27 days in Italy, France & London Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Verona, Italy
— 2 nights
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Paris, France
— 9 nights


London, United Kingdom — 4 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Appreciate the collections at Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and Charles Dickens Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Primrose Hill and The London Film Museum - Covent Garden. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret, examine the collection at National Maritime Museum, admire the masterpieces at Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, and take a stroll through Soho.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read London trip planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are London Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick Airport, London Stansted Airport, London City Airport, London Luton Airport, London St. Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International Rail Station, South Cape (Zuid-Kaap) Airport (nonexistent / spam) and Ashford International Rail Station. September in London sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 2 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museum of Decorative Arts and Museo d'Arte e Scienza. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of Ancient Art and Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna. There's much more to do: test your problem-solving skills at La Casa Maledetta, get engrossed in the history at Museo Teatrale alla Scala, examine the collection at The Bramante Sacristy, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Pieta Rondanini.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from London to Milan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Milan. In September, Milan is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Verona.
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Verona, Italy — 2 nights

City of Romeo and Juliet

The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Biblioteca Capitolare, appreciate the history behind Arca di Cansignorio, then contemplate the long history of Arca di Cangrande I, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico al Teatro Romano, and finally admire the striking features of Case Mazzanti. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Le Bignele Winery, then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then learn about winemaking at Cantina Giovanni Ederle, and finally don't miss a visit to Santuario Madonna di Lourdes.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Verona trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Milan to Verona in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Verona can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then view the masterpieces at Stefano Morasso Studio Murano Glass Fine Art, and then wander the streets of Campo Santa Margherita. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Museo di Palazzo Grimani, step into the grandiose world of Palazzo Mocenigo, have fun and explore at Creature di Gomma - Venice Vintage Toys, then don't miss a visit to Church of San Pantalon, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo di Palazzo Fortuny.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Venice trip app.

You can drive from Verona to Venice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to fly to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palazzo Colonna - Galleria Colonna and Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna E Contemporanea. Museum-lovers will appreciate Jewish Museum and Museo delle Mura. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Ghetto Ebraico, examine the collection at Casina delle Civette, make a trip to Trajan's Column, and browse the exhibits of National Gallery of Ancient Art in Barberini Palace.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rome travel planner.

Getting from Venice to Rome by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In September in Rome, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Convento di San Francesco, then awaken your taste buds at Scenic wine tours in Tuscany, and then examine the collection at Mus.e Firenze Palazzo Vecchio.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Florence online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nice.
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Nice, France — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise, see the interesting displays at Musee des Coquillages, then kick back and relax at Coco Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau, and finally make a trip to Palais de la Prefecture. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): walk around Parc Naturel Departemental de la Grande Corniche, see the interesting displays at Butterfly Museum, then examine the collection at Musee des Metiers Traditionnels, and finally learn about winemaking at Chateau de Cremat.

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Drive from Florence to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Florence in September since evenings lows in Nice dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 9 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musee de Montmartre and Jardin du Palais Royal. Appreciate the collections at Memorial De La Shoah and Albert Kahn Musee et Jardins. Venture out of the city with trips to Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis (in Saint-Denis), National Museum of the Renaissance (in Ecouen) and Maison Caillebotte (in Yerres). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Musee des Arts Forains, admire the striking features of Le Palais Royal, make a trip to Rue Montorgueil, and stop by 1st Arrondissement.

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Traveling by flight from Nice to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Nice in September, with highs in Paris at 24°C and lows at 13°C.
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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.

Province of Verona travel guide

Theme Parks · Theaters · Specialty Museums
Verona is a city on the Adige river in Veneto, Italy, with approximately 265,000 inhabitants and one of the seven provincial capitals of the region. It is the second largest city municipality in the region and the third largest in northeast Italy. The metropolitan area of Verona covers an area of 1,426km² and has a population of 714,274 inhabitants. It is one of the main tourist destinations in northern Italy, owing to its artistic heritage, several annual fairs, shows, and operas, such as the lyrical season in the Arena, the ancient amphitheater built by the Romans.Three of Shakespeare's plays are set in Verona: Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Taming of the Shrew. It is unknown if Shakespeare ever visited Verona or Italy at all, but his plays have lured many visitors to Verona and surrounding cities many times over. The city has been awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO because of its urban structure and architecture.EtymologyAccording to a theory that considers the geographical position of the city, Verona was a key step for those from Eastern Gaul across the Alps to Rome along the Via Claudia Augusta. Verona is short for Versus Romae which means "In the direction of Rome". The -ona suffix, found in many Gallic names, is a simple deformation due to incorrect auditory perception that leads any person to hear the sound of a foreign language as a common sound in their own language, so to pronounce it incorrectly and wrote incorrectly.


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.