42 days in Italy & Lebanon Itinerary

42 days in Italy & Lebanon Itinerary

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42 days in Italy & Lebanon Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  24 h
1
Venice, Italy
— 6 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Verona, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Florence, Italy
— 7 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
6
Naples, Italy
— 5 nights
Train + Fly:  5 h 45 min
7
Beirut, Lebanon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Bcharre, Lebanon
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Baalbeck, Lebanon
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  23 h 15 min
End: Sydney, Australia


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6
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.
For shopping fun, head to Prosciutto e Parmigiano ham&cheese To Go or Codex Art Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Canal Grande and Lido. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Doge's Palace, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and take a tour by water with Like a Venetian.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Venice day trip site.

Sydney, Australia to Venice is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. In August, Venice is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

4
nights
Verona, Italy

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.
Get in touch with nature at Parco Naturalistico delle Cascate-Family and River Rafting & Tubing. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Piazza delle Erbe and Libreria Antiquaria Perini. Step out of Verona to go to Montecchio Maggiore and see Fondazione Bisazza, which is approximately 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona, buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Commerciale Adigeo, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and examine the collection at Casa di Giulietta.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Verona online trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Verona are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Verona

Shopping Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Fondazione Bisazza
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Fondazione Bisazza ©
Fondazione Bisazza
Piazza delle Erbe ©
Piazza delle Erbe
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona

2
nights
Milan, Italy

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and then admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. On the next day, look for gifts at Teatro del Gusto Como, then steep yourself in history at Broletto, then grab your bike and head to Sentiero 6 - Valbasca, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Micromercato Moltrasio.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Milan attractions planning website.

You can take a train from Verona to Milan in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Como, Micromercato Moltrasio
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Micromercato Moltrasio ©
Micromercato Moltrasio

7
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri and Mercato Centrale. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Museo Diocesano (in Cortona), Azienda Agricola Leuta (in Pietraia) and Siena (Silvia Tanganelli, Battistero di San Giovanni, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Florence attractions planner.

You can take a train from Milan to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Siena, Cortona, San Gimignano
Highlights from your plan
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

6
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.
Do your shopping at Via Condotti and Macelleria bordiga. Get in touch with nature at Catacombs of Saint Callixtus and Parasailing & Paragliding. When in Rome, make a side trip to see Grotte Dell'Arco in Bellegra, approximately Bellegra away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Trevi Fountain, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In August in Rome, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Vatican City, Grotte Dell'Arco
Highlights from your plan
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

5
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal and Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela. Get outdoors at Fornillo and Spiaggia di castiglione. Explore Naples' surroundings by going to Santa Maria de Olearia (in Maiori), Basilica of Saint Trofimena (in Minori) and Positano (Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Lido di Ravello, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lido Capo di Conca, make a trip to Fontana sant'Andrea, and hike along Ravello-Minori Walk.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Naples trip itinerary maker site.

You can take a train from Rome to Naples in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Beirut.

Things to do in Naples

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ravello, Positano, Amalfi, Duomo di Salerno, Lido Capo di Conca
Highlights from your plan
Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal ©
Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione

2
nights
Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut ©
Sitting on the Mediterranean coast, Beirut, the country's capital and largest city, has plenty of appeal itself, as well as offering a convenient base for exploring the country's other sights and cities.
Head to Selim Mouzannar and City Centre Beirutfor some retail therapy. Step out of the city life by going to Chir Bay and Bkassine Pine Forest. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Mim Museum - Mineral Museum, browse the different shops at ABC Mall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of St Elias and St Gregory the Illuminator.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Beirut trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Naples to Beirut takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Naples to Beirut due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Naples in September; daily highs in Beirut reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bcharre.

Things to do in Beirut

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Chir Bay, Bkassine Pine Forest
Highlights from your plan
Selim Mouzannar ©
Selim Mouzannar
Bkassine Pine Forest ©
Bkassine Pine Forest
City Centre Beirut ©
City Centre Beirut

1
night
Bcharre, Lebanon

Bcharre ©
Sitting at 1,500 m (4,900 ft) above sea level and nestled between a mountain and a valley, Bcharre offers holiday goers breathtaking views.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): contemplate the long history of The Cedars of God, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Deir Qannoubin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Deir Qozhaya, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Qadisha Valley.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bcharre online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Beirut to Bcharre takes 2 hours. In September in Bcharre, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Baalbeck.

Things to do in Bcharre

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Cedars of God ©
The Cedars of God
Qadisha Valley ©
Qadisha Valley
Deir Qozhaya ©
Deir Qozhaya

5
nights
Baalbeck, Lebanon

Baalbeck ©
Baalbek, properly Baʿalbek and also known as Balbec, Baalbec or Baalbeck, is a town in the Anti-Lebanon foothills east of the Litani River in Lebanon's Beqaa Valley, about 85km northeast of Beirut and about 75km north of Damascus. Step out of Baalbeck to go to Hermel and see Kamouh el Hermel, which is approximately 1h 15 min away.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Baalbeck trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Bcharre to Baalbeck takes 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 14th (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Baalbeck

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Bekaa Valley
Highlights from your plan
Baalbek Roman Ruins ©
Baalbek Roman Ruins
Bekaa Valley ©
Bekaa Valley
Temples of Baalbek ©
Temples of Baalbek

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