8 days in Italy Itinerary

8 days in Italy Itinerary

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8 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Rome
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Florence
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Milan
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Venice
— 2 nights
Fly:  11 h
End: Newark

1
night
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, don't miss a visit to Pantheon, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally steep yourself in history at Colosseum. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Spanish Steps, then admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clement Basilica, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

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Newark, USA to Rome is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

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St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

2
nights
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 20th (Mon): examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, then don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, and finally get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo.

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Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Florence, with lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto
The Boboli Gardens ©
The Boboli Gardens

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Milan

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and then see the interesting displays at Castello Sforzesco.

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Traveling by train from Florence to Milan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, then get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square, and finally snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

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Take a train from Milan to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Venice are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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