22 days in Italy & Cyprus Itinerary

22 days in Italy & Cyprus Itinerary

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22 days in Italy & Cyprus Itinerary

Start: Wellington, New Zealand
Fly:  29​h
1
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Naples, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
Larnaca, Cyprus
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Paphos, Cyprus
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  31​h
End: Wellington, New Zealand


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1
night
Milan, Italy

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and then see La Casa Maledetta. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Tempio Civico della Beata Vergine Incoronata, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, and then explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Milan trip itinerary maker app .

Wellington, New Zealand to Milan is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -11 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Wellington in December: high temperatures in Milan hover around 9°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

Side Trip

Tempio Civico della Beata Vergine Incoronata
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

3
nights
Venice, Italy

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica di Sant’Antonio). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and admire the striking features of St Mark's Campanile.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice online road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Milan to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Padua
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Step out of Florence to go to Pisa and see Leaning Tower of Pisa, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, don't miss a visit to The Baptistery of St. John, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Venice in December, expect nights in Florence to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

4
nights
Rome, Italy

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, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, wander the streets of Trastevere, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and make a trip to Trevi Fountain.

Discover how to plan a Rome trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. December in Rome sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

3
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naples: Tennis Al Settimo Piano (in Positano), Salerno (Centro Storico Salerno, Chiesa San Pietro a Corte, & more) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Amalfi). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Pompeii Archaeological Park, Head underground at Grotte di Suppraiano, explore the world behind art at Museo Cappella Sansevero, and take in the exciting artwork at Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Naples driving holiday planning app .

Getting from Rome to Naples by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Larnaca.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Salerno, Wine Tours & Tastings, Grotte di Suppraiano, Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma, Pompeii Archaeological Park
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Chiesa San Pietro a Corte ©
Chiesa San Pietro a Corte

1
day
Larnaca, Cyprus

Larnaca ©
Situated on the southernmost coast of Cyprus, the 6,000-year-old city of Larnaka features a bustling promenade full of bars, cafes, restaurants, and plenty of spots in the sun.
On the 3rd (Mon), explore the ancient world of Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement, contemplate the waterfront views at Larnaka Salt Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hala Sultan Tekke, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Lazarus.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Larnaca day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Naples to Larnaca takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Naples in January, things will get a bit warmer in Larnaca: highs are around 20°C and lows about 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Paphos.

Things to do in Larnaca

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement
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Church of Saint Lazarus ©
Church of Saint Lazarus
Hala Sultan Tekke ©
Hala Sultan Tekke
Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement ©
Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement

4
nights
Paphos, Cyprus

Paphos ©
The legendary birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the capital of western Cyprus, the city of Paphos showcases an abundance of archaeological, architectural, and historical sites.
Venture out of the city with trips to Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos (in Pedoulas) and Akamas Peninsula National Park (in Neo Chorion). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Tombs of the Kings, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the striking landscape at Aphrodite's Rock, and step into the grandiose world of Paphos Harbour Castle.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paphos planner .

Traveling by car from Larnaca to Paphos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Paphos sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paphos

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kouklia, Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery, Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos, Akamas Peninsula National Park
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Tombs of the Kings ©
Tombs of the Kings
Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos ©
Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos

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