17 days in Italy Itinerary

17 days in Italy Itinerary

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17 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Palermo, Sicily
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Naples
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Ravello
— 2 nights
Subway + Train:  3 h
4
Rome
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Orvieto
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Assisi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Florence
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Verona
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 30 min
9
Venice
— 2 nights
Fly:  11 h 15 min
End: Toronto

1
night
Palermo, Sicily

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church and Monastery of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, examine the collection at Museum of tiles Stanze al Genio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Cataldo, then admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Conte Federico, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Giuseppe dei Teatini, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oratorio di Santa Cita. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oratorio di San Lorenzo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Palermo, contemplate the long history of Norman Palace, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Inferiore della Cappella Palatina, then don't miss a visit to Chiostro dei Benedettini, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Monreale.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Palermo sightseeing website.

Toronto, Canada to Palermo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Palermo due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Naples.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Monreale
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Oratorio di Santa Cita ©
Oratorio di Santa Cita
Duomo di Monreale ©
Duomo di Monreale
Palazzo Conte Federico ©
Palazzo Conte Federico

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nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Temple of Apollo, delve into the distant past at Forum, delve into the distant past at Terme del Foro, then delve into the distant past at Casa del Fauno, then delve into the distant past at Teatro Grande, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Cappella Sansevero. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sant'Anna dei Lombardi (Monteoliveto), contemplate the long history of Acquaquiglia del Pozzaro, engage your brain at Museo delle Arti Sanitarie, get curious at MUSA - Museo Universitario delle Scienze e delle Arti, then get engrossed in the history at Complesso Museale Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio ad Arco, and finally make a trip to Via San Gregorio Armeno.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Naples attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Palermo to Naples takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ravello.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Pompeii
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Museo delle Arti Sanitarie ©
Museo delle Arti Sanitarie
Forum ©
Forum

2
nights
Ravello

Ravello ©
Best known for its celebrated terraced gardens, Ravello is a hidden gem of Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Sant'Andrea, pause for some serene contemplation at Cloister del Paradiso, then trek along Ravello - Atrani Walk, then view the masterpieces at Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Cimbrone Gardens. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Spiaggia della Gavitella, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Grande, enjoy the sand and surf at Fornillo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano, then take in the exciting artwork at Miniaci Art Gallery, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Faito e Panorama.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ravello trip planner.

Traveling by car from Naples to Ravello takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Naples in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Ravello. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Positano, Amalfi, Monte Faito e Panorama, Spiaggia della Gavitella
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Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens

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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 8th (Fri): admire the striking features of Villa Borghese, get a taste of the local shopping with ALEFBET, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then see the interesting displays at Stanze di Raffaello, and finally contemplate the long history of Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, then take an in-depth tour of Welcome to Rome, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rome trip planner.

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. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rome when traveling from Ravello in May, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Orvieto.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Villa Borghese ©
Villa Borghese
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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night
Orvieto

Orvieto ©
The striking town of Orvieto, perched on a volcanic cliff overlooking the Umbrian countryside, is known as the Green Heart of Italy.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Orvieto, see the interesting displays at Etruscan Museum "Claudio Faina", pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Orvieto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cappella del Corporale, then look for gifts at Il Negozietto, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico Orvieto.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Orvieto day trip planning website.

You can take a train from Rome to Orvieto in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Rome in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Orvieto, with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Assisi.

Things to do in Orvieto

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Duomo di Orvieto ©
Duomo di Orvieto
Centro Storico Orvieto
Centro Storico Orvieto
Sant'Andrea, Orvieto ©
Sant'Andrea, Orvieto

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nights
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
On the 11th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eremo delle Carceri, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, examine the collection at Museo della Porziuncola, then look for gifts at Assisi Jewels, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Superiore di San Francesco, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Chiara, do a tasting at Azienda Agraria Saio, delve into the distant past at Roman Forum and Archaeological Museum, steep yourself in history at Porta Consolare, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria Maggiore.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Assisi online journey planner.

Getting from Orvieto to Assisi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May in Assisi, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Spello
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Eremo delle Carceri ©
Eremo delle Carceri
Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola

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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 13th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Stibbert Museum, get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, see the interesting displays at Museo di Palazzo Davanzati, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, and finally see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, ponder the world of politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then take in the exciting artwork at M.G. Design, and finally contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Florence trip planning tool.

Getting from Assisi to Florence by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace

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Verona

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, explore the historical opulence of Museo di Castelvecchio, pause for some serene contemplation at chiesa di San Lorenzo - Verona, then see the grandeur of opera at Arena di Verona, then explore the ancient world of Porta dei Borsari, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Anastasia.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Verona trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Florence to Verona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Verona, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Nightlife Museums
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Basilica di Santa Anastasia ©
Basilica di Santa Anastasia
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore
Museo di Castelvecchio ©
Museo di Castelvecchio

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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.
On the 16th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, then admire the landmark architecture of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, and finally make a trip to Piazza San Marco. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Pantalon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, then stop by Campo del Ghetto, and finally take a stroll through Cannaregio.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Venice holiday planner.

You can take a bus from Verona to Venice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

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

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