17 days in Italy Itinerary

17 days in Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Florence
— 2 nights
Drive to Piombino, Ferry to Portoferraio
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Portoferraio, Elba Island
— 4 nights
Ferry to Piombino, Drive to Positano
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Positano
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rome
— 3 nights
Fly
5
Lampedusa
— 2 nights
Fly
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Venice
— 2 nights
Fly

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Florence

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Change things up with a short trip to Castello del Trebbio in Santa Brigida (about 36 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and don't miss a visit to The Baptistery of St. John.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Florence route planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Florence is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Florence. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Portoferraio.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Portoferraio, Elba Island

— 4 nights
Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. We've included these beaches for you: Spiaggia Di Sansone and Spiaggia di Chiessi. Get outdoors at Spiaggia del Relitto and Spiaggia di Cavoli. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portoferraio: Spiaggia Di Buzzancone o Cera (in Capoliveri) and Spiaggia di Terranera (in Porto Azzurro). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia di Seccione and enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Di Sottobomba.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Portoferraio itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Florence to Portoferraio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Portoferraio are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Positano.

Things to do in Portoferraio

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Positano

— 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.
Relax by the water at Spiaggia di castiglione and Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano. Step out of the city life by going to Fornillo and Spiaggia di Atrani. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Positano: Ravello (Villa Cimbrone Gardens, Duomo di Ravello, &more), Basilica of Saint Trofimena (in Minori) and Duomo di Sant'Andrea (in Amalfi). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Lido di Ravello, tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Grande, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Positano sightseeing app.

Getting from Portoferraio to Positano by combination of ferry and car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, train, and flight. In July, daytime highs in Positano are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rome.

Things to do in Positano

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rome

— 3 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, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rome journey planner.

Getting from Positano to Rome by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lampedusa.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lampedusa

— 2 nights
Italy's southernmost territory, Lampedusa, is known for its turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and island charm.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): kick back and relax at La Tabaccara, then stroll through Spiaggia dei Conigli, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Centro Recupero Tartarughe Marine. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Sciatu Persu, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then head outdoors with Mare Morto.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lampedusa road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Lampedusa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Rome in July, you will find days in Lampedusa are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Lampedusa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of St Mark's Campanile, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then don't miss a visit to Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then visit Cannaregio, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. On the next day, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, and finally examine the collection at Doge's Palace.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Venice online trip planner.

Fly from Lampedusa to Venice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Lampedusa in July, Venice is slightly colder at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.