18 days in Italy Itinerary

18 days in Italy Itinerary

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18 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Beijing
Fly:  14​h
1
Rome
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Assisi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Florence
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Verona
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Venice
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Positano
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Rome
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Beijing

2
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Palatine Hill and Piazza Navona. Shop till you drop at Soqquadro APS and Anelli.It. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, take in the exciting artwork at ALEFBET, explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and shop like a local with Trevimage.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rome driving holiday planning website .

Beijing, China to Rome is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Beijing to Rome due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Rome are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Assisi.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): do a tasting at Tili Vini Societa Agricola, stop by Assisi Jewels, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica inferiore di San Francesco d'Assisi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Chiara, then contemplate the long history of Eremo delle Carceri, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cripta di San Francesco.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Assisi trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Rome to Assisi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Rome in July since evenings lows in Assisi dip to 20°C. On the 1st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Wineries Shopping

Side Trip

San Francesco, Arezzo
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Tili Vini Societa Agricola ©
Tili Vini Societa Agricola
Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola

3
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Appreciate the collections at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Basilica di Santa Croce. Head to M.G. Design and Mercato Centralefor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida), Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano) and Castello di Monterinaldi (in Radda in Chianti). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Florence trip app .

You can drive from Assisi to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Florence

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castello di Monterinaldi, Poggio al Bosco, Guardastelle Vineyard, Castello del Trebbio
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

2
nights
Verona

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
On the 5th (Mon), explore the world behind art at AMO - Arena Museo Opera, explore the world behind art at Museo Canonicale, make a trip to Piazza delle Erbe, then make a trip to Torre dei Lamberti, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa di Giulietta, and finally experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Te, steep yourself in history at Museo di Castelvecchio, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, and finally look for gifts at Bike Evolution S. Zeno.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Verona travel route site .

Traveling by train from Florence to Verona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Verona are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Palazzo Te
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Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Museo di Castelvecchio ©
Museo di Castelvecchio
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Campo del Ghetto, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, then steep yourself in history at Doge's Palace, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Venice trip planner .

Take a bus from Verona to Venice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August in Venice, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Positano.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

1
night
Positano

Positano
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Positano trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Venice to Positano takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from Venice in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Positano, with lows of 26°C. You'll set off for Rome on the 9th (Fri).

Things to do in Positano

Tours Outdoors Transportation
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nights
Rome

Rome ©
Shop till you drop at Via Condotti and Porta Portese. Let the collections at Galleria Borghese and Teatro dei Dioscuri capture your imagination. Explore Rome further: admire the striking features of Pantheon, wander the streets of Campo de' Fiori, stop by Gelaterie Panna e Liquirizia, and steep yourself in history at Ghetto Ebraico.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Positano to Rome by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Roman Forum ©
Roman Forum
Galleria Borghese
Galleria Borghese

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