20 days in Italy Itinerary

20 days in Italy Itinerary

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20 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: McAllen
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Milan
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Venice
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
3
Florence
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
4
Naples
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Ravello
— 3 nights
Subway + Train:  3​h
6
Rome
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: McAllen

3
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Duomo di Milano and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milan: Museo Egizio (in Turin) and La Citta Alta (in Bergamo). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, contemplate the long history of Il Cenacolo, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca di Brera, and stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Milan online sightseeing planner .

McAllen, USA to Milan is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from McAllen to Milan. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from McAllen in December, with highs in Milan at 46°F and lows at 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

La Citta Alta, Museo Egizio
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Canal Grande and Ponte di Rialto. Take a break from Venice with a short trip to Arena di Verona in Verona, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Venice trip planner .

Traveling by train from Milan to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daytime highs in Venice are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Arena di Verona
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

3
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Attractions like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Campanile di Giotto make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Florence with a short trip to Leaning Tower of Pisa in Pisa, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, and don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Florence trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Venice in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Florence: temperatures range from 55°F by day to 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto
Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria

2
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Via San Gregorio Armeno, then explore the ancient world of Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, and then explore the ancient world of Pompeii Archaeological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at Museo delle Arti Sanitarie, examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, look for gifts at Cardine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museo Cappella Sansevero, and finally contemplate the long history of Underground Naples.

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You can take a train from Florence to Naples in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December in Naples, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ravello.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Pompeii Archaeological Park, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
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Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano ©
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
Museo delle Arti Sanitarie ©
Museo delle Arti Sanitarie

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nights
Ravello

Ravello ©
Attractions like Fornillo and Otium Spa Costa d'Amalfi make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Positano (Tennis Al Settimo Piano & Il Sentiero Degli Dei).

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ravello attractions planner.

Drive from Naples to Ravello in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and taxi; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ravello when traveling from Naples in January, with lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Praiano, Positano, Amalfi, Otium Spa Costa d'Amalfi
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Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Grotte di Suppraiano ©
Grotte di Suppraiano

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.
Bring the kids along to Colosseum and Palatine Hill. There's much more to do: admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rome day trip website .

Traveling by combination of subway and train from Ravello to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ravello in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Rome, with lows around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

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