40 days in Spain & Italy Itinerary

40 days in Spain & Italy Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
2
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
3
Cordoba, Spain
— 1 night
4
Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
5
Malaga, Spain
— 3 nights
6
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
7
Varenna, Italy
— 3 nights
8
Barolo, Italy
— 4 nights
9
Cortona, Italy
— 3 nights
10
Montepulciano, Italy
— 5 nights
11
Montalcino, Italy
— 5 nights
12
Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy
— 2 nights
13
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights


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3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and then admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Casa de Campo, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and then examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid online trip maker.

Phoenix, USA to Madrid is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 8 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Phoenix in August, with highs in Madrid at °F and lows at °F. On the 7th (Sat), you're off to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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Seville, Spain

Seville ©
A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Seville is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Plaza de España, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, get outside with Paseo Alcalde Marques del Contadero, and see where the action happens at Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla.

Discover how to plan a Seville trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Seville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Seville can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can take a train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

1
night
Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba ©
Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
On the 11th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra, take a stroll through Jewish Quarter (Juderia), thendelve into the distant past at Roman Bridge, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, and finally don't miss a visit to Calleja del Panuelo.

For reviews and other tourist information, read Cordoba journey builder site.

Getting from Seville to Cordoba by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seville in August, you will find days in Cordoba are somewhat warmer (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Roman Bridge ©
Roman Bridge

2
nights
Granada, Spain

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Alhambra, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Generalife, and then admire the striking features of Royal Chapel of Granada. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, steep yourself in history at Mirador de San Nicolas, thenmake a trip to Plaza de San Nicolas, and finally wander the streets of Albayzin.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Granada travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Cordoba to Granada takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cordoba in August: highs in Granada hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Malaga.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Generalife ©
Generalife

3
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Malaga, Spain

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
On the 14th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Balcony of Europe, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Fundación Cueva de Nerja, thentake a leisurely stroll along Puerto de Málaga, and finally explore the activities along Rio Higueron. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Malaga Feria, admire the masterpieces at Museo Picasso Malaga, delve into the distant past at Teatro Romano, thentake an in-depth tour of Alcazaba, and finally contemplate the long history of Malaga Cathedral.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Malaga route maker tool.

Drive from Granada to Malaga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Granada in August, Malaga is a bit warmer at night with lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Milan.

Things to do in Malaga

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Nerja
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Alcazaba ©
Alcazaba
Malaga Feria ©
Malaga Feria
Fundación Cueva de Nerja ©
Fundación Cueva de Nerja

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, thenmake a trip to Piazza del Duomo, and finally get in on the family fun at Leolandia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Piazza Sant'Alessandro, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, and then step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Milan day trip tool.

Fly from Malaga to Milan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Malaga in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Milan, with lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Varenna.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Leolandia
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

3
nights
Varenna, Italy

Varenna ©
Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Get out of town with these interesting Varenna side-trips: Bellagio (La Punta Spartivento & I Giardini di Villa Melzi), The Anglican Church of the Ascension (in Cadenabbia di Griante) and Chiesa Sant’Andrea di Bonzeno (in Bellano). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Valchiavenna, pause for some serene contemplation at S. Giovanni Battista, and get a taste of the local shopping with Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Varenna online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Milan to Varenna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Varenna, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Barolo.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Bellano, Bellagio, Lake Como, Tremezzina, The Anglican Church of the Ascension
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Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello
I Giardini di Villa Melzi ©
I Giardini di Villa Melzi

4
nights
Barolo, Italy

Barolo ©
Barolo is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Cuneo in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 50km southeast of Turin and about 40km northeast of Cuneo. Explore Barolo's surroundings by going to Castello di Racconigi (in Racconigi), Castello della Manta (in Manta) and Piazza Galimberti (in Cuneo). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Cantina Francesco Borgogno, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Grinzane Cavour, don't miss a visit to Panchina blu di Chris Bangle, and take in the exciting artwork at Purpleryta.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Barolo trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Varenna to Barolo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. August in Barolo sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cortona.

