17 days in Italy, Monte-Carlo & Spain Itinerary

17 days in Italy, Monte-Carlo & Spain Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 night
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights


Rome, Italy — 3 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and finally make a trip to Spanish Steps. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome online road trip planner.

New York City, USA to Rome is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Rome due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rome, with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Florence.
Historic Sites · Museums
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Florence, Italy — 1 night

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Florence vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cinque Terre.
Museums · Historic Sites
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Cinque Terre, Italy — 2 nights

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
On the 14th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Castello Doria, then trek along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, and then take a stroll around Vernazza. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre and then see majestic marine mammals with 5 Terre Pelagos Boat Tours.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cinque Terre road trip app.

Traveling by car from Florence to Cinque Terre takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Cinque Terre sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Monte-Carlo.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco — 1 night

Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
On the 16th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Japanese Gardens, then step into the grandiose world of Prince's Palace, then try your luck at Casino of Monte-Carlo, and finally don't miss a visit to Casino Square.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Monte-Carlo tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Cinque Terre to Monte-Carlo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Cinque Terre in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Monte-Carlo, with lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Barcelona.
Fun & Games · Casinos · Historic Sites · Parks
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Barcelona, Spain — 4 nights

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and shop like a local with La Boqueria.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Barcelona trip maker.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Monte-Carlo to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to fly to Madrid.
Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Wineries
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Madrid, Spain — 4 nights

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madrid: Toledo (MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, Catedral Primada, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, and walk around Parque del Retiro.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid travel planning app.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Madrid, with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
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Italy travel guide

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.

Monaco travel guide

Aquariums · Casinos · Historic Walking Areas
Rich Man's Paradise City
As part of the French Riviera, Monaco offers the sparkling aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea on its doorstep. The country has long been known for its panache--fast cars, big casinos, and expensive boutiques surround you here. While there are less luxurious activities for travelers, this is not the country for tourists on a budget. Many cruise ships make this a port of call in this region, so expect to see these vessels and large yachts as part of the landscape here.

Spain travel guide

Beaches · Churches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.