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Venice — 1 night

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 6th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, browse the exhibits of Doge's Palace, don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Venice is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in August, with highs in Venice at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to fly to Rome.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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Rome — 1 night

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

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Fly from Venice to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in Rome, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Rapallo.
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Rapallo — 1 night

Cultural Heart of the Italian Riviera

As the Italian Riviera's largest town, Rapallo is noted for its castle perched above the sea and the colorful buildings that lead down the hill to the south-facing bay.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then pause for some photo ops at Monumento ai Partigiani, and finally make a trip to Chiesa S. Francesco - Padri Somaschi.

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Getting from Rome to Rapallo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. While traveling from Rome, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Rapallo, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Florence.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Florence — 1 night

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

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Traveling by car from Rapallo to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Rapallo in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 20°C in Florence. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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.