Things to do in Barolo

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Castello di Racconigi, Castello della Manta, Panchina blu di Chris Bangle, Mondovicino Outlet Village, Piazza Galimberti
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Cantina Francesco Borgogno ©
Cantina Francesco Borgogno
Santuario Basilica di Montis Regalis
Santuario Basilica di Montis Regalis
Castello della Manta ©
Castello della Manta

3
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Cortona, Italy

Cortona ©
The hilltop town of Cortona gained international attention as the subject of the 2003 film "Under the Tuscan Sun." With the Chiana Valley and Lake Trasimeno as its backdrop, Cortona is one of Tuscany's hotspots for art and culture.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cortona: Monteriggioni (Castello di Monteriggioni & Walls of Monteriggioni) and Isola Maggiore (in Tuoro sul Trasimeno). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Diocesano, don't miss a visit to Piazza della Repubblica, shop like a local with La Torena Arte, and get engrossed in the history at MAEC - Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cortona day trip planner.

Getting from Barolo to Cortona by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Montepulciano.

Things to do in Cortona

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Monteriggioni, Famiglia Buccelletti Winery, Valdichiana Outlet Village, Isola Maggiore
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Famiglia Buccelletti Winery ©
Famiglia Buccelletti Winery
Museo Diocesano ©
Museo Diocesano
MAEC - Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca ©
MAEC - Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca

5
nights
Montepulciano, Italy

Montepulciano ©
Perched on a limestone ridge in the heart of Tuscany, Montepulciano is known worldwide for its production of red wine, the Vino Noble.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montepulciano: Fosso Bianco - Bagni San Filippo (in Bagni di San Filippo) and Terme di San Filippo (in Castiglione D'Orcia). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Az. Agr. Poliziano, make a trip to Piazza Grande a Montepulciano, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tempio di San Biagio.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Montepulciano travel route site.

Getting from Cortona to Montepulciano by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Montepulciano can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Montalcino.

Things to do in Montepulciano

Wineries Parks Spas

Side Trips

Pienza, Fosso Bianco - Bagni San Filippo, Spas, Terme di San Filippo
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Contucci ©
Contucci
Tenuta Valdipiatta ©
Tenuta Valdipiatta

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Montalcino, Italy

Montalcino ©
In the heart of wine country, the hill town of Montalcino offers a glimpse of untouched medieval-era Tuscany.
Get out of town with these interesting Montalcino side-trips: Terme Bagno Vignoni (in Bagno Vignoni), Crete Senesi (in Asciano) and Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta (in San Quirico d'Orcia). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Castiglion del Bosco, take in the spiritual surroundings of Collegiata di San Quirico, appreciate the views at Val d'Orcia, and pause for some serene contemplation at Abbazia di Sant'Antimo.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Montalcino day trip planner.

Getting from Montepulciano to Montalcino by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. September in Montalcino sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Civita di Bagnoregio.

Things to do in Montalcino

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trips

San Quirico d'Orcia, Buonconvento, Abbadia San Salvatore, Asciano, Terme Bagno Vignoni
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Castiglion del Bosco ©
Castiglion del Bosco
Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona ©
Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona
Podere Il Cocco ©
Podere Il Cocco

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Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy

Civita di Bagnoregio ©
Civita di Bagnoregio is a town in the Province of Viterbo in central Italy, a suburb of the comune of Bagnoregio, 1km east from it. Explore Civita di Bagnoregio's surroundings by going to Musei del Castello di Alviano (in Alviano), Lago di Alviano (in Guardea) and Palazzo Comunale di Vitorchiano (in Vitorchiano). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Riserva Naturale di Monte Casoli, get curious at Museo Geologico e delle Frane, admire the natural beauty at La Serpara, and see the interesting displays at MUVIS - Museo del Vino.

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Getting from Montalcino to Civita di Bagnoregio by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Civita di Bagnoregio are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Civita di Bagnoregio

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Civitella d'Agliano, Celleno, Castiglione in Teverina, Musei del Castello di Alviano, Riserva Naturale di Monte Casoli
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San Donato Church ©
San Donato Church
Lago di Alviano ©
Lago di Alviano
Castello Orsini ©
Castello Orsini

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, thendon't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, and finally steep yourself in history at Colosseum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and then don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome online travel planner.

Getting from Civita di Bagnoregio to Rome by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Rome are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) 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
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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