10 days in Italy Itinerary

10 days in Italy Itinerary

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10 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Florence
— 2 nights
2
Siena
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Bologna
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Cinque Terre
— 1 night
train + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Cape Town

2
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 Piazza del Duomo. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, get a taste of local nightlife at Gilli, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Florence journey planning app .

Cape Town, South Africa to Florence is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Florence due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in January; daily highs in Florence reach 13°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Siena.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria

2
nights
Siena

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): make a trip to Centro Storico di Siena, make a trip to Fonte Gaia, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Campo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Siena Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Battistero di San Giovanni, and finally stop by Siena Tartufi (truffle hunting). On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francesco, do a tasting at Cantina in Piazza, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Domenico, and finally pick up some new kitchen skills with Tenuta Torciano Vineyards.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Siena trip website .

Traveling by car from Florence to Siena takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Siena sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Bologna.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites Wineries Classes

Side Trip

Tenuta Torciano Vineyards
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Siena Cathedral ©
Siena Cathedral
Centro Storico di Siena ©
Centro Storico di Siena
Battistero di San Giovanni ©
Battistero di San Giovanni

3
nights
Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Get some historical perspective at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano and Piazza Maggiore. Venture out of the city with trips to Vignola (Rocca di Vignola & Massaggio Californiano). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Basilica di San Petronio, get outside with Torre Prendiparte, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimitero monumentale della Certosa, and join in the after-dark buzz at Caffe Rubik.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bologna journey planner.

You can drive from Siena to Bologna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Siena in January, with highs in Bologna at 9°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Spas Nightlife

Side Trip

Vignola
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Piazza Maggiore ©
Piazza Maggiore
Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano ©
Basilica di San Petronio ©
Basilica di San Petronio

1
night
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Cantina 5 Terre, then learn about winemaking at Terra di Bargon, then stroll through Cinque Terre Trails, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church.

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

Traveling by car from Bologna to Cinque Terre takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, Cinque Terre is a bit warmer than Bologna - with highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites Parks Trails
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Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails
Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church ©
Terra di Bargon ©
Terra di Bargon

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