8 days in Italy Itinerary

8 days in Italy Itinerary

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8 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Rome
1
Rome
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Florence
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
3
Pisa
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
4
Bologna
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
End: Rome

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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.
On the 14th (Sun), ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Vatican Museums.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rome road trip planning site .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport and Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

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Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo and then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. On the next day, ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, make a trip to Piazza della Signoria, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, and finally see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Florence trip planner .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Bologna.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Siena
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Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria
The Boboli Gardens ©
The Boboli Gardens
Ponte Vecchio ©
Ponte Vecchio

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nights
Pisa

Pisa ©
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Battistero, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Pisa, make a trip to Piazza dei Miracoli, then don't miss a visit to Piazza dei Cavalieri, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Torre di Pisa. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Palazzo Pfanner, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Michele in Foro, make a trip to Piazza Anfiteatro, then enjoy breathtaking views from Guinigi Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of St Martin Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Le mura di Lucca.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Pisa online road trip planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Pisa in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Pisa are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bologna.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Lucca
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Le mura di Lucca ©
Le mura di Lucca
Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Piazza dei Miracoli ©
Piazza dei Miracoli

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nights
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 20th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Basilica di San Petronio, enjoy breathtaking views from Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda, contemplate the long history of Basilica di San Domenico, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bologna trip planning site .

Drive from Pisa to Bologna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bologna can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bologna

Tours Historic Sites
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Food Tours
Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell ©
Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell
Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano ©

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