23 days in Italy Itinerary

23 days in Italy Itinerary

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23 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  26​h
1
Rome
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Ascoli Piceno
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Lucca
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
4
Montecatini Terme
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Portofino
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Catania
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Rome
— Few hours
Fly:  26​h
End: Brisbane

1
day
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 3rd (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Colle Aventino, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa del Gesu, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rome route planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Rome is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Rome, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Brisbane in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Rome, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ascoli Piceno.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites
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Colle Aventino ©
Colle Aventino
Piazza Navona ©
Piazza Navona
Church of St. Louis of the French ©
Church of St. Louis of the French

2
nights
Ascoli Piceno

Ascoli Piceno ©
Home to more than 200 towers during the Middle Ages, Ascoli Piceno has one of the most beautiful main plazas in Italy.
On the 4th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa della Scopa, make a trip to Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo, make a trip to Piazza del Popolo, then explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Civica di Ascoli Piceno, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza Arringo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): snap pictures at Ponte di Cecco, then contemplate the long history of Forte Malatesta, then pause for some serene contemplation at San Vincenzo e Anastasio, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Ventidio Basso.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ascoli Piceno road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Rome to Ascoli Piceno takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lucca.

Things to do in Ascoli Piceno

Historic Sites Museums
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Chiesa della Scopa ©
Chiesa della Scopa
San Vincenzo e Anastasio ©
San Vincenzo e Anastasio
Forte Malatesta ©
Forte Malatesta

5
nights
Lucca

Lucca ©
Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Duomo di Pisa and Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina. Explore hidden gems such as Basilica of San Frediano and Camposanto. Explore Lucca's surroundings by going to Basilica romanica di San Piero a Grado (in Pisa), Centro Storico del Paese di Tellaro (in Tellaro) and Duomo di San Cristoforo (in Barga). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Michele in Foro, don't miss a visit to Piazza Anfiteatro, steep yourself in history at St Martin Cathedral, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Romano.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Lucca trip website .

You can drive from Ascoli Piceno to Lucca in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. September in Lucca sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Montecatini Terme.

Things to do in Lucca

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Pisa, Duomo di San Cristoforo, Centro Storico del Paese di Tellaro
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Basilica of San Frediano ©
Basilica of San Frediano
Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina ©

3
nights
Montecatini Terme

Montecatini Terme ©
Montecatini Terme is an Italian municipality of 21,095 inhabitants within the province of Pistoia in Tuscany, Italy. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Montecatini Alto and Barberino Val d'Elsa. Popular historic sites such as Centro Storico di Buggiano and Via del Borgo o degli Asini are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Poggio al Bosco (in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa), Castello dei Vicari (in Lari) and Volterra (Piazza dei Priori & Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sacro Monte San Vivaldo, stroll around Parco delle Terme di Montecatini, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico Montecarlo, and explore the fascinating underground world of Grotta Maona.

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Montecatini Terme is just a stone's throw from Lucca. September in Montecatini Terme sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Portofino.

Things to do in Montecatini Terme

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trips

Volterra, Centro Storico Montecarlo, Poggio al Bosco, Sacro Monte San Vivaldo, Cathedral of Saint Zeno
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Poggio al Bosco ©
Poggio al Bosco
Sacro Monte San Vivaldo ©
Sacro Monte San Vivaldo
Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta

2
nights
Portofino

Portofino ©
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Giorgio, enjoy the sea views from Faro di Portofino, explore the historical opulence of Castello Brown, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Margherita d'Antiochia - Santuario di Nostra Signora della Rosa, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parrocchia Di San Martino. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Baia di Paraggi, then shop like a local with Galleria d'Arte Portofino, and then take in the waterfront activity at Marina di Portofino.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Portofino trip planning tool .

You can drive from Montecatini Terme to Portofino in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Portofino when traveling from Montecatini Terme in September, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Catania.

Things to do in Portofino

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Margherita Ligure
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Church of San Giorgio ©
Church of San Giorgio
Castello Brown ©
Castello Brown
Faro di Portofino ©
Faro di Portofino

7
nights
Catania

Catania ©
The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Piazza Duomo and Etna Donkey Trekking. St. Nicholas Cathedral and Gambino Vini are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Catania: Castillo de Castelmola (in Castelmola), Cavagrande del Cassibile (in Avola) and Syracuse (Chiesa di San Filippo Apostolo, Riserva Naturale Orientata Cavagrande del Cassibile, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Castello Normanno, appreciate the extensive heritage of Monastero del San salvatore, get engrossed in the history at Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Santa Chiara.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Catania trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Portofino to Catania takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Rome.

Things to do in Catania

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Noto, Syracuse, Linguaglossa, Castillo de Castelmola, Basilica di San Sebastiano
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Piazza Duomo ©
Piazza Duomo
Etna Donkey Trekking ©
Etna Donkey Trekking
St. Nicholas Cathedral ©
St. Nicholas Cathedral

few
hours
Rome

Rome
To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rome trip planner .

Getting from Catania to Rome by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Tours Historic Sites Nightlife
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