9 days in Venice, Lucca & Cinque Terre Itinerary

9 days in Venice, Lucca & Cinque Terre Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Venice
— 2 nights
2
Lucca
— 2 nights
3
Cinque Terre
— 3 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Canal Grande and Piazza San Marco. Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Verona (Arena di Verona & Museo di Castelvecchio). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, steep yourself in history at Doge's Palace, and take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Venice travel planning site.

Houston, USA to Venice is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 7 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Houston in July: high temperatures in Venice hover around °F and lows are around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lucca.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

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

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Lucca

Lucca ©
Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Pisa, enjoy breathtaking views from Leaning Tower of Pisa, stroll the grounds of Camposanto, admire the landmark architecture of St Martin Cathedral, thensteep yourself in history at Le mura di Lucca, and finally make a trip to Piazza Anfiteatro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Bagno Maurizio and then make a trip to Piazza dei Miracoli.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lucca road trip tool.

Drive from Venice to Lucca in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Lucca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pisa, Bagno Maurizio
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Bagno Maurizio ©
Bagno Maurizio
Le mura di Lucca ©
Le mura di Lucca
Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa

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Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
On the 9th (Thu), stroll through Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza and then look for gifts at Fannys Bazar. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Cinque Terre Walk and Drink and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bagno Maurizio.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre day trip site.

Traveling by car from Lucca to Cinque Terre takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around °F in July, and nighttime lows around °F. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bagno Maurizio
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Bagno Maurizio ©
Bagno Maurizio
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Fannys Bazar ©
Fannys Bazar

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