17 days in Portugal, Spain & Italy Itinerary

17 days in Portugal, Spain & Italy Itinerary

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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal

— 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, make a trip to Belém Tower, take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, then make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge. On the next day, kick back and relax at Praia da ursa, then take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta da Regaleira, and then view the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

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Tampa, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tampa in May; daily highs in Lisbon reach 75°F and lows reach 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

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Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, then steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, and then head outdoors with Picnic Madrid.

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Fly from Lisbon to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Madrid is 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 52°F. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sat) before leaving for Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

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Barcelona, Spain

— 3 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa de La Barceloneta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, then get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, and then wander the streets of Las Ramblas.

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You can fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Barcelona are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Beaches
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Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Via Condotti and Coronari Gioielli. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, contemplate the long history of Colosseum, take some stellar pictures from Colle del Gianicolo, and don't miss a visit to Roman Forum.

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Fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Side Trip

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Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 4th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce.

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Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. June in Florence sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Venice.

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Venice, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Romance

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Doge's Palace and Basilica di San Marco. Shop till you drop at Fondazione Bisazza and Max Studio. Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Padua (Padua Botanical Garden, Scrovegni Chapel, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Canal Grande, don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, look for gifts at Oreficeria Boscolo Gioie, and enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

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Drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Venice

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Portugal travel guide

4.2
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Tuscany travel guide

4.4
Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.