18 days in Italy & Ljubljana Itinerary

18 days in Italy & Ljubljana Itinerary

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
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Trieste, Italy
— 1 night
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Lucca, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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Ljubljana, Slovenia — 2 nights

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Ljubljana Castle, explore the activities along Ljubljanica River, then take in the views from Triple Bridge, then wander the streets of Ljubljana Old Town, and finally take in the views from Dragon Bridge. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Tivoli Park, then hike along Vintgar Gorge, then step into the grandiose world of Bled Castle, and finally step off the mainland to explore Bled Island.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ljubljana tour itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Ljubljana is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Ljubljana due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, things will get slightly colder in Ljubljana: highs are around 68°F and lows about 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Trieste.
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Trieste, Italy — 1 night

Trieste is a charming old town with a quiet atmosphere often compared to eastern European cities.
On the 2nd (Sun), don't miss a visit to Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia, pause for some photo ops at Le Ragazze di Trieste, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Carso Triestino.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Trieste online holiday maker.

Take a shuttle from Ljubljana to Trieste in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ljubljana in October, with highs in Trieste at 67°F and lows at 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Venice.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St. Anthony, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Venice journey planner.

You can drive from Trieste to Venice in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Rome.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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Rome, Italy — 4 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: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, and delve into the distant past at Colosseum.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Venice in October: highs in Rome hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Lucca.
Historic Sites · Museums
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Lucca, Italy — 3 nights

Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
Explore Lucca's surroundings by going to Pisa (Piazza dei Miracoli, Leaning Tower of Pisa, &more). There's much more to do: do a tasting at Fattoria al Dotto, make a trip to Piazza Anfiteatro, contemplate the long history of St Martin Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Pisa.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lucca travel route planning website.

You can fly from Rome to Lucca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in October, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 4 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 Siena (San Francesco & Wine Tours & Tastings). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence online visit planner.

You can drive from Lucca to Florence in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in October, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Museums
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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.