58 days in Italy & Nice Itinerary

58 days in Italy & Nice Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 4 nights
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La Spezia, Italy
— 4 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
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Ferrara, Italy
— 2 nights
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Bologna, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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L'Aquila, Italy
— 3 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 5 nights
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Positano, Italy
— 3 nights
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Scalea, Italy
— 2 nights
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Messina, Italy
— 2 nights
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Taormina, Italy
— 2 nights
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Catania, Italy
— 2 nights
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Porto Empedocle, Italy
— 2 nights
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Trapani, Italy
— 2 nights
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Palermo, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
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Nice, France

— 4 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.
Get some historical perspective at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Villa Kerylos. Get outdoors at Promenade du Paillon and Parc du Mont Boron. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Tourrettes-sur-Loup (in Tourrettes-sur-Loup), Musee Fragonard (in Grasse) and Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins (in Mougins). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, explore the historical opulence of Haut de Cagnes, and contemplate the long history of Monastère de Cimiez.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nice online travel planner.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Nice is an approximately 35-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Christchurch to Nice. Traveling from Christchurch in April, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. On the 6th (Wed), you're off to La Spezia.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

La Spezia, Italy

— 4 nights
La Spezia, at the head of the Gulf of La Spezia in the Liguria region of Northern Italy, is the capital city of the province of La Spezia.In terms of population, La Spezia is the second city in the Liguria region, preceded just by Genoa. Get outdoors at Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza and Angelo's Boat Tours - Cinque Terre Boat Tours. Get some historical perspective at San Pietro Church and Castello Malaspina. Venture out of the city with trips to Basilica Di Santa Maria Assunta (in Camogli), Genoa (San Pietro in Banchi, Palazzo San Giorgio, &more) and Levanto to Monterosso Trail (in Levanto). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castello di Lerici, examine the collection at Museo Civico Amedeo Lia, brush up on your military savvy at Museo Tecnico Navale della Spezia, and explore the world behind art at Museo Diocesano Della Spezia.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our La Spezia trip maker app.

Drive from Nice to La Spezia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in La Spezia, with lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Venice.

Things to do in La Spezia

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Venice, Italy

— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Centro Storico di Venezia and Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Piazza San Marco and Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Verona (I Portoni della Bra, Museo di Castelvecchio, &more) and Padua (University of Padova, Ragione Palace, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, and don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Venice itinerary planner.

Drive from La Spezia to Venice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ferrara.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Ferrara, Italy

— 2 nights

Heart of the Italian Renaissance

With surrounding medieval walls and network of 15th- and 16th-century architecture, the city of Ferrara is often deemed the Heart of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): make a trip to Piazza Trento e Trieste, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ferrara Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Via delle Volte, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimitero Ebraico di Ferrara, then steep yourself in history at Castello Estense, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Municipio. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastero del Corpus Domini, contemplate the long history of Palazzo Schifanoia (Palazzo della Gioia), then ponder the world of politics at Corso Ercole I d"Este, then get to know the fascinating history of Erculean Addition, and finally view the masterpieces at Palazzo dei Diamanti.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ferrara visit planner.

Drive from Venice to Ferrara in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Ferrara can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bologna.

Things to do in Ferrara

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Bologna, Italy

— 3 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 next day, contemplate the long history of Basilica San Francesco, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimitero monumentale della Certosa, examine the collection at Museo Ducati, examine the collection at Museo per la Memoria di Ustica, then explore the world behind art at Museo di Palazzo Poggi, and finally see the interesting displays at Oratorio Di Santa Cecilia.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bologna online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Ferrara to Bologna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Bologna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Florence.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Florence, Italy

— 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pitti Palace and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. You'll explore and learn at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Church and Museum of Orsanmichele. Venture out of the city with trips to Siena (Centro Storico di Siena, Torre del Mangia, &more), Castello di Monteriggioni (in Monteriggioni) and Arezzo (San Francesco, Arezzo & Arezzo Cathedral). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, steep yourself in history at Loggia dei Lanzi, take an in-depth tour of Sinagoga di Firenze e Museo ebraico, and browse the exhibits of Museo Nazionale del Bargello.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence road trip app.

You can take a train from Bologna to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to L'Aquila.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

L'Aquila, Italy

— 3 nights
L'Aquila is a city and comune in Southern Italy, both the capital city of the Abruzzo region and of the Province of L'Aquila., it has a population of 70,967 inhabitants. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rocca Calascio and Castello Normanno. Your inner history buff will appreciate Roman Amphitheatre of Amiternum and Oratorio di San Pellegrino. Get out of town with these interesting L'Aquila side-trips: Calascio (Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pieta & Centro Storico di Calascio), Convento di San Colombo - Dimora storica (in Barisciano) and Abbazia di Santa Maria Assunta (in Bominaco). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eremo della Madonna d'Appari, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria del Suffragio, and get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico L'Aquila.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read L'Aquila trip planning site.

Drive from Florence to L'Aquila in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in L'Aquila are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Naples.

Things to do in L'Aquila

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Naples, Italy

— 5 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Visit Catacombe di San Gaudioso and Museo Cappella Sansevero for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Museo Nazionale Ferroviario di Pietrarsa and Chiesa dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo - Complesso Museale dell'Arte della Seta. Change things up with these side-trips from Naples: Pompeii (Forum, Odeon - Teatro Piccolo, &more) and Vesuvio National Park (in Ottaviano). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at The Neapolis Buried, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pio Monte della Misericordia, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Napoli, and examine the collection at Ospedale delle Bambole.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Naples online road trip planner.

