15 days in Italy Itinerary

15 days in Italy Itinerary

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15 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Lynchburg
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  24 h
1
Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Florence
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Rome
— 2 nights
Train:  6 h 15 min
4
Naples
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  5 h 45 min
5
Cefalu
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Taormina
— 1 night
+3
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly:  5 h 15 min
7
Venice
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
8
Milan
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  22 h 30 min
End: Lynchburg


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2
nights
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): look for gifts at Fannys Bazar, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Doria, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Cinque Terre Walk and Drink, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Giovanni Battista, appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo Storico di Corniglia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oratorio dei Disciplinati di Santa Caterina, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa Di San Pietro, and finally get into the urban bustle at Vernazza.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre online trip itinerary builder.

Lynchburg, USA to Cinque Terre is an approximately 24-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lynchburg to Cinque Terre is 6 hours. When traveling from Lynchburg in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cinque Terre: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Vernazza ©
Vernazza
Borgo Storico di Corniglia ©
Borgo Storico di Corniglia

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nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 18th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Loggia dei Lanzi. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Florence driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Florence in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May, daytime highs in Florence are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte

2
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Necropolis, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cupola di San Pietro, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and finally steep yourself in history at Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Venezia, make a trip to Roman Forum, then steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rome holiday app.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Florence in May since evenings lows in Rome dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Cupola di San Pietro ©
Cupola di San Pietro

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Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giovanni a Carbonara, contemplate the long history of Acquaquiglia del Pozzaro, admire the masterpieces at Monumental Complex Donnaregina - Diocesan Museum of Naples, then delve into the distant past at The Neapolis Buried, then explore the world behind art at Chiesa dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo - Complesso Museale dell'Arte della Seta, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo delle Torture.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Naples trip planner.

Take a train from Rome to Naples in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Naples, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cefalu.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Teatro Grande
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1
night
Cefalu

Cefalu ©
Cefalù is a city and comune in the Province of Palermo, located on the northern coast of Sicily, Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea about 70km east of the provincial capital and 185km west of Messina. On the 24th (Sun), make a trip to Piazza del Duomo, explore the ancient world of Tempio di Diana, look for gifts at La Di Da', take in the spiritual surroundings of Oratorio del Santissimo Sacramento, then make a trip to Duomo di Cefalu, and finally admire the striking features of Chiostro della Cattedrale di Cefalu. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Lido Angeli del Mare, don't miss a visit to Corso Ruggero, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocca di Cefalu, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Mandralisca, then explore the ancient world of Mura Megalitiche, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Lungomare Cristoforo Colombo.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cefalu online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Naples to Cefalu in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or ride a ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Taormina.

Things to do in Cefalu

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Duomo di Cefalu ©
Duomo di Cefalu
Rocca di Cefalu ©
Rocca di Cefalu
Museo Mandralisca ©
Museo Mandralisca

1
night
Taormina

Taormina
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.
To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Taormina tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cefalu to Taormina takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Taormina sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 61°F at night. On the 26th (Tue), you'll travel to Venice.

Things to do in Taormina

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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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.
On the 26th (Tue), wander the streets of Campo Santa Margherita, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Pantalon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, then get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, then stop by Campo del Ghetto, and finally take a stroll through Cannaregio. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercati di Rialto, steep yourself in history at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and finally contemplate the long history of Scala Contarini del Bovolo.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Venice journey website.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Taormina to Venice in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Taormina in May, Venice is a bit cooler at night with lows of 55°F. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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night
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.
On the 28th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, and then steep yourself in history at Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Milan driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Venice to Milan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. May in Milan sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums
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Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro ©
Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa ©
Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa
Bagatti Valsecchi Museum ©
Bagatti Valsecchi Museum

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