56 days in Italy, France & London Itinerary

56 days in Italy, France & London Itinerary

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Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + Train:  9 h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Avignon, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Genoa, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
6
Bologna, Italy
— 5 nights
Train:  45 min
7
Florence, Italy
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
9
Positano, Italy
— 6 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
10
Reggio Calabria, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
11
Messina, Italy
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
12
Catania, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
13
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Sydney, Australia


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4
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Westminster Abbey and Hampton Court Palace. Get some historical perspective at St. Paul's Cathedral and Houses of Parliament. Step out of London to go to Herm and see Shell Beach, which is approximately 6h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, don't miss a visit to Coca-Cola London Eye, see the interesting displays at All Hallows By The Tower, and get engrossed in the history at Apsley House.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read London trip itinerary app.

Sydney, Australia to London is an approximately 25- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Sydney in April, expect London to be slightly colder, temps between 15°C and 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shell Beach, Hampton Court Palace
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St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
Hampton Court Palace ©
Hampton Court Palace
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Get in touch with nature at Seine River and Île de la Cité. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Montmartre, make a trip to Luxembourg Palace, head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, and admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Sainte-Chapelle ©
Sainte-Chapelle
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

3
nights
Avignon, France

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Palais des Papes and Arenes de Nimes. Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and Ile de la Barthelasse will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Saint-Remy-de-Provence (Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole & Site Archeologique de Glanum), Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange) and Les Alyscamps (in Arles). The adventure continues: snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon and browse the exhibits of Musee du Petit Palais.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Avignon trip itinerary planning site.

Take a train from Paris to Avignon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in May: highs in Avignon hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Saint-Remy-de-Provence, Arles, Roman Theatre of Orange, Arenes de Nimes
Find places to stay May 7 — 10:
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vieille Ville and Lérins Islands. Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Chapelle du Rosaire will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Nice with an excursion to Palmes Beach in Menton--about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Verdon, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, explore the galleries of Palais Lascaris, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nice tour planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Nice in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in May, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Genoa.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, Palmes Beach, Les Gorges du Verdon, Lérins Islands, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
Find places to stay May 10 — 14:
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Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Les Gorges du Verdon
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

4
nights
Genoa, Italy

Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Get some cultural insight at Porta Soprana and Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Spinola. Step out of the city life by going to Baia del Silenzio and Il Grande Blu Diving Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Genoa: San Michele di Pagana (in Rapallo), Abbazia di San Fruttuoso (in Camogli) and Massub Diving Center Portofino (in Lavagna). There's lots more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium of Genoa, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzi dei Rolli, browse the exhibits of Musei di Strada Nuova - Palazzo Bianco, and get outside with Lido di Genova.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Genoa online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Nice to Genoa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. May in Genoa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Genoa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

San Michele di Pagana, Il Grande Blu Diving Center, Abbazia di San Fruttuoso, Baia del Silenzio, Massub Diving Center Portofino
Find places to stay May 14 — 18:
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Baia del Silenzio ©
Baia del Silenzio
San Michele di Pagana ©
San Michele di Pagana
Abbazia di San Fruttuoso ©
Abbazia di San Fruttuoso

5
nights
Bologna, Italy

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Get some cultural insight at Piazza Maggiore and Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo. Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano and Basilica San Vitale. Get out of town with these interesting Bologna side-trips: Ravenna (Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi), Basilica di San Giovanni Evangelista, &more), Rocca Sforzesca (in Imola) and Piscina Barracuda (in San Cesario sul Panaro). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Castello Estense, get interesting insight from Centro Sportivo Piccolo Paradiso, contemplate the long history of Basilica di San Petronio, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Parco Regionale Abbazia di Monteveglio.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bologna driving holiday planning tool.

You can take a train from Genoa to Bologna in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. May in Bologna sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ravenna, Ferrara, Centro Sportivo Piccolo Paradiso, Rocca Sforzesca, Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe
Find places to stay May 18 — 23:
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Basilica San Vitale ©
Basilica San Vitale
Piazza Maggiore ©
Piazza Maggiore
Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano ©
Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano

6
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Duomo di Siena and Palazzo Vecchio. Kids will enjoy Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Boboli Gardens. Take a break from Florence with a short trip to Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore in Asciano, about 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Campanile di Giotto, see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nazionale del Bargello.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Florence visit planning app.

