17 days in Italy, Croatia & Ljubljana & Central Slovenia Itinerary

17 days in Italy, Croatia & Ljubljana & Central Slovenia Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Pula, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Rovinj, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like National Roman Museum - Baths of Diocletian and Villa Farnesina. Do some cultural sightseeing at Scala Santa and Chapel of San Lorenzo and Vatican Necropolis. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Via dei Coronari, delve into the distant past at Tempio di Adriano, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Colle Aventino.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rome trip planner.

London, UK to Rome is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Rome. Traveling from London in May, expect Rome to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Milan.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Milan, Italy

— 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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 (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa Di San Magno, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Santa Maria di Piazza, get engrossed in the history at Museo Fratelli Cozzi Alfa Romeo, then contemplate the waterfront views at Parco Arcadia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Certosa di Milano, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Cristoforo sul Naviglio. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Museo Teatrale alla Scala, admire the masterpieces at Museo Pieta Rondanini, steep yourself in history at Porta Nuova, then examine the collection at Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Lodi, and finally examine the collection at Tempio Civico della Beata Vergine Incoronata.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Milan online trip planner.

Getting from Rome to Milan by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Venice, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Romance

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 12th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Oratorio di San Giorgio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Giustina, see the interesting displays at Museo del Precinema, then take in the architecture and design of University of Padova, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Maria of Servi, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria di Nazareth - Chiesa degli Scalzi. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio dei Greci, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pieta, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio (Zobenigo), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santo Stefano, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Pantalon.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Venice tour itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Milan to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. May in Venice sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 2 nights
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cankarjevo Nabrežje and St. Kancijan Church. National Museum of Contemporary History and Škofja Loka Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Mala Osojnica (in Bled) and Radovljica (Museum of Apiculture & St. Peter's Church). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, get outside with Balonarski Center Barje, explore the ancient world of City Museum of Ljubljana, and don't miss a visit to Old Square (Stari trg).

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ljubljana route planning app.

Traveling by car from Venice to Ljubljana takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Venice in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Ljubljana, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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Zagreb, Croatia

— 2 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take the plunge with a skydiving experience, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, examine the collection at Image of War - War Photography Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Zagreb Cathedral, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Medvednica. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Zagreb Orthodox Cathedral, examine the collection at Zagreb City Museum, admire the masterpieces at Atelier Mestrovic, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Arts and Crafts, then examine the collection at Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, and finally explore the world behind art at Art Pavilion (Umjetnicki Paviljon).

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Zagreb trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ljubljana to Zagreb takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In May in Zagreb, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pula.

Things to do in Zagreb

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
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Pula, Croatia

— 2 nights
It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
On the 19th (Wed), hunt for treasures at Pula's Marketplace, tour the pleasant surroundings at Debeljak Beach, see some colorful creatures with Scuba Libre Diving, then stroll the grounds of Naval Cemetery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady of the Sea (Mornaricka crkva). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Svetvincenat's loggia, do a tasting at Babos Wine, then explore the historical opulence of Byzantine Castrum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Felsen Strand, and finally explore the ancient world of Agrippina's House.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Pula trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Pula takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In May in Pula, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rovinj.

Things to do in Pula

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 18 — 20:

Rovinj, Croatia

— 2 nights

Istrian Venice

Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
On the 21st (Fri), kick back and relax at Mulini Beach, learn about winemaking at Stancija Collis, explore the historical opulence of Castle of Soardo-Bembo, then explore the ancient world of Dvigrad, and finally Head underground at Festinsko Kraljevstvo. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Monkodonja Hill Fort, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then do a tasting at Damjanic Wines, then make a trip to Town Clock, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Street.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rovinj day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Pula to Rovinj takes an hour. In May, daytime highs in Rovinj are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 22:

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Croatia travel guide

4.4
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.