40 days in Spain & Italy Itinerary

40 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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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy
— 2 nights
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Montepulciano, Italy
— 5 nights
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Cortona, Italy
— 3 nights
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Volterra, Italy
— 2 nights
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Montalcino, Italy
— 5 nights
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 3 nights
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Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy
— 3 nights
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Milan, Italy
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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 9th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and then admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Casa de Campo, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and then examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid online trip maker.

Denver, USA to Madrid is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 8 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Denver in April, with highs in Madrid at 67°F and lows at 47°F. On the 11th (Mon), 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Santa Cruz, see where the action happens at Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla, and make a trip to Plaza de España.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Seville travel app.

Take a train from Madrid to Seville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Madrid in April since evenings lows in Seville dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can take a train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Wineries

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 15th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Palacio de Viana, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, and then make a trip to Historic Centre of Cordoba.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cordoba journey maker app.

Traveling by train from Seville to Cordoba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Seville in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cordoba, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Granada.

Things to do in Cordoba

Museums · Historic Sites

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.
On the 16th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Albayzin, then don't miss a visit to Carrera del Darro, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Chapel of Granada. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then step into the grandiose world of Alhambra, and then steep yourself in history at Generalife.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Granada trip builder.

Getting from Cordoba to Granada by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in April, expect nights in Granada to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are little chillier, around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Malaga.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario de la Victoria, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Picasso Malaga, then steep yourself in history at Malaga Cathedral, and finally examine the collection at Automobile and Fashion Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Alcazaba, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then stroll around Parque De La Paloma.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Malaga trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Granada to Malaga by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Granada in April, Malaga is a bit warmer at night with lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Rome.

Things to do in Malaga

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Adventure

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia, don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and finally don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Malaga to Rome takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Malaga in April since evenings lows in Rome dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Civita di Bagnoregio.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): see a world frozen in time at Centro Storico di Celleno Vecchia, get curious at Museo Geologico e delle Frane, and then pause for some serene contemplation at San Donato Church. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at La Serpara and then step into the grandiose world of Castello Orsini.

Discover how to plan a Civita di Bagnoregio trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Rome to Civita di Bagnoregio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Civita di Bagnoregio can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Montepulciano.

Things to do in Civita di Bagnoregio

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

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.
Step out of Montepulciano with an excursion to Fosso Bianco - Bagni San Filippo in Bagni di San Filippo--about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Val d'Orcia, do a tasting at Vinoteca Terra Toscana, make a trip to Piazza Pio II, and steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of the City of Pienza.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Montepulciano travel route site.

Getting from Civita di Bagnoregio to Montepulciano by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Montepulciano can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Cortona.

Things to do in Montepulciano

Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Cortona, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Art

The hilltop town of Cortona gained international attention as the subject of the 2003 film "Under the Tuscan Sun." With the Chiana Valley and Lake Trasimeno as its backdrop, Cortona is one of Tuscany's hotspots for art and culture.
Cortona is known for historic sites, classes, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museo Diocesano, step into the grandiose world of Palazzo della Corgna - Palazzo Ducale, don't miss a visit to Piazza della Repubblica, and stop by DelBrenna Jewelry.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cortona road trip planner.

Drive from Montepulciano to Cortona in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Volterra.

Things to do in Cortona

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Volterra, Italy

— 2 nights
Volterra is a walled mountaintop town in the Tuscany region of Italy of which its history dates to before the 7th century BC and has substantial structures from the Etruscan, Roman, and Medieval periods.HistoryVolterra, known to the ancient Etruscans as Velathri or Vlathri and to the Romans as Volaterrae, is a town and comune in the Tuscany region of Italy. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): admire the striking features of Walls of Monteriggioni, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Monteriggioni, and then learn about winemaking at Tenuta Barbadoro. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, shop like a local with L'Istrice, and then explore the historical opulence of Palazzo dei Priori.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Volterra online holiday builder.

Drive from Cortona to Volterra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Volterra are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Montalcino.

Things to do in Volterra

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Wineries

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: Crete Senesi (in Asciano) and Terme Bagno Vignoni (in Bagno Vignoni). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona, take a stroll around San Quirico d'Orcia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbazia di Sant'Antimo, and don't miss a visit to Piazza delle Sorgenti.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Montalcino vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Volterra to Montalcino takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Montalcino can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Montalcino

Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cinque Terre, Italy

— 3 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cinque Terre: La Spezia (Ponte Thaon di Revel & Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere) and Parrocchia Santuario Nostra Signora delle Grazie (in Le Grazie). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours, trek along Cinque Terre Trails, stroll through Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, and explore the striking landscape of Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre.

Planning Cinque Terre trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Montalcino to Cinque Terre takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Cinque Terre can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Santa Margherita Ligure.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy

— 3 nights
Santa Margherita Ligure is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Genoa in the Italian region Liguria, located about 35km southeast of Genoa, in the Tigullio traditional area.Santa Margherita Ligure borders the following municipalities: Camogli, Portofino, Rapallo.It has a port, used for both tourism and fishing activities. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Margherita Ligure: Archaeological and mining museum of Castiglione Chiavarese (in Castiglione Chiavarese), Baia del Silenzio (in Sestri Levante) and Centro Storico (in Chiavari). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Margherita d'Antiochia - Santuario di Nostra Signora della Rosa, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Durazzo, take a stroll through Santa Margherita Ligure, and step into the grandiose world of Castello Brown.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Margherita Ligure tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Cinque Terre to Santa Margherita Ligure in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Cinque Terre in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Santa Margherita Ligure, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Santa Margherita Ligure

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, and finally admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Milan trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Santa Margherita Ligure to Milan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
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.