6 days in Italy & France Itinerary

6 days in Italy & France Itinerary

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6 days in Italy & France Itinerary

Start: Barcelona, Spain
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Bus:  3​h
2
Verona, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
3
Saint-Etienne, France
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
4
Lyon, France
— 1 night
Tram + Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Barcelona, Spain


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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.
On the 9th (Sat), explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, then don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, then examine the collection at Doge's Palace, and finally take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri.

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Barcelona, Spain to Venice is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in November; daily highs in Venice reach 15°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Verona.

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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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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.
On the 10th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Museo di Castelvecchio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Procolo, then experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza Bra. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa delle Sante Teuteria e Tosca, make a trip to Domus Mercatorum, take a stroll through Piazza delle Erbe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cappella dei Notai, then see the interesting displays at Casa di Giulietta, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Anastasia.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Verona trip planner .

You can take a bus from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In November, daytime highs in Verona are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Saint-Etienne.

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Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore
Museo di Castelvecchio ©
Museo di Castelvecchio

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Saint-Etienne, France

Saint-Etienne ©
Situated in the Massif Central, Saint-Étienne is a bustling capital of the Loire department with diverse activities and attractions, such as natural gorges, cultural events, cathedrals, historical sites, museums, and restaurants.
On the 12th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Musee de la mine, explore the world behind art at Musée d'art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Etienne Métropole, examine the collection at Musee des Verts, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte Marie, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of La Grand'Eglise.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Etienne holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Verona to Saint-Etienne takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In November, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Saint-Etienne

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Musée d'art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Etienne Métropole
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Musee des Verts ©
Musee des Verts
Eglise Sainte Marie ©
Eglise Sainte Marie
La Grand'Eglise ©
La Grand'Eglise

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Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
On the 13th (Wed), admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and then ride a horse along Parc de la Tete d'Or. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, then see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Secrets d'Apiculteur.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon travel route builder website .

You can take a train from Saint-Etienne to Lyon in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In November in Lyon, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon ©
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon
Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon

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