12 days in Italy Itinerary

12 days in Italy Itinerary

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12 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Venice
— 3 nights
2
Cinque Terre
— Few hours
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Pisa
— Few hours
train:  2​h
4
Florence
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Siena
— 2 nights
6
Rome
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Houston

3
nights
Venice

Venice ©
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've now added Interpreti Veneziani to your itinerary. On the 11th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, then take a stroll through Cannaregio, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, don't miss a visit to St Mark's Campanile, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, and finally get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Venice online road trip planner .

Houston, USA to Venice is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Venice is 7 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Houston in May, with highs in Venice at 72°F and lows at 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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hours
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Venice to Cinque Terre in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Cinque Terre sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F at night. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Pisa.
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Pisa

Pisa ©
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Leaning Tower of Pisa has been added to your itinerary.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Pisa online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Cinque Terre to Pisa by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May in Pisa, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites
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Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa
Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa

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nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 14th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Crypt of Santa Reparata, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, and finally examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Castello del Trebbio, then get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, and then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence trip planner .

Traveling by train from Pisa to Florence takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Florence, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Siena.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

2
nights
Siena

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
On the 16th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of San Gimignano, then pause for some serene contemplation at Siena Cathedral, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre del Mangia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, then admire the masterpieces at Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, and then contemplate the long history of Centro Storico di Siena.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Siena trip builder tool .

You can take a bus from Florence to Siena in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. May in Siena sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rome.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Historic Centre of San Gimignano
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Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico ©
Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico

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Rome

Rome ©
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 Trastevere and Palatine Hill. Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Pantheon, admire the masterpieces at Sistine Chapel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, and steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rome road trip planner .

Drive from Siena to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 58°F. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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