15 days in Northwest Italy, Southern Italy & Italy Itinerary

15 days in Northwest Italy, Southern Italy & Italy Itinerary

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15 days in Northwest Italy, Southern Italy & Italy Itinerary

Start: Rome
1
Rome
— 3 nights
Drive + Ferry:  3 h 15 min
2
Capri, Island of Capri
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6 h 45 min
3
Carloforte, Sardinia
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5 h 30 min
4
Assisi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Florence
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
6
Venice
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
End: Rome

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nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll explore and learn at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Your inner history buff will appreciate Palatine Hill and Colosseum. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Pantheon, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rome day trip planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport and Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport. In May in Rome, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Capri.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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day
Capri, Island of Capri

Capri ©
The island of Capri encompasses all the magical allure of the Mediterranean--dramatic blue waters, lush mountainous landscape, and picturesque island villages.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Grande Public Beach, then tour the water at your own pace with Vincenzo Capri Boats, and then get engrossed in the history at Villa San Michele.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Capri holiday tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Rome to Capri in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, subway, and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Capri can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Carloforte.

Things to do in Capri

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Villa San Michele
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Villa San Michele ©
Villa San Michele
Marina Grande Public Beach ©
Marina Grande Public Beach
Vincenzo Capri Boats ©
Vincenzo Capri Boats

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Carloforte, Sardinia

Carloforte ©
Carloforte is a fishing and resort town of located on Isola di San Pietro, approximately 7km off the southwestern coast of Sardinia, in southern Sardinia, Italy.HistoryAccording to a legend, a local church was founded in the early 14th century in honour of hundreds of participants to the so-called Children's Crusade of 1212 who perished in a shipwreck just off the island on their way to North Africa during a gale. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Sandalo, then kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Cala Fico, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia di Punta Nera, and finally kick back and relax at Punta Delle Colonne. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Antica Tonnara di Porto Paglia, take an in-depth tour of Municipal Archaeological Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Conca.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Carloforte tour builder website .

Explore your travel options from Capri to Carloforte with the Route module. Traveling from Capri in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Carloforte, with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Assisi.

Things to do in Carloforte

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Antica Tonnara di Porto Paglia, Villa Sulcis Archaeological Museum
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Cape Sandalo ©
Cape Sandalo
Spiaggia di Punta Nera ©
Spiaggia di Punta Nera
Villa Sulcis Archaeological Museum ©
Villa Sulcis Archaeological Museum

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Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): make a trip to Old Town, explore the world behind art at Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica inferiore di San Francesco d'Assisi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Chiara, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cripta di San Francesco. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Rocca Maggiore, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eremo delle Carceri, look for all kinds of wild species at Bosco di San Francesco, then explore the ancient world of Roman Forum and Archaeological Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di San Rufino.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Assisi day trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Carloforte to Assisi. When traveling from Carloforte in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Assisi, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Perugia
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Basilica di Santa Chiara ©
Basilica di Santa Chiara
Eremo delle Carceri ©
Eremo delle Carceri
Cattedrale di San Rufino ©
Cattedrale di San Rufino

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Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Visiting Castello di Verrazzano and Fattoria Casaloste will get you outdoors. Appreciate the collections at Pitti Palace and Basilica di Santa Croce. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Florence road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Assisi to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Greve in Chianti
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Doge's Palace. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute and Centro Storico di Venezia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Pineta di Volano (in Lido di Volano), Riviera 6 - Bagno 6 (in Lignano Riviera) and Laguna di Bibione (in Bibione). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Canal Grande and take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Venice day trip site .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Venice are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Pineta di Volano, Laguna di Bibione, Riviera 6 - Bagno 6
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Centro Storico di Venezia ©
Centro Storico di Venezia

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