56 days in Italy Itinerary

56 days in Italy Itinerary

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56 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  26​h
1
Palermo, Sicily
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Verona
— 6 nights
train:  1​h
3
Bologna
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
4
Florence
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Siena
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Orvieto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
7
Rome
— 6 nights
8
Naples
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Ravello
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Assisi
— 6 nights
11
Ravenna
— 1 night
12
Venice
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Palermo, Sicily

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Duomo di Monreale and Selinunte Archaeological Park. Popular historic sites such as Duomo di Cefalu and Chiesa del Gesu are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Tempio di Segesta (in Calatafimi-Segesta) and Cefalu Coast (in Cefalu). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, admire the landmark architecture of Norman Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Palermo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Cataldo.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Palermo holiday builder site .

Sydney, Australia to Palermo is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central European Time is minus 9 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Verona.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cefalu, Duomo di Monreale, Selinunte Archaeological Park, Tempio di Segesta
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 6:
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Duomo di Monreale ©
Duomo di Monreale
Selinunte Archaeological Park ©
Selinunte Archaeological Park
Tempio di Segesta ©
Tempio di Segesta

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like La Citta Alta and Borghetto sul Mincio. Get some cultural insight at Scaligero Castle and Basilica di Santa Anastasia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Verona: Santuario di San Romedio (in Coredo), Trento (MUSE - Museo delle Scienze & Piazza Duomo) and Brescia Castle (in Brescia). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Castello di Torrechiara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di Parma, don't miss a visit to Piazza Bra, and explore the ancient world of Grotte di Catullo.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Verona online itinerary planner .

You can fly from Palermo to Verona in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In April, daytime highs in Verona are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Bologna.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Sirmione, Trento, Mantua, Santuario di San Romedio, Castello di Torrechiara
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 12:
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Borghetto sul Mincio ©
Borghetto sul Mincio
Santuario di San Romedio ©
Santuario di San Romedio
La Citta Alta ©
La Citta Alta

2
nights
Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Castello Estense, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, then contemplate the long history of Basilica di San Petronio, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario di Madonna di San Luca. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Musei San Domenico, examine the collection at Museo Ferrari, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Modena.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bologna vacation site .

You can take a train from Verona to Bologna in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Castello Estense, Musei San Domenico, Duomo di Modena, Museo Ferrari
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:
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Castello Estense ©
Castello Estense
Duomo di Modena ©
Duomo di Modena
Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano ©

6
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Duomo di Pisa and Centro Storico. Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Battistero are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Portovenere (in Porto Venere) and Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida). There's lots more to do: get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Bologna to Florence takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Florence are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Siena.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Pisa, Portovenere, Castello del Trebbio
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 20:
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Portovenere ©
Portovenere

4
nights
Siena

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Abbazia di San Galgano. Centro Storico di Siena and Castello di Monteriggioni will appeal to history buffs. Explore Siena's surroundings by going to Montalcino (Winery Solaria Patrizia Cencioni & Podere Il Cocco), Castelnuovo dell'Abate (Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona & Abbazia di Sant'Antimo) and Walls of Monteriggioni (in Monteriggioni). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eremo di Montesiepi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francesco, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre del Mangia, and explore the historical opulence of Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Siena online holiday planner .

Take a bus from Florence to Siena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Siena are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Orvieto.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Montalcino, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Chiusdino
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 24:
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Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano
Abbazia di Sant'Antimo ©
Abbazia di Sant'Antimo

3
nights
Orvieto

Orvieto ©
The striking town of Orvieto, perched on a volcanic cliff overlooking the Umbrian countryside, is known as the Green Heart of Italy.
Get a sense of the local culture at Duomo di Orvieto and Pozzo di San Patrizio. Your inner history buff will appreciate Civita di Bagnoregio and Viterbo Historic Centre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Orvieto: Villa Lante (in Bagnaia), Cascate del Mulino (in Saturnia) and Pitigliano Centro Storico (in Pitigliano). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Giardino dei Tarocchi, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo dei Papi, and take in the dramatic scenery at Cascata delle Marmore.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Orvieto day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Siena to Orvieto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Orvieto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Viterbo, Cascate del Mulino, Cascata delle Marmore, Giardino dei Tarocchi, Pitigliano Centro Storico
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 27:
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Civita di Bagnoregio ©
Civita di Bagnoregio
Pitigliano Centro Storico ©
Pitigliano Centro Storico
Duomo di Orvieto ©
Duomo di Orvieto

6
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. Step off the beaten path and head to Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano and Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica. Get out of town with these interesting Rome side-trips: Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pietro in Vincoli.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome travel planner .

