40 days in Italy Itinerary

40 days in Italy Itinerary

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40 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Lainate
1
Lainate
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Naples
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Positano
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Pompeii
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
5
Florence
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Lainate
— 10 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Rome
— 6 nights
8
Assisi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Padua
— 1 night
train:  30​min
10
Venice
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
11
Verona
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
End: Lainate

3
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Lainate

Lainate ©
Lainate is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Milan in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 15km northwest of Milan.Lainate borders the following municipalities: Caronno Pertusella, Origgio, Garbagnate Milanese, Nerviano, Arese, Rho, Pogliano Milanese.Lainate is home to "Villa Litta", a tourist attraction, and the headquarters of the confectionery company Perfetti Van Melle. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Chiesetta Dio il Sa, steep yourself in history at Oratorio dei SS. Ambrogio e Caterina, take in the spiritual surroundings of Il Santuario della Madonna dei Miracoli, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuary of Our Lady of Miracles, and finally browse the different shops at Il Centro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Le Driadi Slow Farm, examine the collection at Casa Museo di Papa Giovanni XXIII, and then admire the masterpieces at Polo Museale Masseranese.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lainate online itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Lainate. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Naples.

Things to do in Lainate

Shopping Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Il Centro, Oratorio dei SS. Ambrogio e Caterina, Le Driadi Slow Farm, Casa Museo di Papa Giovanni XXIII, Il Santuario della Madonna dei Miracoli
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Il Centro ©
Il Centro
Polo Museale Masseranese ©
Polo Museale Masseranese
Oratorio dei SS. Ambrogio e Caterina ©

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Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Museo Cappella Sansevero and Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte will appeal to museum buffs. Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli and I Presepi da Guinness are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naples: Castello Aragonese d'Ischia (in Ischia) and Convento di Santa Maria a Castro (in Praiano). There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Archivio Fotografico Parisio, look for gifts at Gioielleria Caruso, appreciate the extensive heritage of Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli, and have fun and explore at Ospedale delle Bambole.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Naples holiday maker tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lainate to Naples. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Lainate in December, with highs in Naples at 17°C and lows at 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Positano.

Things to do in Naples

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Convento di Santa Maria a Castro, Castello Aragonese d'Ischia
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Museodivino ©
Museodivino
Museo Cappella Sansevero ©
Museo Cappella Sansevero

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Positano

Positano ©
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Villa Cimbrone Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo, pause for some serene contemplation at Parrocchia San Giovanni, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Sant'Andrea, then look for gifts at Ceramiche Casola, and finally take an in-depth tour of MAR - Museo Archeologico Romano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Miniaci Art Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Museo Diocesano, then see the interesting displays at Museo della Carta, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cloister del Paradiso.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Positano route planner .

Traveling by bus from Naples to Positano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Naples in December since evenings lows in Positano dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pompeii.

Things to do in Positano

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Amalfi, Ravello, Parrocchia San Giovanni
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Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Villa Rufolo ©
Villa Rufolo
Duomo di Sant'Andrea ©
Duomo di Sant'Andrea

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Pompeii

Pompeii ©
Pompeii has been a tourist destination for more than 250 years.
On the 14th (Sat), browse for treasures at Libreria Antiquaria Vecchi Libri. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa dei Misteri, and then explore the ancient world of Pompeii Archaeological Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Pompeii journey app .

Traveling by car from Positano to Pompeii takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from Positano in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Pompeii, with lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Pompeii

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Salerno, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma, Paestum Ruins, Sol’Art Ceramiche
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Sol’Art Ceramiche ©
Sol’Art Ceramiche
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Paestum Ruins ©
Paestum Ruins

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Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Palazzo Vecchio are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Pitti Palace. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Siena (Duomo di Siena & Silvia Tanganelli) and Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, take in the exciting artwork at Collezione Roberto Casamonti, and take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Florence day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Pompeii to Florence takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. December in Florence sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Lainate.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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Lainate

Lainate ©
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chiesa di Sant'Antonio Abate and Casa di Pietro Micca. Museo Fratelli Cozzi Alfa Romeo and Museo etnografico di Coniolo will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lainate: Acquaworld (in Concorezzo), Chiesa San Martino (in Gattico) and Chiesa dei SS. Pietro e Paolo (in Menaggio). Explore Lainate further: look for gifts at Rush Cycle by Rush Srls, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario di San Martino, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento dell'Incoronata, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Civico Pier Alessandro Garda.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lainate trip app .

Traveling by car from Florence to Lainate takes 4 hours. In December, Lainate is slightly colder than Florence - with highs of 10°C and lows of -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Lainate

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Malgrate, Legnano, Varese, Casa di Pietro Micca, Chiesa dei SS. Pietro e Paolo
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Museo Fratelli Cozzi Alfa Romeo ©
Museo Fratelli Cozzi Alfa Romeo
Chiesa di Sant'Antonio Abate ©
Chiesa di Sant'Antonio Abate
Chiesa dei SS. Pietro e Paolo ©
Chiesa dei SS. Pietro e Paolo

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Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get some historical perspective at Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pantheon and Palatine Hill. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and enjoy breathtaking views from Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lainate to Rome. Traveling from Lainate in January, expect Rome to be a bit warmer, temps between 15°C and 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Assisi.

Things to do in Rome

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Piazza Navona ©
Piazza Navona
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Assisi Galleria 6C, step into the grandiose world of Rocca Maggiore, view the masterpieces at B.A.T. Assisi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, and finally learn about winemaking at Tili Vini Societa Agricola. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cripta di San Francesco, stop by Michelangelo Art and Crafts, delve into the distant past at Roman Forum and Archaeological Museum, learn about winemaking at Azienda Agraria Saio, then see the interesting displays at Museo della Porziuncola, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Assisi trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Rome to Assisi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in January, expect nights in Assisi to be about the same, around 2°C, while days are little chillier, around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Padua.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola
Eremo delle Carceri ©
Eremo delle Carceri

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night
Padua

Padua ©
Padua is a picturesque city with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze (squares).
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant’Antonio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Scoletta del Santo, pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Maria of Servi, then take an in-depth tour of MUSME - Museum of the History of Medicine of Padova, and finally delve into the distant past at Teatro Anatomico.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Padua day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Assisi to Padua takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Assisi in January, expect nights in Padua to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are little chillier, around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Padua

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Scrovegni Chapel ©
Scrovegni Chapel
Basilica di Sant’Antonio ©
Basilica di Sant’Antonio

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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.
Head to Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti and European Cultural Centre - Palazzo Morafor some retail therapy. Museum-lovers will appreciate Doge's Palace and Segni nel Tempo antiquarian bookshop. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Canal Grande, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, shop like a local with Le Stanze del Vetro, and don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Venice online road trip planner .

Venice is very close to Padua. In January in Venice, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Museo di Castelvecchio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Anastasia, wander the streets of Piazza delle Erbe, then admire the striking features of Casa di Giulietta, and finally see where the action happens at Arena di Verona.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Verona trip itinerary planning app .

You can take a bus from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Museo di Castelvecchio ©
Museo di Castelvecchio
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

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