21 days in Italy Itinerary

21 days in Italy Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Rome
— 3 nights
2
Vatican City
— 2 nights
3
Florence
— 2 nights
4
Prato
— 1 night
5
Livorno
— 1 night
6
Pisa
— Few hours
7
Lucca
— 1 night
8
Bologna
— 1 day
9
Verona
— 3 nights
10
Milan
— 2 nights
11
Naples
— 2 nights
12
Ravello
— 2 nights

3
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Pantheon and Santa Maria in Trastevere. Popular historic sites such as Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini and Forum of Augustus are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: have fun and explore at Welcome to Rome, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, and admire the striking features of Chiesa del Gesu.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rome road trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Rome is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to Rome, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in May, Rome is somewhat warmer at night with lows of °C. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Vatican City.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini ©
Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini

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Vatican City

Vatican City ©
Covering 44 hectares (110 acres) in the city center of Rome, the wall-enclosed sovereign state of Vatican City is one of the most famous religious sites worldwide, serving as the papal residence and home of the Roman Catholic church.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Vatican Gardens, thenappreciate the history behind La Pieta, thenstroll the grounds of Vatican Necropolis, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cupola di San Pietro. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Vatican Grottoes, admire the landmark architecture of Monastero Mater Ecclesiae, pause for some serene contemplation at Cappella Redemptoris Mater, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant'Anna dei Palafrenieri, and finally examine the collection at Stanze di Raffaello.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Vatican City trip planning website.

Vatican City is just a stone's throw from Rome. In May, daytime highs in Vatican City are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Vatican City

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cupola di San Pietro ©
Cupola di San Pietro
Stanze di Raffaello ©
Stanze di Raffaello
Vatican Necropolis ©
Vatican Necropolis

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nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 6th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Corridoio Vasariano, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, thensee the interesting displays at Cappella Brancacci, thenget engrossed in the history at Sinagoga di Firenze e Museo ebraico, and finally explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): explore the galleries of Palazzo Strozzi, see the interesting displays at Museo di Palazzo Davanzati, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get a sense of history and politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, and finally pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Florence trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by train from Vatican City to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Vatican City in May, expect slightly colder with lows of °C in Florence. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Prato.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts

1
night
Prato

Prato ©
Prato is a city and comune in Tuscany, Italy, the capital of the Province of Prato. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museo Del Tessuto, contemplate the long history of Palazzo Datini, thenexamine the collection at Museo dell'Opera dell Duomo, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria delle Carceri.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Prato trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Florence to Prato in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Livorno.

Things to do in Prato

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo Datini ©
Palazzo Datini
Santa Maria delle Carceri ©
Santa Maria delle Carceri
Museo dell'Opera dell Duomo ©
Museo dell'Opera dell Duomo

1
night
Livorno

Livorno ©
Considered one of Tuscany's newer cities, the busy port city of Livorno boasts modern charm uncharacteristic of the region.
On the 9th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Castello Boccale, pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario di Montenero, explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte di Montenero, thenget engrossed in the history at Museo della citta, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Ferdinando, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sinagoga di Livorno.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Livorno trip planner.

Traveling by car from Prato to Livorno takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Livorno sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Pisa.

Things to do in Livorno

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Castello Boccale ©
Castello Boccale
Santuario di Montenero ©
Santuario di Montenero
Museo della citta ©
Museo della citta

few
hours
Pisa

Pisa
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Pisa online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Livorno to Pisa by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. On the 10th (Mon), you'll travel to Lucca.

Things to do in Pisa

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

1
night
Lucca

Lucca ©
Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): examine the collection at Chiesa e Battistero di San Giovanni e Santa Reparata, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa e Convento di San Francesco, admire the masterpieces at Museo di Arte Contemporanea Lu.C.C.A. - Lucca Center of Contemporary Art, thensee the interesting displays at Domus Romana, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Michele in Foro.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucca visit planner.

Drive from Pisa to Lucca in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Lucca, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bologna.

Things to do in Lucca

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
San Michele in Foro ©
San Michele in Foro
Domus Romana ©
Domus Romana

1
day
Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
On the 11th (Tue), get some jogging in at Torre Prendiparte, take an in-depth tour of La Macchina del Tempo, see the interesting displays at Oratorio Di Santa Cecilia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita, thensteep yourself in history at Piazza Santo Stefano, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano.

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Getting from Lucca to Bologna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In May in Bologna, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Verona.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita
Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano ©
Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano
Torre Prendiparte ©
Torre Prendiparte

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nights
Verona

Verona ©
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 12th (Wed): contemplate the long history of I Portoni della Bra, take a stroll through Piazza delle Erbe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cappella dei Notai, thenmake a trip to Torre dei Lamberti, thenmake a trip to La Loggia del Consiglio, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza dei Signori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Via Leoncino, experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona, make a trip to Arche Scaligere, thencontemplate the long history of Romeo's House (Casa di Romeo), thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria Antica, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Verona trip planner.

Getting from Bologna to Verona by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. May in Verona sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore
Museo di Castelvecchio ©
Museo di Castelvecchio
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona

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Milan

Milan ©
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.
On the 14th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Museo Teatrale alla Scala, see the interesting displays at Museo del Novecento, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, thenexplore the world behind art at Grande Museo del Duomo di Milano, and finally admire the masterpieces at Bagatti Valsecchi Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa, examine the collection at Gallerie d’Italia, thenadmire the natural beauty at Casa Degli Atellani - La Vigna Di Leonardo, thenadmire the masterpieces at Museo Pieta Rondanini, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Poldi Pezzoli.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Verona to Milan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Milan are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Naples.

Things to do in Milan

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Museo Teatrale alla Scala ©
Museo Teatrale alla Scala
Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro
Gallerie d’Italia ©
Gallerie d’Italia

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Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): make a trip to Acquaquiglia del Pozzaro, delve into the distant past at Teatro Grande, explore the ancient world of Temple of Jupiter, thendelve into the distant past at Terme del Foro, thenexplore the ancient world of Odeon - Teatro Piccolo, and finally delve into the distant past at Forum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giovanni a Carbonara, explore the world behind art at Monumental Complex Donnaregina - Diocesan Museum of Naples, engage your brain at MUSA - Museo Universitario delle Scienze e delle Arti, thenget engrossed in the history at Complesso Museale Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio ad Arco, thendelve into the distant past at The Neapolis Buried, and finally see the interesting displays at Ospedale delle Bambole.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Naples trip planner.

Getting from Milan to Naples by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Naples can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ravello.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Pompeii
Highlights from your plan
Forum ©
Forum
The Neapolis Buried ©
The Neapolis Buried

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Ravello

Ravello ©
Best known for its celebrated terraced gardens, Ravello is a hidden gem of Italy's Amalfi Coast.
On the 18th (Tue), trek along Ravello - Atrani Walk, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Ravello, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo, don't miss a visit to Le Ville di Ravello, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento Frati Minori Conventuali S.Francesco, and finally shop like a local with Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Cappella Sant'Angelo all'Ospedale, hike along Ravello-Minori Walk, stop by Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma, thenview the masterpieces at Ravello Arte, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cloister del Paradiso, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo del Corallo.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ravello sightseeing planner.

Drive from Naples to Ravello in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Naples in May since evenings lows in Ravello dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ravello

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Cloister del Paradiso
Highlights from your plan
Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma ©
Villa Rufolo ©
Villa Rufolo
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

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