18 days in Italy & Paris Itinerary

18 days in Italy & Paris Itinerary

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18 days in Italy & Paris Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
San Gimignano, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: San Francisco, United States

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seine River and Musee de l'Orangerie. Eiffel Tower and Chateau de Fontainebleau are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Musee des Emaux et de la Mosaique in Briare--about 1h 55 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, take a stroll through Trocadero, and get to know the fascinating history of Left Bank (Rive Gauche).

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip site .

San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Paris, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, Paris is slightly colder than San Francisco - with highs of 60°F and lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Pitti Palace. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Food Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Basilica San Vitale (in Ravenna) and Piazza Maggiore (in Bologna). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, explore the historical opulence of Palazzo Vecchio, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, and examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Florence trip maker website .

Getting from Paris to Florence by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in April, things will get a bit warmer in Florence: highs are around 67°F and lows about 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Piazza Maggiore, Basilica San Vitale
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Food Tours
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Piazza del Campo and Historic Centre of San Gimignano. Duomo di Siena and Torre del Mangia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore San Gimignano's surroundings by going to Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino) and Siena (Biblioteca Piccolomini & Wine Tours & Tastings). It doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Walls of Monteriggioni and learn about winemaking at Podere La Marronaia- Sosta Alle Colonne.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Gimignano travel planning website .

You can drive from Florence to San Gimignano in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in San Gimignano can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 47°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 Tours Wineries

Side Trips

Siena, Abbazia di San Galgano, Walls of Monteriggioni
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Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Civita di Bagnoregio. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Venture out of the city with trips to Museo del Cioccolato Antica Norba (in Norma), Giardino di Ninfa (in Cisterna di Latina) and Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, contemplate the long history of Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri.

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Drive from San Gimignano to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

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