13 days in Italy Itinerary

13 days in Italy Itinerary

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13 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Milan
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Venice
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
3
Florence
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h
4
Cinque Terre
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
5
Rome
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
6
Naples
— 1 night
Ferry:  1​h
7
Capri, Island of Capri
— 1 night
Ferry:  1​h
8
Sorrento
— 1 night
+4
Subway + Train + Fly + Bus + Subway:  18​h
End: Washington DC

1
night
Milan

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, then make a trip to Piazza del Duomo, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan driving holiday planning app .

Washington DC, USA to Milan is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Milan due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Milan are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sat) before leaving for Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Scala Contarini del Bovolo.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Venice sightseeing planner .

Take a train from Milan to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 55°F. You'll set off for Florence on the 6th (Mon).

Things to do in Venice

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

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Leaning Tower of Pisa. On the 6th (Mon), take in the views from Ponte Vecchio and then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Campanile di Giotto, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then make a trip to Piazza della Signoria, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, and finally admire the striking features of Leaning Tower of Pisa.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Florence attractions site .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Florence sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo
Ponte Vecchio ©
Ponte Vecchio

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.
On the 8th (Wed), take a stroll around Vernazza and then stroll through Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Florence to Cinque Terre takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Cinque Terre, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Vernazza ©
Vernazza

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Palatine Hill. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, and then admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Colosseum, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and then admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Rome holiday builder .

You can take a train from Cinque Terre to Rome in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rome when traveling from Cinque Terre in May, with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

1
night
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Pompeii Archaeological Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Pompeii Archaeological Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Naples trip simple and quick.

Traveling by train from Rome to Naples takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Naples are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Capri.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pompeii Archaeological Park
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Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park

1
night
Capri, Island of Capri

Capri ©
The island of Capri encompasses all the magical allure of the Mediterranean--dramatic blue waters, lush mountainous landscape, and picturesque island villages.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): make a trip to Piazza Umberto I, enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Grande Public Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at Giardini di Augusto.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Capri sightseeing planner.

You can ride a ferry from Naples to Capri in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 60°F. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Sorrento.

Things to do in Capri

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Marina Grande Public Beach ©
Marina Grande Public Beach
Giardini di Augusto ©
Giardini di Augusto
Piazza Umberto I ©
Piazza Umberto I

1
night
Sorrento

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.
You've now added Amalfi Coast Drive to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): indulge your senses at Amalfi Coast Drive.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sorrento tour itinerary app .

Sorrento is very close to Capri. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sorrento

Tours

Side Trip

Amalfi Coast Drive
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Amalfi Coast Drive ©
Amalfi Coast Drive

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