16 days in Northwest Italy & South of France Itinerary

16 days in Northwest Italy & South of France Itinerary

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16 days in Northwest Italy & South of France Itinerary

Start: Tallinn, Estonia
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Bologna, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Assisi, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
Porto-Vecchio, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Tallinn, Estonia

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Venice, Italy

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.
On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant’Antonio, browse the exhibits of Doge's Palace, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then make a trip to Piazza San Marco, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Venice holiday planner .

Tallinn, Estonia to Venice is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Tallinn to Venice, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Tallinn in May; daily highs in Venice reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bologna.

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Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Padua
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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Bologna, Italy

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): make a trip to Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica San Vitale, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario di Madonna di San Luca. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Modena, contemplate the long history of Castello Estense, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ferrara Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Basilica di San Petronio.

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You can drive from Venice to Bologna in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Bologna are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ferrara, Ravenna, Duomo di Modena
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Basilica San Vitale ©
Basilica San Vitale
Duomo di Modena ©
Duomo di Modena
Santuario di Madonna di San Luca ©
Santuario di Madonna di San Luca

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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 20th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally contemplate the long history of The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): examine the collection at Pitti Palace, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, and then see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

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You can take a train from Bologna to Florence in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Assisi.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

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Assisi, Italy

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): make a trip to Eremo delle Carceri, explore the historical opulence of Rocca Maggiore, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, then contemplate the long history of Basilica di Santa Chiara, then examine the collection at Museo della Porziuncola, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cripta di San Francesco, contemplate the long history of San Damiano, explore the historical opulence of Rocca Paolina, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto, and finally steep yourself in history at Piazza del Duomo.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Assisi attractions website .

Drive from Florence to Assisi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Spoleto, Rocca Paolina
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Eremo delle Carceri ©
Eremo delle Carceri
San Damiano ©
San Damiano

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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano and Duomo di Orvieto. Get a sense of the local culture at Colosseum and Vatican Museums. Take a break from Rome with a short trip to Cascata delle Marmore in Marmore, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and delve into the distant past at Pantheon.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rome online travel planner .

Drive from Assisi to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Assisi in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rome, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Porto-Vecchio.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Duomo di Orvieto, Cascata delle Marmore
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

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nights
Porto-Vecchio, France

Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Get outdoors at Plage de Palombaggia and Piscines Naturelles de Cavu. Discover out-of-the-way places like Iles Lavezzi and Bonifacio Citadel. Step out of Porto-Vecchio with an excursion to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps) in Bonifacio--about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguilles de Bavella (Bavella Needles), kick back and relax at plage de Tamaricciu, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Porto-Vecchio online tour planner .

Fly from Rome to Porto-Vecchio in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. May in Porto-Vecchio sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Piscines Naturelles de Cavu, Aiguilles de Bavella (Bavella Needles)
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Plage de Palombaggia ©
Plage de Palombaggia
Piscines Naturelles de Cavu ©
Piscines Naturelles de Cavu

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