17 days in Italy Itinerary

17 days in Italy Itinerary

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17 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Rome
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Venice
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Verona
— 3 nights
4
Florence
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Rome
— 3 nights
6
Naples
— 2 nights
+2
train + Fly + bus:  20​h 15​min
End: New York City

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hours
Rome

Rome
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome travel itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Rome is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Rome. When traveling from New York City in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rome: temperatures range from 57°F by day to 39°F at night. You'll set off for Venice on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in Rome

Tours Nightlife Historic Sites
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Mark's Square and Basilica di Sant’Antonio - Basilica del Santo. Get some cultural insight at Doges' Palace and Ponte dei Sospiri. Go for a jaunt from Venice to Padua to see Scrovegni Chapel about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, admire the striking features of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, and get into the urban bustle at Isola di Burano.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Venice sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Rome to Venice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Rome in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Venice, with highs around 47°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Padua
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
St. Mark's Square ©
St. Mark's Square
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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nights
Verona

Verona ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Lago di Garda and Mountbaldo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Piazza delle Erbe and Arena di Verona. Get out of town with these interesting Verona side-trips: Grotte di Catullo (in Sirmione) and Palazzo Te (in Mantua). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Castelvecchio Museum, don't miss a visit to Piazza Bra, admire the landmark architecture of Casa di Giulietta, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Verona itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Venice to Verona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Verona sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Verona

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grotte di Catullo, Palazzo Te, Mountbaldo, Lago di Garda
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Mountbaldo ©
Mountbaldo
Museo di Castelvecchio ©
Museo di Castelvecchio
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

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nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll explore and learn at Galleria dell'Accademia and M.G. Design. Get some cultural insight at Uffizi Gallery and Piazzale Michelangelo. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, stop by Atelier Classe, take an in-depth tour of Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, and snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

To find more things to do and tourist information, read Florence vacation planner.

Getting from Verona to Florence by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Verona in December: highs in Florence hover around 53°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

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nights
Rome

Rome ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palatine Hill and St. Peter's Basilica. Let the collections at Vatican Museums and Borghese Gallery capture your imagination. See even more of Rome: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, look for gifts at Antica Caciara, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, and wander the streets of Via Condotti.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rome vacation planner.

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Vatican City, Riserva Naturale Monte Soratte
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

2
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Galleria Borbonica, then explore the ancient world of Ruins of Herculaneum, and then contemplate the long history of Gli Scavi Archeologici di Pompei. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Vesuvius, then examine the collection at National Archaeological Museum of Naples, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Naples trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Naples takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in December, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Pompeii Archaeological Park, Ruins of Herculaneum
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Galleria Borbonica ©
Galleria Borbonica
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park

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