17 days in Italy, South of France & Spain Itinerary

17 days in Italy, South of France & Spain Itinerary

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17 days in Italy, South of France & Spain Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  30​h
1
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train + subway:  3​h
4
Ravello, Italy
— 2 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  8​h
5
Cannes, France
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand


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1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Squero di San Trovaso, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally make a trip to St Mark's Campanile. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and then make a trip to St. Mark's Square.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Venice trip builder site .

Auckland, New Zealand to Venice is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Venice is minus 11 hours. When traveling from Auckland in July, plan for much hotter days in Venice, with highs around 36°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
St. Mark's Square ©
St. Mark's Square
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

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 2nd (Fri): explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, and finally steep yourself in history at Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Campanile di Giotto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

For maps and tourist information, read Florence online itinerary planner .

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Florence are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cupola di San Pietro and Palatine Hill. Let the collections at Vatican Museums and Musei Capitolini capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica.

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

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ravello.

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
Cupola di San Pietro ©
Cupola di San Pietro

2
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
On the 7th (Wed), shop like a local with Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Ravello, make a trip to Villa Rufolo, take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario della Madonna del Rosario, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Sant'Andrea. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Castello di San Nicola de Thoro-Plano, do a tasting at Le Vigne di Raito, and then kick back and relax at Spiaggia di castiglione.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ravello road trip tool .

Getting from Rome to Ravello by combination of train and subway takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Rome in August, expect nights in Ravello to be somewhat warmer, around 28°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Cannes.

Things to do in Ravello

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Amalfi, Le Vigne di Raito, Castello di San Nicola de Thoro-Plano
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Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione

1
night
Cannes, France

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): wander the streets of Rue d'Antibes, take a stroll through La Croisette, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews and then head off the coast to Lérins Islands.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cannes road trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus, train, and flight from Ravello to Cannes in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Cannes when traveling from Ravello in August, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews
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La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes

3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Casa Batllo and Museo Picasso will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Casa Mila - La Pedrera. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, admire the striking features of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, and stroll around Parc Guell.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Cannes to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Cannes in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Barcelona. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

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