17 days in Italy, San Francisco Bay Area & Mediterranean & Karst Slovenia Itinerary

17 days in Italy, San Francisco Bay Area & Mediterranean & Karst Slovenia Itinerary

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San Francisco, United States
— 2 nights
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Trieste, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Postojna, Slovenia
— 1 night
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
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San Francisco, United States — 2 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, visit Fisherman's Wharf, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco attractions planning tool.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and Travis Air Force Base. In October, daytime highs in San Francisco are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Trieste.
Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Trieste, Italy — 2 nights

Trieste is a charming old town with a quiet atmosphere often compared to eastern European cities.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Aquileia, get a dose of the wild on Grotta Torri di Slivia - Tour, and then don't miss a visit to Centrale Idrodinamica. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia, then ponder the world of politics at Palazzo del Lloyd Triestino (oggi della Giunta Regionale), and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Carso Triestino.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Trieste trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Trieste by flight takes about 17 hours. Traveling from San Francisco to Trieste, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Trieste: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Postojna.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours
Side Trips
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Postojna, Slovenia — 1 night

With its friendly atmosphere, breathtaking landscapes, natural phenomena, and historical monuments, Postojna offers everything you need for a peaceful vacation or a quick getaway from the city.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Postojna Cave, step into the grandiose world of Predjama Castle, then take in the exciting artwork at Tourist Information Centre - Galerija, and finally look for gifts at Guštarna.

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Traveling by car from Trieste to Postojna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Trieste in October, things will get little chillier in Postojna: highs are around 60°F and lows about 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Venice.
Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
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Venice, Italy — 2 nights

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.
On the 13th (Thu), browse the exhibits of Doge's Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, steep yourself in history at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of St. Anthony.

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Traveling by car from Postojna to Venice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Postojna in October; daily highs in Venice reach 66°F and lows reach 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Rome.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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Rome, Italy — 3 nights

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, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, explore the ancient world of Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, and steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica.

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Traveling by flight from Venice to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Venice in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rome: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Florence.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip
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Florence, Italy — 5 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona (in Castelnuovo dell'Abate), Pisa (Leaning Tower of Pisa & Museo Aviotruppe Esercito Italiano) and Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana (in Siena). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, learn about winemaking at Castello del Trebbio, step into the grandiose world of Palazzo Vecchio, and snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Florence route builder website.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in October, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping
Side Trips
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Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.