31 days in Italy Itinerary

31 days in Italy Itinerary

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31 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + Train:  16 h
1
Salerno
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h 30 min
2
Positano
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Assisi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Florence
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Milan
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
6
Verona
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
7
Venice
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
8
Rome
— 4 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Johannesburg

3
nights
Salerno

While often overshadowed by the Amalfi Coast's array of quaint villages, Salerno has become one of the region's main areas for culture and entertainment, while remaining relatively unmarked by tourism.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Paestum Ruins and Oasi WWF di Morigerati. Get out of town with these interesting Salerno side-trips: Borgo Medievale di Castellabate (in Castellabate) and Grotte di Castelcivita (in Castelcivita). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Salerno, explore the striking landscape at I Due Fratelli, don't miss a visit to Promenade Trieste, and explore the world behind art at Museo della Ceramica Alfonso Tafuri.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Salerno trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Salerno is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Salerno is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Johannesburg in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Salerno, with highs around 34°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Positano.

Things to do in Salerno

Transportation Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Paestum Ruins, Grotte di Castelcivita, Borgo Medievale di Castellabate, Oasi WWF di Morigerati
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Paestum Ruins ©
Paestum Ruins
Duomo di Salerno ©
Duomo di Salerno

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Il Sentiero Degli Dei and Villa Cimbrone Gardens. Change things up with these side-trips from Positano: Amalfi (Speed Boats Tours, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, &more) and Villa Rufolo (in Ravello). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fornillo, kick back and relax at Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Santa Maria Assunta, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cloister del Paradiso.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Positano trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Salerno to Positano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Positano can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors Parks Transportation

Side Trips

Amalfi, Ravello
Highlights from your plan
Walk of the Gods ©
Walk of the Gods
Il Sentiero Degli Dei ©
Il Sentiero Degli Dei
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens

3
nights
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to San Damiano and Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo della Porziuncola, learn about winemaking at Azienda Agraria Saio, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Comune, and step into the grandiose world of Rocca Maggiore.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Assisi day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Positano to Assisi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Positano in September since evenings lows in Assisi dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Wineries Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola
San Damiano ©
San Damiano

4
nights
Florence

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Centro Storico and Food Tours. When in Florence, make a side trip to see Canyon Park in Bagni di Lucca, approximately Bagni di Lucca away. There's much more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, appreciate the history behind Perseus Statue, get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and contemplate the long history of Loggia dei Lanzi.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Florence trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Assisi to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Canyon Park
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Canyon Park ©
Canyon Park
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico

2
nights
Milan

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 12th (Sat), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, and finally shop like a local with Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Tempio Civico della Beata Vergine Incoronata, then have some family-friendly fun at Trap Milano, then get engrossed in the history at Villa Necchi Campiglio, and finally make a trip to Dialogo nel Buio.

To see more things to do, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, use the Milan road trip site .

Take a train from Florence to Milan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Verona.

Things to do in Milan

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tempio Civico della Beata Vergine Incoronata
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Dialogo nel Buio ©
Dialogo nel Buio
Villa Necchi Campiglio ©
Villa Necchi Campiglio

4
nights
Verona

Verona ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Parco Naturalistico delle Cascate-Family and Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Ponte Pietra, take in panoramic vistas at Torre dei Lamberti, hunt for treasures at Piazza delle Erbe, and don't miss a visit to Palazzo Giardino Giusti.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Verona trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Milan to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Verona are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Parco Naturalistico delle Cascate-Family ©

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Photography Tours and Dorsoduro. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Canal Grande, step off the mainland to explore Lido, contemplate the long history of Doge's Palace, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Venice trip planning site .

Traveling by bus from Verona to Venice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

4
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Monastero Di S.Benedetto and La Pieta. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio e Porta Santa (in L'Aquila) and Il Lago di Scanno (in Scanno). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, admire the landmark architecture of Cupola di San Pietro, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, and steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica.

To see photos, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rome trip planner.

You can fly from Venice to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio e Porta Santa, Monastero Di S.Benedetto, Il Lago di Scanno
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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