14 days in Italy & Houston Itinerary

14 days in Italy & Houston Itinerary

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Start: Houston, United States
1
Houston, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  15 h 30 min
2
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h
3
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h
4
Como, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  17 h
End: Houston, United States

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night
Houston, United States

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
On the 1st (Mon), explore the galleries of Rothko Chapel and then don't miss a visit to Water Wall.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Houston trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are George Bush Intercontinental Houston Airport and William P Hobby Airport. In July, plan for daily highs up to 95°F, and evening lows to 77°F. You'll set off for Venice on the 2nd (Tue).

Things to do in Houston

Nature Museums Parks
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Water Wall ©
Water Wall
Rothko Chapel ©
Rothko Chapel

2
nights
Venice, Italy

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Piazza San Marco, Basilica di San Marco and Doge's Palace. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Venice online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Houston to Venice in 16 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Houston to Venice, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in July, things will get slightly colder in Venice: highs are around 87°F and lows about 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

4
nights
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

Cortina d'Ampezzo ©
Cortina d'Ampezzo, commonly referred to as Cortina, is a town and comune in the heart of the southern (Dolomitic) Alps in the Veneto region of Northern Italy. Lago di Sorapiss has been added to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Drau Cycle Route and Castel Welsperg. Visiting Rifugio Lagazuoi and Piramidi di terra di Plata will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cortina d'Ampezzo: Cimitero Austro-Ungarico di Brunico (in Brunico), Passeggiata Per Le Famiglie - Circuito Lago di Braies (in Braies) and Chiesa di San Giacomo (in Ortisei). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Museo all'Aperto delle 5 Torri, take in the awesome beauty at Cinque Torri, head outdoors with Passo Falzarego, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Michele.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cortina d'Ampezzo day trip app.

Traveling by car from Venice to Cortina d'Ampezzo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Cortina d'Ampezzo, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Como.

Things to do in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Drau Cycle Route, Cimitero Austro-Ungarico di Brunico, Piazza San Michele, Piramidi di terra di Plata, Passeggiata Per Le Famiglie - Circuito Lago di Braies
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Lago di Sorapiss ©
Lago di Sorapiss
Castel Welsperg ©
Castel Welsperg
Rifugio Lagazuoi ©
Rifugio Lagazuoi

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nights
Como, Italy

Como ©
Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Castello di Vezio and Menaggio. Get some cultural insight at Villa Carlotta and Forte Montecchio Nord. Step out of Como with an excursion to Villa del Balbianello in Tremezzina--about 46 minutes away. It doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Como (Duomo) and shake up your sightseeing with Lake Como Adventures.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Como itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Cortina d'Ampezzo to Como takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July in Como, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Como

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Tremezzina, Castello di Vezio, Forte Montecchio Nord, Menaggio
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Lake Como Adventures ©
Lake Como Adventures
Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta
Castello di Vezio ©
Castello di Vezio

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Milan, Italy

Milan ©
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.
On the 12th (Fri), shop like a local with Brera District and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Certosa di Milano, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Cristoforo sul Naviglio, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, admire the masterpieces at Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Ducale, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbazia Santa Maria di Morimondo.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Milan trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Como to Milan by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In July in Milan, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 65°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Abbazia Santa Maria di Morimondo, Piazza Ducale
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Piazza Ducale ©
Piazza Ducale
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro

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