45 days in Italy, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur & La Condamine Itinerary

45 days in Italy, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur & La Condamine Itinerary

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Drive to La Guardia Airport, Fly to Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, Drive to Vatican City
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Vatican City, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Train
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Bologna, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Train
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Bellagio, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Siena, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Montepulciano, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Gimignano, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Tropez, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Condamine, Monaco
— 2 nights
Bus to Nice, Fly to Positano
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Positano, Italy
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Capri, Italy
— 6 nights
Ferry to Naples, Fly to San Sebastian - Donostia

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Vatican City, Italy — 2 nights

Covering 44 hectares (110 acres) in the city center of Rome, the wall-enclosed sovereign state of Vatican City is one of the most famous religious sites worldwide, serving as the papal residence and home of the Roman Catholic church.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Vatican Museums. Explore hidden gems such as La Pieta and Stanze di Raffaello. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cupola di San Pietro, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and take a stroll through Trastevere.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Vatican City trip itinerary builder tool.

New York City, USA to Vatican City is an approximately 17-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Vatican City. While traveling from New York City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Vatican City, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rome.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Rome, Italy — 5 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Colosseum, pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, and stop by Ghetto Ebraico.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rome journey planner.

Rome is just a short distance from Vatican City. In May, daytime highs in Rome are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. On the 4th (Sat), you're off to Bologna.
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Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 4:

Bologna, Italy — 2 nights

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Petronio and then wander the streets of Quadrilatero.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bologna route tool.

Getting from Rome to Bologna by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. June in Bologna sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 5 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Food Tours. Step out of Florence to go to Scarperia e San Piero and see Autodromo del Mugello, which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cappella Brancacci, steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Florence trip itinerary site.

Take a train from Bologna to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Bellagio.
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Bellagio, Italy — 2 nights

Known as the pearl of Lake Como for its luxury accommodations, high-end shops, and fine dining options, Bellagio serves as the lake's premiere resort town.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Azalea - Silk of Como and then walk around La Punta Spartivento.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bellagio trip itinerary planning app.

Take a train from Florence to Bellagio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. June in Bellagio sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 2 nights

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.
To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Milan vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Bellagio to Milan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June in Milan, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Siena.
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Siena, Italy — 3 nights

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Torre del Mangia and Duomo di Siena. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario di Santa Caterina, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Campo, brush up on your military savvy at Fortezza Medicea, and do a tasting at Azienda Agricola La Lastra.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Siena road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Milan to Siena in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. June in Siena sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Montepulciano.
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Montepulciano, Italy — 2 nights

Perched on a limestone ridge in the heart of Tuscany, Montepulciano is known worldwide for its production of red wine, the Vino Noble.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): do a tasting at Podere Il Cocco, then learn about winemaking at Winery Solaria Patrizia Cencioni, and then don't miss a visit to Piazza Grande a Montepulciano. On your second day here, look for gifts at Bottega del Rame and then take a stroll through Monticchiello.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Montepulciano trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Siena to Montepulciano takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Montepulciano are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Gimignano.
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San Gimignano, Italy — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): do a tasting at Cappella Sant'Andrea and then learn about winemaking at Azienda Agricola San Quirico. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Torre Grossa, indulge your taste buds at Corbucci, then take an in-depth tour of Torre e Casa Campatelli, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di San Gimignano.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Gimignano online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Montepulciano to San Gimignano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 60°F. You'll set off for Cinque Terre on the 22nd (Wed).
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Cinque Terre, Italy — 1 night

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
On the 22nd (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with Diving 5Terre and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cinque Terre trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from San Gimignano to Cinque Terre takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. June in Cinque Terre sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Nice.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Nice, France — 3 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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then stop by Vieille Ville.

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Getting from Cinque Terre to Nice by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Cinque Terre in June, plan for little chillier days in Nice, with highs around 76°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Saint-Tropez.
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Saint-Tropez, France — 2 nights

Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Explore hidden gems such as Plage de Gigaro and Plage de Cavaliere. When in Saint-Tropez, make a side trip to see Plage de Saint-Clair in Le Lavandou, approximately Le Lavandou away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse de Ramatuelle, go for a stroll along the water at St. Tropez Harbor, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez, and browse the exhibits of Le musée de l’Annonciade.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Tropez trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Tropez in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Nice in June, expect nights in Saint-Tropez to be slightly colder, around 59°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 85°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Condamine.
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La Condamine, Monaco — 2 nights

La Condamine is the central Ward in the Principality of Monaco. For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the La Condamine trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to La Condamine takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Saint-Tropez in June: highs in La Condamine hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Positano.
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Positano, Italy — 4 nights

Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Step off the beaten path and head to Villa Cimbrone Gardens and Fornillo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Positano: Ravello (Villa Rufolo, CF Noleggio Scooter, &more) and Amalfi (Duomo di Sant'Andrea & Amalfi Coast Drive). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Santa Maria Assunta, kick back and relax at Arienzo Beach Club, Positano, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and look for gifts at Nana' Positano.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Positano online journey planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from La Condamine to Positano takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from La Condamine in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Positano: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Capri.
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Capri, Italy — 6 nights

The island of Capri encompasses all the magical allure of the Mediterranean--dramatic blue waters, lush mountainous landscape, and picturesque island villages.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to I Faraglioni and Villa San Michele. On the 6th (Wed), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Giardini di Augusto, get great views at Belvedere Cannone, trek along Fortini Coastal Walk, and explore the fascinating underground world of Red Grotta.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Capri trip itinerary maker app.

Ride a ferry from Positano to Capri in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.
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Italy travel guide

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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.
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Lake Como travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."
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French Riviera - Cote d'Azur travel guide

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Landmarks · Historic Sites · Beaches
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.
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Monaco travel guide

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Aquariums · Casinos · Historic Walking Areas
Rich Man's Paradise City
As part of the French Riviera, Monaco offers the sparkling aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea on its doorstep. The country has long been known for its panache--fast cars, big casinos, and expensive boutiques surround you here. While there are less luxurious activities for travelers, this is not the country for tourists on a budget. Many cruise ships make this a port of call in this region, so expect to see these vessels and large yachts as part of the landscape here.
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Island of Capri travel guide

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Caves · Geologic Formations · Gardens
Capri, just 5 km (3 mi) from the mainland of Italy, has been a celebrated vacation spot and a coastal resort since the Roman Republic. Known in Greek mythology as an island favored by the sirens, Capri was a popular leisure destination for numerous Roman emperors. One of the more notorious emperors, Tiberius, built an extravagant villa on the island and allegedly flung visitors who displeased him from the high cliffs of his estate. Escape the swarms of visitors by sightseeing inland. The coastal areas may be known for attractions like beaches and caves carved out of cliffs, but deeper inland are other places to visit, including secluded natural trails and several abandoned forts.
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