58 days in Italy & Nice Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 4 nights
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La Spezia, Italy
— 4 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
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Ferrara, Italy
— 2 nights
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Bologna, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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L'Aquila, Italy
— 3 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 5 nights
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Positano, Italy
— 3 nights
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Scalea, Italy
— 2 nights
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Messina, Italy
— 2 nights
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Taormina, Italy
— 2 nights
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Catania, Italy
— 2 nights
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Porto Empedocle, Italy
— 2 nights
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Trapani, Italy
— 2 nights
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Palermo, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
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Nice, France — 4 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.
Get some historical perspective at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Old Town. Get outdoors at Promenade du Paillon and Parc du Mont Boron. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Tourrettes-sur-Loup (in Tourrettes-sur-Loup), Musee Fragonard (in Grasse) and Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins (in Mougins). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, step into the grandiose world of Haut de Cagnes, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and contemplate the long history of Monastère de Cimiez.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nice online travel planner.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Nice is an approximately 35-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Christchurch to Nice. Traveling from Christchurch in April, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. On the 6th (Wed), you're off to La Spezia.
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La Spezia, Italy — 4 nights

La Spezia, at the head of the Gulf of La Spezia in the Liguria region of Northern Italy, is the capital city of the province of La Spezia.In terms of population, La Spezia is the second city in the Liguria region, preceded just by Genoa. Get outdoors at Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza and Monesteroli. Get some historical perspective at San Pietro Church and Centro Storico del Paese di Tellaro. Venture out of the city with trips to Basilica Di Santa Maria Assunta (in Camogli), Monterosso al Mare (Angelo's Boat Tours - Cinque Terre Boat Tours & Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco) and Levanto to Monterosso Trail (in Levanto). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castello di Lerici, see the interesting displays at Museo Civico Amedeo Lia, get to know the fascinating history of Borgo Storico di Manarola, and brush up on your military savvy at Museo Tecnico Navale della Spezia.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our La Spezia day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Nice to La Spezia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in April, expect little chillier with lows of 9°C in La Spezia. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Centro Storico di Venezia and San Giorgio Maggiore. Piazza San Marco and Scuola Grande di San Rocco are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Verona (I Portoni della Bra, Museo di Castelvecchio, &more) and Padua (University of Padova, Ragione Palace, &more). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, contemplate the long history of Venetian Arsenal, get to know the fascinating history of Campo del Ghetto, and wander the streets of Dorsoduro.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Venice trip builder site.

You can drive from La Spezia to Venice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ferrara.
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Ferrara, Italy — 2 nights

Heart of the Italian Renaissance

With surrounding medieval walls and network of 15th- and 16th-century architecture, the city of Ferrara is often deemed the Heart of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): make a trip to Piazza Trento e Trieste, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ferrara Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Via delle Volte, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimitero Ebraico di Ferrara, then steep yourself in history at Castello Estense, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Municipio. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastero del Corpus Domini, contemplate the long history of Palazzo Schifanoia (Palazzo della Gioia) - World Heritage Site, then ponder the world of politics at Corso Ercole I d"Este, then get to know the fascinating history of Erculean Addition, and finally view the masterpieces at Palazzo dei Diamanti.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ferrara visit planner.

Drive from Venice to Ferrara in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Ferrara can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bologna.
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Bologna, Italy — 3 nights

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
On the next day, contemplate the long history of Basilica San Francesco, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimitero monumentale della Certosa, examine the collection at Ducati Museum, examine the collection at Museo per la Memoria di Ustica, then explore the world behind art at Museo di Palazzo Poggi, and finally see the interesting displays at Oratorio Di Santa Cecilia.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bologna trip maker site.

Getting from Ferrara to Bologna by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. April in Bologna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Tue) before leaving for Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pitti Palace and The Baptistery of St. John. You'll explore and learn at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Museo di San Marco. Venture out of the city with trips to Castello di Monteriggioni (in Monteriggioni), Siena (Centro Storico di Siena, Torre del Mangia, &more) and Arezzo (San Francesco, Arezzo & Arezzo Cathedral). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, explore the world behind art at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, see the interesting displays at Synagogue and Jewish Museum of Florence, and make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Florence trip itinerary planning site.

You can take a train from Bologna to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. April in Florence sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to L'Aquila.
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L'Aquila, Italy — 3 nights

L'Aquila is a city and comune in Southern Italy, both the capital city of the Abruzzo region and of the Province of L'Aquila., it has a population of 70,967 inhabitants. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rocca Calascio and Abbazia di Santa Maria Assunta. Your inner history buff will appreciate Roman Amphitheatre of Amiternum and Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pieta. Get out of town with these interesting L'Aquila side-trips: Oratorio di San Pellegrino (in Bominaco), Convento di San Colombo - Dimora storica (in Barisciano) and Calascio (Castello Normanno & Centro Storico di Calascio). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eremo della Madonna d'Appari, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria del Suffragio, and get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico L'Aquila.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read L'Aquila trip planning site.

Drive from Florence to L'Aquila in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in L'Aquila are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Naples.
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Naples, Italy — 5 nights

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Visit The Neapolis Buried and Duomo di Napoli for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Museo Nazionale Ferroviario di Pietrarsa and Museo Cappella Sansevero. Change things up with these side-trips from Naples: Vesuvio National Park (in Ottaviano) and Pompeii (Forum, Odeon - Teatro Piccolo, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Catacombe di San Gaudioso, explore the galleries of Galleria Borbonica, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo - Complesso Museale dell'Arte della Seta, and identify plant and animal life at Posillipo.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Naples planner.

