18 days in Italy & Paris Itinerary

18 days in Italy & Paris Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
San Gimignano, Italy
— 3 nights
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights


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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ile Saint-Louis and Musee de l'Orangerie. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Musee des Emaux et de la Mosaique (in Briare) and Chateau de Fontainebleau (in Fontainebleau). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, explore the activities along Seine River, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and wander the streets of Left Bank (Rive Gauche).

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Paris. Traveling from San Francisco in April, things will get little chillier in Paris: highs are around 60°F and lows about 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Florence.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Florence, Italy — 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica of Santa Croce and Basilica di San Vitale. Step off the beaten path and head to Basilica San Miniato al Monte and Campanile di Giotto. Go for a jaunt from Florence to Bologna to see Piazza Maggiore about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Florence sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in April, with highs in Florence at 67°F and lows at 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to San Gimignano.
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San Gimignano, Italy — 3 nights

Town of Fine Towers

A historical gem in the heart of Tuscany, San Gimignano is known as the Town of Fine Towers for its jutting skyline of high city walls.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Piazza del Campo and Historic Centre of San Gimignano. Get a sense of the local culture at Duomo di Siena and Torre del Mangia. Get out of town with these interesting San Gimignano side-trips: Siena (Biblioteca Piccolomini & Wine Tours & Tastings), Walls of Monteriggioni (in Monteriggioni) and Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino). It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Podere La Marronaia- Sosta Alle Colonne.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Gimignano vacation app.

Traveling by car from Florence to San Gimignano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in San Gimignano, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore and Cascata delle Marmore. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and Vatican Museums. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rome: Giardino di Ninfa (in Cisterna di Latina), Museo del Cioccolato Antica Norba (in Norma) and Civita di Bagnoregio (in Bagnoregio). There's still lots to do: stop by Trastevere, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, make a trip to Trevi Fountain, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rome road trip app.

You can drive from San Gimignano to Rome in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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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.