14 days in France & Italy Itinerary

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Fly to Ajaccio-Napoléon Bonaparte Airport, Drive to Porto
Porto, France
— 1 night
Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
Train to Paris St Lazare, Train to Paris Orly, Fly to Siena
Siena, Italy
— 2 nights
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Lampedusa, Italy
— 2 nights
Taormina, Italy
— 1 night
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights


Porto, France — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): surround yourself with nature on Corse Adrenaline.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Porto trip planner.

Pittsburgh, USA to Porto is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Pittsburgh to Porto, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Pittsburgh in October, expect Porto to be somewhat warmer, temps between 74°F and 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can fly to Bayeux.
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Bayeux, France — 2 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, take in the history at Omaha Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame and then take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux travel planner.

You can fly from Porto to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Porto in October: high temperatures in Bayeux hover around 62°F and lows are around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Siena.
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Siena, Italy — 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
On the 6th (Thu), admire the striking features of Walls of Monteriggioni, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Monteriggioni, then make a trip to Historic Centre of San Gimignano, and finally make a trip to Piazza della Cisterna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siena, make a trip to Piazza del Campo, then contemplate the long history of Centro Storico di Siena, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre del Mangia, and finally do a tasting at Cantina di Montalcino.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Siena trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Bayeux to Siena by combination of train and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bayeux in October, expect Siena to be a bit warmer, temps between 73°F and 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilica San Miniato al Monte and Duomo di Pisa. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Nazionale del Bargello and Wine Tours & Tastings. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Pisa (Camposanto, Battistero di San Giovanni, &more) and Le mura di Lucca (in Lucca). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Loggia dei Lanzi, don't miss a visit to Mercato Centrale, and get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Florence travel planner.

Drive from Siena to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Florence, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can fly to Lampedusa.
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Lampedusa, Italy — 2 nights

Italy's southernmost territory, Lampedusa, is known for its turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and island charm.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia di Portu Ntoni, kick back and relax at Cala Pulcino, then stroll through Spiaggia dei Conigli, and finally kick back and relax at Cala Croce Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Sponges Cala, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then stop by Mondo Mare.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lampedusa trip planner.

Fly from Florence to Lampedusa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Florence in October, with highs in Lampedusa at 77°F and lows at 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can fly to Taormina.
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Taormina, Italy — 1 night

With its warm island weather and cliffside location overlooking the Ionion Sea, Taormina has been one of Sicily's most popular getaway destinations since the early 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Via Teatro Greco, delve into the distant past at Ancient Theatre of Taormina, walk around Villa Comunale, then don't miss a visit to Corso Umberto, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Piazza IX Aprile.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Taormina trip planner.

Getting from Lampedusa to Taormina by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Lampedusa in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Taormina, with lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Scuola Grande di San Rocco, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, then don't miss a visit to Dorsoduro, and finally snap pictures at Ponte dell'Accademia. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, and then wander the streets of Cannaregio.

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Fly from Taormina to Venice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Taormina in October: high temperatures in Venice hover around 66°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.

Italy travel guide

Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
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.