12 days in Corse-du-Sud, Florence & Cinque Terre Itinerary

12 days in Corse-du-Sud, Florence & Cinque Terre Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly:  18 h 45 min
1
Porto-Vecchio, France
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  14 h
2
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 1 night
+3
Train + Bus + Foot + Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Montreal, Canada

3
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Porto-Vecchio, France

Porto-Vecchio ©
Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Escape the urban bustle at Plage de Palombaggia and plage de Tamaricciu. Explore Porto-Vecchio's surroundings by going to Bonifacio (Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps) & Iles Lavezzi). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Santa Giulia and contemplate the long history of Bonifacio Citadel.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Porto-Vecchio itinerary planning site.

Montreal, Canada to Porto-Vecchio is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Porto-Vecchio is 6 hours. Traveling from Montreal in August, expect nights in Porto-Vecchio to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

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Bonifacio
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Plage de Palombaggia ©
Plage de Palombaggia
Plage de Santa Giulia ©
Plage de Santa Giulia
Bonifacio Citadel ©
Bonifacio Citadel

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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Baptistery of St. John. Get some cultural insight at Piazzale Michelangelo and Gallerie Degli Uffizi. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Castello di Verrazzano (in Greve in Chianti) and Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, tour the pleasant surroundings at Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno, hunt for treasures at Mercato Centrale, and enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Florence vacation builder tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Porto-Vecchio to Florence in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. August in Florence sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Castello di Verrazzano, Castello del Trebbio
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Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

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Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco, then stroll through Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, and finally take a stroll around Vernazza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Lorenzo, trek along Cinque Terre Trails, and then trek along Trail 531 Riomaggiore to Manarola.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, read Cinque Terre trip website.

Drive from Florence to Cinque Terre in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails
Vernazza ©
Vernazza

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