48 days in Italy Itinerary

48 days in Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy Trip Planner

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Rome
— 2 nights
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Pompeii
— 2 nights
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Positano
— 2 nights
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Amalfi
— 2 nights
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Sorrento
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Capri
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Naples
— 3 nights
Drive
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Civita di Bagnoregio
— 3 nights
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Burano
— 2 nights
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Venice
— 2 nights
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Verona
— 3 nights
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Garda
— 2 nights
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Sirmione
— 2 nights
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Florence
— 2 nights
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Reggello
— 3 nights
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Siena
— 2 nights
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San Gimignano
— 2 nights
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Pisa
— 2 nights
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Cinque Terre
— 3 nights
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Milan
— 3 nights
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Rome

— 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 21st (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, explore the ancient world of Colosseum, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, then don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, and finally contemplate the long history of Roman Forum.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome itinerary planner.

Shanghai, China to Rome is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Shanghai in August, expect little chillier with lows of 69°F in Rome. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Pompeii.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trip

Pompeii

— 2 nights

Underground City

Pompeii has been a tourist destination for more than 250 years.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): make a trip to Lupanar, contemplate the long history of Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, admire the striking features of Villa dei Misteri, then delve into the distant past at Pompeii Archaeological Park, then explore the ancient world of Forum, and finally make a trip to Via dell'Abbondanza - Excavations. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Teatro Grande, explore the ancient world of Tempio d'Iside, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Apollo, then delve into the distant past at Tempio di Giove Capitolino, then make a trip to Terme del Foro, and finally explore the ancient world of Casa del Fauno.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Pompeii driving holiday planning app.

You can take a train from Rome to Pompeii in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. August in Pompeii sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Positano.

Things to do in Pompeii

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Positano

— 2 nights
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): stroll through Spiaggia Grande, stop by Ceramica Assunta, stroll through Arienzo Beach Club, Positano, then look for gifts at Nana' Positano, and finally take a tour by water with L'Uomo e il Mare. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Parrocchia Di San Gennaro, then make a trip to Parocchia di San Luca Evangelista, and then take some stellar pictures from Il Sentiero Degli Dei.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Positano journey planning site.

Drive from Pompeii to Positano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Amalfi.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Transportation

Side Trip

Amalfi

— 2 nights

Painted Town

Known for its impressive hillside cascade of colorful stone buildings down to the Mediterranean shore, Amalfi is the cultural and commercial heart of southern Italy's Amalfi Coast.
On the 28th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Sant'Andrea, examine the collection at Museo della Carta, take in the exciting artwork at Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, then contemplate the long history of Duomo di Ravello, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo, and finally stroll through Villa Cimbrone Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Ruga Nova Mercatorum (Via dei Mercanti).

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Amalfi day trip app.

You can drive from Positano to Amalfi in an hour. Other options are to ride a ferry; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Amalfi can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sorrento.

Things to do in Amalfi

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Sorrento

— 2 nights

Land of the Sirens

A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
On the 30th (Wed), get a taste of local nightlife at Corner Shop Sorrento, then kick back and relax at Leonelli's Beach, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Comunale, admire the natural beauty at I Giardini di Cataldo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Corso Italia, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia di Ieranto, and finally stroll through Marina del Cantone.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sorrento tour itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Amalfi to Sorrento by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. In August in Sorrento, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Capri.

Things to do in Sorrento

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Capri

— 2 nights
The island of Capri encompasses all the magical allure of the Mediterranean--dramatic blue waters, lush mountainous landscape, and picturesque island villages.
On the 1st (Fri), steep yourself in history at Villa San Michele, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Solaro, explore the activities along Marina Piccola, head outdoors with Capri Rent Boats, then take in nature's colorful creations at Giardini di Augusto, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at I Faraglioni. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Grotto, make a trip to Chiesa di Santo Stefano, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Certosa di San Giacomo, take in panoramic vistas at Belvedere di Tragara, then make a trip to Piazza Umberto I, and finally get active on the water at Capri Boat Service - Luxury.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Capri online tour planner.

Getting from Sorrento to Capri by ferry takes about an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Naples.

Things to do in Capri

Outdoors · Transportation · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Naples

— 3 nights
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 3rd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vesuvio National Park, admire the striking features of Palazzo Reale, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Plebiscito, then brush up on your military savvy at Galleria Borbonica, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Lungomare Caracciolo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Salerno, don't miss a visit to Promenade Trieste, step into the grandiose world of Reggia di Caserta, admire the masterpieces at Museo Cappella Sansevero, then don't miss a visit to Spaccanapoli, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Underground Naples.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Naples online holiday planner.

Getting from Capri to Naples by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in September, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Civita di Bagnoregio.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Civita di Bagnoregio

— 3 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): learn the tricks of the trade with Casa del Cioccolato Perugina, then admire the sheer force of Cascata delle Marmore, then take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Lante, and finally make a trip to Villa Farnese.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Civita di Bagnoregio trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Naples to Civita di Bagnoregio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Civita di Bagnoregio when traveling from Naples in September, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Burano.

Things to do in Civita di Bagnoregio

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Burano

— 2 nights
On the 8th (Fri), look for gifts at New Arte Fuga - Glass Factory, look for gifts at Artistico Bombon, and then make a trip to Parrocchia San Martino Vescovo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): explore the activities along Sorgenti del Gorgazzo, then Head underground at Grotte del Caglieron, then examine the collection at Castle of Conegliano, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta e Chiesa di Santa Fosca.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Burano visit planning tool.

