17 days in Charlotte, New York City & Italy Itinerary

17 days in Charlotte, New York City & Italy Itinerary

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17 days in Charlotte, New York City & Italy Itinerary

Start: Charlotte, United States
1
Charlotte, United States
— 1 day
Fly + Bus:  4​h 30​min
2
New York City, United States
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Bellagio, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
5
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train + Bus:  5​h
7
Ravello, Italy
— 3 nights
Subway + Train:  3​h
8
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Charlotte, United States


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Charlotte, United States

Charlotte ©
A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
On the 3rd (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Foundation For The Carolinas, then hike along Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve, then see the interesting displays at Hendrick Motorsports Complex, and finally test your team's savvy at Escape Kings.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Charlotte trip planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Charlotte

Wildlife Outdoors Trails
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Foundation For The Carolinas ©
Foundation For The Carolinas
Hendrick Motorsports Complex ©
Hendrick Motorsports Complex
Escape Kings ©
Escape Kings

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New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): wander the streets of Fifth Avenue and then admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, then wander the streets of Times Square, and then examine the collection at 9/11 Memorial.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City trip builder .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Charlotte to New York City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in New York City are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Times Square ©
Times Square

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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.
You'll explore and learn at Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Museo Ebraico di Venezia. Basilica di San Marco and Scrovegni Chapel will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, and take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice trip planner.

Getting from New York City to Venice by combination of bus and flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, Venice is a bit cooler at night with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Bellagio.

Things to do in Venice

Museums Historic Sites Parks

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Scrovegni Chapel
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Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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Bellagio, Italy

Bellagio ©
Known as the pearl of Lake Como for its luxury accommodations, high-end shops, and fine dining options, Bellagio serves as the lake's premiere resort town.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): kick back and relax at Lido di Lenno, get a taste of the local shopping with Abele Experientia Artis, then stop by Azalea - Silk of Como, and finally admire the natural beauty at i Giardini di Villa Melzi.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bellagio trip site .

Traveling by car from Venice to Bellagio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Bellagio, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Milan.

Things to do in Bellagio

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Lido di Lenno
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Lido di Lenno ©
Lido di Lenno
i Giardini di Villa Melzi ©
i Giardini di Villa Melzi
Abele Experientia Artis ©
Abele Experientia Artis

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Milan, Italy

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and finally don't miss a visit to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Milan road trip website .

You can drive from Bellagio to Milan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
Monumental Cemetery ©
Monumental Cemetery

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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Duomo. Museum-lovers will get to explore Pitti Palace and Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano) and Siena Cathedral (in Siena). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Florence trip website .

Getting from Milan to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. September in Florence sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Guardastelle Vineyard, Duomo di Siena
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Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

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Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Do your shopping at Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal and Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Spiaggia di castiglione and Lido di Ravello. Explore Ravello's surroundings by going to Fornillo (in Positano) and Le Vigne di Raito (in Vietri sul Mare).

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Ravello travel itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Florence to Ravello in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Florence in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 70°F in Ravello. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Positano, Le Vigne di Raito
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Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

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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.
Visit Palatine Hill and Vatican Museums for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Peter's Basilica and Piazza Navona. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Pantheon, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, and contemplate the long history of Roman Forum.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rome trip builder app .

You can do a combination of subway and train from Ravello to Rome in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Ravello in September since evenings lows in Rome dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

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