18 days in Italy Itinerary

18 days in Italy Itinerary

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18 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Lyon
Drive:  9​h
1
Milan
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Venice
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 15​min
3
Florence
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome
— 7 nights
Train + Subway:  3​h
5
Ravello
— 2 nights
+4
Bus + Train + Bus + Fly + Tram:  8​h 30​min
End: Lyon

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario di Caravaggio - Santa Maria del Fronte.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Milan online holiday planner .

Lyon, France to Milan is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of tram and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. You will leave for Venice on the 18th (Thu).

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santuario di Caravaggio - Santa Maria del Fronte
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1
night
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.
On the 18th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Doge's Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Scuola Grande di San Rocco.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Venice travel planning site .

Traveling by train from Milan to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

4
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Abbazia di San Galgano and Historic Centre of San Gimignano will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Centro Storico and The Baptistery of St. John. Venture out of the city with trips to San Gimignano Bell Tower (in San Gimignano) and Pisa (Duomo di Pisa & Camposanto). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, make a trip to Piazza della Signoria, admire the striking features of Loggia dei Lanzi, and get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Florence online trip itinerary builder .

Take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

San Gimignano, Pisa, Abbazia di San Galgano
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano

7
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini and Monastero Di S.Benedetto. Bring the kids along to Palatine Hill and Spiaggia di Torre Paola. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Villa d'Este (in Tivoli), Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica (in Ostia Antica) and Giardino di Ninfa (in Cisterna di Latina). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, make a trip to Vatican Museums, explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and step into the grandiose world of Castello Orsini-Odescalchi.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Giardino di Ninfa, Villa d'Este, Monastero Di S.Benedetto, Museo Storico Piana delle Orme
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Ravello

Ravello ©
Your inner history buff will appreciate Villa Cimbrone Gardens and Duomo di Sant'Andrea. Do some cultural sightseeing at Le Vigne di Raito and Chiostro del Paradiso. Get out of town with these interesting Ravello side-trips: Fornillo (in Positano) and Badia della Santissima Trinita' (in Cava De' Tirreni).

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Ravello journey app .

Traveling by combination of train and subway from Rome to Ravello takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rome in July: highs in Ravello hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Amalfi, Badia della Santissima Trinita', Fornillo, Le Vigne di Raito
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

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