30 days in Italy & French Riviera - Cote d'Azur Itinerary

30 days in Italy & French Riviera - Cote d'Azur Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 7 nights
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Como, Italy
— 5 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Siena, Italy
— 4 nights
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Civita, Italy
— 1 night
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Bari, Italy
— 5 nights
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Tropea, Italy
— 2 nights
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Lecce, Italy
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Nice, France — 7 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and Cannes (Lérins Islands & Le Suquet). Spend the 1st (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nice trip builder.

Beirut, Lebanon to Nice is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Beirut to Nice due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Beirut in June, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are slightly colder, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Como.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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Como, Italy — 5 nights

City of Silk

Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Change things up with these side-trips from Como: Tremezzina (Villa Carlotta & Villa del Balbianello), Villa Reale (in Monza) and Leolandia (in Capriate San Gervasio). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at I Giardini di Villa Melzi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at S. Giovanni Battista, admire the striking features of La Citta Alta, and explore the historical opulence of Castello di Vezio.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Como online visit planner.

Drive from Nice to Como in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Como when traveling from Nice in June, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Loggia dei Lanzi, steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and finally make a trip to Piazza della Signoria. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Florence trip tool.

You can take a train from Como to Florence in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Siena.
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Historic Sites · Museums

Siena, Italy — 4 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Explore Siena's surroundings by going to San Gimignano (Historic Centre of San Gimignano & Duomo di San Gimignano) and Assisi (Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, &more). There's much more to do: make a trip to Piazza del Campo, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre del Mangia, deepen your understanding at Scuola di Cucina di Lella, and contemplate the long history of Battistero di San Giovanni.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Siena itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Florence to Siena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Civita.
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Civita, Italy — 1 night

Civita is a hilltown and comune in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Sanctuary of St Maria of Weapons, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di S. Maria Assunta, take an in-depth tour of Museo Etonico Arbresh, then take in the views from Il ponte del diavolo, and finally identify plant and animal life at Setteventi del Pollino.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Civita trip planner.

Drive from Siena to Civita in 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bari.
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Bari, Italy — 5 nights

Gateway to Apulia

Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bari: Matera (MOOM Matera Olive Oil Museum, Sassi di Matera, &more), Centro Storico di Polignano a Mare (in Polignano a Mare) and I Pastini (in Martina Franca). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site, get to know the fascinating history of Lungomare e Murat, see Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing, and stroll the grounds of Bari War Cemetery.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Bari trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Civita to Bari by car takes about 3 hours. In June in Bari, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Tropea.
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Tropea, Italy — 2 nights

Tropea is a municipality located within the province of Vibo Valentia, in Calabria (southern Italy).The town is a famous bathing place, situated on a reef, in the gulf of St. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): kick back and relax at Capo Vaticano, enjoy the sand and surf at Grotticelle beach, look for gifts at Creazioni Artistiche Il Faro, have fun and explore at Artistic Creations The Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Tropea Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell'Isola. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with Mondo Blu Diving.

To see photos and other tourist information, refer to the Tropea trip website.

You can drive from Bari to Tropea in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. June in Tropea sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Lecce.
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Lecce, Italy — 3 nights

Florence of the South

Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Centro Storico, Lecce, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Lecce, then don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Croce. On your second day here, explore the activities along Cava di Bauxite, stroll through Baia dei Turchi, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Otranto, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale Di Otranto.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lecce trip site.

You can fly from Tropea to Lecce in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Tropea in June, you will find days in Lecce are a bit warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.
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French Riviera - Cote d'Azur travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Beaches · Historic Sites
On the Mediterranean Sea coast, the French Riviera-Côte d'Azur has the glitz and glamour rivaled by few places on earth. It is a modern resort area with luxury shopping, seaside cafés for people watching, and several marinas for yachts and super-yachts along its coast. Although the Riviera is famous for the glamour of St. Tropez, Monaco, and the Cannes Film Festival, there are many other lesser known attractions and places to visit, such as the perched villages of Gourdon and Eze, the perfumeries in Grasse, the potters of Vallauris, and the glassblowers of Biot.The Riviera has been the inspiration for many works by artists, such as Picasso and Renoir, which are on display in local museums. Sea-front hotels and holiday resorts are the most expensive options, with smaller, modest, more affordable accommodations available as you move away from major cities or further inland. Cafés, bars, and restaurants are diverse enough to respect your vacation budget and tastes, with the vast majority of eateries serving food local to the area--Provençal cuisine with Italian influences, and Cassis and Bandol regional wines.The small independent state of Monaco is surrounded on three sides by France, and the fourth by the Mediterranean. It has been ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century and is a major center for tourism on the Mediterranean. The glamor of Monaco has been replaced by Monte Carlo for its opulence, designer and luxury shopping, and its casino.The busiest travel season is in July and August, when crowds and prices both skyrocket. But, with 300 days of sunshine per year, 115 km (71 mi) of warm blue coastline and beaches, 18 golf courses, 14 ski resorts, and 3,000 restaurants, you're sure to have a wonderful time and find plenty of things to do whenever you plan to stay.
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Italy travel guide

4.6
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.
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Tuscany travel guide

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Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.
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Calabria travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Castles
Forming the toe of Italy's "boot," Calabria is considered the Caribbean of Europe and may very well be the country's best-kept secret. Visitors can find everything from beaches to Byzantine churches here. Hillside towns, ancient Greek temples, and medieval castles and palaces are just some of the attractions scattered around one of the country's least-developed regions. Calabria remains largely unblemished by mass tourism, with many charming places to visit like olive plantations, orange groves, waterfalls, and lakes. Because it's bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on three sides, the water plays a huge role in the region's culture and cuisine. Calabria is also an up-and-coming producer of fine wines.
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Puglia travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Churches
Situated at the southeastern tip of the country, Puglia forms the heel on the "boot" of Italy. First colonized by Mycenaean Greeks, the region flourished during Roman times as a major producer of grain and oil. Today, Puglia remains a predominantly agricultural part of the country, though its warm and sunny coastal weather makes it a favorite holiday destination with an ever-increasing number of tourists. The long coastline features attractions like sun-kissed beaches and lively resorts, many of which are overlooked by limestone cliffs. Deeper inland, Puglia is largely flat, a land of charming villages and world-class cuisine. Here, you'll find olive oil, grapes, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, and fresh seafood to give you sustenance as you continue sightseeing. Despite its reputation as a producer of some Italy's best food and wines, Puglia still has numerous rural corners that most tourists have yet to explore.
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