32 days in Rome & Tuscany Itinerary

32 days in Rome & Tuscany Itinerary

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32 days in Rome & Tuscany Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  25 h
1
Rome
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Montepulciano
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
San Gimignano
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Florence
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
5
Lucca
— 5 nights
Drive + Ferry:  2 h 30 min
6
Portoferraio, Elba Island
— 5 nights
Drive:  30 min
7
Porto Azzurro, Elba Island
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  31 h
End: Melbourne

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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, and admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip builder website .

Melbourne, Australia to Rome is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Rome, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in June, expect Rome to be warmer, temps between 34°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Montepulciano.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 17:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

4
nights
Montepulciano

Montepulciano ©
Perched on a limestone ridge in the heart of Tuscany, Montepulciano is known worldwide for its production of red wine, the Vino Noble.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montepulciano: Wine Tours & Tastings (in Siena), Cascate del Mulino (in Saturnia) and Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona (in Castelnuovo dell'Abate). There's still lots to do: admire the verdant scenery at Val d'Orcia, don't miss a visit to Piazza Grande a Montepulciano, look for all kinds of wild species at Fosso Bianco - Bagni San Filippo, and learn about winemaking at Azienda Agricola Ercolani.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Montepulciano road trip planning website .

You can drive from Rome to Montepulciano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. June in Montepulciano sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Montepulciano

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Orvieto, Montalcino, Crete Senesi, Val d'Orcia, Cascate del Mulino
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 21:
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Val d'Orcia ©
Val d'Orcia
Cascate del Mulino ©
Cascate del Mulino
Fosso Bianco - Bagni San Filippo ©
Fosso Bianco - Bagni San Filippo

5
nights
San Gimignano

San Gimignano ©
A historical gem in the heart of Tuscany, San Gimignano is known as the Town of Fine Towers for its jutting skyline of high city walls.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Gimignano: Siena (Piazza del Campo, Duomo di Siena, &more), Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino) and Cala Violina (in Scarlino). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Guardastelle Vineyard, don't miss a visit to Historic Centre of San Gimignano, steep yourself in history at Torre Grossa, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di San Gimignano.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Gimignano route tool .

Drive from Montepulciano to San Gimignano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in San Gimignano, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Florence.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Siena, Abbazia di San Galgano, Cala Violina
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 26:
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Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Cala Violina
Cala Violina
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo

4
nights
Florence

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
When in Florence, make a side trip to see Castello del Trebbio in Santa Brigida, approximately Santa Brigida away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, and take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

Plan trip to Florence with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from San Gimignano to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Florence, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Lucca.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
Find places to stay Jun 26 — Jul 1:
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto

5
nights
Lucca

Lucca ©
Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
Explore Lucca's surroundings by going to Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza (in Monterosso al Mare), Pisa (Leaning Tower of Pisa, Piazza dei Miracoli, &more) and Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre (in Riomaggiore). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Canyon Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Pisa, steep yourself in history at Le mura di Lucca, and admire the landmark architecture of St Martin Cathedral.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lucca holiday planner.

Take a bus from Florence to Lucca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Lucca sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Portoferraio.

Things to do in Lucca

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pisa, Cinque Terre, Baia del Silenzio, Canyon Park
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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre ©
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre
Canyon Park ©
Canyon Park

5
nights
Portoferraio, Elba Island

Portoferraio ©
Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. Change things up with these side-trips from Portoferraio: Spiaggia di Cavoli (in Seccheto), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Marina di Campo) and Spiaggia di Fetovaia (in Campo nell'Elba). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Spiaggia Di Sansone, tour the pleasant surroundings at Padulella Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and immerse yourself in nature at Percorso dell'Enfola.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Portoferraio travel route builder tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Lucca to Portoferraio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Portoferraio are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Porto Azzurro.

Things to do in Portoferraio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Marina di Campo, Spiaggia di Cavoli, Spiaggia di Lacona, Spiaggia di Fetovaia
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Spiaggia Di Sansone ©
Spiaggia Di Sansone
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spiaggia di Cavoli ©
Spiaggia di Cavoli

2
nights
Porto Azzurro, Elba Island

Porto Azzurro is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Livorno in the Italian region Tuscany; it is on the island of Elba, located about 130km southwest of Florence and about 90km south of Livorno. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Parco Minerario dell'Isola d'Elba, enjoy the sand and surf at Topinetti Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cala Seregola, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cala di Mola, kick back and relax at Spiaggia Reale, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at La Piccola Miniera.

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

Porto Azzurro is just a short distance from Portoferraio. In July, daytime highs in Porto Azzurro are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto Azzurro

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Rio Marina
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 13:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Parco Minerario dell'Isola d'Elba ©
Parco Minerario dell'Isola d'Elba
La Piccola Miniera ©
La Piccola Miniera

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