42 days in Italy Itinerary

42 days in Italy Itinerary

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42 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Florence
— 4 nights
Drive + ferry:  3​h
2
Portoferraio, Elba Island
— 5 nights
ferry + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Rome
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + train:  4​h 45​min
4
Taormina, Sicily
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Noto, Sicily
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Palermo, Sicily
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
San Teodoro, Sardinia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Villasimius, Sardinia
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Cabras, Sardinia
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Alghero, Sardinia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Venice
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Lisbon

4
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Siena Cathedral. Appreciate the collections at Pitti Palace and Galleria dell'Accademia. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Bagno Eva (in Marina di Pietrasanta) and Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, and snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary planning website .

Lisbon, Portugal to Florence is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. In August in Florence, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Portoferraio.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Historic Centre of San Gimignano, Duomo di Siena, Abbazia di San Galgano, Bagno Eva
Highlights from your plan
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano

5
nights
Portoferraio, Elba Island

Portoferraio ©
Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. Get outdoors at Spiaggia delle Tombe and Stabilimento Balneare Il Delfino. We've included these beaches for you: Spiaggia di Seccione and Spiaggia di Cotoncello. Venture out of the city with trips to Spiaggia di Fetovaia (in Campo nell'Elba), Spiaggia del Relitto (in Pomonte) and Spiaggia di Cavoli (in Seccheto). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Cavoli and stroll through Spiaggia Di Sottobomba.

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Do a combination of car and ferry from Florence to Portoferraio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In August in Portoferraio, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Portoferraio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Marciana, Campo nell'Elba, Spiaggia di Cavoli
Highlights from your plan
Spiaggia di Cotoncello ©
Spiaggia di Cotoncello
Spiaggia di Cavoli ©
Spiaggia di Cavoli
Spiaggia di Fetovaia ©
Spiaggia di Fetovaia

3
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palatine Hill and St. Peter's Basilica. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Piazza Navona and Roman Forum. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Pantheon, explore the ancient world of Colosseum, steep yourself in history at Foro di Augusto, and admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rome trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Portoferraio to Rome takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. When traveling from Portoferraio in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Rome, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Taormina.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Taormina, Sicily

Taormina ©
With its warm island weather and cliffside location overlooking the Ionion Sea, Taormina has been one of Sicily's most popular getaway destinations since the early 19th century.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Villa Comunale and Spiaggia San Gregorio. Take a break from the city and head to Isola Bella and Lido La Dolce Vita. Venture out of the city with trips to Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tindari (in Tindari) and Spiaggia Capo Calava (in Gioiosa Marea). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Lido Golden Beach Taormina, don't miss a visit to Corso Umberto, and get a taste of the local shopping with Good Fellas Art Studio.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Taormina trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Rome to Taormina takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Taormina when traveling from Rome in August, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Noto.

Things to do in Taormina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Spiaggia San Gregorio, Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tindari, Spiaggia Capo Calava
Highlights from your plan
Villa Comunale ©
Villa Comunale
Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tindari ©
Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella

4
nights
Noto, Sicily

Noto ©
Noto is a city and comune in the Province of Syracuse, Sicily, Italy. Relax by the water at Spiaggia di Punta Braccetto and Riserva Naturale Orientata Oasi faunistica di Vendicari. Visit Ragusa Ibla and Scicli for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Noto side-trips: Syracuse (Duomo di Siracusa, Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio), & more) and Chiesa di San Giorgio (in Modica). There's still lots to do: stroll through Spiaggia Calamosche, make a trip to Centro Storico di Noto, and contemplate the long history of Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Noto day trip app .

Getting from Taormina to Noto by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Palermo.

Things to do in Noto

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Syracuse, Ragusa Ibla, Spiaggia di Punta Braccetto, Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto, Scicli
Highlights from your plan
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Ragusa Ibla ©
Ragusa Ibla
Duomo di Siracusa ©
Duomo di Siracusa

3
nights
Palermo, Sicily

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Visit Duomo di Cefalu and Duomo di Monreale for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Cefalu Coast and Tempio di Segesta. When in Palermo, make a side trip to see Riserva Naturale Orientata dello Zingaro in Castellammare del Golfo, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe dei Cappuccini.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Palermo trip website .

