40 days in Italy Itinerary

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Santa Maria di Leuca
— 2 nights
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Rome
— 5 nights
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Assisi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Siena
— 4 nights
Drive
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Florence
— 4 nights
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Milan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Verona
— 4 nights
Drive
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Venice
— 4 nights
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Positano
— 4 nights
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Salerno
— 5 nights
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Santa Maria di Leuca — 2 nights

Santa Maria di Leuca, often spelled simply Leuca, is a frazione of the comune of Castrignano del Capo, in the province of Lecce (Apulia), southern Italy. On the 23rd (Sun), visit a coastal fixture at Faro di Leuca, then Head underground at Grotta del Lago, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grotta del Soffio. On the next day, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then look and learn at Sidereus, and then don't miss a visit to Antichi Frantoi Ipogei.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Maria di Leuca trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Santa Maria di Leuca is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in July, with highs in Santa Maria di Leuca at 34°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can fly to Rome.
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Rome — 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, make a trip to Piazza Navona, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Santa Maria di Leuca to Rome by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Rome, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Assisi.
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Assisi — 3 nights

City of Peace

Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Get out of town with these interesting Assisi side-trips: Collegio del Cambio (in Perugia), Wild Foods Italy (in Montefalco) and Lago di Pilato (in Montemonaco). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, explore the historical opulence of Rocca Maggiore, contemplate the long history of Eremo delle Carceri, and admire the striking features of Basilica di Santa Chiara.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Assisi online journey builder.

Drive from Rome to Assisi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in July, plan for little chillier nights in Assisi, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Siena.
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Siena — 4 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Get out of town with these interesting Siena side-trips: Poggio al Bosco (in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa), Montalcino (Castiglion del Bosco Winery & Mate Winery) and Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona (in Castelnuovo dell'Abate). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Poggio Amorelli, steep yourself in history at Centro Storico di Siena, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Campo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siena.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Siena trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Assisi to Siena by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Siena are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Florence.
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Florence — 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida) and Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, and don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Florence online trip builder.

Drive from Siena to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the train 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milan: Bellagio (Kayaking & Canoeing, I Giardini di Villa Melzi, &more), Campanile di San Nicolo (in Lecco) and Villa del Balbianello (in Tremezzina). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, shop like a local with Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco, and admire the striking features of Villa Monastero.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Milan day trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Florence to Milan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Milan are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Verona.
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Verona — 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Verona: Schlern-Rosengarten / Sciliar-Catinaccio Nature Park (in Tiers), Acetaia Villa San Donnino (in Modena) and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Maranello). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Arena di Verona, make a trip to Piazza Bra, take in panoramic vistas at Torre dei Lamberti, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Garda.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Verona travel route site.

Traveling by car from Milan to Verona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Verona are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Venice.
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Venice — 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Padua (Prato della Valle & Scrovegni Chapel). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, browse the exhibits of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Venice tour itinerary builder app.

Getting from Verona to Venice by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. August in Venice sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to fly to Positano.
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Positano — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Spiaggia di Atrani (in Atrani), Ravello (Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, Duomo di Ravello, &more) and Amalfi (Fontana sant'Andrea, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, &more). Next up on the itinerary: cool off at Fornillo, get great views at Il Sentiero Degli Dei, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Grande, and cruise along Amalfi Coast.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Positano online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Positano takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Positano when traveling from Venice in August, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Salerno.
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Salerno — 5 nights

Unspoilt Gem of the Amalfi Coast

While often overshadowed by the Amalfi Coast's array of quaint villages, Salerno has become one of the region's main areas for culture and entertainment, while remaining relatively unmarked by tourism.
Get out of town with these interesting Salerno side-trips: Vesuvio National Park (in Ottaviano), Paestum (Parrocchia Ss. Annunziata, Lido Mediterraneo Beach, &more) and Chalet de Mar (in Minori). On the 25th (Fri), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Pompeii Archaeological Park, get outside with Cilento, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Arechi, and make a trip to Promenade Trieste.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Salerno trip builder site.

Drive from Positano to Salerno in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August in Salerno, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Italy travel guide

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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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