Getting from Civita di Bagnoregio to Burano by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Burano can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Burano

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trips

Venice

— 2 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.
Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, make a trip to Basilica di San Marco, admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, then explore the galleries of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Venice planner.

Drive from Burano to Venice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trip

Verona

— 3 nights

City of Romeo and Juliet

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 13th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Borghetto sul Mincio, take in nature's colorful creations at Parco Giardino Sigurta, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, then wander the streets of Piazza delle Erbe, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa di Giulietta, and finally enjoy some music at Arena di Verona. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Piazza dei Signori, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dei Lamberti, step into the grandiose world of Piazzale Castel San Pietro, then pause for some serene contemplation at Casa Del Clero, then take in the views from Ponte Pietra, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Anastasia.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Verona holiday planner.

You can drive from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Verona are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Garda.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Garda

— 2 nights
On the 15th (Fri), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parco Natura Viva, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Garda, then make a trip to Duomo Santa Maria Annunziata, and finally see a show at Il Vittoriale degli Italiani. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Antonio Abate, don't miss a visit to Scaliger Castle in Malcesine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Basilica Madonna della Corona, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mountbaldo, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Gardaland SEA LIFE Aquarium, and finally don't miss a visit to Mura di Lazise.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Garda trip builder tool.

Getting from Verona to Garda by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. September in Garda sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sirmione.

Things to do in Garda

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sirmione

— 2 nights
Sirmione is a comune in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy (northern Italy). On the 17th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Castello Scaligero, steep yourself in history at Abitato Romano Di Arilica, explore the activities along Lago di Tenno, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Ledro, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello di Desenzano. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Jamaica Beach, tour the water at your own pace with La Barca di Salvo, then appreciate the history behind Torre di San Martino della Battaglia , and finally make a splash at Parco Cavour.

To plan Sirmione vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Drive from Garda to Sirmione in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In September in Sirmione, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Sirmione

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Florence

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 19th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Palazzo Vecchio and then enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Florence route planner.

Drive from Sirmione to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September in Florence, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Reggello.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Reggello

— 3 nights
Reggello is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Florence in the Italian region of Tuscany, located about 25km southeast of Florence.HistoryIn 1966, seven people were killed and a neighborhood of Reggello was destroyed by a landslide triggered by the same rains that also flooded Florence.GeographyThe municipality borders with Castel San Niccolò of Cancelli, Canova, Cascia, Caselli, Ciliegi, Donnini, Leccio, Matassino, Montanino, Pietrapiana, Pontifogno, Prulli, Saltino, San Clemente, San Donato in Fronzano, Sant'Ellero, Tosi, Vaggio and Vallombrosa.Main sightsThe most famous point of interest is the Abbey of Vallombrosa, located in the famous Vallombrosa forest, 10km from the town centre.Another important sight is the Castle of Sammezzano, located near Leccio, that is a palazzo notable for its Moorish Revival architectural style. On the 22nd (Fri), revel in the low prices at The Mall, look for gifts at Prada Outlet (Space), then do a tasting at Montefioralle Winery, then do a tasting at Enoteca Falorni, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza Matteotti. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Anghiari, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Verna - Franciscan Sanctuary, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Dei Conti Guidi Di Poppi, then don't miss a visit to Palazzo Nardi Berti, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eremo di Camaldoli.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Reggello trip website.

Drive from Florence to Reggello in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Reggello can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Siena.

Things to do in Reggello

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trips

Siena

— 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, then take in the exciting artwork at Bianco e Nero di Sonia Staccioli , then explore the world behind art at Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, and finally look for gifts at La Fabbrica delle Candele. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico, don't miss a visit to Centro Storico di Siena, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre del Mangia, then get lost in a book at Biblioteca Piccolomini, and finally steep yourself in history at Battistero di San Giovanni.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Siena road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Reggello to Siena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Siena sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

San Gimignano

— 2 nights

Town of Fine Towers

A historical gem in the heart of Tuscany, San Gimignano is known as the Town of Fine Towers for its jutting skyline of high city walls.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Torre Grossa, do a tasting at Podere La Marronaia- Sosta Alle Colonne, don't miss a visit to Piazza della Cisterna, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di San Gimignano, then don't miss a visit to San Gimignano Bell Tower, and finally get engrossed in the history at San Gimignano 1300.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Gimignano tour builder app.

You can drive from Siena to San Gimignano in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in San Gimignano, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Pisa.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Historic Sites · Wineries · Theme Parks · Classes

Side Trips

Pisa

— 2 nights
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Murale Tuttomondo di Keith Haring, admire the striking features of Battistero di San Giovanni, admire the landmark architecture of Duomo di Pisa, enjoy the sand and surf at Bagno Maurizio, then take in panoramic vistas at Leaning Tower of Pisa, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Camposanto.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Pisa tour itinerary builder website.

Getting from San Gimignano to Pisa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Pisa sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Cinque Terre

— 3 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
On your second day here, look for gifts at Art in Banchi and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Cinque Terre using our trip planner.

You can take a train from Pisa to Cinque Terre in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In September, daily temperatures in Cinque Terre can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Milan.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Milan

— 3 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milan: Turati Centro Nautico Lario (in Argegno), Como (Tea World, Cathedral of Como (Duomo), &more) and Villa del Balbianello (in Tremezzina). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, find something for the whole family at Leolandia, admire the striking features of La Citta Alta, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio.

Plan trip to Milan with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Cinque Terre to Milan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Cinque Terre in October, you will find days in Milan are little chillier (65°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Transportation · Outdoors

Side Trips

Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
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.