52 days in Italy & London Itinerary

52 days in Italy & London Itinerary

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52 days in Italy & London Itinerary

Start: Raleigh, United States
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
2
Naples, Italy
— 3 nights
train + ferry:  5​h 15​min
3
Messina, Italy
— 3 nights
4
Palermo, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Bari, Italy
— 3 nights
6
Pescara, Italy
— 3 nights
7
Bologna, Italy
— 3 nights
8
Trieste, Italy
— 3 nights
9
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
10
Genoa, Italy
— 3 nights
11
Pisa, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
12
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
13
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
14
London, United Kingdom
— 8 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Raleigh, United States

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls and Piazza Venezia. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Popolo, steep yourself in history at Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rome online vacation planner .

Raleigh, USA to Rome is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Pompeii Archaeological Park, brush up on your military savvy at Galleria Borbonica, and then examine the collection at National Archaeological Museum of Naples. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Vesuvio, take an in-depth tour of The Neapolis Buried, then don't miss a visit to Oltre I Resti, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Cappella Sansevero.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Naples online travel planner .

Traveling by train from Rome to Naples takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Naples are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Messina.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vesuvius National Park, Pompeii Archaeological Park
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Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Galleria Borbonica ©
Galleria Borbonica
Vesuvius National Park ©
Vesuvius National Park

3
nights
Messina, Italy

Messina ©
Messina is the capital of the Italian Metropolitan City of Messina. Step off the beaten path and head to Isola Bella and Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Messina: Taormina (Villa Comunale & Corso Umberto) and Linguaglossa (Il vino della Rosa & Etna Donkey Trekking). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Messina, make a trip to Fontana di Orione, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Annunziata dei Catalani Church, and appreciate the history behind La Madonnina del Porto.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Messina holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of train and ferry from Naples to Messina takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Naples in September since evenings lows in Messina dip to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Palermo.

Things to do in Messina

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taormina, Linguaglossa
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Etna Donkey Trekking ©
Etna Donkey Trekking
Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella
Villa Comunale ©
Villa Comunale

3
nights
Palermo, Italy

The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Church of Jesus. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Santa Rosalia, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Conte Federico, head off the coast to Ustica, and contemplate the long history of San Giuseppe dei Teatini.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Palermo online attractions planner .

You can drive from Messina to Palermo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bari.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Food Tours
Cattedrale di Palermo ©
Cattedrale di Palermo
Norman Palace ©
Norman Palace

3
nights
Bari, Italy

Bari ©
Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the waterfront at Porto Vecchio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giacomo, admire the landmark architecture of Il Succorpo della Cattedrale di Bari, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica San Nicola, and finally pause for some photo ops at Statua di San Nicola. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, make a trip to Colonna della giustizia, then make a trip to Piazza Mercantile, then don't miss a visit to Piazza del Ferrarese, and finally don't miss a visit to Palazzo dell'Acquedotto Pugliese.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bari trip builder .

You can fly from Palermo to Bari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Bari are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Pescara.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Basilica San Nicola ©
Basilica San Nicola
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Il Succorpo della Cattedrale di Bari ©

3
nights
Pescara, Italy

Pescara ©
Pescara is the capital city of the Province of Pescara, in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ponte del Mare and Nettuno Beach Club. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Corso Manthone, don't miss a visit to Corso Umberto I, get engrossed in the history at Museo delle Genti d'Abruzzo, and take in the waterfront at Pescara I Trabocchi.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Pescara trip planner .

You can take a train from Bari to Pescara in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Pescara

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Museo delle Genti d'Abruzzo ©
Museo delle Genti d'Abruzzo
Ponte del Mare ©
Ponte del Mare
Corso Manthone ©
Corso Manthone

3
nights
Bologna, Italy

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano and Museo per la Memoria di Ustica. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita, get outside with Giardini Margherita, steep yourself in history at Torre Prendiparte, and get lost in a book at Biblioteca Salaborsa.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bologna trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Pescara to Bologna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Bologna, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Trieste.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums
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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita
Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano ©
Cattedrale di San Pietro ©
Cattedrale di San Pietro

3
nights
Trieste, Italy

Trieste ©
Trieste is a charming old town with a quiet atmosphere often compared to eastern European cities.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castello di Miramare - Museo Storico and Centrale Idrodinamica. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Civico Museo della Risiera di San Sabba, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden of Trieste, get to know the fascinating history of Palazzo Pitteri, and make a trip to Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Trieste trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Bologna to Trieste by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Trieste

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Castello di Miramare - Museo Storico ©
Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia ©
Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Photography Tours and Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, make a trip to Dorsoduro, take in the spiritual surroundings of Campo del Ghetto, and admire the striking features of Scala Contarini del Bovolo.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Venice trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Trieste to Venice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Genoa.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Photography Tours
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

3
nights
Genoa, Italy

Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Step off the beaten path and head to Boccadasse and Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Galata Museo del Mare, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato, admire the landmark architecture of Museo Diocesano Chiostro dei Canonici di San Lorenzo, and meet the residents at Aquarium of Genoa.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Genoa travel route planning tool .

You can drive from Venice to Genoa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Venice in September, Genoa is a bit warmer at night with lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Pisa.

Things to do in Genoa

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello ©
Boccadasse ©
Boccadasse
Galata Museo del Mare ©
Galata Museo del Mare

3
nights
Pisa, Italy

Pisa ©
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of San Frediano, make a trip to Piazza dei Miracoli, and then take in panoramic vistas at Leaning Tower of Pisa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, see the interesting displays at National Museum of San Matteo, see the interesting displays at Palazzo Blu, make a trip to Basilica romanica di San Piero a Grado, then don't miss a visit to Passeggiata sulle mura di Pisa, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Duomo di Pisa.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Pisa trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by train from Genoa to Pisa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Genoa in October, expect little chillier with lows of 54°F in Pisa. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Basilica of San Frediano
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 6:
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Piazza dei Miracoli ©
Piazza dei Miracoli
Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa
Battistero ©
Battistero

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Florence trip maker app .

Getting from Pisa to Florence by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. October in Florence sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 54°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 10:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Food Tours

4
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico and Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Spoleto (The Tower's Bridge & Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto), Villa d'Este (in Tivoli) and Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore). See some other sides of Rome: make a trip to Piazza Navona, admire the striking features of Vatican Museums, appreciate the history behind Estasi di Santa Teresa, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pietro in Vincoli.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rome tour app .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Spoleto, Cascata delle Marmore, Villa d'Este
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 14:
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Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi ©
Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi

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nights
London, United Kingdom

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and Regent's Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near London: Beachy Head (in Eastbourne), Arundel Castle and Gardens (in Arundel) and The Hawking Centre (in Doddington). There's still lots to do: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read London trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Rome to London takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rome to London due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rome in October, things will get a bit cooler in London: highs are around 61°F and lows about 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Southampton, Arundel Castle and Gardens, Beachy Head, The Hawking Centre
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 22:
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Food Tours
Speed Boats Tours

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