Getting from Bologna to Florence by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Florence are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Musei di Fiesole, Val d'Orcia, Duomo di Siena, Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore
Find places to stay May 23 — 29:
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The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Colosseum and Trevi Fountain will thrill your kids. Visit Pantheon and Palatine Hill for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore, take a stroll through Ghetto Ebraico, head off the coast to Isola Tiberina, and enjoy breathtaking views from Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo.

Start your trip to Rome by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Positano.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tivoli, St. Peter's Basilica
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore ©
Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore

6
nights
Positano, Italy

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vesuvio National Park and Duomo di Sant'Andrea. Get some cultural insight at Cimitero delle Fontanelle and Pompeii Archaeological Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Positano: Sorrento (Marina di Puolo & Marina Grande - Antico Borgo Marinaro), Blue Grotto (in Anacapri) and Marina Piccola (in Capri). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Fornillo, examine the collection at Certosa e Museo di San Martino Napoli, explore the historical opulence of Castel Nuovo - Maschio Angioino, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cloister of Santa Chiara.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Positano tour app.

Getting from Rome to Positano by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, subway, and bus; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Positano can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Reggio Calabria.

Things to do in Positano

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Naples, Sorrento, Vesuvio National Park, Scogli di Sant'Anna, Fonte delle Ninfe Nitrodi
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 7:
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Cimitero delle Fontanelle ©
Cimitero delle Fontanelle
Vesuvio National Park ©
Vesuvio National Park
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park

4
nights
Reggio Calabria, Italy

Reggio Calabria ©
Reggio di Calabria, commonly known as Reggio Calabria or simply Reggio in Southern Italy, is the largest city and the most populated comune of Calabria, Southern Italy. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Isola Bella and Basilica Cattedrale di Reggio Calabria Maria SS Asunta. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lungomare Falcomata and Castillo de Castelmola. Get out of town with these interesting Reggio Calabria side-trips: Stockholm Beach Taormina (in Taormina), Divesicily (in Giardini Naxos) and Castello Ruffo di Scilla (in Scilla). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castello Aragonese, kick back and relax at Lido Chianalea Scilla, take in the exciting artwork at Opere di Rabarama, and delve into the distant past at Gli scavi di Piazza Italia.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Reggio Calabria day trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Positano to Reggio Calabria takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Messina.

Things to do in Reggio Calabria

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Taormina, Scilla, Divesicily, Castillo de Castelmola
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 11:
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Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella
Lungomare Falcomata ©
Lungomare Falcomata
Divesicily ©
Divesicily

5
nights
Messina, Italy

Messina ©
Messina is the capital of the Italian Metropolitan City of Messina. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ancient Theatre of Taormina and Castello di Milazzo. Take a break from the city and head to Sea Spirit Diving Resort and Lido Playa Sole Luna. Venture out of the city with trips to Castello Saraceno (in Taormina), Milazzo (Piscina di Venere & Lido La Fenice a Milazzo) and Taormina Diving Center (in Giardini Naxos). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Annunziata dei Catalani Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo Basilica Minore Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto, take some stellar pictures from Tempio Votivo di Cristo Re, and don't miss a visit to Basilica Santuario S.Antonio.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Messina trip planning tool.

Getting from Reggio Calabria to Messina by car takes about an hour. In June, daily temperatures in Messina can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Catania.

Things to do in Messina

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Taormina, Milazzo, Giardini Naxos, Duomo Basilica Minore Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto
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Ancient Theatre of Taormina ©
Ancient Theatre of Taormina
Piscina di Venere
Piscina di Venere
Lido Playa Sole Luna ©
Lido Playa Sole Luna

4
nights
Catania, Italy

Catania ©
The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
Get outdoors at Mt Etna and Lido dei Ciclopi. Get a sense of the local culture at Monastero dei Benedettini and Basilica Collegiata. Step out of Catania with an excursion to Diocesi Di Acireale in Acireale--about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Anfiteatro Romano, cruise along Lungomare di Ognina, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Biscari, and explore the historical opulence of Castello Normanno.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Catania trip itinerary website.

You can take a train from Messina to Catania in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Milan.

Things to do in Catania

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aci Castello, Diocesi Di Acireale
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Mt Etna ©
Mt Etna
Monastero dei Benedettini ©
Monastero dei Benedettini
Anfiteatro Romano ©
Anfiteatro Romano

2
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 21st (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Isola Madre and then step off the mainland to explore Isola Bella. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museo Egizio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Milan day trip website.

You can fly from Catania to Milan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and ferry. In June, daytime highs in Milan are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Isola Bella, Isola Madre
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella
Isola Madre ©
Isola Madre

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