You can drive from L'Aquila to Naples in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Positano.
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Positano, Italy — 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Villa Rufolo and Duomo di Ravello. Get some cultural insight at Villa Cimbrone Gardens and Centro Storico Ravello. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Positano: Sentiero dei Limoni (in Maiori), Amalfi (Amalfi Coast Drive, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, &more) and Basilica of Saint Trofimena (in Minori). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at MAR - Museo Archeologico Romano Positano, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get a taste of the local shopping with Absolute Positano, and steep yourself in history at Church of Santa Maria Assunta.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Positano trip planner.

You can drive from Naples to Positano in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Scalea.
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Scalea, Italy — 2 nights

Scalea is a town and comune in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy.The town takes its name from its terraced lay-out on the hillside, at the bottom of the Capo Scalea promontory. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parrocchia San Nicola di Platea, get to know the fascinating history of Isola Pedonale Scalea, get outside with Il Pescespada, then get engrossed in the history at Antiquarium di Torre Cimalonga, and finally explore the ancient world of Ruderi Del Castello Normanno. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with Centro Sub Scalea and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario della Madonna del Perpetuo Soccorso.

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Drive from Positano to Scalea in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Messina.
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Messina, Italy — 2 nights

Messina is the capital of the Italian Metropolitan City of Messina. On the 7th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria, admire the masterpieces at Museo diocesano, shop like a local with Pinacoteca Civica, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Santuario S.Antonio, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Annunziata dei Catalani Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Parco Letterario Salvatore Quasimodo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria Alemanna, then take some stellar pictures from Tempio Votivo di Cristo Re, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario della Madonna di Montalto.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Messina vacation builder app.

Explore your travel options from Scalea to Messina with the Route module. May in Messina sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Taormina.
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Taormina, Italy — 2 nights

With its warm island weather and cliffside location overlooking the Ionion Sea, Taormina has been one of Sicily's most popular getaway destinations since the early 19th century.
Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Taormina, get a dose of the wild on Etna Wild, then examine the collection at Cripta del Convento dei Frati Cappuccini, and finally take some stellar pictures from Chiesa di San Nicolo/Santa Lucia.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Taormina journey builder site.

You can drive from Messina to Taormina in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May in Taormina, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Catania.
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Catania, Italy — 2 nights

Black Pearl of Ionian Sea

The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at MUSEO CROCIFERI - Art and Chocolate, explore the world behind art at Polo Tattile Multimediale, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Cinema di Catania, then contemplate the long history of Parco Archeologico Greco Romano di Catania, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa della Badia di Sant'Agata.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Catania trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Taormina to Catania in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Taormina in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Catania, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Porto Empedocle.
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Porto Empedocle, Italy — 2 nights

Porto Empedocle is a town and comune in Italy on the coast of the Strait of Sicily, administratively part of the province of Agrigento. On the 13th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Madre Porto Empedocle, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, then don't miss a visit to Statua del Commissario Montalbano, then admire the masterpieces at Studio d'Arte Michele Bono, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Maria Santissima del Soccorso. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Oliva, then take in the awesome beauty at Monte Guastanella, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Ducale Colonna, and finally see the interesting displays at #MeTe - Museo della Memoria e del Territorio.

Start your trip to Porto Empedocle by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Catania to Porto Empedocle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Porto Empedocle when traveling from Catania in May, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Trapani.
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Trapani, Italy — 2 nights

City of Two Seas

Historically known for its importance in salt production, Trapani has gained recognition as an enticing but affordable vacation locale in Sicily.
Get a sense of the local culture at Teatro Greco di Segesta and Cattedrale di San Lorenzo. Discover out-of-the-way places like Grotta Mangiapane and Museum Of Optical Illusions. Explore Trapani's surroundings by going to Parco Archeologico (in Calatafimi-Segesta), Riserva Naturale Orientata Monte Cofano (in Custonaci) and Cattedrale San Salvatore (in Mazara del Vallo). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Calette Santa Margherita, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa e Monastero di San Francesco d'Assisi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario di San Vito, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Trapani online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Porto Empedocle to Trapani takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Palermo.
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Palermo, Italy — 2 nights

The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
On the 17th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Palazzo Pretorio, Municipio di Palermo. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Francesco of Assisi -Chiesa di San Francesco d'Assisi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oratorio del Rosario di San Domenico, contemplate the long history of Catacombe dei Cappuccini, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Palermo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria dello Spasimo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa Santa Maria della Pieta'.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Palermo trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Trapani to Palermo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 6 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Vatican Museums and Stanze di Raffaello will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Villa d'Este and Cupola di San Pietro. Go for a jaunt from Rome to Tivoli to see Villa Adriana about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, examine the collection at Palazzo Colonna - Galleria Colonna, and delve into the distant past at Colosseum.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Rome trip website.

You can fly from Palermo to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Rome are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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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Amalfi Coast travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Gardens
Renowned for its beautiful landscape and medieval fishing villages that cling precariously to the Mediterranean cliffs, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's top vacation destinations. This World Heritage Site stretches for about 50 km (30 mi) on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula and offers numerous places to visit, from terraced lemon gardens and whitewashed villas to cliff-top views of the sea. Explore the coastline's towns, bays, and resorts. During the peak tourist season, the Amalfi Coast's single seaside road is often jammed with dozens of buses. For that reason, the ubiquitous scooter may be the best way to get around and sightsee. You can also access quite a bit by bicycle.
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