18 days in Italy Itinerary

18 days in Italy Itinerary

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18 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  26​h
1
Rome
— Few hours
2
Naples
— 1 night
subway:  1​h 15​min
3
Sorrento
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
4
Amalfi
— 1 night
5
Catanzaro
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Taormina, Sicily
— 2 nights
+3
train + foot + bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Pisa
— 1 night
train:  3​h 15​min
8
Venice
— 2 nights
9
Moena
— 3 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
10
Como
— 3 nights
+2
train + shuttle + Fly:  26​h
End: Adelaide

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Rome

Rome ©
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 2nd (Sat): explore the ancient world of Colosseum, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, and then make a trip to Trevi Fountain.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rome online travel planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Rome is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Rome is minus 9 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

1
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Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): explore the ancient world of Pompeii Archaeological Park, learn about all things military at Galleria Borbonica, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Naples trip itinerary maker app .

Take a train from Rome to Naples in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Sorrento.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Pompeii Archaeological Park
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Galleria Borbonica ©
Galleria Borbonica
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park

1
night
Sorrento

A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sorrento tour planner.

You can ride a ferry from Naples to Sorrento in an hour. Other options are to take a subway; or drive. In May in Sorrento, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Catanzaro.

Things to do in Sorrento

Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings

1
night
Amalfi

Amalfi ©
Known for its impressive hillside cascade of colorful stone buildings down to the Mediterranean shore, Amalfi is the cultural and commercial heart of southern Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Parrocchia San Giovanni and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Amalfi day trip planning site .

You can ride a ferry from Sorrento to Amalfi in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Amalfi are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Catanzaro.

Things to do in Amalfi

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Ravello, Parrocchia San Giovanni
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Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Villa Rufolo ©
Villa Rufolo
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

1
night
Catanzaro

Catanzaro ©
Catanzaro, also known as the city of the two seas, is an Italian city of 91,000 inhabitants and the capital of the Calabria region and of its province.The archbishop's seat was the capital of the province of Calabria Ultra for over 200 years. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at Parco Commerciale Le Fontane, then don't miss a visit to Statua del Cavatore, then stroll around Parco della Biodiversita Mediterranea, and finally don't miss a visit to Ponte Bisantis.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Catanzaro journey app .

You can take a train from Amalfi to Catanzaro in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Amalfi in May since evenings lows in Catanzaro dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Taormina.

Things to do in Catanzaro

Parks Shopping
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Ponte Bisantis ©
Ponte Bisantis
Parco Commerciale Le Fontane ©
Parco Commerciale Le Fontane

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Taormina, Sicily

Taormina ©
With its warm island weather and cliffside location overlooking the Ionion Sea, Taormina has been one of Sicily's most popular getaway destinations since the early 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): go for a walk through Piazza IX Aprile, don't miss a visit to Corso Umberto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa del Varo, get lost in a book at Biblioteca Comunale Sant' Agostino, then walk around Villa Comunale, and finally kick back and relax at Isola Bella.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Taormina online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Catanzaro to Taormina in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Pisa.

Things to do in Taormina

Parks Nature Beaches
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Villa Comunale ©
Villa Comunale
Piazza IX Aprile ©
Piazza IX Aprile
Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella

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Pisa

Pisa ©
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): make a trip to Piazza dei Miracoli and then enjoy breathtaking views from Leaning Tower of Pisa.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Pisa road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Taormina to Pisa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or take a train. Traveling from Taormina in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Pisa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.
Find places to stay May 8 — 9:
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Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Piazza dei Miracoli ©
Piazza dei Miracoli

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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, and finally explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Venice online trip planner .

You can drive from Pisa to Venice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Moena.

Things to do in Venice

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

3
nights
Moena

Moena ©
Moena is a comune in Trentino in the northern Italian region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, located about 60km northeast of Trento. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Moena: Passo Giau (in Colle Santa Lucia) and Marmolada (in Rocca Pietore). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Centro sci di fondo Passo San Pellegrino - Alochet, don't miss a visit to Passo San Pellegrino, fly down the slopes at San Pellegrino-Falcade Ski Resort, and hike along Cima di Juribrutto e Alta Via della Mariotta.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Moena travel planner .

You can drive from Venice to Moena in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Moena can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Como.

Things to do in Moena

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Passo Giau, Marmolada
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Ski Area Alpe Lusia ©
Ski Area Alpe Lusia
Marmolada ©
Marmolada

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Como

Como ©
Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Villa Carlotta, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa Olmo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Como (Duomo). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Fedele, and then admire the natural beauty at i Giardini di Villa Melzi.

Make your Como itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Moena to Como in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Como are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Como

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tremezzina, Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto, i Giardini di Villa Melzi, Villa Rufolo
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Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta
Villa Rufolo ©
Villa Rufolo
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello

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