16 days in Italy Itinerary

16 days in Italy Itinerary

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16 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Rome
— 2 nights
train + subway:  3​h
2
Ravello
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Assisi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Florence
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Verona
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Venice
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Cape Town

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.
Get some historical perspective at Palatine Hill and St. Peter's Basilica. Get some cultural insight at Piazza Navona and Colosseum. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Museums, make a trip to Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and admire the striking features of Pantheon.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rome day trip planning website .

Cape Town, South Africa to Rome is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cape Town in May, Rome is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Ravello

Ravello ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Ravello, steep yourself in history at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, then enjoy the sand and surf at Fornillo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta e Cripta Medievale. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Villa Rufolo, then cruise along Coast Road, and then kick back and relax at Bagni d'Arienzo.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ravello trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and subway from Rome to Ravello in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Rome in May since evenings lows in Ravello dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Ravello

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Positano, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, Amalfi Coast
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Duomo di Sant'Andrea ©
Duomo di Sant'Andrea

1
night
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
On the 21st (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eremo delle Carceri, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Damiano, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica inferiore di San Francesco d'Assisi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Chiara, then examine the collection at Museo della Porziuncola, and finally step into the grandiose world of Rocca Maggiore.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Assisi trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ravello to Assisi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ravello in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Assisi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Museums
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Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola
Eremo delle Carceri ©
Eremo delle Carceri

3
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll get in some beach time at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Piazzale Michelangelo. Visit Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Castello del Trebbio for their historical value. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Castello di Monteriggioni (in Monteriggioni) and Siena (Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana & Siena Cathedral). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, don't miss a visit to Palazzo Vecchio, and admire the striking features of Loggia dei Lanzi.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Florence trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Assisi to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Florence sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Siena, Castello di Monteriggioni, Castello del Trebbio
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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

2
nights
Verona

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
On the 25th (Mon), steep yourself in history at I Portoni della Bra, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fermo Maggiore, Verona, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Anastasia, take a stroll through Piazza delle Erbe, then take a stroll through Via Mazzini, and finally browse the exhibits of Casa di Giulietta. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Basilica Madonna della Corona, explore the historical opulence of Piazzale Castel San Pietro, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, and finally step into the grandiose world of Museo di Castelvecchio.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Verona visit planner .

Take a train from Florence to Verona in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Verona sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Santuario Basilica Madonna della Corona
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Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Museo di Castelvecchio ©
Museo di Castelvecchio
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

3
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica di San Marco and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Relax by the water at Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Square. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Padua (Basilica di Sant’Antonio & Scrovegni Chapel). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, get engrossed in the history at Museo Storico Navale, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico di Venezia, and contemplate the long history of St Mark's Campanile.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice travel route planner .

Traveling by bus from Verona to Venice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In May in Venice, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Padua
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St. Mark's Square ©
St. Mark's Square
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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