21 days in Italy & Central Europe Itinerary

21 days in Italy & Central Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Italy & Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  14​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Verona, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
6
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Turin, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Pisa, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
9
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa


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1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): look for gifts at Sweet Sweet Way.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome holiday planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Rome is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in July; daily highs in Rome reach 37°C and lows reach 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Cinecitta World ©
Cinecitta World
Palazzo Chigi di Ariccia ©
Palazzo Chigi di Ariccia
Sweet Sweet Way ©
Sweet Sweet Way

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Castello di Monteriggioni, then admire the striking features of Walls of Monteriggioni, and then learn about winemaking at Castellare di Castellina Winery.

For more things to do and other tourist information, use the Florence trip app .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rome in July since evenings lows in Florence dip to 21°C. You'll set off for Venice on the 13th (Sat).

Things to do in Florence

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Monteriggioni, Castellare di Castellina Winery
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Castellare di Castellina Winery ©
Castellare di Castellina Winery
Walls of Monteriggioni ©
Walls of Monteriggioni
Castello di Monteriggioni ©
Castello di Monteriggioni

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Monastero Di San Daniele, admire the natural beauty at Garden of Villa Barbarigo in Valsanzibio, and then get some jogging in at Diga Sottomarina.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Venice road trip site .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Venice, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Abano Terme, Chioggia, Casa delle Farfalle e Bosco delle Fate di Butterfly Arc, Garden of Villa Barbarigo in Valsanzibio, Castello Cini Monselice
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Diga Sottomarina ©
Diga Sottomarina
Castello Cini Monselice ©
Castello Cini Monselice

1
night
Verona, Italy

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Castello scaligero di Villafranca, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Santa Teresa di Gesu Bambino, delve into the distant past at Operaforte, then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Pentagona, and finally steep yourself in history at I Portoni della Bra.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Verona trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In July in Verona, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Castello scaligero di Villafranca
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Castello scaligero di Villafranca ©
Castello scaligero di Villafranca
Operaforte ©
Operaforte
Basilica Santa Teresa di Gesu Bambino ©

1
night
Milan, Italy

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.
For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Milan trip builder app .

Traveling by train from Verona to Milan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Milan are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Milan

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Duomo Di Pavia, Oasi di Sant'Alessio, Tempio Civico della Beata Vergine Incoronata
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Oasi di Sant'Alessio ©
Oasi di Sant'Alessio

5
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Interlaken: Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux), Zermatt (Mountaineers' Cemetery & The Matterhorn) and Murrenbach Waterfalls (in Lauterbrunnen). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, take a memorable tour with Tours, and stroll around Hohematte Park.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Interlaken trip planner .

Traveling by train from Milan to Interlaken takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Milan in July, things will get a bit cooler in Interlaken: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Turin.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Jungfrau Region, Zermatt, Lauterbrunnen, Chateau de Chillon
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier

2
nights
Turin, Italy

Turin ©
A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
On the 24th (Wed), cool off at Cupole Lido.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Turin trip planner .

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Turin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Interlaken in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Turin, with lows of 21°C. On the 25th (Thu), you're off toPisa.

Things to do in Turin

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Cupole Lido
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Cupole Lido ©
Cupole Lido

1
night
Pisa, Italy

Pisa ©
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): get lost in a book at SMSBiblio - Biblioteca Comunale, then enjoy some diversion at Sunlight Park, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica romanica di San Piero a Grado.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Pisa online holiday planner .

Drive from Turin to Pisa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Turin in July: highs in Pisa hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Pisa

Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Sunlight Park ©
Sunlight Park
SMSBiblio - Biblioteca Comunale ©
SMSBiblio - Biblioteca Comunale

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Museo Storico Piana delle Orme (in Borgo Faiti), Giardino di Ninfa (in Cisterna di Latina) and Zoomarine (in Torvaianica). See some other sides of Rome: make a trip to Associazione Culturale di Promozione Sociale Ars in Urbe, revel in the low prices at Castel Romano Designer Outlet, and step into the grandiose world of Castello Caetani.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Pisa to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Theme Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castello Caetani, Museo Storico Piana delle Orme, Giardino di Ninfa, Zoomarine
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Zoomarine ©
Zoomarine
Castel Romano Designer Outlet ©
Castel Romano Designer Outlet

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