22 days in Italy, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

22 days in Italy, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 2 nights
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 2 nights
Genoa, Italy
— 2 nights
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 5 nights
Pisa, Italy
— 2 nights
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights


Nice, France — 2 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze and Parc du Mont Boron. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, go for a stroll along the water at Old Harbor (La Darse), take in the pleasant sights at Quai des Etats Unis, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nice online road trip planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Nice is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Jakarta to Nice due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Jakarta in April; daily highs in Nice reach 20°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Monte-Carlo.
Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco — 2 nights

Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Monte-Carlo travel planner.

Monte-Carlo is just a short distance from Nice. In April, daily temperatures in Monte-Carlo can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Genoa.
Fun & Games · Casinos · Golf · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Genoa, Italy — 2 nights

Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Genoa, and then take a stroll through Boccadasse. Keep things going the next day: squeeze the most out of the city with Genova Guide, then see the interesting displays at Galata Museo del Mare, then explore the historical opulence of D'Albertis Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Genoa trip planner.

You can drive from Monte-Carlo to Genoa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Cinque Terre.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries
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Cinque Terre, Italy — 5 nights

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Visiting Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza and Levanto to Monterosso Trail will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Portovenere and Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church. Venture out of the city with trips to La Spezia (Monesteroli & Ponte Thaon di Revel). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Castello Doria, trek along Sentiero Vernazza a Corniglia, pause for some photo ops at Monumento a San Francesco d'Assisi, and do a tasting at Cinque Terre Walk and Drink.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cinque Terre trip planner.

Traveling by train from Genoa to Cinque Terre takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Genoa in April, plan for little chillier nights in Cinque Terre, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Pisa.
Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Trails
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Pisa, Italy — 2 nights

Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
On the 25th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Michele in Foro, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Guinigi, then make a trip to Torre delle Ore, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of San Frediano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Leaning Tower of Pisa, don't miss a visit to Piazza dei Miracoli, and then kick back and relax at Il Paguro.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Pisa day trip site.

Traveling by train from Cinque Terre to Pisa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Pisa are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Florence.
Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trip
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Florence, Italy — 3 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Explore hidden gems such as Basilica San Miniato al Monte and Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore. There's lots more to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, and explore the galleries of Cappella Brancacci.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Florence online trip builder.

Getting from Pisa to Florence by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.
Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums
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Venice, Italy — 3 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cannaregio and Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Dorsoduro, make a trip to Scala Contarini del Bovolo, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and admire the striking features of Doge's Palace.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Venice online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Venice are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature
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French Riviera - Cote d'Azur travel guide

Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites
On the Mediterranean Sea coast, the French Riviera-Côte d'Azur has the glitz and glamour rivaled by few places on earth. It is a modern resort area with luxury shopping, seaside cafés for people watching, and several marinas for yachts and super-yachts along its coast. Although the Riviera is famous for the glamour of St. Tropez, Monaco, and the Cannes Film Festival, there are many other lesser known attractions and places to visit, such as the perched villages of Gourdon and Eze, the perfumeries in Grasse, the potters of Vallauris, and the glassblowers of Biot.The Riviera has been the inspiration for many works by artists, such as Picasso and Renoir, which are on display in local museums. Sea-front hotels and holiday resorts are the most expensive options, with smaller, modest, more affordable accommodations available as you move away from major cities or further inland. Cafés, bars, and restaurants are diverse enough to respect your vacation budget and tastes, with the vast majority of eateries serving food local to the area--Provençal cuisine with Italian influences, and Cassis and Bandol regional wines.The small independent state of Monaco is surrounded on three sides by France, and the fourth by the Mediterranean. It has been ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century and is a major center for tourism on the Mediterranean. The glamor of Monaco has been replaced by Monte Carlo for its opulence, designer and luxury shopping, and its casino.The busiest travel season is in July and August, when crowds and prices both skyrocket. But, with 300 days of sunshine per year, 115 km (71 mi) of warm blue coastline and beaches, 18 golf courses, 14 ski resorts, and 3,000 restaurants, you're sure to have a wonderful time and find plenty of things to do whenever you plan to stay.

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.