18 days in Italy Itinerary

18 days in Italy Itinerary

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18 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  25​h
1
Rome
— 5 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
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Milan
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne

5
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Let the collections at Museo Storico Piana delle Orme and Mostra Permanente Tommaso Gismondi capture your imagination. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museo Nazionale Tarquiniense and Castello Odescalchi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Abbazia di Fossanova (in Fossanova), Monastero Di S.Benedetto (in Subiaco) and Chiesa Madonna del Parto (in Sutri). There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Museo e Cripta della Cattedrale di Anagni, contemplate the long history of Viterbo Historic Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbey of Saint Trinity, and pause for some serene contemplation at Monastero Di Santa Rosa.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome vacation planning site .

Melbourne, Australia to Rome is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Rome is minus 9 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in May; daily highs in Rome reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Anagni, Viterbo, Chiesa dei Santissimi Martiri Giapponesi, Museo Storico Piana delle Orme, Abbazia di Fossanova
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Monastero Di S.Benedetto ©
Monastero Di S.Benedetto
Museo Storico Piana delle Orme ©
Museo Storico Piana delle Orme
Chiesa di San Pietro ©
Chiesa di San Pietro

3
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Let the collections at Comprensorio Archeologico Minturnae and Museum of Silk capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scavi Archeologici di Ercolano and Basilica Benedettina di Sant'Angelo in Formis. Explore Naples' surroundings by going to Ercolano (Partem Domus lignea - Casa del Tramezzo di Legno & Casa di Nettuno e Anfitrite), Pozzuoli (Cattedrale di Pozzuoli & Baia Archeological Park) and Mitreo (in Santa Maria Capua Vetere). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Eremo di San Vitaliano and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Naples route maker .

You can take a train from Rome to Naples in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Ercolano, Pozzuoli, Caserta, Basilica Benedettina di Sant'Angelo in Formis, Comprensorio Archeologico Minturnae
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Mitreo ©
Mitreo
Casa di Nettuno e Anfitrite ©
Casa di Nettuno e Anfitrite

3
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like La Verna - Franciscan Sanctuary and Pieve di San Pietro di Roffeno. Museum-lovers will appreciate Convento di San Francesco and Corridoio Vasariano. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Castello dei Conti Guidi di Poppi (in Poppi), Rocchetta Mattei (in Grizzana Morandi) and Arezzo (Duomo San Donato & San Domenico Church).

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Florence itinerary builder website .

Traveling by train from Naples to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Naples in May since evenings lows in Florence dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Arezzo, Rocchetta Mattei, Pieve di San Pietro di Roffeno, Convento di San Francesco, La Verna - Franciscan Sanctuary
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La Verna - Franciscan Sanctuary ©
La Verna - Franciscan Sanctuary
Rocchetta Mattei ©
Rocchetta Mattei
Castello dei Conti Guidi di Poppi ©

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 12th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Martino, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Santa Maria e San Donato, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta e Chiesa di Santa Fosca, and finally steep yourself in history at Piazza dei Signori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Passeggiata lungo la restera, appreciate the extensive heritage of Passeggiata Lungo il Fiume Sile, contemplate the long history of Mura di Treviso, then steep yourself in history at Centro Storico di Treviso, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Lucia.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Venice trip planner.

Take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Venice sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Treviso, Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta e Chiesa di Santa Fosca, Chiesa di San Martino, Piazza dei Signori, Church of Santa Maria e San Donato
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Piazza dei Signori ©
Piazza dei Signori
Chiesa di San Martino ©
Chiesa di San Martino

3
nights
Milan

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie and Santuario del SS Crocifisso di Boca. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rocca d'Olgisio and Archeopark. Explore Milan's surroundings by going to Musei Civici Di Palazzo Farnese (in Piacenza), Santuario di Caravaggio - Santa Maria del Fronte (in Caravaggio) and Castello di Chignolo Po (in Chignolo Po). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Varallo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbazia di Chiaravalle, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Malpaga, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Giulio.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan trip planner.

You can take a train from Venice to Milan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Varallo, Musei Civici Di Palazzo Farnese, Rocca d'Olgisio, Castello di Malpaga, Santuario di Caravaggio - Santa Maria del Fronte
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Rocca d'Olgisio ©
Rocca d'Olgisio
Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie ©
Archeopark ©
Archeopark

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