45 days in Dubai & Italy Itinerary

45 days in Dubai & Italy Itinerary

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45 days in Dubai & Italy Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h
2
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h
3
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
5
Siena, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Positano, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  6 h 15 min
8
Bari, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
9
Marina di Gioiosa Ionica, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7 h 30 min
10
Palermo, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
11
Syracuse, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
12
Taormina, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
13
Palau, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
14
Alghero, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
15
Iglesias, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  29 h
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Dubai is known for shopping, theme parks, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Burj Khalifa, browse the different shops at The Dubai Mall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jumeirah Mosque, and cool off at Wild Wadi Waterpark.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Dubai trip itinerary planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Dubai is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Sydney to Dubai due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in July, expect Dubai to be much warmer, temps between 49°C and 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Milan.

Things to do in Dubai

Theme Parks Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa
The Dubai Mall ©
The Dubai Mall
Wild Wadi Waterpark ©
Wild Wadi Waterpark

3
nights
Milan, Italy

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.
Milan is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, steep yourself in history at Il Cenacolo, and admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

Plan trip to Milan with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Dubai to Milan in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Dubai to Milan due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Dubai in July: high temperatures in Milan hover around 34°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

4
nights
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cinque Terre: Genoa (Old Port, Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, &more) and Portovenere (in Porto Venere). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre, hike along Cinque Terre Trails, step into the grandiose world of Castello Doria, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail 531 Riomaggiore to Manarola.

For reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cinque Terre sightseeing website .

Take a train from Milan to Cinque Terre in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Genoa, Portovenere
Highlights from your plan
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Aquarium of Genoa ©
Aquarium of Genoa
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre ©
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa) and Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, and take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce.

For maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Florence travel route builder app .

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Florence, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Siena.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Castello del Trebbio
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

2
nights
Siena, Italy

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
On the 29th (Wed), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area and then make a trip to Piazza del Campo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Centro Storico di Siena, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, and then get lost in a book at Biblioteca Piccolomini.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Siena day trip planning website .

Getting from Florence to Siena by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. July in Siena sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena

1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 31st (Fri), explore the ancient world of Pantheon, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and then steep yourself in history at Colosseum.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rome day trip site .

Traveling by car from Siena to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Rome, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Positano.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

4
nights
Positano, Italy

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Positano: Ravello (Villa Cimbrone Gardens, Duomo di Ravello, &more) and Amalfi (Duomo di Sant'Andrea & Museo della Carta). Next up on the itinerary: take advantage of the amenities at Fornillo, stop by Nana' Positano, kick back and relax at Spiaggia Grande, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Positano trip planner.

Getting from Rome to Positano by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and subway; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Positano are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bari.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Amalfi, Ravello
Highlights from your plan
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Il Sentiero Degli Dei ©
Il Sentiero Degli Dei
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens

3
nights
Bari, Italy

Bari ©
Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bari: I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site (in Alberobello), Sassi di Matera (in Matera) and Grotte di Castellana (in Castellana Grotte). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Centro Storico di Polignano a Mare, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale di Bari, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giacomo, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoosafari.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bari online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Positano to Bari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and subway. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Marina di Gioiosa Ionica.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Centro Storico di Polignano a Mare, Zoosafari, Sassi di Matera, Grotte di Castellana, I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site
Highlights from your plan
Sassi di Matera ©
Sassi di Matera
Centro Storico di Polignano a Mare ©

3
nights
Marina di Gioiosa Ionica, Italy

Marina di Gioiosa Ionica ©
Marina di Gioiosa Ionica is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Reggio Calabria in the Italian region Calabria, located about 80km southwest of Catanzaro and about 120km northeast of Reggio Calabria. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marina di Gioiosa Ionica: Mongiana (Parco di Villa Vittoria & Museo delle Reali Ferriere Borboniche), Villa Comunale Carlo Ruggiero (in Cittanova) and Convento Santuario San Domenico (in Soriano Calabro). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Gerace, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Marina di Gioiosa Ionica, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Gerace, and don't miss a visit to Porta delle Bombarde.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Marina di Gioiosa Ionica trip planner.

You can drive from Bari to Marina di Gioiosa Ionica in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. In August in Marina di Gioiosa Ionica, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Palermo.

