18 days in Italy & Paris Itinerary

18 days in Italy & Paris Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
2
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
3
San Gimignano, Italy
— 3 nights
4
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ile Saint-Louis and Left Bank (Rive Gauche). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Chateau de Fontainebleau (in Fontainebleau) and Musee des Emaux et de la Mosaique (in Briare). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Orangerie, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, explore the activities along Seine River, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

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San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Paris, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Francisco in April, with highs in Paris at °F and lows at °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Fontainebleau, Musee des Emaux et de la Mosaique
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica of Santa Croce and The Baptistery of St. John. Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Food Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Basilica San Vitale (in Ravenna) and Piazza Maggiore (in Bologna). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, and contemplate the long history of Palazzo Vecchio.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Florence road trip planner.

You can fly from Paris to Florence in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, Florence is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Basilica San Vitale, Piazza Maggiore
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Palazzo Vecchio ©
Palazzo Vecchio

3
nights
San Gimignano, Italy

San Gimignano ©
A historical gem in the heart of Tuscany, San Gimignano is known as the Town of Fine Towers for its jutting skyline of high city walls.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Piazza del Campo and Wine Tours & Tastings. Get a sense of the local culture at Duomo di Siena and Walls of Monteriggioni. Get out of town with these interesting San Gimignano side-trips: Siena (Torre del Mangia & Biblioteca Piccolomini) and Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of San Gimignano and learn about winemaking at Podere La Marronaia- Sosta Alle Colonne.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Gimignano trip planner.

Drive from Florence to San Gimignano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in San Gimignano can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Rome.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Historic Sites Wineries Tours

Side Trips

Siena, Walls of Monteriggioni, Abbazia di San Galgano
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Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Wine Tours & Tastings
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo

5
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore and Cupola di San Pietro. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rome: Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore), Museo del Cioccolato Antica Norba (in Norma) and Giardino di Ninfa (in Cisterna di Latina). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Museums, wander the streets of Trastevere, appreciate the extensive heritage of Civita di Bagnoregio, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from San Gimignano to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Rome are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Museo del Cioccolato Antica Norba, Cascata delle Marmore, Giardino di Ninfa, Civita di Bagnoregio
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Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore ©
Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trastevere ©
Trastevere

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