55 days in France & Italy Itinerary

55 days in France & Italy Itinerary

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Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 6 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 6 nights
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Lyon, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, France
— 2 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
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Lourdes, France
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne, France
— 5 nights
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Montpellier, France
— 5 nights
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Marseille, France
— 1 night
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Nice, France
— 6 nights
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Milan, Italy

— 5 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Duomo di Milano and Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. Castello Sforzesco and Piazza del Duomo will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milan: Universal Diving School (in Alzate Brianza), Villa Carlotta (in Tremezzina) and Turin (Museo Egizio & Museo Nazionale del Cinema). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and contemplate the long history of Il Cenacolo.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Milan trip maker tool.

If you are flying in from The Netherlands, the closest major aiports are Malpensa International Airport, Milano Linate Airport and Milan Bergamo Airport. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Find places to stay Jun 1 — 6:

Florence, Italy

— 6 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Baptistery of St. John. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Basilica of Santa Croce. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Siena (Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, Duomo di Siena, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nazionale del Bargello.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence trip planner.

Traveling by train from Milan to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Florence, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 12:

Rome, Italy

— 6 nights

Eternal City

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 St. Peter's Basilica. Let the collections at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Rome side-trips: Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana) and Antico Presente (in Blera). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Square, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Rome route planner.

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Rome are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 18:

Venice, Italy

— 6 nights

City of Romance

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Doge's Palace and Piazza San Marco. Let the collections at Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Ca' Rezzonico capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Lio Piccolo (in Cavallino-Treporti), Padua (Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site, Scrovegni Chapel, &more) and Verona (Museo di Castelvecchio, Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, &more). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, surround yourself with nature on ATN Laguna Sud, and explore the activities along Canal Grande.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Venice route planner.

You can fly from Rome to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June in Venice, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Lyon.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

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Lyon, France

— 1 night

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, then make a trip to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and then see the interesting displays at Musee des Confluences.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Lyon trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Lyon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Lyon are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 24 — 25:

Paris, France

— 4 nights

City of Light

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Louvre Museum and Arc de Triomphe. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (in Rouen), Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, admire the masterpieces at Musee Jacquemart-Andre, and steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Lyon to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lyon in June, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between 27°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 25 — 29:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, France

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Musee Zadkine, examine the collection at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, and then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Beynac.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Castelnaud-la-Chapelle online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. June in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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Bordeaux, France

— 3 nights

The Port of the Moon

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Place de la Bourse and La Cite du Vin. St. Andre Cathedral and Tour Pey-Berland will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Bordeaux: Réserve Ornithologique du Teich (in Le Teich) and Arcachon-Plongee (in Cazaux). There's more to do: walk around Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau) and don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux trip builder.

You can drive from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Lourdes, France

— 4 nights
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. You'll explore and learn at Chateau Fort of Lourdes and Pic Du Midi. Grotte de Massabielle and Le Via Crucis/ Way of the Cross/ Chemin de Croix will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lourdes: Parc aux Rapaces - Fauconnerie Marche - Madiran (in Saint-Lanne) and Les Aigles d'Aure - Volerie des Pyrenees (in Arreau). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, make a trip to Basilique Saint-Pie X, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes.

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Drive from Bordeaux to Lourdes in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Lourdes can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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Find places to stay Jul 4 — 8:

Carcassonne, France

— 5 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Cite de l'espace and Musee De L'ecole. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cité de Carcassonne and Church of Les Jacobins. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Reserve Africaine de Sigean (in Sigean) and Basilique Saint-Sernin (in Toulouse). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne journey builder tool.

Traveling by car from Lourdes to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lourdes in July, things will get a bit warmer in Carcassonne: highs are around 34°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 13:

Montpellier, France

— 5 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Visit Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and La Maison Carree for their historical value. Musee Fabre and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montpellier: Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard), Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) and Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac (in Orgnac-l'Aven). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St. Pierre, meet the residents at Parc Zoologique Henri de Lunaret, see some colorful creatures with Latitude Plongee, and steep yourself in history at Porte du Peyrou.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Montpellier trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Carcassonne to Montpellier in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Montpellier sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Montpellier

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 18:

Marseille, France

— 1 night

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 18th (Mon), stop by The Panier, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, then make a trip to Cours Mirabeau, and finally explore the world behind art at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Montpellier to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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Find places to stay Jul 18 — 19:

Nice, France

— 6 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Appreciate the collections at Musée Marc Chagall and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes) and Cannes (Le Suquet & Rue d'Antibes). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Nice day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Marseille in July: highs in Nice hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 25°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 25:

Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Nouvelle-Aquitaine travel guide

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Landmarks · Theme Parks · Castles

Occitanie travel guide

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Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Castles