18 days in Italy & Paris Itinerary

18 days in Italy & Paris Itinerary

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

— 3 nights

City of Light

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 Musee de l'Orangerie and Chateau de Fontainebleau. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Ile Saint-Louis. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Musee des Emaux et de la Mosaique in Briare, about 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and contemplate the waterfront views at Seine River.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Paris. Traveling from San Francisco in April, things will get little chillier in Paris: highs are around 60°F and lows about 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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Florence, Italy

— 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

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 Wine Tours & Tastings. Step off the beaten path and head to Basilica San Vitale and The Baptistery of St. John. Go for a jaunt from Florence to Bologna to see Piazza Maggiore about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Florence sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in April, with highs in Florence at 67°F and lows at 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

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San Gimignano, Italy

— 3 nights

Town of Fine Towers

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 Duomo di Siena. Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Abbazia di San Galgano. Get out of town with these interesting San Gimignano side-trips: Walls of Monteriggioni (in Monteriggioni) and Siena (Torre del Mangia, Biblioteca Piccolomini, &more). It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Podere La Marronaia- Sosta Alle Colonne.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Gimignano vacation app.

Traveling by car from Florence to San Gimignano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in San Gimignano, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 47°F at night. 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

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Rome, Italy

— 5 nights

Eternal City

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 Cascata delle Marmore. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and Pantheon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rome: Giardino di Ninfa (in Cisterna di Latina), Museo del Cioccolato Antica Norba (in Norma) and Civita di Bagnoregio (in Bagnoregio). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Museums, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, and admire the landmark architecture of Cupola di San Pietro.

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 69°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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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.