12 days in Italy Itinerary

12 days in Italy Itinerary

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12 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Seville
Fly:  6​h
1
Venice
— 1 night
2
Florence
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
San Gimignano
— 1 night
4
Rome
— 2 nights
train + subway:  2​h 45​min
5
Sorrento
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
6
Capri, Island of Capri
— 1 day
Drive:  30​min
7
Positano
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
8
Amalfi
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
9
Pompeii
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Venice

Venice ©
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.
On the 23rd (Sun), take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, and then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Venice travel tool .

Heraklion, Greece to Venice is an approximately 5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Heraklion to Venice, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Venice are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Ponte dei Sospiri ©
Ponte dei Sospiri

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Piazza della Signoria has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): make a trip to Piazza della Signoria, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, then examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Torre di Arnolfo.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Florence trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Florence are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

1
night
San Gimignano

San Gimignano ©
A historical gem in the heart of Tuscany, San Gimignano is known as the Town of Fine Towers for its jutting skyline of high city walls.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): do a tasting at Guardastelle Vineyard and then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of San Gimignano.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Gimignano trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Florence to San Gimignano by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rome.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Wineries Historic Sites
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Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano

2
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 5th (Fri), contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, then make a trip to Roman Forum, and finally explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rome trip maker app .

Drive from San Gimignano to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Rome are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Sorrento.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

1
night
Sorrento

Sorrento ©
A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Villa Comunale, Il Vallone dei Mulini and La Solara. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Comunale, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Il Vallone dei Mulini, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at La Solara.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Sorrento day trip app .

Traveling by combination of train and subway from Rome to Sorrento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Sorrento are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Positano.

Things to do in Sorrento

Parks Tours Beaches
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La Solara ©
La Solara
Il Vallone dei Mulini ©
Il Vallone dei Mulini
Wine Tours & Tastings

1
day
Capri, Island of Capri

Capri
The island of Capri encompasses all the magical allure of the Mediterranean--dramatic blue waters, lush mountainous landscape, and picturesque island villages.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes I Faraglioni as well as Giardini di Augusto. On the 8th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at I Faraglioni, get engrossed in the history at Villa San Michele, then delve into the distant past at Villa Jovis, then contemplate the waterfront views at Marina Piccola, and finally make a trip to Giardini di Augusto.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Capri journey planner .

Capri is just a short distance from Sorrento. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Positano.

Things to do in Capri

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Villa San Michele
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Marina Piccola
Marina Piccola
I Faraglioni
I Faraglioni
Villa Jovis ©
Villa Jovis

1
night
Positano

Positano ©
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Spiaggia Grande has been added to your itinerary. On the 9th (Tue), get great views at Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods) and then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Grande.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Positano vacation maker app .

Positano is just a short distance from Capri. In July in Positano, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Amalfi.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods)
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Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods) ©
Spiaggia Grande ©
Spiaggia Grande

2
nights
Amalfi

Amalfi ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Villa Cimbrone Gardens. On the 10th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Valle delle Ferriere, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, then take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, and finally admire the striking features of Villa Rufolo.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Amalfi vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Amalfi is just a stone's throw from Positano. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pompeii.

Things to do in Amalfi

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Ravello
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Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Duomo di Sant'Andrea ©
Duomo di Sant'Andrea
Villa Rufolo ©
Villa Rufolo

1
night
Pompeii

Pompeii ©
Pompeii has been a tourist destination for more than 250 years.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Pontificio Santuario della Beata Maria Vergine del Santo Rosario di Pompei, then contemplate the long history of Ruins of Herculaneum, then explore the ancient world of Forum, and finally delve into the distant past at Gli Scavi Archeologici di Pompei.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Pompeii trip planner.

Drive from Amalfi to Pompeii in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Amalfi in July since evenings lows in Pompeii dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pompeii

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ruins of Herculaneum
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