39 days in Spain & Italy Itinerary

39 days in Spain & Italy Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
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Cordoba, Spain
— 1 night
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Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
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Malaga, Spain
— 3 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
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Varenna, Italy
— 3 nights
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Barolo, Italy
— 4 nights
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La Spezia, Italy
— 3 nights
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Montepulciano, Italy
— 5 nights
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Montalcino, Italy
— 5 nights
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Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, then contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum. Keep things going the next day: walk around Casa de Campo, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Madrid online trip itinerary maker.

Phoenix, USA to Madrid is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 8 hours. In August, Madrid is slightly colder than Phoenix - with highs of 92°F and lows of 66°F. On the 6th (Sat), you're off to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Seville, Spain

— 3 nights

City of Towers

A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Seville is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, admire the natural beauty at Parque de Maria Luisa, and admire the striking features of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol).

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You can take a train from Madrid to Seville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in August, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Neighborhoods

Cordoba, Spain

— 1 night

Pearl of Muslim Spain

Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): examine the collection at Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra, take a stroll through Jewish Quarter (Juderia), take in the views from Roman Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Calleja del Panuelo.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cordoba trip website.

Getting from Seville to Cordoba by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Seville, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cordoba, ranging from highs of 99°F to lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can take a train to Granada.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Granada, Spain

— 2 nights

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Alhambra, contemplate the long history of Generalife, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Chapel of Granada. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then make a trip to Carrera del Darro, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Mirador de San Nicolas, and finally wander the streets of Albayzin.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Granada tour planner.

Take a train from Cordoba to Granada in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cordoba, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Granada, ranging from highs of 92°F to lows of 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Malaga.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Spas

Malaga, Spain

— 3 nights

Capital of the Costa del Sol

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Malaga Feria, then stop by Golden Tips, Tes, Cafes y Chocolates, then don't miss a visit to Balcony of Europe, and finally kick back and relax at Burriana Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Alcazaba, explore the ancient world of Teatro Romano, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Picasso Malaga, then steep yourself in history at Malaga Cathedral, and finally take in the waterfront at Puerto de Málaga.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Malaga online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Granada to Malaga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Malaga when traveling from Granada in August, with lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Milan.

Things to do in Malaga

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Milan, Italy

— 1 night

Fashion Capital of World

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 15th (Mon), admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, make a trip to Piazza Sant'Alessandro, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, and finally admire the striking features of Palazzo Recalcati Prinetti. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery and then steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Milan trip planner.

You can fly from Malaga to Milan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Milan when traveling from Malaga in August, with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Varenna.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Shopping

Varenna, Italy

— 3 nights
Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Varenna: Chiesa Sant’Andrea di Bonzeno (in Bellano), The Anglican Church of the Ascension (in Cadenabbia di Griante) and Tremezzina (Villa del Balbianello & Villa Carlotta). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Aero Club Monte Cornizzolo, explore the stunning scenery at Orrido di Bellano, stroll around La Punta Spartivento, and appreciate the views at Valchiavenna.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Varenna online trip maker.

Getting from Milan to Varenna by car takes about 1.5 hours. August in Varenna sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Barolo.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Barolo, Italy

— 4 nights
Barolo is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Cuneo in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 50km southeast of Turin and about 40km northeast of Cuneo. Get out of town with these interesting Barolo side-trips: Castello della Manta (in Manta), Piazza Santorre di Santarosa (in Savigliano) and Castello di Racconigi (in Racconigi). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Cantina Francesco Borgogno, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Basilica di Montis Regalis, get a taste of the local shopping with Purpleryta, and step into the grandiose world of Castello di Grinzane Cavour.

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Getting from Varenna to Barolo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Barolo are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to La Spezia.

Things to do in Barolo

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

La Spezia, Italy

— 3 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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Spezia: Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours (in Manarola), Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza (in Monterosso al Mare) and Vernazza (Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church & Vernazza). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Leaning Tower of Pisa, learn about all things military at Museo Tecnico Navale della Spezia, learn about winemaking at Enoteca la Civilta del Bere e Altro, and stroll the grounds of Camposanto.

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Getting from Barolo to La Spezia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Montepulciano.

Things to do in La Spezia

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Montepulciano, Italy

— 5 nights

Pearl of the 16th Century

Perched on a limestone ridge in the heart of Tuscany, Montepulciano is known worldwide for its production of red wine, the Vino Noble.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montepulciano: Cortona (Museo Diocesano, MAEC - Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca, &more), Fosso Bianco - Bagni San Filippo (in Bagni di San Filippo) and Buccelletti - Cantina (in Castiglion Fiorentino). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Az. Agr. Poliziano, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tempio di San Biagio, and don't miss a visit to Piazza Grande a Montepulciano.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Montepulciano trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from La Spezia to Montepulciano in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Montepulciano can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Montalcino.

Things to do in Montepulciano

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Montalcino, Italy

— 5 nights

City of Honey

In the heart of wine country, the hill town of Montalcino offers a glimpse of untouched medieval-era Tuscany.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montalcino: Terme Bagno Vignoni (in Bagno Vignoni), Crete Senesi (in Asciano) and Eremo di Montesiepi (in Chiusdino). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Castiglion del Bosco Winery, join in the after-dark buzz at Castello Banfi - Enoteca, steep yourself in history at Abbazia di Sant'Antimo, and see the interesting displays at Mining Museum Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Montalcino trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Montepulciano to Montalcino by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Civita di Bagnoregio.

Things to do in Montalcino

Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy

— 2 nights
Civita di Bagnoregio is a town in the Province of Viterbo in central Italy, a suburb of the comune of Bagnoregio, 1km east from it. Venture out of the city with trips to Bomarzo (Castello Orsini, Piramide Etrusca Bomarzo o Sasso del Predicatore, &more), Musei del Castello di Alviano (in Alviano) and Lago di Alviano (in Guardea). Next up on the itinerary: walk around La Serpara, learn about winemaking at Fattoria Madonna delle Macchie, examine the collection at MUVIS - Museo del Vino, and enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Monaldeschi.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Civita di Bagnoregio trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Montalcino to Civita di Bagnoregio takes 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Civita di Bagnoregio

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

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 (Thu): explore the ancient world of Colosseum, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and finally admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rome day trip website.

Traveling by car from Civita di Bagnoregio to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 60°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

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.