18 days in Italy, France & Barcelona Itinerary

18 days in Italy, France & Barcelona Itinerary

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18 days in Italy, France & Barcelona Itinerary

Start: Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhone, France
Drive:  1 h 15 min
1
Nimes, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Narbonne, France
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Turin, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
5
La Spezia, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
6
Lucca, Italy
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 15 min
7
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  30 h
End: Auckland, New Zealand


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1
night
Nimes, France

Nimes ©
Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
On the 7th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Temple of Diana.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Nimes itinerary planner.

Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhone to Nimes is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. In April, daily temperatures in Nimes can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Narbonne.

Things to do in Nimes

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Musee de la Romanite ©
Musee de la Romanite
Esplanade Charles-de-Gaulle ©
Esplanade Charles-de-Gaulle
Temple of Diana ©
Temple of Diana

1
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Narbonne, France

Narbonne ©
The Mediterranean city of Narbonne links to the nearby Canal du Midi and the Aude River by the Canal de la Robine, which runs through the center of town.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Paul, examine the collection at Musee Archeologique, steep yourself in history at Via Domitia of Narbonne, then contemplate the long history of Donjon Gilles Aycelin, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale St-Just.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Narbonne trip planning website.

Drive from Nimes to Narbonne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Narbonne can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Barcelona.

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Cathedrale St-Just ©
Cathedrale St-Just
Eglise Saint-Paul ©
Eglise Saint-Paul
Donjon Gilles Aycelin ©
Donjon Gilles Aycelin

4
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like El Born and Ciutadella Park. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, stop by El Barri Gòtic, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona trip builder website.

You can take a train from Narbonne to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Turin.

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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Born ©
El Born
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

2
nights
Turin, Italy

Turin ©
A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Piazza Carignano, then admire the masterpieces at Musei Reali, then contemplate the long history of Basilica of Superga, and finally make a trip to Galleria San Federico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Fondazione Accorsi Ometto - Museo di Arti Decorative, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria del Monte dei Cappuccini, then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Carcere Le Nuove, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cappella dei Banchieri e dei Mercanti.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Turin driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Turin in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in April; daily highs in Turin reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to take a train to La Spezia.

Things to do in Turin

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Basilica of Superga
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Basilica of Superga ©
Basilica of Superga
Cappella dei Banchieri e dei Mercanti ©

1
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La Spezia, Italy

La Spezia ©
La Spezia, at the head of the Gulf of La Spezia in the Liguria region of Northern Italy, is the capital city of the province of La Spezia.In terms of population, La Spezia is the second city in the Liguria region, preceded just by Genoa. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the views from Ponte Thaon di Revel, learn about all things military at Museo Tecnico Navale della Spezia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Nostra Signora della Neve, then examine the collection at Museo Civico Amedeo Lia, then examine the collection at Museo Del Sigillo, and finally hike along Monesteroli.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the La Spezia online day trip planner.

Getting from Turin to La Spezia by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Turin in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in La Spezia: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lucca.

Things to do in La Spezia

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Museo Tecnico Navale della Spezia ©
Museo Tecnico Navale della Spezia
Museo Civico Amedeo Lia ©
Museo Civico Amedeo Lia
Chiesa di Nostra Signora della Neve ©

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Lucca, Italy

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 16th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of St Martin Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Chiesa e Battistero di San Giovanni e Santa Reparata, steep yourself in history at Le mura di Lucca, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of San Frediano, and finally see the interesting displays at Puccini Museum - Casa Natale. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Torre delle Ore, don't miss a visit to Piazza Anfiteatro, then don't miss a visit to Via Fillungo, then admire the natural beauty at Palazzo Pfanner, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Guinigi.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucca sightseeing site.

Traveling by car from La Spezia to Lucca takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. April in Lucca sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Florence.

Things to do in Lucca

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Basilica of San Frediano ©
Basilica of San Frediano
Le mura di Lucca ©
Le mura di Lucca
Piazza Anfiteatro ©
Piazza Anfiteatro

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 18th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Campanile di Giotto. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Stibbert Museum, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, see the interesting displays at Museo di Palazzo Davanzati, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi.

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Getting from Lucca to Florence by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte

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nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Pieta and Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini. Step out of Rome with an excursion to Villa d'Este in Tivoli--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, admire the striking features of Cupola di San Pietro, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

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Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa d'Este
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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