8 days in Italy Itinerary

8 days in Italy Itinerary

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La Spezia
— 2 nights
Cinque Terre
— 1 day
— 2 nights
— 3 nights


La Spezia — 2 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. On the 5th (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Isola Palmaria, then walk around Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere, and then wander the streets of Portovenere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Enoteca la Civilta del Bere e Altro, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stroll through Monesteroli.

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Paphos, Cyprus to La Spezia is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paphos to La Spezia. Traveling from Paphos in September, expect La Spezia to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cinque Terre.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails
Side Trip

Cinque Terre — 1 day

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): hike along Cinque Terre Trails, then discover the deep blue sea with Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, and finally take a stroll around Vernazza.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cinque Terre road trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Spezia to Cinque Terre takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or ride a ferry. September in Cinque Terre sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.
Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Florence road trip planning site.

Drive from Cinque Terre to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.
Historic Sites · Museums

Rome — 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and wander the streets of Trastevere.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Side Trip

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.