31 days in Italy Itinerary

31 days in Italy Itinerary

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31 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  35​h
1
Taormina, Sicily
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Syracuse, Sicily
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Cefalu, Sicily
— 3 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Fly + Bus + Ferry:  6​h
4
Capri, Island of Capri
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Forio, Isola d'Ischia
— 5 nights
+2
Ferry + Shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Verona
— 5 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Venice
— 3 nights
Fly:  32​h
End: Brisbane

4
nights
Taormina, Sicily

Taormina ©
With its warm island weather and cliffside location overlooking the Ionion Sea, Taormina has been one of Sicily's most popular getaway destinations since the early 19th century.
Step out of the city life by going to Grotte Beach Mongiove and Spiaggia libera - Santa Teresa di Riva. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tindari and Castillo de Castelmola. Explore Taormina's surroundings by going to Lungomare Falcomata (in Reggio Calabria), Piazza Duomo (in Catania) and Duomo di Messina (in Messina). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Piazza IX Aprile, head off the coast to Isola Bella, tour the pleasant surroundings at Giardini della Villa Comunale, and stop by Il Laboratorio Dell'Arte.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Taormina holiday planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Taormina is an approximately 35-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Brisbane to Taormina due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in September: high temperatures in Taormina hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Syracuse.

Things to do in Taormina

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Grotte Beach Mongiove, Spiaggia libera - Santa Teresa di Riva, Castillo de Castelmola, Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tindari, Duomo di Messina
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Castillo de Castelmola ©
Castillo de Castelmola
Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tindari ©
Lido La Dolce Vita ©
Lido La Dolce Vita

4
nights
Syracuse, Sicily

Syracuse ©
Philosopher Cicero once described Syracuse as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all." A powerful city-state of ancient Greece, Syracuse now is the capital of the eponymous Italian province on the eastern coast of Sicily.
Get some cultural insight at Syracuse Cathedral (Temple of Athena) and Museo Archeologico Regionale P. Orsi. Get in touch with nature at Riserva Naturale Orientata Oasi faunistica di Vendicari and Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio). Change things up with a short trip to Centro Storico di Noto in Noto (about 40 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Catacomba di San Giovanni, explore the ancient world of Temple of Apollo (Tempio di Apollo), and steep yourself in history at Greek Theater.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Syracuse custom trip planner.

Drive from Taormina to Syracuse in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Taormina in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 20°C in Syracuse. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cefalu.

Things to do in Syracuse

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Noto
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Chiesa di San Giovanni Alle Catacombe ©
Temple of Apollo (Tempio di Apollo) ©

3
nights
Cefalu, Sicily

Cefalu ©
Cefalù is a city and comune in the Province of Palermo, located on the northern coast of Sicily, Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea about 70km east of the provincial capital and 185km west of Messina. Step off the beaten path and head to La Rocca and Duomo di Cefalu. Visit Castello di Caccamo and Duomo di Monreale for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cefalu: Castelbuono Paese in Provincia Di Palermo (in Castelbuono), Palermo (Capuchins' Catacombs & Palazzo dei Normanni e Cappella Palatina) and Chiesa San Giorgio Martire (in Caccamo). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Cefalu Coast and savor the flavors at Enoteca Le Petit Tonneau.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cefalu trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Syracuse to Cefalu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Capri.

Things to do in Cefalu

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

Caccamo, Palermo, Castello Ventimiglia, Duomo di Monreale
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Castello di Caccamo ©
Castello di Caccamo
Enoteca le Petit Tonneau ©
Enoteca le Petit Tonneau
Chiesa San Giorgio Martire ©
Chiesa San Giorgio Martire

3
nights
Capri, Island of Capri

Capri ©
The island of Capri encompasses all the magical allure of the Mediterranean--dramatic blue waters, lush mountainous landscape, and picturesque island villages.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Villa San Michele and Chiesa San Michele. Visiting Marina Piccola and Fortini Coastal Walk will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Gardens of Augustus, steep yourself in history at Villa Jovis, make a trip to Piazza Umberto I, and get great views at Monte Solaro Chairlift.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Capri travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Cefalu to Capri by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train. September in Capri sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Forio.

Things to do in Capri

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Anacapri
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Fortini Coastal Walk ©
Fortini Coastal Walk
Scala Fenicia (Phoenician Steps) ©
Scala Fenicia (Phoenician Steps)
Marina Piccola
Marina Piccola

5
nights
Forio, Isola d'Ischia

Forio ©
Popular historic sites such as Chiesa del Soccorso and Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana) are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Castello Aragonese and Nitrodi Hot Springs. Change things up with a short trip to Maronti Beach in Ischia (about 36 minutes away).

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Forio travel itinerary creator.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Capri to Forio in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Forio are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Verona.

Things to do in Forio

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ischia, Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana), Fonte delle Ninfe Nitrodi
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Giardini La Mortella ©
Giardini La Mortella
Fonte delle Ninfe Nitrodi ©
Fonte delle Ninfe Nitrodi
Spiaggia di Citara ©
Spiaggia di Citara

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore and Chiesa di Sant'Anastasia are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lago di Molveno and Castello Scaligero. Get out of town with these interesting Verona side-trips: Vittoriale degli Italiani (in Gardone Riviera), Borghetto sul Mincio (in Valeggio Sul Mincio), Mountbaldo (in Malcesine), Grotte di Catullo (in Sirmione) and MuSe - Museo delle Scienze (in Trento). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Torre dei Lamberti and step into the grandiose world of Castelvecchio Museum.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Verona travel planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Forio to Verona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Forio in September: high temperatures in Verona hover around 29°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Malcesine, Borghetto sul Mincio, Grotte di Catullo, MUSE - Science Museum, Il Vittoriale degli Italiani
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Scaliger Castle in Malcesine ©
Scaliger Castle in Malcesine
Il Vittoriale degli Italiani ©
Il Vittoriale degli Italiani
Grotte di Catullo ©
Grotte di Catullo

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.
You'll explore and learn at Ca' Rezzonico and Gallerie dell'Accademia. Dorsoduro and Orto Botanico di Padova are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Padua (Scrovegni Chapel, Basilica di Sant’Antonio - Basilica del Santo, & more). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica dei Frari, admire the striking features of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, contemplate the long history of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Venice trip planner.

You can take a train from Verona to Venice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Venice are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Padua
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Basilica di Sant’Antonio ©
Basilica di Sant’Antonio
Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco

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