21 days in Italy Itinerary

21 days in Italy Itinerary

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Fly
1
Venice
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Florence
— 2 nights
Train
3
Rome
— 4 nights
Fly
4
Otranto
— 2 nights
Fly
5
San Vito lo Capo, Sicily
— 3 nights
Fly
6
San Teodoro, Sardinia
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Alghero, Sardinia
— 2 nights
Fly to Pisa, Ferry to Portoferraio
8
Portoferraio, Elba Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to Piombino, Fly to Amsterdam

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Venice — 2 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Canal Grande and Lido. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scrovegni Chapel and San Giorgio Maggiore. Go for a jaunt from Venice to Padua to see Basilica of St. Anthony about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice road trip tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Venice is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in August, with highs in Venice at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.
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Florence — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally examine the collection at Pitti Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Florence trip planner.

Traveling by car from Venice to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Florence are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Rome.
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Rome — 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.
Colosseum and Piazza Navona will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano and Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Villa Borghese, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and contemplate the long history of Roman Forum.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome road trip tool.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August in Rome, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Otranto.
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Otranto — 2 nights

Otranto is a town and comune in the province of Lecce (Apulia, Italy), in a fertile region once famous for its breed of horses.It is located on the east coast of the Salento peninsula. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale Di Otranto. Keep things going the next day: see Circolo Ippico Malepezza, Head underground at Grotta della Poesia, and then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico Otranto.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Otranto trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Otranto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Otranto can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to fly to San Vito lo Capo.
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San Vito lo Capo, Sicily — 3 nights

A vacation in San Vito lo Capo offers a chance to enjoy a sheltered bay and a town with distinctive Arab-Norman architecture.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro and Calette Santa Margherita. Get outdoors at Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo and Spiaggia Isuledda. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities and enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Macari.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Vito lo Capo attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Otranto to San Vito lo Capo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. When traveling from Otranto in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Vito lo Capo: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to San Teodoro.
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San Teodoro, Sardinia — 2 nights

A chance to sip cocktails at swanky beach bars by day and experience the vibrant club scene by night makes San Tedoro vacations extremely popular.
On the 15th (Mon), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then kick back and relax at Porto Istana Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Porto Taverna Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Spiaggia Capo Coda Cavallo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lu Impostu Beach, and then stroll through Spiaggia La Cinta.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Teodoro attractions website.

You can fly from San Vito lo Capo to San Teodoro in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from San Vito lo Capo in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in San Teodoro, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Alghero.
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Alghero, Sardinia — 2 nights

Little Barcelona

Built surrounding a 16th-century fortified port, Alghero remains one of Sardinia's most visited sites, rich in cultural and historical heritage.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stroll through Spiaggia Mugoni, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia di Maria Pia. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours and then Head underground at Capo Caccia.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Alghero driving holiday website.

You can drive from San Teodoro to Alghero in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Portoferraio.
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Portoferraio, Elba Island — 3 nights

Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. Get outdoors at Spiaggia Di Sansone and Spiaggia di Capo Bianco. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spiaggia di Cavoli and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Go for a jaunt from Portoferraio to Marciana to see Monte Capanne about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Spiaggia delle Ghiaie and tour the pleasant surroundings at Stabilimento Balneare Il Delfino.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Portoferraio trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Alghero to Portoferraio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Alghero in August, expect nights in Portoferraio to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are slightly colder, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.
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Italy travel guide

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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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