20 days in Italy Itinerary

20 days in Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy holiday planner
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Milan
— 1 night
Drive
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Verona
— 2 nights
Drive
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Venice
— 1 day
Drive
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Ferrara
— 1 night
Drive
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Bologna
— 2 nights
Train
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Florence
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
Drive
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Siena
— 2 nights
Drive
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Assisi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Naples
— 2 nights
Train
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Rome
— 3 nights

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Milan — 1 night

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 12th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, explore the world behind art at Grande Museo del Duomo di Milano, and then see the interesting displays at Museo del Novecento. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Armani Silos, get curious at Museo Della Scienza E Della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, then get engrossed in the history at Villa Necchi Campiglio, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Milan travel planner.

If you are flying in from Portugal, the closest major aiports are Malpensa International Airport, Milano Linate Airport and Milan Bergamo Airport. July in Milan sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Verona.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Verona — 2 nights

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 14th (Thu): make a trip to Porta Borsari - World Heritage Site, explore the historical opulence of Museo di Castelvecchio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, then pause for some photo ops at Arca di Cangrande I, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria Antica, and finally catch a live performance at Arena di Verona.

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You can drive from Milan to Verona in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In July, daytime highs in Verona are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Venice.
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Historic Sites · Nightlife

Venice — 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): examine the collection at Doge's Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, and finally take a stroll through Cannaregio.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Venice trip planner.

Drive from Verona to Venice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In July in Venice, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ferrara.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Ferrara — 1 night

With surrounding medieval walls and network of 15th- and 16th-century architecture, the city of Ferrara is often deemed the Heart of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Palazzo delle Poste, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Nazionale, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Estense, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Le Mura di Ferrara.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ferrara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Venice to Ferrara takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Ferrara can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bologna.
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Historic Sites · Museums

Bologna — 2 nights

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
On the 17th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di San Pietro, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica San Francesco, then contemplate the long history of Torre Prendiparte, then get engrossed in the history at La Macchina del Tempo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bologna journey planner.

Drive from Ferrara to Bologna in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Bologna sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Florence.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Florence — 2 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): stroll through Easy Living, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, and then make a trip to The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get a sense of history and politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo di Palazzo Davanzati.

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

You can take a train from Bologna to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Florence sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cinque Terre.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Cinque Terre — 2 nights

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Punta Mesco Diving Center and Madonnina della Punta. Get in touch with nature at Isola Palmaria and Sentiero Vernazza a Corniglia. Step out of Cinque Terre to go to La Spezia and see Museo Civico Amedeo Lia, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Lorenzo, admire the striking features of Chiesa Di San Pietro, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, and get to know the fascinating history of Borgo Storico di Corniglia.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Florence to Cinque Terre in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Cinque Terre can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Siena.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips

Siena — 2 nights

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Palazzo Chigi Saracini, enjoy breathtaking views from Rocca of Montestaffoli, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Sant'Agostino, then steep yourself in history at Torre Grossa, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of San Gimignano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Piazza del Campo, then steep yourself in history at Cappella di Piazza, then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre del Mangia, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Synagogue and Jewish Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Siena trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Siena takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Siena, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Assisi.
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Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip

Assisi — 2 nights

Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): shop like a local with Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Rose. Mostra Maria.

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You can drive from Siena to Assisi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Assisi are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Naples.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Naples — 2 nights

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Museo delle Arti Sanitarie, contemplate the geological forces at Vulcano Solfatara, and then identify plant and animal life at Parco Sommerso di Gaiola - Area Marina Protetta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Catacombe di San Gaudioso, explore the ancient world of Teatro Grande, see the interesting displays at MUSA - Museo Universitario delle Scienze e delle Arti, then wander the streets of Decumani di Napoli, and finally admire the masterpieces at Sant'Anna dei Lombardi (Monteoliveto).

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Naples day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Assisi to Naples takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Naples when traveling from Assisi in July, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Rome.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums
Side Trips

Rome — 3 nights

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 28th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, make a trip to Vatican Necropolis, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Villa Borghese.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome trip site.

You can take a train from Naples to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Italy travel guide

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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.
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