16 days in Italy Itinerary

16 days in Italy Itinerary

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16 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Rome
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Naples
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Ravello
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Assisi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Florence
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Venice
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Colosseum and Palatine Hill are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and don't miss a visit to Roman Forum.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Rome is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In April, daytime highs in Rome are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

2
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. On the 29th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Cloister of Santa Chiara, then explore the ancient world of Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, and then delve into the distant past at Pompeii Archaeological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): do a tasting at Le Vigne di Raito, then shop like a local with Sol’Art Ceramiche, then steep yourself in history at Underground Naples, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museo Cappella Sansevero.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Naples tour planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Naples in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Ravello.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Vietri sul Mare, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, Pompeii Archaeological Park
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Parco Acheologico di Ercolano ©
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
Underground Naples ©
Underground Naples
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park

2
nights
Ravello

Ravello ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Otium Spa Costa d'Amalfi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cloister del Paradiso, get some fabulous bargains at Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal, then take in the exciting artwork at Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, and finally steep yourself in history at Duomo di Ravello. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Parrocchia San Giovanni, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lido di Ravello, then take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, and finally admire the striking features of Villa Rufolo.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ravello trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Naples to Ravello takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and taxi; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Naples in April since evenings lows in Ravello dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Amalfi, Otium Spa Costa d'Amalfi, Parrocchia San Giovanni
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Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello

3
nights
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Duomo di Orvieto and Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Civita di Bagnoregio and Basilica di Santa Chiara. Change things up with these side-trips from Assisi: Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore) and Pozzo di San Patrizio (in Orvieto). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Damiano, see the interesting displays at Museo della Porziuncola, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Superiore di San Francesco.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Assisi journey website .

Traveling by car from Ravello to Assisi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ravello in May, Assisi is slightly colder at night with lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Orvieto, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto, Civita di Bagnoregio, Cascata delle Marmore
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Pozzo di San Patrizio ©
Pozzo di San Patrizio
Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola
Civita di Bagnoregio ©
Civita di Bagnoregio

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally steep yourself in history at Loggia dei Lanzi. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Monumento a Dante Alighieri, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, then examine the collection at Pitti Palace, and finally don't miss a visit to The Baptistery of St. John.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Florence trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Assisi to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Florence are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Piazza San Marco and Ponte dei Sospiri. Take a break from Venice with a short trip to Castello Estense in Ferrara, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Cannaregio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

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Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Castello Estense
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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