11 days in France & Italy Itinerary

11 days in France & Italy Itinerary

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11 days in France & Italy Itinerary

Start: Brooklyn, United States
Drive + Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Nice, France
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  8 h
3
Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
4
Varenna, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
5
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Brooklyn, United States

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Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
On the 11th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at St Nicholas Cathedral.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice road trip planner.

Brooklyn, USA to Nice is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites
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Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice ©
Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice

3
nights
Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France

Chateauneuf-du-Pape ©
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. On the 11th (Wed), explore the ancient world of La Maison Carree and then learn about winemaking at Chateau Fortia. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Cave Ourouse, do a tasting at Domain du Banneret, learn about winemaking at Vignobles Mayard, then do a tasting at Distillerie A. Blachere, then do a tasting at The Best Vintage, and finally do a tasting at Santa Duc Wine Shop.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Chateauneuf-du-Pape trip planning app .

You can drive from Nice to Chateauneuf-du-Pape in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Milan.

Things to do in Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Wineries Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Orange, Sites Archeologiques de Vaison la Romaine, La Maison Carree
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Distillerie A. Blachere ©
Distillerie A. Blachere
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange

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Milan, Italy

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.
Do your shopping at Piazza delle Erbe and Enoteca Iemmallo. Visit Duomo di Milano and Museo di Castelvecchio for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milan: Verona (Casa di Giulietta, Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, & more) and Museo Egizio (in Turin). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, steep yourself in history at Il Cenacolo, and admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

Discover how to plan a Milan trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Chateauneuf-du-Pape to Milan takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Varenna.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Verona, Museo Egizio
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Piazza delle Erbe ©
Piazza delle Erbe

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night
Varenna, Italy

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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at i Giardini di Villa Melzi.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Varenna road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Milan to Varenna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Varenna, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Bellagio
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I Giardini di Villa Melzi ©
I Giardini di Villa Melzi
S. Giovanni Battista ©
S. Giovanni Battista
Villa Monastero ©
Villa Monastero

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Milan, Italy

Milan ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca di Brera and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Milan travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Varenna to Milan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Museums Historic Sites
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Pinacoteca di Brera ©
Pinacoteca di Brera

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