21 days in Italy Itinerary

21 days in Italy Itinerary

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Rome
— 2 nights
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Florence
— 4 nights
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Cinque Terre
— 3 nights
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Venice
— 4 nights
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Como
— 4 nights
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Milan
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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.
On the 3rd (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola and then explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums. On the next day, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rome travel planning site.

Sydney, Australia to Rome is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Rome, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in September: high temperatures in Rome hover around 32°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Florence.
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Florence — 4 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Florence is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, indulge your senses at Scenic wine tours in Tuscany, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and examine the collection at Pitti Palace.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Florence online attractions planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September in Florence, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Cinque Terre.
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Cinque Terre — 3 nights

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cinque Terre: Portovenere (in Porto Venere) and La Spezia (Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere & Ponte Thaon di Revel). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with 5 Terre Pelagos Boat Tours, stroll through Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, trek along Sentiero Vernazza a Corniglia, and explore the historical opulence of Castello Doria.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre online travel planner.

You can drive from Florence to Cinque Terre in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daytime highs in Cinque Terre are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Venice.
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Venice — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Verona (Torre dei Lamberti, Piazza delle Erbe, &more) and Padua (Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site, Scrovegni Chapel, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice trip builder.

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Venice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In September in Venice, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Como.
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Como — 4 nights

Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bellagio (Basilica di San Giacomo & I Giardini di Villa Melzi), Tremezzina (Villa Carlotta & Villa del Balbianello) and Lake Orta (in Orta San Giulio). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Palazzo Borromeo, examine the collection at Museo Didattico della Seta, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Abbondio, and go for a walk through Centro Storico.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Como trip planner.

Getting from Venice to Como by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Milan.
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Milan

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.
To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Como to Milan in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Milan, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 20th (Tue).
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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.
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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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