40 days in Italy & Slovenia Itinerary

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Palermo, Italy
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Malfa, Italy
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Lipari, Italy
— 2 nights
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Taormina, Italy
— 3 nights
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Syracuse, Italy
— 4 nights
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Catania, Italy
— 3 nights
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Bolzano, Italy
— 7 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Bled, Slovenia
— 6 nights
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Palermo, Italy — 5 nights

The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro. Step out of Palermo with an excursion to Duomo di Monreale in Monreale--about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Cattedrale di Palermo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of San Cataldo, contemplate the long history of Catacombe dei Cappuccini, and admire the striking features of Norman Palace.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Palermo tour builder app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Palermo is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Malfa.
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Malfa, Italy — 3 nights

Malfa is a comune (municipality) on the island of Salina, one of the Aeolian Islands, in the Metropolitan City of Messina, Sicily, southern Italy. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Area Balneabile di Pollara, savor the flavors at Pescheria il Granchio Intrigante, and then don't miss a visit to Spiaggia dello Scario.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Malfa online day trip planner.

Traveling by journey from Palermo to Malfa takes 6.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Malfa are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Lipari.
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Lipari, Italy — 2 nights

Lipari is the largest of the Aeolian Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the northern coast of Sicily, southern Italy; it is also the name of the island's main town and comune, which is administratively part of the Metropolitan City of Messina. Get outdoors at Lido Las palmas and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lipari: Isola Vulcano (Terme di Vulcano, Climb to the Crater, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mister Baffo Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di San Bartolomeo, explore the gorgeous colors at Cala Junco, and see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Regionale Eoliano.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lipari trip planner.

Traveling by journey from Malfa to Lipari takes 2 hours. July in Lipari sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Taormina.
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Taormina, Italy — 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa del Varo, walk around Villa Comunale, then delve into the distant past at Ancient Theatre of Taormina, then head off the coast to Isola Bella, and finally discover the deep blue sea with Blue Sea Diving Center. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Piazza IX Aprile, don't miss a visit to Corso Umberto, ponder the design of Quattro Fontane di Taormina, look for all kinds of wild species at Le Gole dell'Alcantara, then explore the stunning scenery at Gole Alcantara Botanical and Geological Park, and finally stroll around Alcantara River Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Taormina online trip builder.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Lipari to Taormina in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Syracuse.
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Syracuse, Italy — 4 nights

Pearl of the Mediterranean

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Ortigia and Ortigia Island Excursion. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Syracuse: Centro storico di Scicli - World Heritage Site (in Scicli), Noto (Centro Storico, Spiaggia Calamosche, &more) and Avola (Cavagrande del Cassibile & Chiesa di Santa Venera). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siracusa, look for gifts at Ara' espressione di idee, explore the ancient world of Temple of Apollo (Tempio di Apollo), and enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Fontane Bianche.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Syracuse planning website.

Traveling by car from Taormina to Syracuse takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Catania.
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Catania, Italy — 3 nights

Black Pearl of Ionian Sea

The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
Get outdoors at Mt Etna and Off-Road Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Catania: Etnaland (in Belpasso), Zafferana Etnea (Parco Comunale & Etna Passion) and Monastero Santa Lucia (in Adrano). The adventure continues: see what you can catch with Barca Lachea Tour, contemplate the long history of Piazza del Duomo, and ponder the design of Fontana dell'Amenano.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Catania itinerary planner.

Getting from Syracuse to Catania by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to fly to Bolzano.
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Bolzano, Italy — 7 nights

Gateway to Dolomites

South Tyrol's capital, Bolzano, has been named the Italian city with the highest quality of life.
Escape the urban bustle at Sass Pordoi and Val Gardena. Venture out of the city with trips to Area Natura Rio Bianco (in Stenico), Strada Della Forra (in Tremosine sul Garda) and Tenno (Parco Grotta Cascata Varone & Lago di Tenno). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Parco Naturale Puez Odle, get great views at Sentiero Viel del Pan, walk around Parco Petrarca, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentiero dei Fiori - Adamello.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bolzano road trip planning app.

Fly from Catania to Bolzano in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. Traveling from Catania in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Bolzano, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 3 nights

City of Romance

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Padua (Padua Botanical Garden - World Heritage Site, Basilica of St. Anthony, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, and make a trip to Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Venice tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Bolzano to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ljubljana.
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Ljubljana, Slovenia

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
On the 20th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ljubljana itinerary planner.

You can drive from Venice to Ljubljana in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Venice in August, with highs in Ljubljana at 31°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bled.
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Bled, Slovenia — 6 nights

The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Take a break from the city and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Soča Valley. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bled: Bohinjsko Jezero (Lake Bohinj, Savica Waterfall, &more), Kobarid (St Mary of the Assumption church & Kozjak Waterfall) and Church of St. Nicholas (in Spodnja Sorica). Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring nature at Triglav National Park. And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stroll through Straža Bled, admire the sheer force of Peričnik Falls, and get great views at Ojstrica.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Bled driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Ljubljana to Bled in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Bled, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ljubljana.
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Ljubljana, Slovenia — 3 nights

Escape the urban bustle at Postojna Cave and Škocjan Caves. Step out of Ljubljana with an excursion to Karst Museum in Postojna--about 40 minutes away. Explore Ljubljana further: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town, take in the views from Triple Bridge, and stop by lePotica Shop.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ljubljana road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bled to Ljubljana takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Italy travel guide

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Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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Isola di Salina travel guide

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Slovenia travel guide

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Sunny Side of the Alps
From snowcapped Alpine peaks to sandy Adriatic beaches, a trip to Slovenia is like taking several vacations at once. Whatever the season, the country offers enticing natural attractions, all close at hand, including thick forests, scenic valleys, cave systems, waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic coast. For those seeking an active holiday, you'll fine an abundance of ski slopes, trails to hike, roads to bike, and rocks to climb. Pay a visit to some of Slovenia's spa resorts and take advantage of the fresh mountain air and thermal waters. Various castles, churches, and historical towns--many of which are fully preserved--tell stories of the country's past. In Slovenia's major cities, admire the architecture, explore the local arts, visit museums, and chat with the locals over a cup of coffee. Slovenian cuisine offers a blend of Alpine and Mediterranean tastes and is definitely worth trying, along with the country's wines.
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