18 days in Italy Itinerary

18 days in Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Rome
— 4 nights
Train
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Naples
— 3 nights
Train
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Florence
— 3 nights
Drive
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Venice
— 2 nights
Fly
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Palermo, Sicily
— 4 nights
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Rome

— 4 nights

Eternal City

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: Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica (in Ostia Antica) and Villa d'Este (in Tivoli). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, pause for some serene contemplation at Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro, and steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip itinerary planner.

Paris, France to Rome is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in September: high temperatures in Rome hover around 32°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 3:

Naples

— 3 nights
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 The Neapolis Buried. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pompeii Archaeological Park and Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Galleria Borbonica, appreciate the extensive heritage of Underground Naples, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giovanni a Carbonara, and see the interesting displays at Museo Nazionale Ferroviario di Pietrarsa.

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

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 6:

Florence

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

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 Museo di San Marco. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, explore the venue of Palazzo Strozzi, take an in-depth tour of Corridoio Vasariano, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Florence online travel route planner.

You can take a train from Naples to Florence in 3 hours. Other options are to 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
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:

Venice

— 2 nights

City of Romance

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 take a bus. 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
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:

Palermo, Sicily

— 4 nights
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 Church of San Cataldo. Get out of town with these interesting Palermo side-trips: Santuario Gibilmanna (in Cefalu), Museo del Motorismo Siciliano e della Targa Florio di Termini Imerese (in Termini Imerese) and Castello di Caccamo (in Caccamo). 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 take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. 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

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:

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.