38 days in Italy Itinerary

38 days in Italy Itinerary

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Catania, Sicily
— 2 nights
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Pompeii
— 2 nights
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Positano
— 4 nights
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Paestum
— 3 nights
Drive
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Civita
— 2 nights
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Lecce
— 3 nights
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Venice
— 4 nights
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Milan
— 2 nights
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Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
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Florence
— 4 nights
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Assisi
— 3 nights
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Rome
— 5 nights
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Catania, Sicily

— 2 nights

Black Pearl of Ionian Sea

The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
On the 28th (Sat), head outdoors with Sicilia Inside and then surround yourself with nature on Etna Passion. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Ancient Theatre of Taormina, take a memorable tour with Blue Sea Diving Center, and then step off the mainland to explore Isola Bella.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Catania online travel route planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Catania is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Catania. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in August; daily highs in Catania reach 36°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Pompeii.

Things to do in Catania

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Pompeii

— 2 nights

Underground City

Pompeii has been a tourist destination for more than 250 years.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): look for gifts at Lavorazione Artigianale Savastano, head outdoors with Cilento, explore the ancient world of Pompeii Archaeological Park, then steep yourself in history at Lupanar, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Villa dei Misteri. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of House of Menander (Casa del Menandro), then learn about winemaking at Bosco de Medici Winery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Ravello, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Francesco.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Pompeii trip planning website.

Fly from Catania to Pompeii in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In August in Pompeii, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Positano.

Things to do in Pompeii

Historic Sites · Wineries · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Positano

— 4 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Positano side-trips: Ravello (Villa Rufolo & Villa Cimbrone Gardens), Vicoli, scale e archi (in Atrani) and Amalfi (Cloister del Paradiso, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, &more). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Fornillo, take an in-depth tour of MAR - Museo Archeologico Romano, take in the exciting artwork at Art & Craft Gallery, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Positano itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pompeii to Positano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Paestum.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Paestum

— 3 nights
Paestum is known for historic sites, beaches, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Paestum Ruins, stop by Bazar Cerere, stroll through Lido Mediterraneo Beach, and experience rural life at Caseificio Rivabianca.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Paestum trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Positano to Paestum takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. September in Paestum sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Civita.

Things to do in Paestum

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Civita

— 2 nights
Civita is a hilltown and comune in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Setteventi del Pollino, snap pictures at Il ponte del diavolo, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Etonico Arbresh, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di S. Maria Assunta. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Belvedere Del Malvento, head outdoors with Monte Caramola, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ferrata Ramo Imperiale.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Civita trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Paestum to Civita takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Lecce.

Things to do in Civita

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

Lecce

— 3 nights

Florence of the South

Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lecce: Diving Service (in Torre Vado), Presicce (Agricole Negro Valiani & Antichi Frantoi Ipogei) and Grotta del Soffio (in Santa Maria di Leuca). There's much more to do: look and learn at Sidereus, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, head outdoors with Circolo Ippico Malepezza, and identify plant and animal life at Jonian Dolphin Conservation.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lecce day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Civita to Lecce takes 3.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Lecce

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Verona (Casa di Giulietta, Piazza delle Erbe, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Venice trip itinerary builder app.

Fly from Lecce to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Venice are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Milan

— 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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 17th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, and then explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Fedele, get outside with Aero Club Monte Cornizzolo, and then admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

To find out how to plan a trip to Milan, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Venice to Milan by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; 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 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Cinque Terre

— 2 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Borgo Storico di Manarola and then take a stroll around Vernazza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Borgo Storico di Riomaggiore, then get interesting insight from Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours, then don't miss a visit to Scalinata Lardarina, and finally trek along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cinque Terre trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Milan to Cinque Terre by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In September, daytime highs in Cinque Terre are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Florence

— 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Venture out of the city with trips to Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa), Podere Pellicciano - Agrisole (in San Miniato) and Siena (Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, Duomo di Siena, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, and take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Florence trip planner.

Drive from Cinque Terre to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Assisi

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Assisi is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, see the interesting displays at Museo della Porziuncola, and admire the striking features of Basilica di Santa Chiara.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Assisi trip planning app.

You can drive from Florence to Assisi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Assisi, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Rome.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Wildlife

Rome

— 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Change things up with a short trip to Villa d'Este in Tivoli (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, and make a trip to Piazza Navona.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rome route builder site.

Getting from Assisi to Rome by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Rome sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.