21 days in Italy Itinerary

21 days in Italy Itinerary

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21 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Venice
1
Venice
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Milan
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Florence
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome
— 3 nights
Train + Subway:  2​h 45​min
5
Sorrento
— 4 nights
Subway + Train:  6​h 45​min
6
Reggio Calabria
— 6 nights
End: Reggio Calabria

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Domenico, browse the eclectic array of goods at Laguna di Venezia, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia del Sole. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): cool off at Centro Astoria and then take advantage of the amenities at Sabbia e Sale Feeling Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Venice road trip planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Venice Marco Polo Airport, Treviso-Sant'Angelo Airport and Trieste–Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Chioggia
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Bahia del Sole ©
Bahia del Sole

3
nights
Milan

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Via Monte Napoleone, I Navigli, Piazza del Duomo, and other attractions. On the 29th (Mon), make a trip to Piazza del Duomo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, and finally wander the streets of Via Monte Napoleone. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Tenuta Quvestra, then contemplate the long history of Rocca d'Olgisio, then admire the masterpieces at Duomo Di Piacenza, and finally shop like a local with Ricci Oddi.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Milan online sightseeing planner .

Take a train from Venice to Milan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daytime highs in Milan are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Piacenza, Pavia, Azienda Agricola Maggi Giorgio di Maggi Lucia, Tenuta Quvestra, Rocca d'Olgisio
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Tenuta Quvestra ©
Tenuta Quvestra

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Florence trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Milan to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Radda in Chianti, Greve in Chianti, Casa Museo Machiavelli
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Accademia del Buon Gusto ©
Accademia del Buon Gusto
Castello di Monterinaldi ©
Castello di Monterinaldi
Enoteca Falorni ©
Enoteca Falorni

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Stabilimento Balneare le Palme and V Lounge Beach Club. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Storico Piana delle Orme and Giardino di Ninfa. It doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Cinecitta World.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rome trip planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sorrento.

Things to do in Rome

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Museo Storico Piana delle Orme, Giardino di Ninfa
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V Lounge Beach Club ©
V Lounge Beach Club
Museo Storico Piana delle Orme ©
Museo Storico Piana delle Orme
Giardino di Ninfa ©
Giardino di Ninfa

4
nights
Sorrento

Sorrento ©
A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
Let the collections at Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela and Museo della Carta capture your imagination. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fornillo and Villa di Pollio Felice - Bagni della Regina Giovanna. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sorrento: Duomo di Ravello (in Ravello), Paestum Ruins (in Paestum) and Bossa (in Salerno). Dedicate the 10th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Lido Capo di Conca, make a trip to Parocchia di San Luca Evangelista, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St Francis Church and Convent.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sorrento trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of train and subway from Rome to Sorrento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Sorrento, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Reggio Calabria.

Things to do in Sorrento

Tours Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Ravello, Amalfi, Paestum Ruins, Fornillo, Parocchia di San Luca Evangelista
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Museo della Carta ©
Museo della Carta

6
nights
Reggio Calabria

Reggio Calabria ©
Reggio di Calabria, commonly known as Reggio Calabria or simply Reggio in Southern Italy, is the largest city and the most populated comune of Calabria, Southern Italy. Head to Palazzo Della Cultura Pasquino Crupi and Tropeafor some retail therapy. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria and Lungomare Falcomata. Change things up with these side-trips from Reggio Calabria: Tropea Beach (in Tropea), Taormina (Villa Comunale, Corso Umberto, & more) and Capo Vaticano (Grotticelle beach & Capo Vaticano). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Isola Bella, view the masterpieces at Opere di Rabarama, learn more about the world around you at Museo del Bergamotto, and see the sky in a new way at Planetarium Provincial Pythagoras.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Reggio Calabria journey planner .

Traveling by car from Sorrento to Reggio Calabria takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or do a combination of subway, train, and flight. August in Reggio Calabria sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Reggio Calabria

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Taormina, Capo Vaticano, Chianalea di Scilla, Tropea Beach
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Tropea Beach ©
Tropea Beach
Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella

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