18 days in Italy & Corsica Itinerary

18 days in Italy & Corsica Itinerary

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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
Bus + Fly:  7 h 45 min
3
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
+3
Train + Shuttle + Fly + Bus:  5 h 15 min
4
Lecce, Italy
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  5 h 45 min
5
Palermo, Italy
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Foot + 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Alghero side-trips: Stintino (Off-Road Tours & La Pelosa Beach). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Azienda Agricola Leda' d'Ittiri, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and kick back and relax at Spiaggia Mugoni.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Alghero trip itinerary tool.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Alghero is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Alghero, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, you will find days in Alghero are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to 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
Off-Road Tours

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Porto-Vecchio: Piscines Naturelles de Cavu (in Sainte Lucie De Porto Vecchio), Bonifacio (Grottes de Bonifacio, Plage du Grand Sperone, &more) and Gorges of the Solenzara River (in Sari-Solenzara). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Plage de Palombaggia, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Plage Porto Novo, and experience rural life at U Porcu RANGER.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto-Vecchio day trip site.

You can 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; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Porto-Vecchio are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Piscines Naturelles de Cavu, U Porcu RANGER, Gorges of the Solenzara River
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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). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Florence trip tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Porto-Vecchio to Florence takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to 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), Masseria Brancati (in Ostuni) and Circolo Ippico Malepezza (in Sant'Andrea). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Sidereus, look for all kinds of wild species at Jonian Dolphin Conservation, explore the fascinating underground world of Grotta del Soffio, and learn about winemaking at I Pastini.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lecce itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Florence to Lecce takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Lecce are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Palermo.

Things to do in Lecce

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Martina Franca, Sidereus, Grotta del Soffio, Jonian Dolphin Conservation, Indiana Park
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Jonian Dolphin Conservation ©
Jonian Dolphin Conservation
Circolo Ippico Malepezza ©
Circolo Ippico Malepezza
Grotta del Soffio ©
Grotta del Soffio

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. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nobile e Monumentale Chiesa dell'Immacolata Concezione al Capo and then look for all kinds of wild species at Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Palermo trip itinerary site.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Lecce to Palermo in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back 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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