Things to do in Marina di Gioiosa Ionica

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Gerace, Mongiana, Santuario San Nicodemo, Villa Comunale Carlo Ruggiero, Convento Santuario San Domenico
Highlights from your plan
Parco di Villa Vittoria ©
Parco di Villa Vittoria
Cattedrale di Gerace ©
Cattedrale di Gerace
Villa Comunale Carlo Ruggiero ©
Villa Comunale Carlo Ruggiero

3
nights
Palermo, Italy

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Venture out of the city with trips to Duomo di Monreale (in Monreale), Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo (in San Vito lo Capo) and Tempio di Segesta (in Calatafimi-Segesta). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Palermo, admire the landmark architecture of Norman Palace, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Mondello, and don't miss a visit to Quattro Canti.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Palermo tour itinerary planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Marina di Gioiosa Ionica to Palermo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Syracuse.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Duomo di Monreale, Tempio di Segesta, Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo
Highlights from your plan
Cattedrale di Palermo ©
Cattedrale di Palermo
Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo ©
Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo
Tempio di Segesta ©
Tempio di Segesta

2
nights
Syracuse, Italy

Syracuse ©
Philosopher Cicero once described Syracuse as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all." A powerful city-state of ancient Greece, Syracuse now is the capital of the eponymous Italian province on the eastern coast of Sicily.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio), get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vermexio, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siracusa, and finally step off the mainland to explore Ortigia. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Teatro Greco, explore the ancient world of Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, and then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Syracuse road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Palermo to Syracuse takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Taormina.

Things to do in Syracuse

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Centro Storico
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Siracusa ©
Duomo di Siracusa
Ortigia ©
Ortigia
Parco Archeologico della Neapolis ©
Parco Archeologico della Neapolis

2
nights
Taormina, Italy

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.
On the 16th (Sun), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in breathtaking views at Gole Alcantara Botanical and Geological Park, then don't miss a visit to Corso Umberto, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa del Varo. On the next day, make a trip to Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico), stroll around Villa Comunale, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Taormina.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Taormina online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Syracuse to Taormina takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Palau.

Things to do in Taormina

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico), Gole Alcantara Botanical and Geological Park
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Villa Comunale ©
Villa Comunale

2
nights
Palau, Italy

Palau is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Sassari in the Italian region Sardinia, about 220km north of Cagliari and about 30km northwest of Olbia. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Roccia dell'Orso, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and then stroll through Spiaggia di Talmone. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Torre di Longonsardo, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Sciumara - Rada di Mezzo Schifo, then kick back and relax at Porto Pollo, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read Palau online travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Taormina to Palau takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Alghero.

Things to do in Palau

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Torre di Longonsardo
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Porto Pollo ©
Porto Pollo

2
nights
Alghero, Italy

Built surrounding a 16th-century fortified port, Alghero remains one of Sardinia's most visited sites, rich in cultural and historical heritage.
On the 20th (Thu), Head underground at Frecce delle Grotte di Antonio Piccinnu, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Maria Pia, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Spiaggia Mugoni, then explore the striking landscape at Capo Caccia, then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre del Lazzaretto, and finally kick back and relax at La Pelosa Beach.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Alghero road trip tool .

Getting from Palau to Alghero by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Iglesias.

Things to do in Alghero

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

La Pelosa Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
La Pelosa Beach ©
La Pelosa Beach
Capo Caccia ©
Capo Caccia

3
nights
Iglesias, Italy

Iglesias ©
On the 22nd (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Masua, identify plant and animal life at Isolotto Faraglione del Pan di Zucchero, then take some stellar pictures from Porto Flavia, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Il Belvedere di Nebida, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa della Madonna delle Grazie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Is Arenas Bianca, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria di Valverde, and then identify plant and animal life at Spiaggia di Piscinas.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Iglesias visit planner.

Traveling by car from Alghero to Iglesias takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Iglesias can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Iglesias

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Spiaggia di Piscinas, Spiaggia Is Arenas Bianca
Highlights from your plan
Spiaggia di Piscinas ©
Spiaggia di Piscinas
Porto Flavia ©
Porto Flavia
Chiesa della Madonna delle Grazie ©
Chiesa della Madonna delle Grazie

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