5 days in Italy Itinerary
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Mon, Dec 19 - Fri, Dec 23
Venice — 1 night
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 19th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and finally make a trip to Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, and finally admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco.
For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Venice itinerary planner.
Istanbul, Turkey to Venice is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Venice is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 1°C in Venice. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Florence.
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Florence — 1 night
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.
To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence day trip planning app.
You can drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Venice in December, expect nights in Florence to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can take a train to Rome.
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Rome — 2 nights
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, and finally contemplate the long history of Colosseum. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Spanish Steps, then take in panoramic vistas at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, and then admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.
For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Rome trip builder website.
Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
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Italy travel guide
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.