16 days in Madrid & Italy Itinerary

16 days in Madrid & Italy Itinerary

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16 days in Madrid & Italy Itinerary

Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
Fly:  23​h
1
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
3
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Positano, Italy
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Palermo, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: San Jose, Costa Rica

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You've added Puerta del Sol, Templo de Debod, Casa de Campo, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, then admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Plaza de Santa Ana. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum of Spain, appreciate the history behind Plaza de Cibeles, take a stroll through Gran Via, then appreciate the history behind Puerta de Alcala, then steep yourself in history at Palacio Real de El Pardo, and finally explore the ancient world of Templo de Debod.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Madrid road trip planning app .

San Jose, Costa Rica to Madrid is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from San Jose to Madrid. When traveling from San Jose in April, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 9°C at night. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Palacio Real de El Pardo ©
Palacio Real de El Pardo
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ponte dell'Accademia, Riva degli Schiavoni, Doge's Palace, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take a stroll through Campo Santa Margherita.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice trip builder tool .

Getting from Madrid to Venice by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. April in Venice sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. You'll set off for Florence on the 5th (Sun).

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

1
night
Florence, Italy

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 Mercato Centrale, Oltrarno, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and other attractions. On the 5th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Campanile di Giotto, and finally visit Oltrarno.

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You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April in Florence, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

2
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.
You've added Galleria Borghese, Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, Vatican Guided Tours, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): gain a rich perspective with Skip the Line - Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour and then stop by Trastevere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, then get insight into ancient worlds with Vatican Guided Tours, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planner.

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Piazza Navona ©
Piazza Navona

1
night
Positano, Italy

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.
For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Positano road trip planning tool .

Getting from Rome to Positano by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Positano, with lows around 15°C. You'll set off for Naples on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Positano

Tours Outdoors Transportation
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2
nights
Naples, Italy

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 Piazza del Plebiscito as well as Vesuvius vs. Pompeii Tours.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Naples trip builder.

Take a bus from Positano to Naples in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. In April, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Palermo.

Things to do in Naples

Tours
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Piazza del Plebiscito ©
Piazza del Plebiscito

3
nights
Palermo, Italy

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Palermo trip planner.

You can fly from Naples to Palermo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or ride a ferry. On the 14th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Palermo

Museums Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Riserva Naturale Integrale Grotta di Carburangeli
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