8 days in Italy Itinerary

8 days in Italy Itinerary

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8 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Rome
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Florence
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Venice
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Bolzano
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Varenna
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
6
Milan
— 1 night
Fly:  16 h
End: San Francisco

1
night
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 1st (Tue), delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Colosseum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and finally make a trip to Trevi Fountain.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Rome tour app.

San Francisco, USA to Rome is an approximately 18- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Rome is 9 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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night
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 3rd (Thu), take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally explore the world behind art at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence tour itinerary maker tool.

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): make a trip to Piazza San Marco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Venice, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bolzano.

Things to do in Venice

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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Bolzano

Bolzano ©
South Tyrol's capital, Bolzano, has been named the Italian city with the highest quality of life.
On the 5th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Duomo Maria Assunta, see the interesting displays at Tesoro Del Duomo, take an in-depth tour of BAS - Opfer fur die Freiheit, then walk around Puez-Geisler Nature Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of BZ '18-'45: Un monumento, una citta, due dittature.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bolzano visit planner.

Traveling by car from Venice to Bolzano takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Bolzano are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Varenna.

Things to do in Bolzano

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Puez-Geisler Nature Park ©
Puez-Geisler Nature Park
BAS - Opfer fur die Freiheit ©
BAS - Opfer fur die Freiheit
Tesoro Del Duomo ©
Tesoro Del Duomo

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night
Varenna

Varenna ©
Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, pause for some serene contemplation at S. Giovanni Battista, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio, take in nature's colorful creations at Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi, then enjoy the sand and surf at Riva Bianca Beach, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Valchiavenna.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Varenna trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bolzano to Varenna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Varenna are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Valchiavenna, Riva Bianca Beach
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Riva Bianca Beach ©
Riva Bianca Beach
Villa Monastero ©
Villa Monastero
Valchiavenna ©
Valchiavenna

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Milan

Milan ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, then don't miss a visit to Monumento a Ruggero Boscovich, and finally admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Milan online trip builder.

Take a train from Varenna to Milan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

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