44 days in Italy & France Itinerary

44 days in Italy & France Itinerary

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44 days in Italy & France Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
3
Toulouse, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Marseille, France
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
5
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 4 nights
6
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
8
Verona, Italy
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
9
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
10
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
11
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  4​h
12
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  5​h 30​min
13
Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
14
Sorrento, Italy
— 7 nights
End: Sorrento, Italy


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3
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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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Le Marais, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planning tool .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. May in Paris sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
night
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
On the 5th (Tue), make a trip to The Water Mirror and then don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale).

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bordeaux trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Paris to Bordeaux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Bordeaux, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Toulouse.
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Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) ©
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale)
The Water Mirror ©
The Water Mirror

3
nights
Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Here are some ideas for day two: get curious at Cite de l'espace and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Toulouse itinerary planning app .

Getting from Bordeaux to Toulouse by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Toulouse

Childrens Museums Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cité de Carcassonne
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Cite de l'espace ©
Cite de l'espace
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin

1
night
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Parc national des Calanques, enjoy some diversion at Skatepark du Prado, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): take a stroll through The Panier and then take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Marseille using our trip planner.

You can fly from Toulouse to Marseille in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. May in Marseille sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
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Parc national des Calanques ©
Parc national des Calanques
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
The Panier ©
The Panier

4
nights
Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Change things up with these side-trips from Aix-en-Provence: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and get engrossed in the history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Aix-en-Provence online route planner .

Aix-en-Provence is just a short distance from Marseille. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Carrieres des Lumieres, Pont du Gard
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Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Musee Granet ©
Musee Granet

3
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Nice is known for museums, historic sites, parks, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, make a trip to Place Massena, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and take a stroll through Vieille Ville.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nice day trip website .

Getting from Aix-en-Provence to Nice by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence in May, you will find days in Nice are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Marineland
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Musée Marc Chagall ©
Musée Marc Chagall
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

3
nights
Milan, Italy

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.
On the 17th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then steep yourself in history at Il Cenacolo, then browse the exhibits of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Milan tour planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Milan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Milan, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Verona.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

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Verona, Italy

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 19th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dei Lamberti, then wander the streets of Piazza delle Erbe, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cappella dei Notai, and finally appreciate the history behind Monumento a Roberto Barbarani. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Torre Pentagona, take in the views from Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, then steep yourself in history at Museo di Castelvecchio, then make a trip to Piazza Bra, and finally listen to music at Arena di Verona.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, read our Verona day trip planning website .

You can take a train from Milan to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games
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Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Museo di Castelvecchio ©
Museo di Castelvecchio
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

4
nights
Venice, Italy

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica di Sant’Antonio). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, contemplate the long history of St Mark's Campanile, and explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice day trip planning tool .

Take a bus from Verona to Venice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Venice are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Padua
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Photography Tours
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Go for a jaunt from Florence to Pisa to see Leaning Tower of Pisa about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, appreciate the history behind Campanile di Giotto, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

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

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, wander the streets of Trastevere, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, and contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Rome trip planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Florence in May, Rome is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take a stroll around Vernazza, then trek along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, then hike along Il Sentiero da Levanto a Monterosso, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cinque Terre footpaths. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Fannys Bazar, then trek along Cinque Terre Trails, and then take some stellar pictures from View Point Corniglia.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cinque Terre, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Rome to Cinque Terre takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rome in June since evenings lows in Cinque Terre dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Naples.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Trails Outdoors Parks
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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Cinque Terre footpaths ©
Cinque Terre footpaths
Fannys Bazar ©
Fannys Bazar

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Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. On the 5th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Galleria Borbonica, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Cappella Sansevero, then contemplate the long history of Underground Naples, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Via San Gregorio Armeno, delve into the distant past at The Neapolis Buried, and then explore the ancient world of Pompeii Archaeological Park.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Naples tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Cinque Terre to Naples in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cinque Terre in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Naples, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Sorrento.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Pompeii Archaeological Park
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Galleria Borbonica ©
Galleria Borbonica
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park

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Sorrento, Italy

A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
Venture out of the city with trips to I Suoni degli Dei - Pelagos (in Praiano), Amalfi (Duomo di Sant'Andrea, Wine Tours & Tastings, & more) and Positano (Il Sentiero Degli Dei & Walk of the Gods). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take a memorable drive along Amalfi Coast, take in nature's colorful creations at Vivaio Ruoppo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St Francis Church and Convent.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sorrento day trip planning website .

Getting from Naples to Sorrento by ferry takes about an hour. Other options: take a subway; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Sorrento are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sorrento

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Amalfi, Positano, Amalfi Coast, I Suoni degli Dei - Pelagos, Chiesa dei Santi Ciro e Giovanni
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Il Sentiero Degli Dei ©
Il Sentiero Degli Dei
I Suoni degli Dei - Pelagos ©
I Suoni degli Dei - Pelagos

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