16 days in Italy & Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Itinerary

16 days in Italy & Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Itinerary

Make it your trip
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Siena, Italy
— 1 night
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Amalfi, Italy
— 4 nights
Ferry to Sorrento, Fly to San Francisco


Nice, France — 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Family-friendly places like Vieille Ville and Castel Plage will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nice trip app.

San Francisco, USA to Nice is an approximately 16.5-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 Francisco in June, Nice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Siena.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trips

Siena, Italy — 1 night

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 8th (Thu): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Siena visit planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Siena takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Nice in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Siena: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.
Highlights from your trip

Florence, Italy — 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and steep yourself in history at The Baptistery of St. John.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Siena to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Rome.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

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 12th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Colosseum, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and finally admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rome road trip tool.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Amalfi.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip

Amalfi, Italy — 4 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.
Visit Fornillo and Spiaggia Grande for some beach relaxation. Attractions like Villa Cimbrone Gardens and Villa Rufolo make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Duomo di Ravello, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the verdant scenery at Valle dei Mulini, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of Smeraldo.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Amalfi day trip website.

You can drive from Rome to Amalfi in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in June, you will find days in Amalfi are little chillier (79°F), and nights are a bit warmer (72°F). You will leave for home on the 18th (Sun).
Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature
Side Trips

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Art Museums
You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.

Italy travel guide

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.

Amalfi Coast travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Gardens
Renowned for its beautiful landscape and medieval fishing villages that cling precariously to the Mediterranean cliffs, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's top vacation destinations. This World Heritage Site stretches for about 50 km (30 mi) on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula and offers numerous places to visit, from terraced lemon gardens and whitewashed villas to cliff-top views of the sea. Explore the coastline's towns, bays, and resorts. During the peak tourist season, the Amalfi Coast's single seaside road is often jammed with dozens of buses. For that reason, the ubiquitous scooter may be the best way to get around and sightsee. You can also access quite a bit by bicycle.