21 days in Italy Itinerary

21 days in Italy Itinerary

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21 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  9 h
1
Rome
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Naples
— 2 nights
Bus:  30 min
3
Salerno
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
4
Ancona
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Florence
— 5 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Bologna
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
7
Modena
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
8
Turin
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  27 h
End: Sydney


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3
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, explore the world behind art at Musei Capitolini, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome day trip tool.

Sydney, Australia to Rome is an approximately 24- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central European Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
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 20th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Napoli, delve into the distant past at Pompeii Archaeological Park, explore the ancient world of Forum, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa dei Misteri, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Via San Gregorio Armeno, examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, look for gifts at Fashion Victim Store, then don't miss a visit to Piazza del Plebiscito, then explore the historical opulence of Castel dell'Ovo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cloister of Santa Chiara.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Naples day trip planning app.

You can take a train from Rome to Naples in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Salerno.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Pompeii
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Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli ©
Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte ©
Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte

1
night
Salerno

Salerno ©
While often overshadowed by the Amalfi Coast's array of quaint villages, Salerno has become one of the region's main areas for culture and entertainment, while remaining relatively unmarked by tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Salerno, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo, and then delve into the distant past at Paestum Ruins.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Salerno trip planner.

Salerno is just a short distance from Naples. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Ancona.

Things to do in Salerno

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Paestum Ruins, Villa Rufolo
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Paestum Ruins ©
Paestum Ruins
Villa Rufolo ©
Villa Rufolo
Duomo di Salerno ©
Duomo di Salerno

3
nights
Ancona

Ancona ©
Ancona is a city and a seaport in the Marche region in central Italy, with a population of around 101,997. Venture out of the city with trips to Rimini (Basilica Cattedrale (Tempio Malatestiano) & Italy in Miniature), Assisi (Eremo delle Carceri & Rocca Maggiore) and Castello Pallotta (in Caldarola). There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale San Ciriaco and make a trip to Loggia dei Mercanti.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ancona online trip planner.

You can drive from Salerno to Ancona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Salerno in October; daily highs in Ancona reach 22°C and lows reach 13°C. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in Ancona

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Rimini, Assisi, Castello Pallotta
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Eremo delle Carceri ©
Eremo delle Carceri
Rocca Maggiore ©
Rocca Maggiore
Cattedrale San Ciriaco ©
Cattedrale San Ciriaco

5
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Siena (Piazza del Campo & Duomo di Siena). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence trip planner.

You can drive from Ancona to Florence in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Florence, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Basilica di San Petronio and then get in on the family fun at Mirabilandia.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bologna trip planning website.

Take a train from Florence to Bologna in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Modena.

Things to do in Bologna

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mirabilandia
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Mirabilandia ©
Mirabilandia
Basilica di San Petronio ©
Basilica di San Petronio

1
night
Modena

Modena ©
Deemed the Capital of Engines, Modena is the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari and the headquarters of Italian sports cars.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): find something for the whole family at Gardaland Park.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Modena road trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Bologna to Modena takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Turin.

Things to do in Modena

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Gardaland Park
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Gardaland Park ©
Gardaland Park

2
nights
Turin

Turin ©
A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
On the 2nd (Mon), catch a live event at Juventus Stadium, view the masterpieces at Reggia di Venaria Reale, then examine the collection at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of Superga. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Museo Egizio, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nazionale del Cinema, then steep yourself in history at Palazzo Reale, and finally examine the collection at Civic Museum of Ancient Art (Palazzo Madama).

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Turin online vacation planner.

Drive from Modena to Turin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Modena in November, expect nights in Turin to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turin

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Basilica of Superga, Reggia di Venaria Reale
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Museo Nazionale del Cinema ©
Museo Nazionale del Cinema
Museo Egizio ©
Museo Egizio
Basilica of Superga ©
Basilica of Superga

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