18 days in Italy Itinerary

18 days in Italy Itinerary

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18 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Rome
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Naples
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Florence
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Venice
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Palermo, Sicily
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Paris

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Vatican Necropolis and Chiesa del Gesu. Get a sense of the local culture at Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini and Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica. Step out of Rome with an excursion to Villa d'Este in Tivoli--about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Museums, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and pause for some serene contemplation at San Pietro in Vincoli.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rome online trip maker .

Paris, France to Rome is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in September, expect Rome to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to 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. Get some cultural insight at Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli and Parco Acheologico di Ercolano. You'll explore and learn at Galleria Borbonica and Museo Cappella Sansevero. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Underground Naples, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pio Monte della Misericordia, explore the ancient world of The Neapolis Buried, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giovanni a Carbonara.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Naples holiday planner.

Take a train from Rome to Naples in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Naples, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Pompeii Archaeological Park, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Basilica San Miniato al Monte and Centro Storico. Visit Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Duomo for their historical value. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, and take an in-depth tour of Sinagoga di Firenze e Museo ebraico.

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Take a train from Naples to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can take a train 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 ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scuola Grande di San Rocco, take a stroll through Cannaregio, then get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, then make a trip to Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, and finally see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and then pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Venice road trip planner.

Take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Florence in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Venice, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°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

4
nights
Palermo, Sicily

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Get a sense of the local culture at Castello di Caccamo and Palazzo Steri - Chiaramonte - Carcere dei penitenziati. Get some historical perspective at Santuario Santa Rosalia and Santuario Gibilmanna. Venture out of the city with trips to Duomo di Cefalu (in Cefalu) and Museo del Motorismo Siciliano e della Targa Florio di Termini Imerese (in Termini Imerese). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Cataldo, admire the masterpieces at Museum of tiles Stanze al Genio, pause for some serene contemplation at Nobile e Monumentale Chiesa dell'Immacolata Concezione al Capo, and contemplate the long history of Villa Palagonia.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Palermo trip planning website .

Fly from Venice to Palermo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Cefalu, Villa Palagonia, Museo del Motorismo Siciliano e della Targa Florio di Termini Imerese, Castello di Caccamo, Chiostro dei Benedettini
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Palazzo Conte Federico ©
Palazzo Conte Federico
Duomo di Cefalu ©
Duomo di Cefalu
Castello di Caccamo ©
Castello di Caccamo

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