15 days in Italy & France Itinerary

15 days in Italy & France Itinerary

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15 days in Italy & France Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Seattle, United States


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2
nights
Venice, Italy

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.
Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Arena di Verona (in Verona) and Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, and admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco.

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

Seattle, USA to Venice is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. May in Venice sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Arena di Verona, Scrovegni Chapel
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, then get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, and finally examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Campanile di Giotto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, explore the historical opulence of Palazzo Vecchio, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, and finally steep yourself in history at The Baptistery of St. John.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Florence road trip planning website .

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Florence are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
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, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, take a stroll through Trastevere, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planning app .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Florence in May, Rome is a bit warmer at night with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
Go for a jaunt from Nice to Agay to see Massif de l'Esterel about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marineland.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nice day trip site .

Getting from Rome to Nice by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rome in May, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are slightly colder, around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, Marineland, Massif de l'Esterel
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Marineland ©
Marineland
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Nice to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Nice in May: high temperatures in Paris hover around 64°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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