43 days in Italy & Island of Malta Itinerary

43 days in Italy & Island of Malta Itinerary

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43 days in Italy & Island of Malta Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Venice, Italy
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 7 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 8 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Naples, Italy
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Palermo, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Catania, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
7
Lampedusa, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
8
Valletta, Malta
— 6 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney, Australia

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica di Sant’Antonio). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and steep yourself in history at St Mark's Campanile.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice online trip itinerary planner .

Sydney, Australia to Venice is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Venice, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Venice: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

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

7
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Siena (Wine Tours & Tastings, Piazza del Campo, & more), Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano) and Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, pause for some photo ops at Campanile di Giotto, and get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary builder tool .

Take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Florence, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Siena, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Guardastelle Vineyard
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Guardastelle Vineyard ©
Guardastelle Vineyard
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

8
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Tivoli (Villa Adriana & Villa d'Este). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, make a trip to Spanish Steps, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rome travel route builder site .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Tivoli
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

7
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
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: Duomo di Salerno (in Salerno), Le Vigne di Raito (in Vietri sul Mare) and Amalfi (Museo della Carta, Wine Tours & Tastings, & more). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Fornillo, contemplate the long history of Villa Cimbrone Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Ravello, and look for gifts at Nana' Positano.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Naples travel planner.

Take a train from Rome to Naples in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Palermo.

Things to do in Naples

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Positano, Ravello, Amalfi, Liquorificio Mansi Carlo, Duomo di Salerno
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Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Il Sentiero Degli Dei ©
Il Sentiero Degli Dei

3
nights
Palermo, Italy

The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Change things up with these side-trips from Palermo: Museo dell'Acciuga (in Aspra), Tempio di Segesta (in Calatafimi-Segesta) and Riserva Naturale Orientata dello Zingaro (in Castellammare del Golfo). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Palermo and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Palermo sightseeing planner.

Getting from Naples to Palermo by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or ride a ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Catania.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Tempio di Segesta, Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro, Museo dell'Acciuga
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Food Tours
Cattedrale di Palermo ©
Cattedrale di Palermo
Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro ©
Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro

2
nights
Catania, Italy

Catania ©
The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate the geological forces at Mount Etna. On the next day, learn about winemaking at Gambino Vini and then get outside with EtnaExcursion.it.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Catania road trip planning website .

You can drive from Palermo to Catania in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lampedusa.

Things to do in Catania

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

EtnaExcursion.it, Gambino Vini
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Mt Etna ©
Mt Etna
EtnaExcursion.it ©
EtnaExcursion.it
Gambino Vini ©
Gambino Vini

1
night
Lampedusa, Italy

Lampedusa ©
Italy's southernmost territory, Lampedusa, is known for its turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and island charm.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Centro di Recupero Tartarughe e Fauna Selvatica WWF and then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia dei Conigli.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lampedusa route planning tool .

Fly from Catania to Lampedusa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Valletta.

Things to do in Lampedusa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Spiaggia dei Conigli ©
Spiaggia dei Conigli

6
nights
Valletta, Malta

Valletta ©
Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
Step out of Valletta to go to Mellieha and see Ghajn Tuffieha Bay, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Co-Cathedral, take in nature's colorful creations at Lower Barrakka Gardens, contemplate the long history of Casa Rocca Piccola, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Valletta day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Lampedusa to Valletta takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Lampedusa in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 24°C in Valletta. On the 21st (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Valletta

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, Casa Bernard, Ghajn Tuffieha Bay, Mnajdra, Balluta Square
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Upper Barrakka Gardens ©
Upper Barrakka Gardens
St. John's Co-Cathedral ©
St. John's Co-Cathedral
Mnajdra ©
Mnajdra

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