46 days in Italy & Australia Itinerary

46 days in Italy & Australia Itinerary

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46 days in Italy & Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  27​h
1
Catania, Italy
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h
2
Vietri sul Mare, Italy
— 4 nights
Ferry:  1​h 30​min
3
Positano, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Assisi, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
7
Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
8
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h
9
Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
10
Port Douglas, Australia
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
11
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

1
night
Catania, Italy

Catania ©
The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
On the 2nd (Wed), learn about winemaking at Gambino Vini.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Catania sightseeing planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Catania is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Catania due to the time zone difference. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll travel to Vietri sul Mare.

Things to do in Catania

Wineries

Side Trip

Gambino Vini
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Gambino Vini ©
Gambino Vini

4
nights
Vietri sul Mare, Italy

Vietri sul Mare ©
Vietri sul Mare is a town and comune in the province of Salerno, in the Campania region of southern Italy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vietri sul Mare: Maiori (Castello di San Nicola de Thoro-Plano & Sentiero dei Limoni), Minori (Liquorificio Mansi Carlo, Piazza centrale minori, & more) and Spiaggia di Atrani (in Atrani). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Pompeii Archaeological Park, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Guariglia, take an in-depth tour of Museo provinciale della Ceramica, and enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Lannio.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Vietri sul Mare trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Catania to Vietri sul Mare. September in Vietri sul Mare sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Positano.

Things to do in Vietri sul Mare

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Maiori, Minori, Spiaggia Lannio, Spiaggia di Atrani, Spiaggia di castiglione
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Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Spiaggia di Atrani
Spiaggia di Atrani

5
nights
Positano, Italy

Positano ©
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Positano: Lido di Ravello (in Castiglione), Ravello (Villa Rufolo, Duomo di Ravello, & more) and Amalfi (Wine Tours & Tastings, Speed Boats Tours, & more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Fornillo, get great views at Il Sentiero Degli Dei, look for gifts at Nana' Positano, and appreciate the history behind Fontana sant'Andrea.

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Traveling by ferry from Vietri sul Mare to Positano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Rome.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Amalfi, Ravello, Praiano
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Speed Boats Tours
Il Sentiero Degli Dei ©
Il Sentiero Degli Dei

5
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, and admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

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You can drive from Positano to Rome in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Positano in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Rome, with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Assisi.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 17:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

3
nights
Assisi, Italy

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Get out of town with these interesting Assisi side-trips: Famiglia Buccelletti Winery (in Castiglion Fiorentino) and Montioni Frantoio e Cantina (in Montefalco). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, explore the world behind art at Museo-Laboratorio di Vetrate Artistiche Moretti Caselli, and steep yourself in history at Eremo delle Carceri.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Assisi holiday maker site .

Traveling by car from Rome to Assisi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in Assisi

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Museo-Laboratorio di Vetrate Artistiche Moretti Caselli, Montioni Frantoio e Cantina, Famiglia Buccelletti Winery
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Tili Vini Societa Agricola ©
Tili Vini Societa Agricola
Eremo delle Carceri ©
Eremo delle Carceri

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa), Siena (Piazza del Campo, Battistero di San Giovanni, & more) and Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Florence day trip site .

You can drive from Assisi to Florence in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September, daytime highs in Florence are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Siena, Guardastelle Vineyard, Leaning Tower of Pisa
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 25:
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Guardastelle Vineyard ©
Guardastelle Vineyard
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

5
nights
Venice, Italy

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Padua (Basilica di Sant’Antonio & Scrovegni Chapel) and Verona (Arena di Verona, Piazza delle Erbe, & more). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take a tour by water with Like a Venetian, don't miss a visit to St Mark's Campanile, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Venice journey tool .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Verona, Padua
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
nights
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.
On the 1st (Thu), admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, then browse the collection at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, and finally stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Castello Sforzesco and then get outside with Aero Club Monte Cornizzolo.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Milan day trip website .

Getting from Venice to Milan by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. September in Milan sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Aero Club Monte Cornizzolo
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

3
nights
Cairns, Australia

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Spas in Palm Cove, approximately 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Munro Martin Parklands, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Blue Arrow Circuit, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Cairns trip planner .

You can fly from Milan to Cairns in 23 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Milan to Cairns is 9 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Milan in October, with highs in Cairns at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Barron Gorge National Park, Spas, Earl Hill
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 7:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas
Barron Gorge National Park ©
Barron Gorge National Park

4
nights
Port Douglas, Australia

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Cape Tribulation (Marrdja Botanical Walk, Cape Trib Farm, & more). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, stop by With Sugar, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary app .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

4
nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sydney day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in October, with highs in Sydney at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 16:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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