17 days in Amsterdam & Italy Itinerary

17 days in Amsterdam & Italy Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Van Gogh Museum and Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Herengracht and Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht). Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Rotterdam Centraal Station (in Rotterdam) and The Hague (Kunstmuseum Den Haag & The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, and visit The Jordaan.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam travel itinerary planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Amsterdam is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cape Town in October: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Rome, Italy

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cupola di San Pietro and Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri. Visit Colosseum and Pantheon for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Duomo di Orvieto (in Orvieto) and Viterbo (Viterbo Historic Centre & Palazzo dei Papi). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini, steep yourself in history at Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rome driving holiday site.

Getting from Amsterdam to Rome by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in October: high temperatures in Rome hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Florence, Italy

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Museo Nazionale del Bargello. Popular historic sites such as Duomo di Pisa and Basilica of San Frediano are in your itinerary. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Duomo (in Prato) and Pisa (Camposanto, Baptistery of St. John, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence online travel route planner.

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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Venice, Italy

City of Romance

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Piazza San Marco and Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Your inner history buff will appreciate Doge's Palace and Basilica di Santa Anastasia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Verona (Museo di Castelvecchio, Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, steep yourself in history at Scala Contarini del Bovolo, and snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Venice trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Florence, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Venice, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.