38 days in Italy Itinerary

38 days in Italy Itinerary

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38 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Rome
1
Rome
— 24 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Ascoli Piceno
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
La Spezia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Salsomaggiore Terme
— 1 night
+2
train + shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Naples
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
End: Rome

24
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
For shopping fun, head to Gelateria Panna e Liquirizia or Daidalos. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colosseum and St. Clement Basilica. Step out of Rome with an excursion to Blue Marilyn Sport in Lido di Ostia--about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Pantheon and look for gifts at Elena Kihlman Designer Concept Store.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rome trip maker tool .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport and Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Blue Marilyn Sport
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Clement Basilica ©
St. Clement Basilica

3
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Duomo di Siena. Head to Davide Cerasi Leather Boutique and Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novellafor some retail therapy. When in Florence, make a side trip to see Cose di Lana in Siena, approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, look for gifts at Citta del Sole Firenze, and ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence day trip site .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Florence, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Ascoli Piceno.

Things to do in Florence

Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Siena
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto

2
nights
Ascoli Piceno

Ascoli Piceno ©
Home to more than 200 towers during the Middle Ages, Ascoli Piceno has one of the most beautiful main plazas in Italy.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercatino Antiquariato - Ascoli Piceno Di Brandozzi Antonio & C. Snc, then look for gifts at Viale Moretti, then look for gifts at Rosita's Second Hand, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria della Rocca. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di Sant'Emidio and then look for gifts at Fabiana.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ascoli Piceno trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Florence to Ascoli Piceno in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to La Spezia.

Things to do in Ascoli Piceno

Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Benedetto Del Tronto, Chiesa di Santa Maria della Rocca, Fabiana
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Rosita's Second Hand ©
Rosita's Second Hand
Chiesa di  Santa Maria della Rocca ©
Cattedrale di Sant'Emidio ©
Cattedrale di Sant'Emidio

2
nights
La Spezia

La Spezia ©
La Spezia, at the head of the Gulf of La Spezia in the Liguria region of Northern Italy, is the capital city of the province of La Spezia.In terms of population, La Spezia is the second city in the Liguria region, preceded just by Genoa. On the 9th (Tue), stop by Le Terrazze, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico del Paese di Tellaro, and then get outside with Cinque Terre Trails. On the next day, stop by Stoppani & Peer - Drogheria Storica La Spezia, look for gifts at Camaldi Spezia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Giovanni Battista, then stop by Cantina du Sciacchetra, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco, and finally look for gifts at Il Bazar.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our La Spezia travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Ascoli Piceno to La Spezia by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in La Spezia are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Salsomaggiore Terme.

Things to do in La Spezia

Historic Sites Shopping Trails

Side Trips

Cinque Terre, Centro Storico del Paese di Tellaro
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Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails
Church of San Giovanni Battista ©
Church of San Giovanni Battista
Centro Storico del Paese di Tellaro ©

1
night
Salsomaggiore Terme

Salsomaggiore Terme ©
Salsomaggiore Terme is a town and comune in northern Italy. On the 11th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Pieve Romanica di San Giovanni in Contignaco.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Salsomaggiore Terme route planning site .

Drive from La Spezia to Salsomaggiore Terme in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Salsomaggiore Terme, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Naples.

Things to do in Salsomaggiore Terme

Historic Sites
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5
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pompeii Archaeological Park and Villa Cimbrone Gardens. Head to Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma and L'Arte della Ceramicafor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naples: Milleunaceramica (in Amalfi), Sorrento (Terrerosse Sorrento, Fattoria Terranova Shop, & more) and Positano (Theodora Moda Positano, Artigianato Rallo, & more). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Naples Oblige, get a taste of the local shopping with Via Toledo, and browse for treasures at Libreria Antiquaria Colonnese.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Naples route planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Salsomaggiore Terme to Naples in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Salsomaggiore Terme in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Naples, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Naples

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Positano, Sorrento, Ravello, Milleunaceramica, Pompeii Archaeological Park
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Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens

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