15 days in Italy & France Itinerary

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Turin, Italy
— 4 nights
Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Menton, France
— 3 nights


Turin, Italy — 4 nights

City of Magic

A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and Lago d'Arpy. Step off the beaten path and head to Lillaz Waterfalls and Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso. Step out of Turin with an excursion to Giardino Botanico Alpino Paradisia in Cogne--about 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Colline di Torino, get engrossed in the history at Borgo Medievale, make a trip to Piazza Vittorio Veneto, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza C.L.N.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Turin trip itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Turin is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Turin. In June, Turin is little chillier than New York City - with highs of 73°F and lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 4 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Duomo di Milano and Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore. Discover out-of-the-way places like San Giulio Island and Dialogo nel Buio. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milan: Orta San Giulio (Lake Orta & Sacro Monte di Orta). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbazia di Chiaravalle, and walk around Sempione Park.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Milan driving holiday planner.

Take a train from Turin to Milan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Turin in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Milan: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nice.
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Nice, France — 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and Liven Up. Family-friendly places like Promenade du Paillon and Old Town will thrill your kids. Step out of Nice to go to Tourrettes-sur-Loup and see Tourrettes-sur-Loup, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, take a peaceful walk through Parc du Mont Boron, and hike along Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice online route planner.

Traveling by car from Milan to Nice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Milan in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 71°F in Nice. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Menton.
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Menton, France — 3 nights

Pearl of France

Known for its own microclimate that is generally milder than the rest of the French Riviera, Menton is located very close to the border with Italy, whose influence is visible in the architecture and customs of the city.
Bring the kids along to Jardin Botanique Val Rahmeh - Menton and Visite Confiturerie Herbin. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cemetery of the Old Chateau and Basilica St. Michel. Step out of Menton to go to Beaulieu-sur-Mer and see Villa Kerylos, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade Le Corbusier, head outdoors with Tete de Chien, tour the pleasant surroundings at Palmes Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at La Chapelle des Pénitents-Blancs.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Menton trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Nice to Menton takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Menton can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Italy travel guide

Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.