8 days in Europe Itinerary

8 days in Europe Itinerary

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8 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Rome
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
3
Venice
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Toronto

2
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 Palatine Hill and Vatican Museums. Visit Piazza Navona and Roman Forum for their historical value. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Pietro, admire the striking features of Pantheon, contemplate the long history of Colosseum, and don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rome trip builder.

Toronto, Canada to Rome is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Rome due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in May, expect Rome to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, and finally see the interesting displays at Uffizi Gallery. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, and finally examine the collection at Pitti Palace.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, Florence is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

1
night
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 24th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Porta della Carta, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection and then get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice vacation planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May in Venice, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

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

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