19 days in Italy Itinerary

19 days in Italy Itinerary

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19 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  17​h
1
Florence
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
2
Venice
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Trento
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Assisi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Rome
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
6
Naples
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Cape Town

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Explore hidden gems such as Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Get some cultural insight at Centro Storico and Abbazia di San Galgano. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Pisa (Battistero & Duomo di Pisa). It doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nazionale del Bargello.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence trip builder tool .

Cape Town, South Africa to Florence is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Cape Town to Florence, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February, Florence is colder than Cape Town - with highs of 14°C and lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Pisa, Historic Centre of San Gimignano, Abbazia di San Galgano
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Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant’Antonio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at T Fondaco Dei Tedeschi, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, admire the landmark architecture of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Scuola Grande di San Rocco, then take a stroll through Cannaregio, and finally take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Venice journey planner.

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February in Venice, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Trento.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Padua
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Scrovegni Chapel ©
Scrovegni Chapel
Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco

2
nights
Trento

Trento ©
Tyrol's capital and one of the nation's wealthiest cities, Trento serves as the commercial and cultural center of the region.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Krippenmuseum Muri-Gries, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario di San Romedio, then admire the masterpieces at Castello del Buonconsiglio Monumenti e Collezioni Provinciali, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Duomo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Duomo Maria Assunta, appreciate the extensive heritage of Merano Centro Storico, and then engage your brain at MUSE - Museo delle Scienze.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Trento sightseeing planner .

Drive from Venice to Trento in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Trento

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Bolzano, Santuario di San Romedio, Merano Centro Storico
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Santuario di San Romedio ©
Santuario di San Romedio
Merano Centro Storico ©
Merano Centro Storico

3
nights
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Duomo di Orvieto and Basilica di Santa Chiara are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola and San Damiano will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Assisi side-trips: Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto (in Spoleto), Pozzo di San Patrizio (in Orvieto) and Paper and Watermark Museum Fabriano (in Fabriano). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo della Porziuncola, contemplate the long history of Eremo delle Carceri, step into the grandiose world of Rocca Paolina, and admire the masterpieces at Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Assisi trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Trento to Assisi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Trento in February since evenings lows in Assisi dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rome.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Orvieto, Perugia, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto, Paper and Watermark Museum Fabriano
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Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola
San Damiano ©
San Damiano

3
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 some cultural insight at Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico and Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Visit Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli and Villa d'Este for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Museo Storico Piana delle Orme (in Borgo Faiti) and Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica (in Ostia Antica). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini, admire the striking features of Villa Borghese, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Assisi to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in February, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Museo Storico Piana delle Orme, Villa d'Este, Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica
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Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica ©
Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica
Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls ©

5
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Get a sense of the local culture at Parco Acheologico di Ercolano and Castello Aragonese d'Ischia. Step off the beaten path and head to Galleria Borbonica and Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli. Venture out of the city with trips to Capri (Giardini di Augusto & I Faraglioni), Anacapri (Chiesa di Santa Sofia, Villa San Michele, & more) and Paestum Ruins (in Paestum). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Museo del Tesoro di San Gennaro, examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, and steep yourself in history at Underground Naples.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Naples trip builder tool .

Getting from Rome to Naples by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February in Naples, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Anacapri, Capri, Paestum Ruins, Castello Aragonese d'Ischia, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
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Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli ©
Castello Aragonese d'Ischia ©
Castello Aragonese d'Ischia
Galleria Borbonica ©
Galleria Borbonica

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