40 days in Italy Itinerary

40 days in Italy Itinerary

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Venice
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Teodoro, Sardinia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Baunei, Sardinia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Alghero, Sardinia
— 1 night
Fly to Pisa, Ferry to Portoferraio
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Portoferraio, Elba Island
— 5 nights
Ferry to Porto Biglietterie Sud, Fly to Otranto
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Otranto
— 4 nights
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San Vito lo Capo, Sicily
— 5 nights
Fly
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Lampedusa
— 2 nights
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Rome
— 5 nights
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Assisi
— 4 nights
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Florence
— 5 nights
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Venice

— 3 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 some historical perspective at Piazza San Marco and Basilica of St. Anthony. Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica di San Marco and Doge's Palace. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua) and Verona (Piazza Bra, Arena di Verona, &more). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

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Milan to Venice is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to San Teodoro.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

San Teodoro, Sardinia

— 3 nights
A chance to sip cocktails at swanky beach bars by day and experience the vibrant club scene by night makes San Tedoro vacations extremely popular.
Step off the beaten path and head to Spiaggia La Cinta and Porto Istana Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Lu Impostu Beach and Porto Taverna Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Teodoro: Spiaggia di Sa Curcurica (in Orosei), Cala Gonone (Grotta del Bue Marino & Cala Fuili Beach) and Golfo Aranci (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Spiaggia Bianca). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Capo Coda Cavallo.

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You can fly from Venice to San Teodoro in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In July, daytime highs in San Teodoro are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Baunei.

Things to do in San Teodoro

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Baunei, Sardinia

— 2 nights
Baunei is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Nuoro in the Italian island of Sardinia.GeographyThe municipality of Baunei is located about 100km northeast of Cagliari and about 11km north of Tortolì. On the 1st (Sun), see some colorful creatures with Diving Cala Mariolu, then kick back and relax at Cala Mariolu, then stroll through Cala Biriala, and finally stroll through Lido di Orri. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Piscine di Venere, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cala Goloritzè, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cala dei Gabbiani.

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You can drive from San Teodoro to Baunei in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Baunei can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Alghero.

Things to do in Baunei

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Alghero, Sardinia

— 1 night

Little Barcelona

Built surrounding a 16th-century fortified port, Alghero remains one of Sardinia's most visited sites, rich in cultural and historical heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Capo Caccia, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Mugoni, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia di Maria Pia.

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Traveling by car from Baunei to Alghero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Baunei in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Alghero, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Portoferraio.

Things to do in Alghero

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Portoferraio, Elba Island

— 5 nights
Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spiaggia Di Sansone and Spiaggia di Cavoli. Take a break from the city and head to Spiaggia di Fetovaia and Monte Capanne. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portoferraio: Spiaggia Di Buzzancone o Cera (in Capoliveri) and Spiaggia del Relitto (in Pomonte). The adventure continues: stroll through Spiaggia Di Sottobomba, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Della Biodola, and take a tour by water with Rio Diving Center.

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Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Alghero to Portoferraio takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Alghero in August, expect nights in Portoferraio to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are slightly colder, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Otranto.

Things to do in Portoferraio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Otranto

— 4 nights
Otranto is a town and comune in the province of Lecce (Apulia, Italy), in a fertile region once famous for its breed of horses.It is located on the east coast of the Salento peninsula. Do some cultural sightseeing at Centro Storico Otranto and Palazzo del Principe. We've included these beaches for you: Channel Ciolo and Spiaggia Alimini. Change things up with these side-trips from Otranto: Sidereus (in Salve), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Santa Maria di Leuca) and Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria (in Galatina). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Circolo Ippico Malepezza, explore the activities along Cava di Bauxite, Head underground at Grotta della Poesia, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santo Stefano.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Otranto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Portoferraio to Otranto takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. When traveling from Portoferraio in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Otranto, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to San Vito lo Capo.

Things to do in Otranto

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

San Vito lo Capo, Sicily

— 5 nights
A vacation in San Vito lo Capo offers a chance to enjoy a sheltered bay and a town with distinctive Arab-Norman architecture.
Take a break from the city and head to Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo and Spiaggia Isuledda. Visit Selinunte Archaeological Park and Tempio di Segesta for their historical value. Explore San Vito lo Capo's surroundings by going to Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro (in Castellammare del Golfo) and Grotta Mangiapane (in Custonaci). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Spiaggia di Macari, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Santa Maria Assunta, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and don't miss a visit to Baia Santa Margherita, Castelluzzo di S.Vito Lo Capo.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Vito lo Capo journey planner.

You can fly from Otranto to San Vito lo Capo in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Otranto in August, expect nights in San Vito lo Capo to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Lampedusa.

Things to do in San Vito lo Capo

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lampedusa

— 2 nights
Italy's southernmost territory, Lampedusa, is known for its turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and island charm.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Centro Recupero Tartarughe Marine, stroll through Cala Croce Beach, then kick back and relax at Sciatu Persu, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Centro di Recupero Tartarughe e Fauna Selvatica WWF. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities, enjoy the sand and surf at Cala Pulcino, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia dei Conigli.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lampedusa trip planner.

Fly from San Vito lo Capo to Lampedusa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and ferry. August in Lampedusa sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Rome.

Things to do in Lampedusa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Colosseum and Vatican Museums. Pantheon and Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Rome with a short trip to Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica in Ostia Antica, about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, and steep yourself in history at Villa Borghese.

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Traveling by flight from Lampedusa to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lampedusa in August: highs in Rome hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Assisi.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Assisi

— 4 nights

City of Peace

Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola and Santuario Della Santa Casa. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica di Santa Chiara and Eremo delle Carceri. Change things up with these side-trips from Assisi: Orvieto (Duomo di Orvieto & Pozzo di San Patrizio), Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore) and Wild Foods Italy (in Montefalco). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte di Frasassi, step into the grandiose world of Rocca Paolina, examine the collection at Museo della Porziuncola, and pause for some serene contemplation at San Damiano.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Assisi vacation maker app.

Drive from Rome to Assisi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Assisi, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

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.
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Battistero di San Giovanni are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Duomo di Pisa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Pisa (Camposanto, Leaning Tower of Pisa, &more) and Poggio Amorelli (in Castellina In Chianti). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, explore the world behind art at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica San Miniato al Monte.

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You can drive from Assisi to Florence in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · 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.