18 days in Italy Itinerary

18 days in Italy Itinerary

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18 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Rome
— 3 nights
train + subway:  3​h
2
Ravello
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Assisi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Florence
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Venice
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Milan
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Villa d'Este and Cupola di San Pietro. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and Vatican Museums. Venture out of the city with trips to Subiaco (Monastero di Santa Scolastica & Monastero Di S.Benedetto). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pietro in Vincoli, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rome road trip planning website .

San Francisco, USA to Rome is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Rome is 9 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Rome: highs are around 84°F and lows about 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Subiaco, Villa d'Este
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

3
nights
Ravello

Ravello ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Villa Cimbrone Gardens and Duomo di Ravello. Visit Duomo di Sant'Andrea and Villa Rufolo for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Ravello side-trips: Positano (Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano & Fornillo).

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ravello trip itinerary app .

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. Traveling from Rome in June, you will find days in Ravello are slightly colder (79°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (72°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Positano, Amalfi, Lido Capo di Conca
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Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

2
nights
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): examine the collection at Museo della Porziuncola, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Chiara, then steep yourself in history at San Damiano, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eremo delle Carceri. On your second day here, do a tasting at Tili Vini Societa Agricola, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto, explore the historical opulence of Rocca Paolina, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Roman Forum and Archaeological Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Rocca Maggiore.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Assisi planning app .

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. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ravello in June since evenings lows in Assisi dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Rocca Paolina, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto
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Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola
San Damiano ©
San Damiano

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, then explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, and then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Florence holiday maker website .

Getting from Assisi to Florence by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. June in Florence sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cannaregio and Basilica Palladiana. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Canal Grande and Doge's Palace. Take a break from Venice with a short trip to San Fermo Maggiore, Verona in Verona, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), and browse the exhibits of Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Venice trip maker site .

Take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

San Fermo Maggiore, Verona, Basilica Palladiana
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

3
nights
Milan

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Duomo Vecchio di Brescia and Cattedrale (Duomo) di Bergamo e Battistero. Get some historical perspective at Duomo di Milano and Cappella Colleoni. Get out of town with these interesting Milan side-trips: Brescia Castle (in Brescia) and Santuario di Caravaggio - Santa Maria del Fronte (in Caravaggio). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, explore the world behind art at Grande Museo del Duomo di Milano, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Cristoforo sul Naviglio, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Milan online trip itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Venice to Milan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July in Milan, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Bergamo, Brescia, Santuario di Caravaggio - Santa Maria del Fronte
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Brescia Castle ©
Brescia Castle

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