20 days in Italy & France Itinerary

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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
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Saint-Raphael, France
— 1 night
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Nice, France
— 4 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Milan, Italy — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): make a trip to Dialogo nel Buio, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then browse the different shops at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca di Brera, and finally stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Milan online trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Milan is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Brisbane to Milan due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in February, things will get much colder in Milan: highs are around 10°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to take a train 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.
Take a break from Florence with a short trip to Leaning Tower of Pisa in Pisa, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, make a trip to Palazzo Vecchio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Florence road trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Milan to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Milan in February, you will find days in Florence are a bit warmer (14°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Padua (Basilica of St. Anthony & Scrovegni Chapel) and Verona (San Fermo Maggiore, Verona, Arena di Verona, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, don't miss a visit to Peggy Guggenheim Collection, steep yourself in history at Squero di San Trovaso, and see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Venice trip planner.

Getting from Florence to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can fly to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael, France — 1 night

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Notre Dame d‘Afrique, examine the collection at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, then stroll through Massif du Tanneron, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Venice to Saint-Raphael in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. February in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Nice.
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Nice, France — 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Menton (Jardin du Palais Carnoles, Les Jardins Bioves, &more). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Old Town, explore the galleries of Palais Lascaris, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Saint-Raphael in February, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.
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Paris, France — 4 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.
Paris is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Montmartre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and stop by Le Marais.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Paris planner.

Fly from Nice to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Nice in February; daily highs in Paris reach 9°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Italy travel guide

4.6
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.
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France travel guide

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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.
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