, then steep yourself in history at Piazza Maggiore, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Domenico, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario di Madonna di San Luca, then take an in-depth tour of La Macchina del Tempo, then contemplate the long history of Castello Estense, and finally don't miss a visit to Mausoleo di Galla Placidia.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bologna trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Bologna in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ravenna, Castello Estense
Highlights from your plan
Basilica San Vitale ©
Basilica San Vitale
Mausoleo di Galla Placidia ©
Mausoleo di Galla Placidia
Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell ©
Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell

2
nights
Venice, Italy

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore the activities along Canal Grande, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then admire the striking features of St Mark's Campanile, and finally admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Venice tour builder app .

Traveling by car from Bologna to Venice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Naples.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

6
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Get out of town with these interesting Naples side-trips: Vesuvio National Park (in Ottaviano), Sol’Art Ceramiche (in Vietri sul Mare) and Francesco (Frank) Carpegna - Walking with the Gods (in Positano). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Pompeii Archaeological Park, take an in-depth tour of Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, admire the masterpieces at Museo Cappella Sansevero, and make a trip to Miglio Sacro.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Naples trip planner .

You can fly from Venice to Naples in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Sorrento.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Pompeii, Reggia di Caserta, Sol’Art Ceramiche, Vesuvio National Park, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
Highlights from your plan
Miglio Sacro ©
Miglio Sacro
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Sol’Art Ceramiche ©
Sol’Art Ceramiche

3
nights
Sorrento, Italy

A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Francis Church and Convent, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then kick back and relax at Fornillo. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Vivaio Ruoppo, then take in the waterfront at Marina Grande - Antico Borgo Marinaro, then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza Tasso.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sorrento trip planner .

Traveling by ferry from Naples to Sorrento takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a subway; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Sorrento are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Sorrento

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Positano
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Positano ©
Positano
Food Tours

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Villa Borghese. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in nature's colorful creations at Villa d'Este, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Rome vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of subway and train from Sorrento to Rome in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Villa d'Este, St. Peter's Square
Highlights from your plan
Villa d'Este ©
Villa d'Este
Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo ©
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 15th (Fri) at Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Burj Khalifa, stop by Dubai Gold Souk, make a splash at Wild Wadi Waterpark, and take an in-depth tour of Al Fahidi Fort.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Dubai travel route planner .

You can fly from Rome to Dubai in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Rome to Dubai, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rome in May, expect Dubai to be much warmer, temps between 44°C and 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubai

Theme Parks Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa
The Dubai Mall ©
The Dubai Mall
Wild Wadi Waterpark ©
Wild Wadi Waterpark

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