Traveling by car from Noto to Palermo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to San Teodoro.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cefalu, Duomo di Monreale, Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro, Tempio di Segesta
Highlights from your plan
Cefalu Coast ©
Cefalu Coast
Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro ©
Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro
Duomo di Monreale ©
Duomo di Monreale

4
nights
San Teodoro, Sardinia

San Teodoro ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Spiaggia Sas Enas Appara and Spiaggia dell' Isuledda. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Oasi Biderosa and Cala Ginepro Beach. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Cala Brandinchi, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Cinta, and explore the historical opulence of Castello della Fava.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Teodoro trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Palermo to San Teodoro takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Villasimius.

Things to do in San Teodoro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Spiaggia Isuledda, Castello della Fava, Oasi Biderosa, Spiaggia Sas Enas Appara, Cala Brandinchi
Highlights from your plan
Spiaggia Isuledda ©
Spiaggia Isuledda
Spiaggia La Cinta ©
Spiaggia La Cinta
Oasi Biderosa ©
Oasi Biderosa

4
nights
Villasimius, Sardinia

Villasimius ©
Explore hidden gems such as Spiaggia Cann'e sisa and Cala Tramazzu. Step out of the city life by going to Spiaggia del Morto and Porto Giunco. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Villasimius: Spiaggia Piscina Rei (in Muravera), Spiaggia di Arboi (in Domus de Maria) and Area Archeologica di Nora (in Pula).

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Villasimius attractions planner.

Drive from San Teodoro to Villasimius in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Villasimius sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Cabras.

Things to do in Villasimius

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Domus de Maria, Spiaggia Cann'e sisa, Cala Sinzias, Spiaggia Piscina Rei, Area Archeologica di Nora
Highlights from your plan
Porto Giunco ©
Porto Giunco
Area Archeologica di Nora ©
Area Archeologica di Nora
Spiaggia del Morto ©
Spiaggia del Morto

4
nights
Cabras, Sardinia

Cabras ©
Looking out onto a vast coastline from the southern shore of the lake, Cabras represents an ancient village best known for its rare historical finds that date as far back as the Neolithic times.
Step out of the city life by going to S'Archeddu 'e sa Canna and Beach & Sea. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nuraghe Losa and Chiesa di San Giovanni in Sinis. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cabras: San Vero Milis (I Gatti di Su Pallosu & Sa Mesa Longa).

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cabras trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Villasimius to Cabras takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September in Cabras, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Alghero.

Things to do in Cabras

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Giovanni di Sinis, San Vero Milis, Beach & Sea
Highlights from your plan
Sa Mesa Longa ©
Sa Mesa Longa
Spiaggia di Is Arutas ©
Spiaggia di Is Arutas
Maimoni Beach ©
Maimoni Beach

3
nights
Alghero, Sardinia

Alghero ©
Built surrounding a 16th-century fortified port, Alghero remains one of Sardinia's most visited sites, rich in cultural and historical heritage.
You'll get in some beach time at Punta Negra and Spiaggia Mugoni. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Capo Caccia. Step out of Alghero with an excursion to La Pelosa Beach in Stintino--about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Maria Pia, explore the ancient world of Nuraghe di Palmavera, and Head underground at Frecce delle Grotte di Antonio Piccinnu.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Alghero road trip planning website .

Getting from Cabras to Alghero by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Alghero

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Stintino
Highlights from your plan
La Pelosa Beach ©
La Pelosa Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Capo Caccia ©
Capo Caccia

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.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Basilica di San Marco will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Isola di Burano and Bahia del Sole. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica di Sant’Antonio). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Canal Grande, steep yourself in history at Centro Storico di Venezia, appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo).

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Venice trip planning app .

You can fly from Alghero to Venice in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Padua, Bahia del Sole
Highlights from your plan
San Giorgio Maggiore ©
San Giorgio Maggiore
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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