23 days in Italy Itinerary

23 days in Italy Itinerary

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23 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  29​h
1
Rome
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
2
Naples
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Venice
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Verona
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
5
Florence
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
6
Milan
— 1 day
Train:  1​h
7
Turin
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  31​h
End: Sydney

4
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Trastevere and Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palatine Hill and Colosseum. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, get engrossed in the history at Capitoline Museums, see the interesting displays at St. Peter's Basilica, and get to know the fascinating history of Rome Historical Center.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Rome itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to Rome is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Rome is minus 9 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sydney in April; daily highs in Rome reach 23°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 19:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

3
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gli Scavi Archeologici di Pompei and Museo Cappella Sansevero. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ruins of Herculaneum and Galleria Borbonica. Venture out of the city with trips to Ravello (Villa Cimbrone Gardens & Villa Rufolo). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at National Archaeological Museum of Naples and explore the world behind art at Capodimonte Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Naples custom trip planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Naples in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April in Naples, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ravello, Pompeii Archaeological Park, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:
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Galleria Borbonica ©
Galleria Borbonica
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano ©
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Mark's Square and Ponte dei Sospiri. Escape the urban bustle at Canal Grande and Isola di Burano. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Cannaregio, admire the striking features of Doges' Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, and explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Venice travel planner.

You can fly from Naples to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 26:
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

3
nights
Verona

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Te, explore the historical opulence of Castelvecchio Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, then hunt for treasures at Piazza delle Erbe, and finally steep yourself in history at Arena di Verona. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Grotte di Catullo, explore the historical opulence of Castello scaligero, make a trip to Torre dei Lamberti, then browse the exhibits of Casa di Giulietta, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Fermo.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Verona itinerary builder.

Take a train from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Sirmione, Palazzo Te
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 29:
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Palazzo Te ©
Palazzo Te
Castello Scaligero ©
Castello Scaligero
Grotte di Catullo ©
Grotte di Catullo

4
nights
Florence

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 Siena Cathedral and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence and Campanile di Giotto. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Uffizi Gallery, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence vacation trip planner.

Take a train from Verona to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Florence, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Duomo di Siena
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 3:
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan custom trip planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Milan in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Turin.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay May 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Monumental Cemetery ©
Monumental Cemetery
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

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 4th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Piazza San Carlo, see the interesting displays at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Nazionale del Cinema. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Sacra di San Michele, admire the landmark architecture of La Venaria Reale, and then admire all the interesting features of Juventus Stadium.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Turin travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Milan to Turin by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. May in Turin sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Turin

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Sacra di San Michele, Reggia di Venaria Reale
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:
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Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile ©
Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile
Sacra di San Michele ©
Sacra di San Michele
Reggia di Venaria Reale ©
Reggia di Venaria Reale

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