21 days in Italy, France & Spain Itinerary

21 days in Italy, France & Spain Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Pisa, Italy
— 2 nights
Turin, Italy
— 7 nights
Nice, France
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights


Rome, Italy — 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico and Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Colosseum and Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Cupola di San Pietro, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rome day trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Rome is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Singapore in December, things will get colder in Rome: highs are around 16°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to fly to Pisa.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums
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Pisa, Italy — 2 nights

Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Visit Piazza del Duomo and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Leaning Tower of Pisa and Palazzo Blu. Change things up with these side-trips from Pisa: Livorno (Santuario di Montenero & Costiera di Calafuria) and Florence (Jimmy's Leather Collection, Piazza della Repubblica, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Battistero di San Giovanni, examine the collection at Museo Nazionale della Certosa Monumentale di Calci, steep yourself in history at Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina, and get to know the fascinating history of Knights’ Square.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Pisa route builder site.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Pisa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Pisa, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Turin.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Side Trips
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Turin, Italy — 7 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.
Family-friendly places like Museo Egizio and Piazza del Duomo will thrill your kids. Popular historic sites such as Duomo di Milano and Basilica di Maria Ausiliatrice are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Palazzo Marino (in Milan) and Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi (in Stupinigi). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museo Nazionale del Cinema, take an in-depth tour of Armeria Reale, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cappella dei Banchieri e dei Mercanti, and stop by Quadrilatero Romano.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Turin route app.

Drive from Pisa to Turin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Pisa in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Turin, with highs around 8°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Nice.
Museums · Historic Sites · Trails · Nature
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Nice, France

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.
To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nice tour itinerary site.

Getting from Turin to Nice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Turin in December, expect Nice to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 8°C. You will leave for Madrid on the 30th (Fri).
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nightlife
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Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): wander the streets of Barrio de Salamanca, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, and then admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): steep yourself in history at Museo Cerralbo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, then take in the exciting artwork at Cava Baja Gallery, then take a stroll through La Latina, and finally steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid journey planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Madrid takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in December, Madrid is little chillier at night with lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Barcelona.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Barcelona, Spain — 3 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Barcelona Cathedral and Las Ramblas. Change things up with a short trip to Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt in Santa Coloma de Cervello (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: get curious at CosmoCaixa Barcelona, don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, and stroll around Parc Guell.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Madrid to Barcelona by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Madrid in January; daily highs in Barcelona reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Childrens Museums
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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.

Spain travel guide

Beaches · Nightlife · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.