28 days in Rome, Florence & Venice Itinerary

28 days in Rome, Florence & Venice Itinerary

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Rome
— 17 nights
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Florence
— 5 nights
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Venice
— 4 nights
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Rome

— 17 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Catacombs of Saint Callixtus and Colle del Gianicolo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rome: Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana), Centro Storico di Massa Martana (in Massa Martana) and Decugnano dei Barbi (in Orvieto). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Square.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rome road trip site.

San Diego, USA to Rome is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from San Diego in December, things will get little chillier in Rome: highs are around 57°F and lows about 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Florence

— 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Popular historic sites such as Campanile di Giotto and Val d'Orcia are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Poggio al Bosco (in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa), Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida) and Accademia del Buon Gusto (in Panzano in Chianti). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, make a trip to Piazza del Campo, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and examine the collection at Pitti Palace.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Florence trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in Florence, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Arena di Verona and Basilica di San Marco. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Piazza delle Erbe and Basilica of St. Anthony. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Verona (Basilica di Santa Anastasia, Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, &more) and Padua (Scrovegni Chapel, Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice sightseeing planning site.

You can drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Florence in January; daily highs in Venice reach 47°F and lows reach 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips