43 days in Italy Itinerary

43 days in Italy Itinerary

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43 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  25​h
1
Rome
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
La Spezia
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Padua
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
4
Venice
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Lecce
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Matera
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Alberobello
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Sorrento
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
9
Siena
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Rome
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne


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4
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Forum of Augustus as well as Circus Maximus. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, and don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps.

Plan trip to Rome with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Melbourne, Australia to Rome is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: high temperatures in Rome hover around 32°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can take a train to La Spezia.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

7
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. Explore La Spezia's surroundings by going to Pisa (Camposanto, Duomo di Pisa, & more), Vernazza (in Vernazza) and Genoa (Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, Aquarium of Genoa, & more). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, take a stroll through Portovenere, don't miss a visit to Piazza Anfiteatro, and take in panoramic vistas at Torre Guinigi.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our La Spezia trip itinerary planning tool .

Take a train from Rome to La Spezia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in La Spezia are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Padua.

Things to do in La Spezia

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cinque Terre, Pisa, Lucca, Genoa, Portovenere
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Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Aquarium of Genoa ©
Aquarium of Genoa

3
nights
Padua

Padua ©
Padua is a picturesque city with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze (squares).
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Orto Botanico di Padova, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel, and then explore the ancient world of Teatro Anatomico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Castello Estense, admire the striking features of Palazzo delle Debite, get a sense of history and politics at Ragione Palace, then make a trip to Prato della Valle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant’Antonio.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Padua online visit planner .

You can drive from La Spezia to Padua in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from La Spezia in September, you will find days in Padua are a bit cooler (25°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Padua

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trip

Castello Estense
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Scrovegni Chapel ©
Scrovegni Chapel
Basilica di Sant’Antonio ©
Basilica di Sant’Antonio
Food Tours

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.
Venice is known for historic sites, museums, nature, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, and explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Venice trip itinerary site .

Venice is very close to Padua. Traveling from Padua in September, expect nights in Venice to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lecce.

Things to do in Venice

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

3
nights
Lecce

Lecce ©
Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lecce: Maldive del Salento Pescoluse (in Pescoluse), Centro Storico Otranto (in Otranto) and Lido Punta della Suina (in Gallipoli). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Centro Storico, Lecce, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Lecce, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cripta del Crocifisso, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lecce vacation tool .

Getting from Venice to Lecce by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Matera.

Things to do in Lecce

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cripta del Crocifisso, Lido Punta della Suina, Centro Storico Otranto, Maldive del Salento Pescoluse
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Duomo di Lecce ©
Duomo di Lecce
Centro Storico Otranto ©
Centro Storico Otranto
Centro Storico, Lecce ©
Centro Storico, Lecce

2
nights
Matera

Matera ©
Famous for its resemblance to the ancient settlements of Jerusalem and Cappadocia, Matera remains one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.
On the 21st (Mon), don't miss a visit to Palombaro Lungo, examine the collection at Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina, see the interesting displays at Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, then don't miss a visit to Casa Noha, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Sassi di Matera. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Cripta del Peccato Originale, see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Metaponto, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Madonna delle Virtu Nuova, then walk around Parco della Murgia Materana, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cattedrale di Matera.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Matera day trip tool .

Getting from Lecce to Matera by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Matera can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Alberobello.

Things to do in Matera

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Metaponto
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Sassi di Matera ©
Sassi di Matera
Cattedrale di Matera ©
Cattedrale di Matera

1
night
Alberobello

Alberobello ©
Alberobello is a small town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Zoosafari, then don't miss a visit to Parrocchia Sant'Antonio di Padova, then admire the striking features of I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site, and finally examine the collection at Trullo Sovrano.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Alberobello trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Matera to Alberobello in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sorrento.

Things to do in Alberobello

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zoosafari
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Zoosafari ©
Zoosafari
Parrocchia Sant'Antonio di Padova ©
Parrocchia Sant'Antonio di Padova

7
nights
Sorrento

A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sorrento: Positano (Fornillo & Il Sentiero Degli Dei), Paestum Ruins (in Paestum) and Amalfi (Cloister del Paradiso, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, & more). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Pompeii Archaeological Park, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sorrento road trip site .

You can drive from Alberobello to Sorrento in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or do a combination of train and subway. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Alberobello in September since evenings lows in Sorrento dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Siena.

Things to do in Sorrento

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Positano, Amalfi, Pompeii Archaeological Park, Duomo di Salerno, Paestum Ruins
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Food Tours
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Fornillo ©
Fornillo

7
nights
Siena

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Venture out of the city with trips to Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino), San Gimignano (Historic Centre of San Gimignano & Guardastelle Vineyard) and Cascate del Mulino (in Saturnia). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Piazza del Campo, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, admire the masterpieces at Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Siena trip planner .

Getting from Sorrento to Siena by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and train; or do a combination of subway, train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Sorrento in October, Siena is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Thu) before leaving for Rome.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites Tours Wineries

Side Trips

San Gimignano, Cascate del Mulino, Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona, Abbazia di San Galgano
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Guardastelle Vineyard ©
Guardastelle Vineyard
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena

3
nights
Rome

Your list of things to see and do now includes Ghetto Ebraico, Villa Adriana, Forum of Augustus, and other attractions. See some other sides of Rome: admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, browse the exhibits of Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip maker .

You can drive from Siena to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 11th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Tivoli
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Food Tours
Galleria Borghese
Galleria Borghese
Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo ©

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