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 Seine River. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Musee des Emaux et de la Mosaique in Briare, about 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

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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. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Francisco in April, with highs in Paris at 60°F and lows at 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to fly to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · 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 The Baptistery of St. John. Step off the beaten path and head to Basilica San Miniato al Monte and Piazza Maggiore. Go for a jaunt from Florence to Ravenna to see Basilica San Vitale about 2h 15 min away. There's much more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, see the interesting displays at Museo di San Marco, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and admire the striking features of Loggia dei Lanzi.

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 67°F and lows of 50°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 · 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 Wine Tours & Tastings. Get out of town with these interesting San Gimignano side-trips: Walls of Monteriggioni (in Monteriggioni), Siena (Torre del Mangia & Biblioteca Piccolomini) and Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino). 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 train; or take a bus. 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 Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura. 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, don't miss a visit to Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, 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 train; or take a bus. 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 fly 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.