17 days in Italy Itinerary

17 days in Italy Itinerary

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Rome
— 2 nights
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Sorrento
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Capri, Island of Capri
Ferry to Sorrento, Taxi to Pompeii
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Pompeii
Drive
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Siena
— 2 nights
Train
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Florence
— 2 nights
Train
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Venice
— 3 nights
Train
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Varenna
— 2 nights
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Milan
— 2 nights
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Rome — 2 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, explore the ancient world of Colosseum, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rome trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport and Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport. In April, daytime highs in Rome are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Sorrento.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip
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Sorrento — 2 nights

A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): cast your line with a fishing tour, get to know the fascinating history of Corso Italia, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Tasso, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Francis Church and Convent.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sorrento sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Sorrento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sorrento, with lows of 55°F. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Capri.
Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:

Capri, Island of Capri

The island of Capri encompasses all the magical allure of the Mediterranean--dramatic blue waters, lush mountainous landscape, and picturesque island villages.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Grotto, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Solaro, then take in the dramatic natural features at I Faraglioni, and finally don't miss a visit to Giardini di Augusto.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Capri trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Sorrento to Capri takes an hour. April in Capri sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Pompeii.
Parks · Nature
Side Trip
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:

Pompeii

Pompeii has been a tourist destination for more than 250 years.
For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Pompeii trip itinerary maker site.

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Capri to Pompeii in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In April, daytime highs in Pompeii are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. You'll set off for Siena on the 10th (Sun).
Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Transportation
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:

Siena — 2 nights

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Change things up with these side-trips from Siena: Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino) and San Gimignano (Guardastelle Vineyard, Torre Grossa, &more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Piazza del Campo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero di San Giovanni, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico, and get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico.

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Traveling by car from Pompeii to Siena takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Pompeii in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Siena, with lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Florence.
Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:

Florence — 2 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 14th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Campanile di Giotto, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Florence travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Siena to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Venice.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Venice — 3 nights

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.
Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Padua (Basilica of St. Anthony, Scrovegni Chapel, &more). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, make a trip to Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and pause for some photo ops at Punta della Dogana.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Venice tour planner.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Venice are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Varenna.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 18:

Varenna — 2 nights

Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. On the 19th (Tue), go for a walk through Green Way dei Patriarchi, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Vezio, and then admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Varenna trip site.

You can fly from Venice to Varenna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in April, and nighttime lows around 46°F. On the 20th (Wed), you're off to Milan.
Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 20:

Milan — 2 nights

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.
On the 20th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Il Cenacolo and then don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Milan planner.

Traveling by car from Varenna to Milan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daytime highs in Milan are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums
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Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.

Tuscany travel guide

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Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.

Lake Como travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."