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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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 5th (Thu): 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.

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. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Phoenix in August, with highs in Madrid at 92°F and lows at 66°F. On the 7th (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: admire the striking features of Plaza de España, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, get outside with Paseo Alcalde Marques del Contadero, and see where the action happens at Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla.

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Traveling by train from Madrid to Seville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Seville can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can take a train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.
On the 11th (Wed), wander the streets of Jewish Quarter (Juderia), then explore the ancient world of Roman Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, and finally don't miss a visit to Calleja del Panuelo.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cordoba road trip planner.

Getting from Seville to Cordoba by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seville in August, expect nights in Cordoba to be about the same, around 67°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 99°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Granada.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Alhambra, then take in nature's colorful creations at Generalife, and then admire the striking features of Royal Chapel of Granada. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, steep yourself in history at Mirador de San Nicolas, then make a trip to Plaza de San Nicolas, and finally wander the streets of Albayzin.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Granada travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Cordoba to Granada takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cordoba in August: highs in Granada hover around 92°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive 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.
On the 14th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Balcony of Europe, then explore the fascinating underground world of Fundación Cueva de Nerja, then take a leisurely stroll along Puerto de Málaga, and finally explore the activities along Rio Higueron. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Malaga Feria, admire the masterpieces at Museo Picasso Malaga, delve into the distant past at Teatro Romano, then take an in-depth tour of Alcazaba, and finally contemplate the long history of Malaga Cathedral.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Malaga route maker tool.

Drive from Granada to Malaga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Granada in August, Malaga is a bit warmer at night with lows of 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Milan.

Things to do in Malaga

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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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 16th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Sant'Alessandro, and finally get in on the family fun at Leolandia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco and then admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Milan online vacation maker.

You can fly from Malaga to Milan in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Malaga in August, Milan is slightly colder at night with lows of 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Varenna.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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. Get out of town with these interesting Varenna side-trips: Chiesa Sant’Andrea di Bonzeno (in Bellano), The Anglican Church of the Ascension (in Cadenabbia di Griante) and Bellagio (La Punta Spartivento & I Giardini di Villa Melzi). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Valchiavenna, pause for some serene contemplation at S. Giovanni Battista, and get a taste of the local shopping with Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Varenna online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Milan to Varenna takes 1.5 hours. In August in Varenna, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Barolo.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barolo: Piazza Santorre di Santarosa (in Savigliano), Castello della Manta (in Manta) and Castello di Racconigi (in Racconigi). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Cantina Francesco Borgogno, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Confraternita della SS. Trinita, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Grinzane Cavour, and take in the exciting artwork at Purpleryta.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Barolo trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Varenna to Barolo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. August in Barolo sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Spezia.

Things to do in Barolo

Historic Sites · Wineries · 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. Change things up with these side-trips from La Spezia: Vernazza (in Vernazza), Pisa (Piazza dei Miracoli, Leaning Tower of Pisa, &more) and Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza (in Monterosso al Mare). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere, cruise along Ponte Thaon di Revel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santo Stefano, and contemplate the long history of St Martin Cathedral.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the La Spezia road trip app.

Traveling by car from Barolo to La Spezia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Montepulciano.

Things to do in La Spezia

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cortona (Giancarlo Rossi, Museo Diocesano, &more), Fosso Bianco - Bagni San Filippo (in Bagni di San Filippo) and Buccelletti - Cantina (in Castiglion Fiorentino). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Az. Agr. Poliziano, don't miss a visit to Piazza Grande a Montepulciano, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tempio di San Biagio.

To see photos and more tourist information, you can read our Montepulciano visit planner.

Traveling by car from La Spezia to Montepulciano takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Montepulciano are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Montalcino side-trips: Crete Senesi (in Asciano), Mining Museum Park (in Abbadia San Salvatore) and Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta (in San Quirico d'Orcia). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Castiglion del Bosco Winery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Collegiata di San Quirico, admire the verdant scenery at Val d'Orcia, and get outside with Il Destriero.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Montalcino travel planner.

Traveling by car from Montepulciano to Montalcino takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Montalcino sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Civita di Bagnoregio.

Things to do in Montalcino

Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Outdoors

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. Explore Civita di Bagnoregio's surroundings by going to Palazzo Comunale di Vitorchiano (in Vitorchiano), Lago di Alviano (in Guardea) and Musei del Castello di Alviano (in Alviano). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Riserva Naturale di Monte Casoli, wander the streets of Borgo Roccalvecce, explore the historical opulence of Castello Orsini, and see the interesting displays at MUVIS - Museo del Vino.

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Getting from Montalcino to Civita di Bagnoregio by car takes about 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Civita di Bagnoregio are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Civita di Bagnoregio

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

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 9th (Thu): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, and finally steep yourself in history at Colosseum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and then don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome online travel planner.

Getting from Civita di Bagnoregio to Rome by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Rome are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

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.