36 days in Italy, Central Europe & France Itinerary

36 days in Italy, Central Europe & France Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Assisi, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Siena, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train
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Bologna, Italy
— 1 night
Train
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Verona, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Drive
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Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
Train
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Amboise, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
Fly
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Avignon, France
— 4 nights
Fly
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Palermo, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taormina, Italy
— 1 night
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Rome, Italy — 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. Peter's Square and Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Get some historical perspective at Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano and Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Orvieto (Orvieto Underground, Duomo di Orvieto, &more), Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica (in Ostia Antica) and Giardino di Ninfa (in Cisterna di Latina). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, take in panoramic vistas at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, and steep yourself in history at Villa Borghese.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome day trip planning app.

If you are flying in from Italy, the closest major aiports are Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport and Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Assisi.
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Find places to stay May 21 — 24:

Assisi, Italy — 1 night

City of Peace

Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parrocchia S. Lorenzo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, see the interesting displays at Museo della Porziuncola, then contemplate the long history of Porta San Pietro, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Chiara.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Assisi route planner.

You can drive from Rome to Assisi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Assisi, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Siena.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Find places to stay May 24 — 25:

Siena, Italy — 1 night

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Centro Storico di Siena, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Campo, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siena, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Monteriggioni, then admire the striking features of Walls of Monteriggioni, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Torre del Mangia.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Siena driving holiday planner.

Drive from Assisi to Siena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Siena are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Florence.
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Find places to stay May 25 — 26:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Palazzo Vecchio and Centro Storico. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Piazza della Cisterna (in San Gimignano), Lucca (Piazza Anfiteatro & Le mura di Lucca) and Pisa (Camposanto, Duomo di Pisa, &more). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Loggia dei Lanzi, pause for some serene contemplation at Cappelle Medicee, hunt for treasures at Mercato Centrale, and ponder the world of politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Florence visit planner.

You can drive from Siena to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Florence, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Bologna.
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Find places to stay May 26 — 29:

Bologna, Italy — 1 night

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, contemplate the long history of Basilica di San Petronio, contemplate the long history of Piazza Maggiore, make a trip to Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, then make a trip to Archiginnasio di Bologna, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario di Madonna di San Luca.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bologna online tour planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Bologna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Bologna, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can take a train to Verona.
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Find places to stay May 29 — 30:

Verona, Italy — 4 nights

City of Romeo and Juliet

The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Citta Alta and Basilica di Santa Anastasia. Get some historical perspective at Borghetto sul Mincio and Castello Estense. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Verona: Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (in Bergamo), Trento (MUSE - Science Museum, Piazza Duomo, &more) and Sirmione (Castello Scaligero & Grotte di Catullo). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Ferrara, view the masterpieces at Palazzo dei Diamanti, don't miss a visit to Piazza Bra, and steep yourself in history at Piazza delle Erbe.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Verona online sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Bologna to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Verona sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Venice.
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Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 3:

Venice, Italy — 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, take a stroll through Cannaregio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Dorsoduro, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St. Anthony, and finally don't miss a visit to Prato della Valle.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Venice online day trip planner.

Drive from Verona to Venice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Vienna.
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Find places to stay Jun 3 — 5:

Vienna, Austria — 3 nights

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Step off the beaten path and head to Schonbrunner Gardens and Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien. Melk Abbey and Schallaburg will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Ringstrasse, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, see the interesting displays at Leopold Museum, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Vienna travel planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Vienna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Venice in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Vienna, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Prague.
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Find places to stay Jun 5 — 8:

Prague, Czech Republic — 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sedlec Ossuary and Spanish Synagogue. Get a sense of the local culture at St Barbara's Church and Church of Our Lady before Tyn. Step out of Prague with an excursion to Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost in Terezin--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Lobkowicz Palace, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get to know the resident critters at Prague Zoo, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Prague tour builder app.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Prague takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Vienna in June: highs in Prague hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Strasbourg.
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Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:

Strasbourg, France — 2 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Musée d'Unterlinden, visit Little Venice, and then explore the historical opulence of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg. On the next day, stroll around Parc de l'Orangerie, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, then wander the streets of La Petite France, and finally don't miss a visit to Barrage Vauban.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Strasbourg holiday planner.

You can drive from Prague to Strasbourg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Amboise.
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Find places to stay Jun 11 — 13:

Amboise, France — 2 nights

Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, take an in-depth tour of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, then see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, and finally explore the historical opulence of Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint-Louis de Chambord, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chambord, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cheverny, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Selles-sur-Cher.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Amboise trip planner.

You can take a train from Strasbourg to Amboise in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. June in Amboise sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bayeux.
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Find places to stay Jun 13 — 15:

Bayeux, France — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Normandy American Cemetery and Airborne Museum. Visit Pointe du Hoc and Omaha Beach for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux travel route planning site.

Getting from Amboise to Bayeux by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In June, daytime highs in Bayeux are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Avignon.
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Find places to stay Jun 15 — 18:

Avignon, France — 4 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Get some cultural insight at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Carrieres des Lumieres. Explore hidden gems such as Palais des Papes and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence), Marseille (Le Vieux Port, Spas, &more) and Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, admire the natural beauty at Rocher des Doms, and look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Avignon road trip planner.

You can fly from Bayeux to Avignon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Bayeux in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Avignon: highs are around 33°C and lows about 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Palermo.
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Find places to stay Jun 18 — 22:

Palermo, Italy — 2 nights

The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, then ponder the design of Fontana della Vergogna (Fontana Pretoria), then contemplate the long history of Real Casina di Caccia, and finally explore the ancient world of Cefala Castle. On your second day here, make a trip to Quattro Canti, don't miss a visit to Cattedrale di Palermo, admire the striking features of Norman Palace, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Monreale, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Palermo tour itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Avignon to Palermo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Taormina.
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Find places to stay Jun 22 — 24:

Taormina, Italy — 1 night

With its warm island weather and cliffside location overlooking the Ionion Sea, Taormina has been one of Sicily's most popular getaway destinations since the early 19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Piazza IX Aprile, don't miss a visit to Corso Umberto, step into the grandiose world of Palazzo Corvaja, then delve into the distant past at Ancient Theatre of Taormina, then stroll around Villa Comunale, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Taormina.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Taormina tour itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Palermo to Taormina in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. June in Taormina sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Jun 24 — 25:

Italy travel guide

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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

4.3
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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