8 days in Italy Itinerary

8 days in Italy Itinerary

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8 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
Foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Venice
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
2
Florence
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Rome
— 3 nights
Fly + Foot:  6​h
End: Birmingham

2
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.
On the 11th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Squero di San Trovaso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice trip builder app .

Birmingham, UK to Venice is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. In December in Venice, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): don't miss a visit to L’importuno di Michelangelo, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, and finally contemplate the long history of The Baptistery of St. John.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Florence trip planner.

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Venice in December: highs in Florence hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

3
nights
Rome

Rome ©
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, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, and admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. December in Rome sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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