15 days in Italy & France Itinerary

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


Turin, Italy — 2 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.
On the 29th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Civic Museum of Ancient Art (Palazzo Madama), then make a trip to Piazza Castello, then don't miss a visit to Piazza San Carlo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Egizio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo Nazionale del Cinema, stroll around Parco Ruffini, and then steep yourself in history at Sacra di San Michele.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Turin online road trip planner.

New York City, USA to Turin is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Turin is 6 hours. Traveling from New York City in June, things will get a bit cooler in Turin: highs are around 73°F and lows about 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Milan.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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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 Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milan: Verona (Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, Casa di Giulietta, &more) and Gardaland Park (in Castelnuovo del Garda). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, test your problem-solving skills at La Casa Maledetta, pause for some serene contemplation at Certosa di Milano, and explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Milan driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Turin to Milan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Turin in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Milan: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nice.
Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping
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Nice, France — 5 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.
Bring the kids along to Marineland and Lérins Islands. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Lesgeckos (in Vence) and Parachute Ascensionnel Juan les Pins (in Juan-les-Pins). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, admire the landmark architecture of Lycee Massena, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Arts Asiatiques de Nice, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice tour site.

Drive from Milan to Nice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Milan in July, with lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Menton.
Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors
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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.
Kids will enjoy Promenade du Soleil and Jardin Botanique Val Rahmeh - Menton. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Palmes Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Palais Carnoles, stroll around Parc de Roquebrune, and indulge your taste buds at Marche des Halles de Menton.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Menton online day trip planner.

You can drive from Nice to Menton in an hour. Other options are to 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. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails
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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.