18 days in Italy & Corsica Itinerary

18 days in Italy & Corsica Itinerary

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18 days in Italy & Corsica Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Alghero, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  3​h 45​min
2
Porto-Vecchio, France
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
+2
train + shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Lecce, Italy
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Palermo, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2
nights
Alghero, Italy

Built surrounding a 16th-century fortified port, Alghero remains one of Sardinia's most visited sites, rich in cultural and historical heritage.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Alghero: Stintino (Off-Road Tours & La Pelosa Beach). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, learn about winemaking at Azienda Agricola Leda' d'Ittiri, and stroll through Spiaggia Mugoni.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Alghero travel route planner .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Alghero is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Alghero is 4 hours. While traveling from Rio de Janeiro, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Alghero, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Porto-Vecchio.

Things to do in Alghero

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Stintino
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
La Pelosa Beach ©
La Pelosa Beach
Azienda Agricola Leda' d'Ittiri ©
Azienda Agricola Leda' d'Ittiri

3
nights
Porto-Vecchio, France

Porto-Vecchio ©
Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Explore Porto-Vecchio's surroundings by going to Piscines Naturelles de Cavu (in Sainte Lucie De Porto Vecchio), Gorges of the Solenzara River (in Sari-Solenzara) and Bonifacio (Grottes de Bonifacio, Plage du Grand Sperone, & more). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage Porto Novo, relax in the rural setting at U Porcu RANGER, and kick back and relax at Plage de Palombaggia.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Porto-Vecchio travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Alghero to Porto-Vecchio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Bonifacio, U Porcu RANGER, Gorges of the Solenzara River, Piscines Naturelles de Cavu
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Gorges of the Solenzara River ©
Gorges of the Solenzara River
Scuba & Snorkeling
Plage de Palombaggia ©
Plage de Palombaggia

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Pisa (Duomo di Pisa & Leaning Tower of Pisa) and Siena (Silvia Tanganelli, Piazza del Campo, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Florence online trip builder .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Porto-Vecchio to Florence in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In July in Florence, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Lecce.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Siena, Pisa
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto
The Boboli Gardens ©
The Boboli Gardens

3
nights
Lecce, Italy

Lecce ©
Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lecce: Indiana Park (in Castellana Grotte), Circolo Ippico Malepezza (in Sant'Andrea) and Masseria Brancati (in Ostuni). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Sidereus, learn about winemaking at I Pastini, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, and identify plant and animal life at Jonian Dolphin Conservation.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lecce day trip app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Florence to Lecce takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Palermo.

Things to do in Lecce

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Martina Franca, Indiana Park, Sidereus, Masseria Brancati, Circolo Ippico Malepezza
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Circolo Ippico Malepezza ©
Circolo Ippico Malepezza
Jonian Dolphin Conservation ©
Jonian Dolphin Conservation
Indiana Park ©
Indiana Park

3
nights
Palermo, Italy

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
On the 24th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nobile e Monumentale Chiesa dell'Immacolata Concezione al Capo and then identify plant and animal life at Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Palermo trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Lecce to Palermo in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Palermo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro, Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo
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Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo ©
Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo
Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro ©
Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro
Cattedrale di Palermo ©
Cattedrale di Palermo

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