12 days in Italy Itinerary

12 days in Italy Itinerary

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12 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Rome
1
Rome
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Pompeii
— Few hours
bus:  30​min
3
Naples
— Few hours
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Rome
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
5
Florence
— 1 night
train:  2​h
6
Rome
— 2 nights
End: Rome

5
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Pantheon, Chiesa di Sant'Agnese in Agone, Church of St. Louis of the French, and other attractions. Discover out-of-the-way places like Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica and Terme di Caracalla. Get a sense of the local culture at St. Peter's Basilica and Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Francesco a Ripa Grande, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and explore the galleries of Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rome attractions planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport and Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport. In October, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Pompeii.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vatican City, Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica
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Piazza Navona ©
Piazza Navona
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

few
hours
Pompeii

Pompeii ©
Pompeii has been a tourist destination for more than 250 years.
On the 6th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Pompeii Archaeological Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Pompeii trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Rome to Pompeii by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for the bus ride to Naples.

Things to do in Pompeii

Historic Sites
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Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park

few
hours
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Castel Nuovo - Maschio Angioino as well as Duomo di Napoli. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Napoli, and then step into the grandiose world of Castel Nuovo - Maschio Angioino.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Naples day trip planning tool .

Naples is just a stone's throw from Pompeii. In October in Naples, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Naples

Museums Historic Sites
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Duomo di Napoli ©
Duomo di Napoli
Castel Nuovo - Maschio Angioino ©
Castel Nuovo - Maschio Angioino

3
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Basilica di Santa Prassede, Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, and other attractions. On the 7th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Arco di Costantino, steep yourself in history at Arco di Tito, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, explore the ancient world of Colosseum, then steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Campidoglio. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Villa Adriana, admire the natural beauty at Villa d'Este, pause for some serene contemplation at Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clement Basilica, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Prassede, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rome trip planner .

Traveling by train from Naples to Rome takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Tivoli
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

1
night
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Piazza della Signoria, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Cappelle Medicee, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Cappelle Medicee, explore the galleries of Basilica di San Lorenzo, explore the world behind art at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then make a trip to The Baptistery of St. John, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. On your second day here, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, appreciate the history behind Loggia dei Lanzi, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Florence driving holiday planner .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

2
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chiostro del Bramante, Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini and Domus Aurea. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Domus Aurea, get engrossed in the history at Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini, and then browse the exhibits of Chiostro del Bramante.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini ©
Domus Aurea ©
Domus Aurea
Chiostro del Bramante ©
Chiostro del Bramante

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