31 days in Portugal, Spain & Italy Itinerary

31 days in Portugal, Spain & Italy Itinerary

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31 days in Portugal, Spain & Italy Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h
3
Ronda, Spain
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
6
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
7
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Train + Subway:  3 h
9
Amalfi, Italy
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Train + Fly:  21 h
End: Cape Town, South Africa

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Lisbon is known for historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, stop by Alfama, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, and appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

To find out how to plan a trip to Lisbon, use our trip itinerary maker.

Cape Town, South Africa to Lisbon is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cape Town to Lisbon. Traveling from Cape Town in January, you will find days in Lisbon are much colder (17°C), and nights are little chillier (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Seville.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Museu Nacional do Azulejo ©
Museu Nacional do Azulejo
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

2
nights
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
On the 6th (Wed), make a trip to Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), get a taste of the local shopping with Delimbo, then steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Santa Marta, then take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, and finally contemplate the long history of Plaza de España.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Seville visit planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to Seville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Seville. In January, daily temperatures in Seville can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville

4
nights
Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Ronda is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: do a tasting at Dona Felisa Winery, take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Aldehuela, don't miss a visit to Mirador Paseo Blas Infante, and stop by Old City.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ronda trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Seville to Ronda takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Ronda

Parks Wineries Historic Sites
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Bodega Garcia Hidalgo ©
Bodega Garcia Hidalgo
Dona Felisa Winery ©
Dona Felisa Winery
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, fly down the slopes at Puerto de Navacerrada – Estacion de Esqui, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and make a trip to Plaza de Oriente.

Make your Madrid itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can take a train from Ronda to Madrid in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Ronda in January, expect Madrid to be a bit cooler, temps between 12°C and 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Winter Sports Parks
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EXIT Madrid ©
EXIT Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

4
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, pick up some local products at La Boqueria, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Barcelona trip app.

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Madrid in January: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

3
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.
Venice is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Canal Grande, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Venice day trip planning app.

Getting from Barcelona to Venice by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Barcelona in January, with highs in Venice at 9°C and lows at 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Florence is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, pause for some photo ops at Campanile di Giotto, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Florence sightseeing planning app.

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Venice in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Florence: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Ponte Vecchio ©
Ponte Vecchio

4
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rome visit app.

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January in Rome, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Amalfi.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

3
nights
Amalfi, Italy

Amalfi ©
Known for its impressive hillside cascade of colorful stone buildings down to the Mediterranean shore, Amalfi is the cultural and commercial heart of southern Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, get engrossed in the history at MAR - Museo Archeologico Romano, take in the exciting artwork at Miniaci Art Gallery, explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte di Suppraiano, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre di Grado, and finally don't miss a visit to Parocchia di San Luca Evangelista. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Ravello, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Belvedere Principessa di Piemonte, look for gifts at Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cappella Sant'Angelo all'Ospedale, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sorrow (Sancturio Maria Santissima Addolorata).

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Amalfi trip simple and quick.

Traveling by combination of train and subway from Rome to Amalfi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Rome in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Amalfi, with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amalfi

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Ravello, Praiano, Positano, S.Maria Maddalena
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 31:
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Grotte di Suppraiano ©
Grotte di Suppraiano
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

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