18 days in Italy Itinerary

18 days in Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy travel planner
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Fly
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Milan
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Varenna
— 1 night
Fly
3
Positano
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Rome
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Saturnia
— 1 night
Drive to Piombino, Ferry to Portoferraio
6
Portoferraio, Elba Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Piombino, Drive to Florence
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Florence
— 2 nights
Drive
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Venice
— 3 nights
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Milan — 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Leolandia and Sacro Monte di Orta. Venture out of the city with trips to Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto (in Verbania), Lake Orta (in Orta San Giulio) and Bergamo (La Citta Alta, Piazza Vecchia, &more). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano and don't miss a visit to Dialogo nel Buio.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Milan online trip builder.

Toronto, Canada to Milan is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Milan, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Toronto, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Milan, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Varenna.
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Varenna — 1 night

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 2nd (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Como and then look for gifts at Profumeria Bellagio.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Varenna online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Milan to Varenna in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Varenna can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Positano.
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Positano — 3 nights

Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Food Tours and Amalfi Coast. Get out of town with these interesting Positano side-trips: Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Massa Lubrense), Sorrento (Villa di Pollio Felice - Bagni della Regina Giovanna, St Francis Church and Convent, &more) and Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma (in Ravello). It doesn't end there: get great views at Il Sentiero Degli Dei and kick back and relax at Fornillo.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Positano trip maker.

You can fly from Varenna to Positano in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Varenna in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Positano, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Rome.
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Rome — 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura and Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Villa Borghese, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, and delve into the distant past at Pantheon.

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

Traveling by car from Positano to Rome takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Saturnia.
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Saturnia — 1 night

On the 9th (Sun), take in the natural beauty of Cascate del Mulino.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Saturnia trip planner.

You can drive from Rome to Saturnia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Saturnia are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Portoferraio.
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Portoferraio, Elba Island — 1 night

Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. On the 10th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia di Cavoli, kick back and relax at Spiaggia Della Biodola, then kick back and relax at Spiaggia Di Sansone, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Capo Bianco.

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

Getting from Saturnia to Portoferraio by combination of car and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Saturnia in July: highs in Portoferraio hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Florence.
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Florence — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 11th (Tue), make a trip to Mercato Centrale, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the history behind Campanile di Giotto, and finally steep yourself in history at Loggia dei Lanzi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence holiday site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Portoferraio to Florence takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train. In July, daytime highs in Florence are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Venice.
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Venice — 3 nights

City of Romance

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and Torre dell'Orologio. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Canal Grande, don't miss a visit to Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, and take a stroll through Dorsoduro.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Venice trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Venice, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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Italy travel guide

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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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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."
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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.
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