17 days in Italy Itinerary

17 days in Italy Itinerary

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— 2 nights
Golfo Aranci
— 5 nights
— 4 nights
Cinque Terre
— 1 night
— 3 nights


Rome — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 30th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and then don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Colosseum, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, and finally admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

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Dallas, USA to Rome is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 7 hours. In September, Rome is a bit cooler than Dallas - with highs of 81°F and lows of 60°F. You'll set off for Golfo Aranci on the 2nd (Sun).
Historic Sites · Museums
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Golfo Aranci — 5 nights

Golfo Aranci is a comune in the Province of Sassari in the Italian region Sardinia, located about 200km north of Cagliari and about 13km northeast of Olbia.HistoryThe name of the comune derives from a wrong translation from the old Gallurese toponym of the Golfu di li Ranci ("Gulf of the Crabs"). Change things up with a short trip to Nuraghe S.Pietro in Torpe (about 58 minutes away). There's much more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa San Lorenzo, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Nodu Pianu, and stop by Gabriella Gioielli.

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Do a combination of train and flight from Rome to Golfo Aranci in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and ferry. In October, daytime highs in Golfo Aranci are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Fri) before leaving for Florence.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
Side Trips
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Florence — 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Florence is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

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Traveling by flight from Golfo Aranci to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Golfo Aranci in October, you will find days in Florence are a bit cooler (71°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Cinque Terre.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
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Cinque Terre — 1 night

Italian Riviera

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 11th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cinque Terre Trails, then get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, and finally hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza.

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You can drive from Florence to Cinque Terre in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Cinque Terre can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bellagio.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours
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Bellagio — 3 nights

Pearl of Lake Como

Known as the pearl of Lake Como for its luxury accommodations, high-end shops, and fine dining options, Bellagio serves as the lake's premiere resort town.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bellagio: Tremezzina (Villa Carlotta & Villa del Balbianello), Varenna (Chiesa di San Giorgio, Villa Monastero, &more) and Castello di Vezio (in Vezio). The adventure continues: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, stop by Azalea - Silk of Como, go all around town with Walking Tour Bellagio - Lake of Como, and learn about winemaking at Enoteca Principessa.

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Drive from Cinque Terre to Bellagio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cinque Terre in October: high temperatures in Bellagio hover around 64°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Milan.
Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Side Trips
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio.

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You can drive from Bellagio to Milan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Museums · Historic Sites
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Highlights from your trip

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.

Province of Olbia-Tempio travel guide

Beaches · Nightlife · Landmarks
The province of Olbia-Tempio is a province in the autonomous region of Sardinia, Italy. It has two provincial capitals, Olbia (58,723 inhabitants) and Tempio Pausania (14,342 inhabitants). As of 2015, the province has a total population of 159,950 inhabitants and covers an area of 3406.18sqkm, so has a population density of 46.96 inhabitants per square kilometer. The president of Olbia-Tempio is Pietro Vittore Carzedda, and the province contains 26 comuni (plural; singular: comune), see list of communes of the Province of Olbia-Tempio.The largest comuni in the province are Olbia (population of 45,366 as of 2001), Tempio Pausania (13,992 as of 2001), Arzachena (12,080 as of 2001) and La Maddalena (11,369 as of 2001). The province of Olbia-Tempio was formed by a 2001 regional law that became effective in 2005. It contains a section of historic Gallura and is bordered by the provinces of Nuoro and Sassari.On 6 May 2012 the regional referendums of Sardinia took place regarding the abolition of certain provinces and a variety of other matters. The suggestion of reforming or abolishing certain provinces in Sardinia was approved by the Regional Council of Sardinia on 24 May 2012. Due to this, the province of Olbia-Tempio was ordered to form a new administrative body or be abolished on 1 March 2013, but this expiry date for constitutional changes was extended to 1 July 2013. It will be dissolved when the autonomous region passes a law regarding the Sardinian local authorities.


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."