17 days in Italy, Bruges & Paris Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 3 nights
Como, Italy
— 2 nights
Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
Paris, France
— 3 nights


Rome, Italy — 4 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 Villa Borghese. Step off the beaten path and head to Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano and Catacombs of Saint Callixtus. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, make a trip to Cupola di San Pietro, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme.

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Durham, USA to Rome is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Durham to Rome. In August, daytime highs in Rome are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Cinque Terre.
Historic Sites · Museums
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Cinque Terre, Italy — 3 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Get some cultural insight at Portovenere and Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi. Visiting Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza and Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Cinque Terre to Sestri Levante to see Baia del Silenzio about 1h 10 min away. There's more to do: see majestic marine mammals with 5 Terre Pelagos Boat Tours.

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Traveling by flight from Rome to Cinque Terre takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Rome in August since evenings lows in Cinque Terre dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Como.
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Como, Italy — 2 nights

City of Silk

Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello, then take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Carlotta, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Giacomo. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Fedele, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Como (Duomo), and then admire the landmark architecture of Parrocchia di Santa Tecla.

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Drive from Cinque Terre to Como in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 4 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ghent City Center and The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gravensteen and Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917. Explore Bruges' surroundings by going to Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral & Graslei and Korenlei), Antwerp (Cathedral of Our Lady & Grote Markt) and Ieper (Ypres) (Menin Gate Memorial & In Flanders Fields Museum). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, and get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum.

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Traveling by flight from Como to Bruges takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Como in August; daily highs in Bruges reach 71°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can take a train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Île de la Cité and Seine River. Eiffel Tower and Latin Quarter are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, take in the views from Pont Alexandre III, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and appreciate the history behind Pantheon.

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Traveling by train from Bruges to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Bruges in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Paris, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
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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.

Lake Como travel guide

Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."