18 days in Italy Itinerary

18 days in Italy Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Rome
— 4 nights
2
Naples
— 3 nights
3
Florence
— 3 nights
4
Venice
— 2 nights
5
Palermo, Sicily
— 4 nights

4
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Appreciate the collections at Vatican Museums and Centrale Montemartini. Get some cultural insight at Colosseum and Pantheon. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Villa d'Este (in Tivoli) and Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica (in Ostia Antica). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, and contemplate the long history of Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary tool.

Paris, France to Rome is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in September, with highs in Rome at 32°C and lows at 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa d'Este, Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

3
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Step off the beaten path and head to Parco Acheologico di Ercolano and Galleria Borbonica. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pompeii Archaeological Park and Lungomare Caracciolo. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giovanni a Carbonara, explore the world behind art at Chiesa dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo - Complesso Museale dell'Arte della Seta, and explore the ancient world of The Neapolis Buried.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Naples online trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Rome to Naples in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, Pompeii Archaeological Park
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Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Galleria Borbonica ©
Galleria Borbonica
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano ©
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano

3
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Baptistery of St. John will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Centro Storico and Palazzo Strozzi. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, see the interesting displays at Museo di San Marco, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Florence day trip site.

Traveling by train from Naples to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Historic Sites
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Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

2
nights
Venice

Venice ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, take a stroll through Cannaregio, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, and finally see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Venice tour planning site.

You can drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Traveling from Florence in October, expect nights in Venice to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Palermo.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari ©

4
nights
Palermo, Sicily

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
You'll explore and learn at Santuario Santa Rosalia and Museum of tiles Stanze al Genio. Your inner history buff will appreciate Duomo di Cefalu and Castello di Caccamo. Get out of town with these interesting Palermo side-trips: Museo del Motorismo Siciliano e della Targa Florio di Termini Imerese (in Termini Imerese) and Santuario Gibilmanna (in Cefalu). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Palazzo Conte Federico, pause for some serene contemplation at Santissimo Salvatore, Palermo, stroll the grounds of Catacombe dei Cappuccini, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church and Monastery of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Palermo online attractions planner.

You can fly from Venice to Palermo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Cefalu, Museo del Motorismo Siciliano e della Targa Florio di Termini Imerese, Castello di Caccamo, Villa Palagonia, Chiostro dei Benedettini
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Castello di Caccamo ©
Castello di Caccamo
Duomo di Cefalu ©
Duomo di Cefalu
Santuario Santa Rosalia ©
Santuario Santa Rosalia

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