29 days in Italy & Paris Itinerary

29 days in Italy & Paris Itinerary

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29 days in Italy & Paris Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Quirico d'Orcia, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
4
Varenna, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Paris, France
— 6 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

4
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kids will enjoy Colosseum and Trevi Fountain. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, and make a trip to Spanish Steps.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rome trip builder app .

Melbourne, Australia to Rome is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in May: high temperatures in Rome hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Quirico d'Orcia.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

1
night
San Quirico d'Orcia, Italy

San Quirico d'Orcia ©
San Quirico d'Orcia is a comune (municipality) of about 2,500 inhabitants in the Province of Siena in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 80km southeast of Florence and about 35km southeast of Siena inside the Valdorcia landscape. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire the verdant scenery at Val d'Orcia, do a tasting at Podere Il Cocco, and then do a tasting at Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read San Quirico d'Orcia road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rome to San Quirico d'Orcia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Rome in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in San Quirico d'Orcia. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in San Quirico d'Orcia

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona, Val d'Orcia, Podere Il Cocco
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Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona ©
Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona
Podere Il Cocco ©
Podere Il Cocco

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Boboli Gardens. Dedicate the 12th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, make a trip to Palazzo Vecchio, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence trip maker tool .

You can drive from San Quirico d'Orcia to Florence in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Varenna.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto

5
nights
Varenna, Italy

Varenna ©
Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Attractions like Parco Valentino and Spiaggia di Onno make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Villa Mylius Vigoni (in Menaggio), Villa del Balbianello (in Tremezzina) and Cascata del Cenghen (in Abbadia Lariana). There's lots more to do: tour the water at your own pace with Varenna Rent a Boat, go for a walk through Green Way dei Patriarchi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at S. Giovanni Battista, and get a new perspective on things with Lake by Boat - Bellagio Boat Rental.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Varenna trip planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Varenna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Bellagio, Fiumelatte, Parco Valentino, Villa Mylius Vigoni, Spiaggia di Onno
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Monte Legnoncino ©
Monte Legnoncino
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello
Varenna Rent a Boat ©
Varenna Rent a Boat

5
nights
Venice, Italy

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.
Bring the kids along to Canal Grande and Ponte di Rialto. When in Venice, make a side trip to see Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, approximately 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Venice road trip planning app .

You can drive from Varenna to Venice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. May in Venice sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
St. Mark's Square
St. Mark's Square

6
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and Luxembourg Palace. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Paris driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Venice to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Venice in May, with highs in Paris at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
The Catacombs of Paris ©
The Catacombs of Paris

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