26 days in Italy Itinerary

26 days in Italy Itinerary

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26 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Fly:  31 h
1
Rome
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Salerno
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h 30 min
3
Positano
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
Assisi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Siena
— 2 nights
6
Siena
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
7
Florence
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Verona
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 30 min
9
Venice
— 3 nights
Fly:  33 h
End: Christchurch

3
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Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get a sense of the local culture at Colosseum and Piazza Navona. Escape the urban bustle at Catacombs of Saint Callixtus and V Lounge Beach Club. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, make a trip to Trevi Fountain, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome online trip builder .

Christchurch, New Zealand to Rome is an approximately 31-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Christchurch to Rome, you'll gain 11 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Christchurch in September, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Rome: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Salerno.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

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nights
Salerno

Salerno ©
While often overshadowed by the Amalfi Coast's array of quaint villages, Salerno has become one of the region's main areas for culture and entertainment, while remaining relatively unmarked by tourism.
You'll get in some beach time at Spiaggia di castiglione and Spiaggia di Marina d'Albori. Get outdoors at Spiaggia Lannio and Marina Di Vietri. Explore Salerno's surroundings by going to Paestum (Le Mura, Parrocchia Ss. Annunziata, &more) and Ravello (Convento Frati Minori Conventuali S.Francesco, Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Salerno War Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Agostino, explore the world behind art at Museo provinciale della Ceramica, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Salerno.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Salerno tour builder website .

You can take a train from Rome to Salerno in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Rome in September since evenings lows in Salerno dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Positano.

Things to do in Salerno

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Ravello, Paestum, Vietri sul Mare, Spiaggia Lannio
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Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Paestum Ruins ©
Paestum Ruins

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Positano

Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
We've included these beaches for you: Lido di Ravello and Fornillo. Get in touch with nature at Fishing Charters & Tours and Valle dei Mulini. Venture out of the city with trips to Amalfi (Duomo di Sant'Andrea & Valle delle Ferriere) and Ravello (Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, Duomo di Ravello, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cloister del Paradiso.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Positano tour itinerary site .

Traveling by ferry from Salerno to Positano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ravello, Amalfi
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello
Fornillo ©
Fornillo

2
nights
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Rocca Maggiore, look for gifts at La mela in tasca, learn about winemaking at Bibenda Assisi, look for all kinds of wild species at Bosco di San Francesco, then see the interesting displays at Museo della Porziuncola, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola. On the next day, learn about winemaking at Tili Vini Societa Agricola, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, then shop like a local with B.A.T. Assisi, then take in the exciting artwork at Assisi Galleria 6C, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eremo delle Carceri.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Assisi route planner.

Drive from Positano to Assisi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Assisi when traveling from Positano in September, with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Siena.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola
Eremo delle Carceri ©
Eremo delle Carceri

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Siena

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, and then contemplate the long history of Centro Storico di Siena. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Piazza del Campo, take in panoramic vistas at Torre del Mangia, stop by Bianco e Nero di Sonia Staccioli , admire the masterpieces at Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, then get a taste of the local shopping with Silvia Tanganelli, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero di San Giovanni.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Siena online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Assisi to Siena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Siena, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Siena.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico ©
Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana ©
Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana

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Siena

Siena ©
On the 20th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at MOnd - Museo della Contrada Capitana dell'Onda, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Nazionale, see the interesting displays at Fondazione Accademia Musicale Chigiana, then don't miss a visit to Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala, then get engrossed in the history at Museo della Tortura, and finally look for gifts at Cappelleria Bertacchi. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Torre Grossa, don't miss a visit to Historic Centre of San Gimignano, then take in the exciting artwork at La Bottega del Sale di Duccio Nacci photographer, then take an in-depth tour of Torre e Casa Campatelli, and finally take an in-depth tour of San Gimignano 1300.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Siena trip planner.

Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Florence.

Things to do in Siena

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

San Gimignano
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Pinacoteca Nazionale ©
Pinacoteca Nazionale
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano

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Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Pitti Palace. Take a break from the city and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, view the masterpieces at M.G. Design, and contemplate the long history of Museo Nazionale del Bargello.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Florence online trip builder .

Traveling by bus from Siena to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Florence are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace

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Verona

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, examine the collection at Casa di Giulietta, then don't miss a visit to Cappella dei Notai, then wander the streets of Piazza delle Erbe, and finally see the grandeur of opera at Arena di Verona.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Verona tour itinerary builder app .

Take a train from Florence to Verona in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Verona, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Piazza delle Erbe ©
Piazza delle Erbe
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

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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 26th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, make a trip to Piazza San Marco, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, then view the masterpieces at Max Studio, and finally take in the views from Ponte di Rialto. On the next day, view the masterpieces at Bressanello Artstudio, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Segni nel Tempo antiquarian bookshop, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then get a taste of the local shopping with Barovier & Toso, then shop like a local with Venezia Gallery di Giorgio Ghidoli, and finally stop by Banco Lotto n°10.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice day trip planning site .

Take a bus from Verona to Venice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In September, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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