53 days in Italy, France & Spain Itinerary

53 days in Italy, France & Spain Itinerary

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Toulouse, France
— 1 day
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Valencia, Spain
— 3 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 4 nights
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Positano, Italy
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
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Pisa, Italy
— 1 night
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
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Bologna, Italy
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
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Verona, Italy
— 2 nights
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Lazise, Italy
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Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
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Genoa, Italy
— 3 nights
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Toulouse, France

— 1 day

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin, slough off your stress at Le Riad du Bien etre, contemplate the long history of Church of Les Jacobins, then ponder the design of La Fontaine Boulbonne, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Toulouse trip itinerary maker site.

Paris to Toulouse is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Barcelona.

Things to do in Toulouse

Baths · Spas · Historic Sites · Museums

Barcelona, Spain

— 4 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, stop by El Barri Gòtic, and walk around Ciutadella Park.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona vacation planner.

Drive from Toulouse to Barcelona in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Toulouse in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Barcelona. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Valencia, Spain

— 3 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Valencia: The Treatment Works (in Javea) and Ruta Acantilados (in Benitachell). There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, contemplate the long history of La Lonja de la Seda, get a sense of history and politics at Plaza del Ayuntamiento, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Valencia trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Valencia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in May, expect nights in Valencia to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Naples.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks · Wineries · Tours · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Naples, Italy

— 4 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Explore Naples' surroundings by going to Paestum Ruins (in Paestum), Pompeii (Odeon - Teatro Piccolo, Villa dei Misteri, &more) and Salerno (Villa Comunale, Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata, &more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Pompeii Archaeological Park, stop by Sol’Art Ceramiche, explore the ancient world of Oplonti Villa di Poppea Ruins, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cloister of Santa Chiara.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Naples trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Valencia to Naples takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Naples are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Positano.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Positano, Italy

— 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: St Francis Church and Convent (in Sorrento), Ravello (Museo del Corallo, Duomo di Ravello, &more) and Amalfi (Fontana sant'Andrea, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, &more). There's lots more to do: get great views at Il Sentiero Degli Dei, take an in-depth tour of MAR - Museo Archeologico Romano, head outdoors with Amalfi Coast, and make a trip to Vicoli, scale e archi.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Positano travel route tool.

Drive from Naples to Positano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Positano, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Positano

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 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 still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, stroll the grounds of Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rome route builder app.

Traveling by car from Positano to Rome takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Pisa.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Pisa, Italy

— 1 night
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
On the 21st (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Leaning Tower of Pisa, then make a trip to Piazza dei Miracoli, then sample the tasty concoctions at La Staffetta Tap Room, and finally contemplate the long history of St Martin Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Pisa trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Pisa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rome in May, Pisa is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in Pisa

Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Florence, Italy

— 5 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 Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida) and Siena (Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico, Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence trip builder.

You can drive from Pisa to Florence in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Bologna, Italy

— 2 nights

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
On the 27th (Thu), enjoy breathtaking views from Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, contemplate the long history of Piazza Santo Stefano, take an in-depth tour of La Macchina del Tempo, then make a trip to Piazza Maggiore, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Domenico, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your taste buds at Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Acetaia Villa San Donnino, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Estense, then steep yourself in history at Palazzo Schifanoia (Palazzo della Gioia), and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Civico Archeologico.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bologna trip itinerary builder website.

You can take a train from Florence to Bologna in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Venice, Italy

— 5 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: Padua (Centro Storico, Scrovegni Chapel, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, and admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Venice driving holiday planner.

Getting from Bologna to Venice by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Verona, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Romeo and Juliet

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take a stroll through Quinzano, then take in the exciting artwork at Fondazione Bisazza, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Santa Teresa di Gesu Bambino. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, step into the grandiose world of Museo di Castelvecchio, then wander the streets of Piazza delle Erbe, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre dei Lamberti, and finally see the grandeur of opera at Arena di Verona.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Verona day trip planner.

Drive from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Verona can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lazise.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Lazise, Italy

— 1 night
Lazise is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Verona in the Italian region Veneto, located about 120km west of Venice and about 20km northwest of Verona. On the 5th (Sat), explore the activities along Lago di Garda, go for a walk through Lungolago di Bardolino, and then don't miss a visit to Lungolago di Lazise.

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Lazise is very close to Verona. June in Lazise sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Lazise

Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Milan, Italy

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Milan side-trips: Castello di Vezio (in Vezio), Varenna (Sentiero del Viandante, S. Giovanni Battista, &more) and Cathedral of Como (Duomo) (in Como). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, admire the striking features of Casa Barelli, explore the world behind art at Museo Poldi Pezzoli, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Santuario.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan online travel route planner.

You can drive from Lazise to Milan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Genoa.

Things to do in Milan

Museums · Historic Sites · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Genoa, Italy

— 3 nights
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Genoa: Monterosso al Mare (Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, Angelo's Boat Tours, &more) and Monesteroli (in La Spezia). Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Genoa, admire the natural beauty at Scalinata delle Tre Caravelle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, and don't miss a visit to Museo di Palazzo Reale.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Genoa online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Milan to Genoa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Milan in June: highs in Genoa hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Genoa

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 5 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, &more). Spend the 13th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and examine the collection at Palais Lascaris.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nice driving holiday planner.

Drive from Genoa to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Marseille, France

— 4 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Cassis (Trolib & Port de Cassis), Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence) and Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the awesome beauty at Montagne Sainte Victoire, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de Pepiole.

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Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Nice, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

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.