You can drive from L'Aquila to Naples in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Positano.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Positano, Italy

— 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Villa Rufolo and Duomo di Ravello. Get some cultural insight at Villa Cimbrone Gardens and Amalfi Coast Drive. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Positano: Amalfi (Duomo di Sant'Andrea, Valle dei Mulini, &more), Centro Storico Ravello (in Ravello) and Sentiero dei Limoni (in Maiori). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Trofimena, take an in-depth tour of MAR - Museo Archeologico Romano Positano, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and take in the exciting artwork at Absolute Positano.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Positano trip planner.

You can drive from Naples to Positano in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Scalea.

Things to do in Positano

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Scalea, Italy

— 2 nights
Scalea is a town and comune in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy.The town takes its name from its terraced lay-out on the hillside, at the bottom of the Capo Scalea promontory. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parrocchia San Nicola di Platea, get to know the fascinating history of Isola Pedonale Scalea, get outside with Il Pescespada, then get engrossed in the history at Antiquarium di Torre Cimalonga, and finally explore the historical opulence of Ruderi Del Castello Normanno. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Centro Sub Scalea and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario della Madonna del Perpetuo Soccorso.

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Traveling by car from Positano to Scalea takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Messina.

Things to do in Scalea

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Messina, Italy

— 2 nights
Messina is the capital of the Italian Metropolitan City of Messina. On the 7th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria, admire the masterpieces at Museo diocesano, then examine the collection at Pinacoteca Civica Di Reggio Calabria, then don't miss a visit to Basilica Santuario S.Antonio, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Annunziata dei Catalani Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Parco Letterario Salvatore Quasimodo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria Alemanna, then take some stellar pictures from Tempio Votivo di Cristo Re, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario della Madonna di Montalto.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Messina vacation builder app.

Explore your travel options from Scalea to Messina with the Route module. May in Messina sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Taormina.

Things to do in Messina

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Taormina, Italy

— 2 nights
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.
Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Taormina, get a dose of the wild on Etna Wild, then examine the collection at Cripta del Convento dei Frati Cappuccini, and finally take some stellar pictures from Chiesa di San Nicolo/Santa Lucia.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Taormina journey builder site.

You can drive from Messina to Taormina in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May in Taormina, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Catania.

Things to do in Taormina

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Catania, Italy

— 2 nights

Black Pearl of Ionian Sea

The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at MUSEO CROCIFERI - Art and Chocolate, explore the world behind art at Polo Tattile Multimediale, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Cinema di Catania, then contemplate the long history of Parco Archeologico Greco Romano di Catania, and finally make a trip to Chiesa della Badia di Sant'Agata.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Catania trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Taormina to Catania in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Taormina in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Catania, with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Porto Empedocle.

Things to do in Catania

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Porto Empedocle, Italy

— 2 nights
Porto Empedocle is a town and comune in Italy on the coast of the Strait of Sicily, administratively part of the province of Agrigento. On the 13th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Madre Porto Empedocle, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, then don't miss a visit to Statua del Commissario Montalbano, then admire the masterpieces at Studio d'Arte Michele Bono, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Maria Santissima del Soccorso. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Oliva, then take in the awesome beauty at Monte Guastanella, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Ducale Colonna, and finally see the interesting displays at #MeTe - Museo della Memoria e del Territorio.

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Drive from Catania to Porto Empedocle in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Porto Empedocle when traveling from Catania in May, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Trapani.

Things to do in Porto Empedocle

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Trapani, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Two Seas

Historically known for its importance in salt production, Trapani has gained recognition as an enticing but affordable vacation locale in Sicily.
Get a sense of the local culture at Teatro Greco di Segesta and Cattedrale di San Lorenzo. Discover out-of-the-way places like Grotta Mangiapane and Cattedrale San Salvatore. Explore Trapani's surroundings by going to San Vito lo Capo (Santuario Di San Vito & Scuba & Snorkeling), Riserva Naturale Orientata Monte Cofano (in Custonaci) and Parco Archeologico (in Calatafimi-Segesta). There's much more to do: get curious at Museum Of Optical Illusions, appreciate the history behind Monumento A Giuseppe Garibaldi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa e Monastero di San Francesco d'Assisi, and don't miss a visit to Baia Santa Margherita, Castelluzzo di S.Vito Lo Capo.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Trapani online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Porto Empedocle to Trapani takes 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Palermo.

Things to do in Trapani

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Palermo, Italy

— 2 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
On the 17th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Palazzo Pretorio, Municipio di Palermo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Francesco of Assisi -Chiesa di San Francesco d'Assisi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Oratorio del Rosario di San Domenico, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe dei Cappuccini, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Palermo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria dello Spasimo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa Santa Maria della Pieta'.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Palermo online vacation planner.

You can drive from Trapani to Palermo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Rome.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Rome, Italy

— 6 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Vatican Museums and Palazzo Colonna - Galleria Colonna will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Villa d'Este and Villa Borghese. Go for a jaunt from Rome to Tivoli to see Villa Adriana about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, browse the exhibits of Mercati di Traiano - Museo dei Fori Imperiali, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls, and steep yourself in history at Colosseum.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Rome trip website.

You can fly from Palermo to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Rome are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Italy travel guide

4.6
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.

Amalfi Coast travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Gardens
Renowned for its beautiful landscape and medieval fishing villages that cling precariously to the Mediterranean cliffs, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's top vacation destinations. This World Heritage Site stretches for about 50 km (30 mi) on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula and offers numerous places to visit, from terraced lemon gardens and whitewashed villas to cliff-top views of the sea. Explore the coastline's towns, bays, and resorts. During the peak tourist season, the Amalfi Coast's single seaside road is often jammed with dozens of buses. For that reason, the ubiquitous scooter may be the best way to get around and sightsee. You can also access quite a bit by bicycle.