17 days in Italy Itinerary

17 days in Italy Itinerary

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17 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16​h
1
Rome
— 5 nights
train:  2​h
2
Florence
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
3
Pisa
— Few hours
train:  2​h
4
Cinque Terre
— 1 night
train:  5​h 30​min
5
Venice
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Verona
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Milan
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: San Francisco

5
nights
Rome

Rome
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get outdoors at Asd L'Aquila di Mare and Accademia dell'Avventura. Shop till you drop at Via Condotti and Vertecchi. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, and pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary maker site .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Rome. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Francisco in March since evenings lows in Rome dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Florence

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 L’importuno di Michelangelo. Head to Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri and M.G. Designfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Siena (Silvia Tanganelli & Nature & Wildlife Tours) and Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, and explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Florence day trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In March, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 42°F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Mon) before leaving for Pisa.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Siena, Castello del Trebbio
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace

few
hours
Pisa

Pisa ©
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Le mura di Lucca, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Battistero, and then admire the landmark architecture of Duomo di Pisa.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Pisa trip planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Pisa in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in March, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Le mura di Lucca
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Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa
Le mura di Lucca ©
Le mura di Lucca
Battistero ©
Battistero

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 17th (Tue), hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza and then get into the urban bustle at Vernazza.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cinque Terre online trip builder .

Traveling by train from Pisa to Cinque Terre takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Cinque Terre, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Venice.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Shopping Trails
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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Vernazza ©
Vernazza

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 Barovier & Toso. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Piazza San Marco and Campo del Ghetto. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the exciting artwork at Casa dei Tre Oci, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and shop like a local with Codex Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Venice travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Venice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Venice are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for the bus ride to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

1
night
Verona

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): admire the striking features of Casa di Giulietta and then experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona.

Make your Verona itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can take a bus from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Venice in March, things will get much warmer in Verona: highs are around 84°F and lows about 84°F. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Milan.

Things to do in Verona

Shopping Neighborhoods Nightlife
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Piazza delle Erbe ©
Piazza delle Erbe
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Casa di Giulietta ©
Casa di Giulietta

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Milan trip planner.

You can take a train from Verona to Milan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Verona in March; daily highs in Milan reach 57°F and lows reach 40°F. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

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