26 days in Italy Itinerary

26 days in Italy Itinerary

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26 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Milan
— 1 day
train:  1​h
2
Turin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Genoa
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
4
Verona
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
5
Bologna
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
6
Rome
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Siena
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Naples
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Palermo, Sicily
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Venice
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
11
Florence
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Manila, Luzon

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): test your problem-solving skills at Trap Milano, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, see the interesting displays at Gallerie d’Italia, then make a trip to Dialogo nel Buio, and finally take an in-depth tour of Villa Necchi Campiglio.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Milan trip itinerary planning app .

Manila, Philippines to Milan is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Manila to Milan due to the time zone difference. In December, Milan is much colder than Manila - with highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Turin.

Things to do in Milan

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Dialogo nel Buio ©
Dialogo nel Buio
Gallerie d’Italia ©
Gallerie d’Italia

2
nights
Turin

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Basilica of Superga, see the interesting displays at Museo Nazionale del Cinema, then admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Reale, then make a trip to Galleria San Federico, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza Castello. Here are some ideas for day two: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria del Monte - Monte dei Cappuccini, examine the collection at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, admire the natural beauty at Parco del Valentino, then don't miss a visit to Piazza San Carlo, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Egizio.

For maps and tourist information, you can read our Turin vacation planner.

Take a train from Milan to Turin in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Turin are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Genoa.

Things to do in Turin

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Basilica of Superga
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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Museo Nazionale del Cinema ©
Museo Nazionale del Cinema
Piazza San Carlo ©
Piazza San Carlo
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Genoa

Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Spianata Castelletto, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Genoa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, and finally explore the world behind art at Palazzo Ducale. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi, then take a stroll through Boccadasse, then see the interesting displays at Galata Museo del Mare, and finally partake in some friendly competition at Ilgioco.net - Escape Room Games & more.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Genoa holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Turin to Genoa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Turin in December, things will get a bit warmer in Genoa: highs are around 16°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello ©
Boccadasse ©
Boccadasse
Galata Museo del Mare ©
Galata Museo del Mare

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): snap pictures at Ponte Pietra, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Anastasia, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, snap pictures at Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio), then see the grandeur of opera at Arena di Verona, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Torre Pentagona. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to I Portoni della Bra, explore the galleries of Casa di Giulietta, take a stroll through Piazza delle Erbe, make a trip to Piazza dei Signori, then explore the historical opulence of Piazzale Castel San Pietro, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Verona driving holiday planner.

Getting from Genoa to Verona by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Genoa in December, things will get a bit cooler in Verona: highs are around 8°C and lows about 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Bologna.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Ponte Pietra ©
Ponte Pietra

2
nights
Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, explore the world behind art at Museo di Palazzo Poggi, examine the collection at Museo per la Memoria di Ustica, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita, then steep yourself in history at Piazza Maggiore, and finally see the interesting displays at La Macchina del Tempo. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica San Vitale, see the interesting displays at Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, then get lost in a book at Biblioteca Salaborsa, then ponder the world of politics at Palazzo del Podesta, and finally don't miss a visit to Quadrilatero.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bologna trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from Verona to Bologna in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Bologna

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Basilica San Vitale, Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Basilica San Vitale ©
Basilica San Vitale
Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita

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nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico and Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Step out of Rome with an excursion to Monastero Di S.Benedetto in Subiaco--about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Bologna to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Bologna in December, expect nights in Rome to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Ancient Rome, Monastero Di S.Benedetto
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

2
nights
Siena

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
On the 1st (Wed), explore the engaging exhibits at Museo di Storia Naturale dell'Accademia dei Fisiocritici, steep yourself in history at Centro Storico di Siena, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siena, then don't miss a visit to Piazza del Campo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Clemente in Santa Maria dei Servi. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Palazzo Chigi Saracini, take in panoramic vistas at Torre del Mangia, browse the collection at Biblioteca Piccolomini, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and finally learn about winemaking at Azienda Agricola La Lastra.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Siena trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rome to Siena takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Naples.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites Wineries Tours
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Food Tours
Biblioteca Piccolomini ©
Biblioteca Piccolomini
Torre del Mangia ©
Torre del Mangia

2
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. On the 3rd (Fri), steep yourself in history at Underground Naples, steep yourself in history at Galleria Borbonica, delve into the distant past at The Neapolis Buried, then make a trip to Via San Gregorio Armeno, then get curious at MUSA - Museo Universitario delle Scienze e delle Arti, and finally get curious at Museo delle Arti Sanitarie. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Pompeii Archaeological Park, delve into the distant past at Teatro Grande, then don't miss a visit to Centro Storico Salerno, then stroll around Villa Comunale, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Naples holiday planner .

You can drive from Siena to Naples in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Naples, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Palermo.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Pompeii, Salerno
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
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Galleria Borbonica ©
Galleria Borbonica
Underground Naples ©
Underground Naples
Via San Gregorio Armeno ©
Via San Gregorio Armeno

2
nights
Palermo, Sicily

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Giuseppe dei Teatini, make a trip to Piazza Pretoria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oratorio di Santa Cita, steep yourself in history at Palazzo Steri - Chiaramonte - Carcere dei penitenziati, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Oratorio di San Lorenzo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Palermo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo dell'Acciuga, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Inferiore della Cappella Palatina, contemplate the long history of Norman Palace, then admire the striking features of Palazzo Conte Federico, then make a trip to Nobile e Monumentale Chiesa dell'Immacolata Concezione al Capo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Santa Rosalia.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Palermo online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Naples to Palermo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or ride a ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Museo dell'Acciuga
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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Palazzo Conte Federico ©
Palazzo Conte Federico
Norman Palace ©
Norman Palace
Santuario Santa Rosalia ©
Santuario Santa Rosalia

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Centro Storico di Venezia and Prato della Valle. Step out of Venice with an excursion to No Exit in Udine--about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Canal Grande, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, take in the spiritual surroundings of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Venice day trip planning app .

You can fly from Palermo to Venice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Prato della Valle, No Exit
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Centro Storico di Venezia ©
Centro Storico di Venezia
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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Florence

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Centro Storico and Palazzo Strozzi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Duomo di Pisa (in Pisa) and Piazza Grande (in Arezzo). Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, and enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Florence tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Venice in January, expect nights in Florence to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Piazza Grande, Duomo di Pisa
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:
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Food Tours
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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