21 days in Italy Itinerary

21 days in Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy visit planner

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Bologna
— 2 nights
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Parma
— 2 nights
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Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
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Florence
— 3 nights
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Siena
— 2 nights
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Rome
— 4 nights
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Altamura
— 1 night
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Venice
— 3 nights
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Bologna

— 2 nights

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Explore Bologna's surroundings by going to Ravenna (Dante's tomb and Quadrarco of Braccioforte, Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, &more), Modena (Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti & Acetaia Villa San Donnino) and Ferrara (Palazzo Schifanoia (Palazzo della Gioia) & Castello Estense). And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, and contemplate the long history of Piazza Maggiore.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, read Bologna trip planner.

Portland, USA to Bologna is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Portland to Bologna due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Parma.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:

Parma

— 2 nights

Capital of Italian Food Valley

Parma is famous for its prosciutto, cheese, and architecture.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): examine the collection at Museo Renato Brozzi, then learn about winemaking at Cantina del Borgo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Camera di San Paolo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale di Parma. On your second day here, experience rural life at Caseificio San Pier Damiani, step into the grandiose world of Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero di Parma.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Parma trip planner.

You can drive from Bologna to Parma in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a shuttle. In April, daily temperatures in Parma can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Parma

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:

Cinque Terre

— 2 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): walk around Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere and then stroll through Monesteroli. On the next day, stroll through Cinque Terre footpaths and then discover the deep blue sea with Angelo's Boat Tours - Cinque Terre Boat Tours.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cinque Terre trip planning tool.

Drive from Parma to Cinque Terre in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in April, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:

Florence

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Go for a jaunt from Florence to Pisa to see Leaning Tower of Pisa about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, pause for some photo ops at Campanile di Giotto, and admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Florence online trip builder.

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Siena.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 17:

Siena

— 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, then make a trip to Piazza del Campo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, and finally steep yourself in history at Centro Storico di Siena. On your second day here, do a tasting at Guardastelle Vineyard, then explore the world behind art at Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero di San Giovanni, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Siena holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Florence to Siena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. April in Siena sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 19:

Rome

— 4 nights

Eternal City

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, and explore the ancient world of Pantheon.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Siena to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. April in Rome sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Altamura.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 23:

Altamura

— 1 night
Altamura is a city and comune of Apulia, in southern Italy. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Centro storico di Altamura and then see the interesting displays at La Cantina Frrud - Museo del Vino.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Altamura vacation planner.

You can fly from Rome to Altamura in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Rome in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Altamura: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Venice.

Things to do in Altamura

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 24:

Venice

— 3 nights

City of Romance

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Padua (Basilica of St. Anthony & Scrovegni Chapel). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco.

You can plan Venice trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can fly from Altamura to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 27:

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Province of Siena travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Wineries & Vineyards · Churches
Siena is a city in Tuscany, Italy. It is the capital of the province of Siena.The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. It is one of the nation's most visited tourist attractions, with over 163,000 international arrivals in 2008. Siena is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year.HistorySiena, like other Tuscan hill towns, was first settled in the time of the Etruscans (c. 900–400 BC) when it was inhabited by a tribe called the Saina. The Etruscans were a tribe of advanced people who changed the face of central Italy through their use of irrigation to reclaim previously unfarmable land, and their custom of building their settlements in well-defended hill forts. A Roman town called Saena Julia was founded at the site in the time of the Emperor Augustus. Some archaeologists assert that Siena was controlled for a period by a Gaulish tribe called the Senones.According to local legend, Siena was founded by Senius and Aschius, two sons of Remus and thus nephews of Romulus, after whom Rome was named. Supposedly after their father's murder by Romulus, they fled Rome, taking with them the statue of the she-wolf suckling the infants (Capitoline Wolf), thus appropriating that symbol for the town. Additionally they rode white and black horses, giving rise to the Balzana, or coat of arms of Siena with a white band atop a dark band. Some claim the name Siena derives from Senius. Other etymologies derive the name from the Etruscan family name Saina, the Roman family name Saenii, or the Latin word senex "old" or its derived form seneo "to be old".

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Puglia travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Churches
Situated at the southeastern tip of the country, Puglia forms the heel on the "boot" of Italy. First colonized by Mycenaean Greeks, the region flourished during Roman times as a major producer of grain and oil. Today, Puglia remains a predominantly agricultural part of the country, though its warm and sunny coastal weather makes it a favorite holiday destination with an ever-increasing number of tourists. The long coastline features attractions like sun-kissed beaches and lively resorts, many of which are overlooked by limestone cliffs. Deeper inland, Puglia is largely flat, a land of charming villages and world-class cuisine. Here, you'll find olive oil, grapes, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, and fresh seafood to give you sustenance as you continue sightseeing. Despite its reputation as a producer of some Italy's best food and wines, Puglia still has numerous rural corners that most tourists have yet to explore.