52 days in Italy Itinerary

52 days in Italy Itinerary

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52 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Venice
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Verona
— 4 nights
3
Bellagio
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Florence
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Siena
— 3 nights
7
Rome
— 13 nights
train + subway:  3​h
8
Ravello
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
9
Positano
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
10
Naples
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: London


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5
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.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection and La Biennale di Venezia - Arsenale will appeal to museum buffs. Basilica di San Marco and Doge's Palace will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Area Naturalistica-Monumentale Isola dei morti (in Moriago della Battaglia), Le Tegnue dell'Alto Adriatico (in Caorle) and Pineta di Eraclea Mare (in Eraclea Mare). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square, and take a stroll through Cannaregio.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Venice planning tool .

London, UK to Venice is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Venice is 1 hour. In August, Venice is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 85°F and lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Area Naturalistica-Monumentale Isola dei morti, Pineta di Eraclea Mare, Angelo Vitturi, Le Tegnue dell'Alto Adriatico
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 27:
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

4
nights
Verona

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Get some cultural insight at Piazza delle Erbe and Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore. Take a break from the city and head to Parco Naturalistico delle Cascate-Family and Spiaggia Castelletto di Brenzone. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Verona: Mountbaldo (in Malcesine), Jamaica Beach (in Sirmione) and Garda (Lago di Garda & Al Corno Beach). There's still lots to do: see where the action happens at Arena di Verona, make a trip to Piazza Bra, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in panoramic vistas at Torre dei Lamberti.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Verona travel route builder app .

Getting from Venice to Verona by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to Bellagio.

Things to do in Verona

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Garda, Spiaggia Fonte Torrente San Giovanni, Jamaica Beach, Mountbaldo, Spiaggia Castelletto di Brenzone
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 31:
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Lago di Garda ©
Lago di Garda
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Piazza delle Erbe ©
Piazza delle Erbe

6
nights
Bellagio

Bellagio ©
Known as the pearl of Lake Como for its luxury accommodations, high-end shops, and fine dining options, Bellagio serves as the lake's premiere resort town.
Escape the urban bustle at Spiaggia Tranquilla and Bellagio Mountains. Shop till you drop at Abele Experientia Artis and Azalea - Silk of Como. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bellagio: Tremezzina (Villa Carlotta & Villa del Balbianello), Lake Orta (in Orta San Giulio) and Battistero di san Giovanni Battista (in Varese). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Riva Bianca Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at i Giardini di Villa Melzi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Giacomo, and do a tasting at Enoteca Principessa.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bellagio driving holiday tool .

Traveling by car from Verona to Bellagio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 64°F. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Bellagio

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Tremezzina, Como, Perledo, Chiesa di S. Abbondio, Battistero di san Giovanni Battista
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 6:
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La Punta Spartivento ©
La Punta Spartivento
Riva Bianca Beach ©
Riva Bianca Beach
Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta

2
nights
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
On the 6th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Giovanni Battista. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo Storico di Corniglia, then wander the streets of Portovenere, then hike along Cinque Terre Trails, and finally get into the urban bustle at Vernazza.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cinque Terre trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Bellagio to Cinque Terre in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September, daytime highs in Cinque Terre are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Portovenere, Galata Museo del Mare
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:
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Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Vernazza ©
Vernazza

6
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Relax by the water at Lido Di Camaiore and Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Canyon Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida), Accademia del Buon Gusto (in Panzano in Chianti) and Castello di Verrazzano (in Greve in Chianti). The adventure continues: get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Florence trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Cinque Terre to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Florence sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Siena.

Things to do in Florence

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Greve in Chianti, Castello del Trebbio, Poggio al Bosco, Canyon Park
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 14:
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Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

3
nights
Siena

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico and Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana. Get some historical perspective at Siena Cathedral and Centro Storico di Siena. Explore Siena's surroundings by going to Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona (in Castelnuovo dell'Abate) and San Gimignano (Torre Grossa, Historic Centre of San Gimignano, & more). Dedicate the 16th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Piazza del Campo, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Sansedoni, shop like a local with Silvia Tanganelli, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero di San Giovanni.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Siena tour itinerary maker .

Take a bus from Florence to Siena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rome.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites Tours Wineries

Side Trips

San Gimignano, Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:
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Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona ©
Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico ©
Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico

13
nights
Rome

Rome
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Via Condotti and ALEFBET. Galleria Borghese and Vatican Museums are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rome: Giardino del lago (in Anguillara Sabazia), Tivoli (Villa Adriana & Villa d'Este) and Le Ninfe (in Castel Gandolfo). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, get engrossed in the history at Musei Capitolini, and steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill.

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

Traveling by car from Siena to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Rome, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Vatican City, Tivoli, Giardino del lago, Le Ninfe, Stabilimento Balneare la Scogliera
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 30:
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Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

2
nights
Ravello

Ravello ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Cappella Sant'Angelo all'Ospedale, stroll through Lido di Ravello, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento Frati Minori Conventuali S.Francesco, then take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Ravello. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Le Vigne di Raito, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lido Capo di Conca, then see the interesting displays at Museo della Carta, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ravello online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Rome to Ravello by combination of train and subway takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Rome in September, Ravello is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Positano.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Amalfi, Lido Capo di Conca, Le Vigne di Raito
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:
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Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens

5
nights
Positano

Positano ©
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Head to Nana' Positano and Miniaci Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museobottega della Tarsialignea and MAR - Museo Archeologico Romano. Venture out of the city with trips to Sorrento (St Francis Church and Convent, Piazza Tasso, & more). Dedicate the 6th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Fornillo, get outside with Walk of the Gods, cast your line with a fishing tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Grande.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Positano trip itinerary planning app .

Positano is just a short distance from Ravello. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Naples.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Sorrento, Chiesa dei Santi Ciro e Giovanni, Cantine Marisa Cuomo
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 7:
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Walk of the Gods ©
Walk of the Gods
Fishing Charters & Tours

5
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pompeii Archaeological Park and Galleria Borbonica. Appreciate the collections at Museo Cappella Sansevero and National Archaeological Museum of Naples. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naples: House of the Skeleton (in Ercolano) and Ischia (Maronti Beach & Castello Aragonese d'Ischia). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Ruins of Herculaneum, look for all kinds of wild species at Posillipo, get a taste of the local shopping with I Presepi da Guinness, and take in the awesome beauty at Vesuvio.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Naples day trip planning website .

You can drive from Positano to Naples in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Expect little chillier evenings in Naples when traveling from Positano in October, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Ischia, Ercolano, Vesuvius National Park, Pompeii Archaeological Park
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 12:
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Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Museo Cappella Sansevero ©
Museo Cappella Sansevero
Galleria Borbonica ©
Galleria Borbonica

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