18 days in Italy & Croatia Itinerary

18 days in Italy & Croatia Itinerary

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Parma, Italy
— 1 day
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La Spezia, Italy
— 1 night
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Montepulciano, Italy
— 1 night
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Saturnia, Italy
— 1 night
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 3 nights
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Bari, Italy
— 1 night
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
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Korcula Town, Croatia
— 1 night
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Split, Croatia
— 1 night
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Zadar, Croatia
— 1 night
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
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Rijeka, Croatia
— 1 night
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Pozza di Fassa, Italy
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Parma, Italy — 1 day

Capital of Italian Food Valley

Parma is famous for its prosciutto, cheese, and architecture.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero di Parma, learn more about the world around you at Museo di Storia Naturale, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Camera di San Paolo, then look for gifts at Aline Bassani, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale di Parma.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Parma day trip website.

Milan to Parma is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to La Spezia.
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La Spezia, Italy — 1 night

La Spezia, at the head of the Gulf of La Spezia in the Liguria region of Northern Italy, is the capital city of the province of La Spezia.In terms of population, La Spezia is the second city in the Liguria region, preceded just by Genoa. On the 25th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre and then walk around Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the La Spezia trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Parma to La Spezia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. April in La Spezia sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Montepulciano.
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Montepulciano, Italy — 1 night

Pearl of the 16th Century

Perched on a limestone ridge in the heart of Tuscany, Montepulciano is known worldwide for its production of red wine, the Vino Noble.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Az. Agr. Poliziano, then learn about winemaking at Villa Sant'Anna, then do a tasting at Manvi Winery, and finally stop by Quinteaquadri Lab Gallery.

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Drive from La Spezia to Montepulciano in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Montepulciano, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saturnia.
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Wineries · Shopping · Museums
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Saturnia, Italy — 1 night

On the 27th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Bosco Rocconi, Head underground at Via Cava, then step into the grandiose world of Piazza del Castello di Montemerano, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Cascate del Mulino.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Saturnia trip maker tool.

You can drive from Montepulciano to Saturnia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 3 nights

Eternal City

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: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, admire the striking features of Pantheon, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, and make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rome trip builder site.

Getting from Saturnia to Rome by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. In April, daytime highs in Rome are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Naples.
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Naples, Italy — 3 nights

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Venture out of the city with trips to Amalfi (Fontana sant'Andrea, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, &more), Ravello (Villa Cimbrone Gardens, Villa Rufolo, &more) and Positano (MAR - Museo Archeologico Romano Positano, Il Sentiero Degli Dei, &more). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Pompeii Archaeological Park, explore the world behind art at Museo Cappella Sansevero, admire the landmark architecture of Villa dei Misteri, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Apollo.

For reviews and tourist information, refer to the Naples trip itinerary builder website.

Take a train from Rome to Naples in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bari.
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Bari, Italy — 1 night

Gateway to Apulia

Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): stop by La Maison d'Art, take in the exciting artwork at Baart Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di Bari, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa Maria Santissima Annunziata, and finally examine the collection at Piccolo Museo didattico del cinema.

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Traveling by car from Naples to Bari takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Bari are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.
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Dubrovnik, Croatia — 1 night

Pearl of the Adriatic

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
On the 5th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Walls of Dubrovnik and then stop by Old Town.

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Traveling by car from Bari to Dubrovnik takes 9 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Korcula Town.
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Korcula Town, Croatia — 1 night

Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
On the 6th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Sveti Mihovil, look for gifts at Trezor Unique Handmade Jewellery, view the masterpieces at Atelier Abel, then don't miss a visit to Kula Morska Vrata, then take in the exciting artwork at Vapor gallery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mark's Cathedral.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Korcula Town visit planning app.

You can ride a ferry from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Split.
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Split, Croatia — 1 night

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 7th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic, then pause for some photo ops at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, then see the interesting displays at Diocletians Dream, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Diocletian's Palace.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Split trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Korcula Town to Split in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. In May in Split, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Zadar.
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Zadar, Croatia — 1 night

Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then make a trip to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje), then see the interesting displays at Archaeological Museum Zadar, and finally get outside with Rent a bike Zadar - Zara.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Zadar planner.

Traveling by car from Split to Zadar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Split in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 12°C in Zadar. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia — 1 night

Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park and then explore the activities along Milanovac Lake.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Plitvice Lakes National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rijeka.
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Rijeka, Croatia — 1 night

Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third-largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb and Split). On the 10th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Peek & Poke Computer Museum, then make a trip to Bookstore Val, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at THAI MAR massage.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rijeka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Rijeka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May in Rijeka, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Pozza di Fassa.
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Pozza di Fassa, Italy — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): look for gifts at VINO Wine Shop, stroll through Val Contrin, then hit the slopes at Ston8 Snowpark Ciampac, then let the kids burn off some steam at Miniclub Tananai, and finally hike along Sentiero Attrezzato Lino Pederiva.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Pozza di Fassa itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Rijeka to Pozza di Fassa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Rijeka in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Pozza di Fassa, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive back home.
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Italy travel guide

4.6
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.
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Croatia travel guide

4.6
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.
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