17 days in Italy Itinerary

17 days in Italy Itinerary

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17 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Venice
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Florence
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Rome
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Boston

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Piazza San Marco and Basilica di San Marco. Step out of the city life by going to Lido and Laguna di Bibione. Venture out of the city with trips to La spiaggia di Pluto (in Bibione) and Padua (Piazza dei Signori, Prato della Valle, &more). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Cannaregio, get to know the fascinating history of Campo del Ghetto, take in panoramic vistas at Torre dell'Orologio, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Venice day trip planning site.

Boston, USA to Venice is an approximately 12.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Padua, Bibione
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

6
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri and Mercato Centrale. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Duomo di Pisa and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Pisa (Knights’ Square, Baptistery of St. John, &more) and San Gimignano (San Gimignano 1300, Piazza della Cisterna, &more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the masterpieces at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence visit planner.

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Pisa, San Gimignano
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
San Gimignano Bell Tower ©
San Gimignano Bell Tower

4
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cupola di San Pietro and Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli. Head to Via Condotti and Antica Frutteria delle Coppellefor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, make a trip to Piazza Venezia, and delve into the distant past at Colosseum.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rome tour itinerary planner.

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

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