You can take a train from Orvieto to Rome in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vatican City, Tivoli, Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica
Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 3:
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Church of St. Louis of the French ©
Church of St. Louis of the French
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

6
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Underground Naples and Parco Acheologico di Ercolano will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Galleria Borbonica and Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli. Venture out of the city with trips to Paestum Ruins (in Paestum), Villa San Michele (in Anacapri) and Castello Aragonese d'Ischia (in Ischia). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Catacombe di San Gaudioso, examine the collection at Chiesa dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo - Complesso Museale dell'Arte della Seta, explore the ancient world of Pompeii Archaeological Park, and explore the world behind art at Museo Cappella Sansevero.

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

Traveling by train from Rome to Naples takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ravello.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Vietri sul Mare, Salerno, Pompeii, Castello Aragonese d'Ischia, Paestum Ruins
Find places to stay May 3 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Catacombe di San Gennaro ©
Catacombe di San Gennaro
Castello Aragonese d'Ischia ©
Castello Aragonese d'Ischia
Galleria Borbonica ©
Galleria Borbonica

4
nights
Ravello

Ravello ©
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Villa Cimbrone Gardens and Duomo di Ravello. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Duomo di Sant'Andrea and San Giovanni del Toro. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ravello: Fornillo (in Positano) and Chiesa San Pietro Apostolo (in Cetara).

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ravello online tour planner .

Drive from Naples to Ravello in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and taxi; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Naples in May since evenings lows in Ravello dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Assisi.

Things to do in Ravello

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Amalfi, Minori, Scala, Fornillo, Chiesa San Pietro Apostolo
Find places to stay May 9 — 13:
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Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Duomo di Sant'Andrea ©
Duomo di Sant'Andrea
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens

6
nights
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola and Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto. Popular historic sites such as Basilica di Santa Chiara and Cattedrale di San Rufino are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Assisi: Santuario Della Santa Casa (in Loreto), Palazzo Ducale di Urbino (in Urbino) and Rocca Paolina (in Perugia). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Eremo delle Carceri, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Damiano, appreciate the extensive heritage of Strada Assisi-Santa Maria degli Angeli, and make a trip to Piazza del Duomo.

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

Traveling by car from Ravello to Assisi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Ravello in May since evenings lows in Assisi dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Ravenna.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Perugia, Spoleto, Palazzo Ducale di Urbino, Montioni Frantoio e Cantina, Basilica di Santa Rita
Find places to stay May 13 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di Santa Chiara ©
Basilica di Santa Chiara
San Damiano ©
San Damiano

1
night
Ravenna

Ravenna ©
Famous for its wealth of original mosaics, Ravenna is a hub of artistic and cultural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Francesco, Ravenna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe, steep yourself in history at Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Battistero degli Ariani, and finally steep yourself in history at Basilica San Vitale.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Ravenna day trip tool .

Drive from Assisi to Ravenna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Assisi in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ravenna, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Ravenna

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe
Find places to stay May 19 — 20:
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Battistero degli Ariani ©
Battistero degli Ariani
Basilica San Vitale ©
Basilica San Vitale
Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe ©

6
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.
Get some historical perspective at Piazza San Marco and Centro Storico di Venezia. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Castello di Miramare - Museo Storico and San Giorgio Maggiore. Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Padua (Basilica di Sant’Antonio & Scrovegni Chapel). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and steep yourself in history at Doge's Palace.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice tour itinerary builder site .

Getting from Ravenna to Venice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Padua, Castello di Miramare - Museo Storico
Find places to stay May 20 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
San Giorgio Maggiore ©
San Giorgio Maggiore
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Centro Storico di Venezia ©
Centro Storico di Venezia

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