15 days in Italy Itinerary

15 days in Italy Itinerary

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15 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  17 h
1
Venice
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Milan
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Florence
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Rome
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Venice
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Minneapolis

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Via Garibaldi and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, and finally examine the collection at Doge's Palace.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Venice online trip itinerary planner.

Minneapolis, USA to Venice is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. Traveling from Minneapolis to Venice, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Minneapolis in March: high temperatures in Venice hover around 58°F and lows are around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

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

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa, examine the collection at Gallerie d’Italia, then explore the world behind art at Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Villa Necchi Campiglio.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Milan online trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Venice to Milan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In March in Milan, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Villa Necchi Campiglio ©
Villa Necchi Campiglio
Gallerie d’Italia ©
Gallerie d’Italia

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. On your second day here, examine the collection at Museo di Palazzo Davanzati, admire the striking features of Cappelle Medicee, see the interesting displays at Stibbert Museum, then explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally appreciate the history behind Loggia dei Lanzi.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Florence trip itinerary site .

You can take a train from Milan to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in March, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

5
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini and Centrale Montemartini will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Duomo di Orvieto and Church of St. Louis of the French. Take a break from Rome with a short trip to Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica in Ostia Antica, about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, and contemplate the long history of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rome travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In March, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Duomo di Orvieto, Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Venice

Venice ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Palazzo Malipiero, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then explore the world behind art at Ca' Pesaro Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna, then explore the world behind art at Palazzo Mocenigo, and finally admire the striking features of Scuola Grande di San Rocco. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa della Madonna dell'Orto, make a trip to Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta detta I Gesuiti, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Zaccaria, then steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, and finally admire the striking features of Scala Contarini del Bovolo.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Venice tour itinerary tool.

Getting from Rome to Venice by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums
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Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Ponte dei Sospiri ©
Ponte dei Sospiri
Scala Contarini del Bovolo ©
Scala Contarini del Bovolo

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