12 days in Italy Itinerary

12 days in Italy Itinerary

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12 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Venice
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Ravenna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Florence
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
4
Rome
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Riccione
— 3 nights
+2
train + shuttle + Fly:  7​h
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Venice journey planner.

Valletta, Malta to Venice is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Valletta in August, expect little chillier with lows of 22°C in Venice. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ravenna.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
nights
Ravenna

Ravenna ©
Famous for its wealth of original mosaics, Ravenna is a hub of artistic and cultural heritage.
On the 10th (Mon), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Safari Ravenna, see the interesting displays at Archiepiscopal Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi), then steep yourself in history at Basilica San Vitale, and finally don't miss a visit to Mausoleo di Galla Placidia. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Casa delle Farfalle, kick back and relax at Papeete Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe, then pause for some photo ops at Dante's tomb and Quadrarco of Braccioforte, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa dello Spirito Santo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Battistero degli Ariani.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ravenna holiday planner .

Drive from Venice to Ravenna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Ravenna, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Ravenna

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cervia, Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe
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Basilica San Vitale ©
Basilica San Vitale
Safari Ravenna ©
Safari Ravenna
Casa delle Farfalle ©
Casa delle Farfalle

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): admire the striking features of Loggia dei Lanzi, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and finally examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Campanile di Giotto, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Ravenna to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Adventure
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto

2
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 14th (Fri), ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, admire the striking features of Pantheon, then explore the ancient world of Colosseum, then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): explore the galleries of Vatican Museums, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre San Giovani, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rome trip maker app .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. August in Rome sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Riccione.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

3
nights
Riccione

Riccione ©
One of northern Italy's most popular seaside resorts, Riccione is known as the Green Pearl of the Adriatic for its tree-lined streets and numerous gardens.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Playa del Sol and La Spiaggia Malu 90 93. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Riccione: Grotte di Frasassi (in Genga) and Lungomare San Benedetto del Tronto (in San Benedetto Del Tronto). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Lido delle Sirene, tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia 53 Luciano e Renzo, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Acquario di Cattolica, and cool off at Altamarea Beach Village.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Riccione trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Rome to Riccione takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Rome in August, plan for slightly colder days in Riccione, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Riccione

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cattolica, Castello di Gradara, Grotte di Frasassi, Lungomare San Benedetto del Tronto
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Oltremare ©
Oltremare
Grotte di Frasassi ©
Grotte di Frasassi
Aquafan ©
Aquafan

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