16 days in Spain, France & Italy Itinerary

16 days in Spain, France & Italy Itinerary

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16 days in Spain, France & Italy Itinerary

Start: Madrid, Spain
Train:  2​h 45​min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train + Bus:  5​h
5
Ravello, Italy
— 2 nights
Subway + Train:  3​h
6
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
End: Rome, Italy

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): shop like a local with La Boqueria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Parc Guell, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then make a trip to Casa Batllo.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Barcelona trip maker tool .

Madrid to Barcelona is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in August, expect nights in Barcelona to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are slightly colder, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Paris.

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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
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El Barri Gòtic
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Las Ramblas

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Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Abbaye de Saint-Germain-des-Pres. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum and visit Île de la Cité.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Paris day trip website .

You can fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in September, things will get slightly colder in Paris: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

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Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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Venice, Italy

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 6th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then make a trip to Piazza San Marco, and finally see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel, then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice trip itinerary planning app .

Fly from Paris to Venice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in September: high temperatures in Venice hover around 29°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can take a train to Florence.

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Scrovegni Chapel
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally admire the masterpieces at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence trip planner.

Take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Florence

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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma, pause for some serene contemplation at Cappella Sant'Angelo all'Ospedale, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Sant'Andrea, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cloister del Paradiso, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Giovanni del Toro, and finally admire the striking features of Villa Rufolo. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa dell'Annunziata, then stroll through Villa Cimbrone Gardens, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Convento Frati Minori Conventuali S.Francesco.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ravello holiday planning app .

Do a combination of train and bus from Florence to Ravello in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ravello when traveling from Florence in September, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Amalfi, Scala
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Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Chiesa dell'Annunziata ©
Chiesa dell'Annunziata

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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Popular historic sites such as Colosseum and Piazza Navona are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Pantheon and St. Peter's Basilica. Take a break from Rome with a short trip to Villa Adriana in Tivoli, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, make a trip to Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rome trip builder site .

You can do a combination of subway and train from Ravello to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ravello in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Rome, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa Adriana
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
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St. Peter's Basilica

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