26 days in Italy Itinerary

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Fly
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Venice
— 2 nights
Drive
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Milan
— 3 nights
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Florence
— 3 nights
Drive
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Siena
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pienza
— 2 nights
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Drive to Piombino, Ferry to Portoferraio, Drive to Marciana
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Marciana, Elba Island
— 2 nights
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Drive to Portoferraio, Ferry to Piombino, Drive to Cinque Terre
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Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
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Drive to Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport, Fly to Cagliari Elmas Airport, Drive to Carloforte
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Carloforte
— 2 nights
Drive
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Laconi
— 1 night
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Cagliari
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Venice — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): stop by Oreficeria Boscolo Gioie, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, and finally explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Max Studio.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Venice trip tool.

Austin, USA to Venice is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Austin in April, things will get little chillier in Venice: highs are around 65°F and lows about 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Milan.
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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.
Museo Egizio and Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milan: Tremezzina (Villa Carlotta & Villa del Balbianello) and Basilica di San Giacomo (in Bellagio). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, make a trip to Milano Centrale, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery.

Before you visit Milan, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Venice to Milan by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In April in Milan, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Florence.
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Florence — 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Appreciate the collections at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri. Head to M.G. Design and Gallori-Turchifor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore.

To find out how to plan a trip to Florence, use our trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Milan to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In April in Florence, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Siena.
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Siena — 3 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico and Galleria Gagliardi. For shopping fun, head to Comune Di Certaldo or Ceramiche Bianco e Nero di Staccioli. Change things up with a short trip to Guardastelle Vineyard in San Gimignano (about 52 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Piazza del Campo, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre del Mangia, and admire the masterpieces at Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Siena online holiday planner.

You can drive from Florence to Siena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Siena, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Pienza.
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Pienza — 2 nights

Pienza, a town and comune in the province of Siena, in the Val d'Orcia in Tuscany (central Italy), between the towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino, is the "touchstone of Renaissance urbanism."In 1996, UNESCO declared the town a World Heritage Site, and in 2004 the entire valley, the Val d'Orcia, was included on the list of UNESCO's World Cultural Landscapes.HistoryBefore the village was renamed to Pienza its name was Corsignano. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral, examine the collection at Palazzo Piccolomini, take in the exciting artwork at Artemisia Gallery, then make a trip to Piazza Pio II, then make a trip to Pieve di Corsignano, and finally do a tasting at Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Zazzeri Pienza, get into the urban bustle at San Quirico d'Orcia, identify plant and animal life at Fosso Bianco - Bagni San Filippo, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally take a stroll through Monticchiello.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Pienza trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Siena to Pienza in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. April in Pienza sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Marciana.
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Marciana, Elba Island — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Procchio Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Capo Bianco, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Acquario dell'Elba. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Museo Civico Archeologico del Distretto Minerario di Rio nell'Elba, take an in-depth tour of Napoleonic Mills House, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Di Sansone, then stop by Il Mondo di Wit, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Monte Capanne.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Marciana travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Pienza to Marciana takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Pienza in April: highs in Marciana hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cinque Terre.
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Cinque Terre — 2 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museo Civico Etnografico, see the interesting displays at Museo Civico Amedeo Lia, then examine the collection at Museo Del Sigillo, then hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, and finally take a stroll around Vernazza. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Ponte Thaon di Revel, brush up on your military savvy at Museo Tecnico Navale della Spezia, and then discover the deep blue sea with Angelo's Boat Tours - Cinque Terre Boat Tours.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cinque Terre route maker app.

Getting from Marciana to Cinque Terre by combination of car and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. In April, daytime highs in Cinque Terre are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Carloforte.
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Carloforte — 2 nights

Carloforte is a fishing and resort town of located on Isola di San Pietro, approximately 7km off the southwestern coast of Sardinia, in southern Sardinia, Italy.HistoryAccording to a legend, a local church was founded in the early 14th century in honour of hundreds of participants to the so-called Children's Crusade of 1212 who perished in a shipwreck just off the island on their way to North Africa during a gale. Visit Punta Delle Colonne and Spiaggia di Cala Fico for some beach relaxation. You'll explore and learn at Museo Archeologico Comunale "Ferruccio Barreca" and Villaggio Ipogeo. Explore Carloforte's surroundings by going to Sant'Antioco (Su Triaxu e Sa Terrallia, MuMA Museo del Mare e dei Maestri d'Ascia, &more) and Calasetta (Spiaggia delle Saline & Sotto Torre Beach). The adventure continues: stroll through Capo Sandalo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa San Carlo Borromeo, and enjoy the sand and surf at spiaggia dello Spalmatore.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Carloforte visit planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cinque Terre to Carloforte. In April in Carloforte, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Laconi.
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Laconi — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): head outdoors with Associazione Culturale De Lacon - Visite Guidate, then stroll around Parco Aymerich, then see the interesting displays at Museo Parc - Museo Paleontologico, Archeologico e Laboratorio didattico, and finally see the interesting displays at Menhir Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Laconi tour website.

Traveling by car from Carloforte to Laconi takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in April, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Cagliari.
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Cagliari — 2 nights

City of Sun

The capital of Sardinia, Cagliari is spread out over seven hills and still bears the marks of its past conquerors, including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Romans.
On the 24th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Comunale D'Arte, see the interesting displays at Museo del Tesoro e Area Archeologica di Sant'Eulalia, kick back and relax at Poetto, then trot along with Ranch Paky Barroso, and finally stop by ZiaPeppina Dolci Sardi Artigianali. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Bastione di Saint Remy, delve into the distant past at Area Archeologica di Nora, and then identify plant and animal life at FAI Saline Conti Vecchi.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cagliari trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Laconi to Cagliari in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can 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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Tuscany travel guide

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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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Sardinia travel guide

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Sardinia, with its Mediterranean atmosphere and charm, is loved by visitors looking for things to do outdoors on their holiday, like swimming, boating, windsurfing, hiking, climbing, and camping. Taking advantage of the island's near-perfect summer weather, visitors tend to overcrowd Sardinia's coastal areas. The inner life of the island, away from the most popular vacation spots, remains largely unblemished by mass tourism and commercialization. Sardinia is steeped in history and has a colorful character quite different from the rest of Italy. This is where the ancient Nuragic society, whose stone monuments still litter the land, flourished more than three millennia ago--predating the Etruscan civilization in mainland Italy by several hundred years. Sardinia's seaside resorts may be among the best in the world, but its quieter and more interesting countryside offers a greater array of attractions, including a patchwork of forests, citrus groves, and medieval villages.
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