23 days in Italy & Croatia Itinerary

23 days in Italy & Croatia Itinerary

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23 days in Italy & Croatia Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly + Bus:  14​h 15​min
1
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Split, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Salerno, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Tivoli, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Siena, Italy
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
8
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Toronto, Canada

1
day
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the activities along The Upper Lakes.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Plitvice Lakes National Park is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Plitvice Lakes National Park is 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Split.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature Parks
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4
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Popular historic sites such as Diocletian's Palace and Cathedral of Saint Domnius are in your itinerary. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Dubovica and Punta Rata Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Split: Origin Natural & Original Beauty (in Omis) and Hvar (Spanjola, Franciscan Monastery, & more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St Kuzma and St Damjan, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Of St. Roch, and delve into the distant past at Temple of Jupiter.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Split trip site .

You can drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. September in Split sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Hvar, Church Of St. Roch, Dubovica Beach, Church of St Kuzma and St Damjan, Punta Rata Beach
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Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

3
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Visit Walls of Dubrovnik and Rector's Palace for their historical value. Relax by the water at Pasjaca Beach and Sunj Beach. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Old Town, admire the landmark architecture of Franciscan Monastery, and step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik day trip tool .

You can take a bus from Split to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Salerno.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Sunj Beach, Pasjaca Beach
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island

3
nights
Salerno, Italy

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.
Get some historical perspective at Duomo di Ravello and Villa Cimbrone Gardens. You'll get in some beach time at Spiaggia di castiglione and Fornillo. Get out of town with these interesting Salerno side-trips: Lido di Ravello (in Castiglione), Villa Rufolo (in Ravello) and Amalfi (Duomo di Sant'Andrea & Chiostro del Paradiso). There's more to do: do a tasting at Le Vigne di Raito and stroll through Spiaggia Lannio.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Salerno visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Salerno takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Dubrovnik in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Salerno, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tivoli.

Things to do in Salerno

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ravello, Amalfi, Fornillo, Spiaggia Lannio, Le Vigne di Raito
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Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

1
night
Tivoli, Italy

Tivoli ©
Tivoli is a town and comune in Lazio, central Italy, about 30km east-north-east of Rome, at the falls of the Aniene river where it issues from the Sabine hills. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the ancient world of Villa Adriana, and then admire the natural beauty at Villa d'Este.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tivoli driving holiday site .

Drive from Salerno to Tivoli in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Salerno in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Tivoli, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Siena.

Things to do in Tivoli

Historic Sites Spas Parks

Side Trip

Spas
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Villa Adriana ©
Villa Adriana
Villa d'Este ©
Villa d'Este
Spas

3
nights
Siena, Italy

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Visit Duomo di Siena and Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Siena: Montalcino (Mate Winery & Castiglion del Bosco), Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano) and Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona (in Castelnuovo dell'Abate). It doesn't end there: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area and make a trip to Piazza del Campo.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Siena online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Tivoli to Siena takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Siena can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Florence.

Things to do in Siena

Wineries Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Montalcino, Guardastelle Vineyard
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Guardastelle Vineyard ©
Guardastelle Vineyard
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona ©
Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Palazzo Vecchio. Change things up with a short trip to Castello del Trebbio in Santa Brigida (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, and take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Florence online trip itinerary maker .

Take a bus from Siena to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September in Florence, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica di San Marco and Doge's Palace. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica di Sant’Antonio). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, examine the collection at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, and take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice online vacation builder .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Padua
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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