30 days in Italy Itinerary

30 days in Italy Itinerary

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30 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Rome
— 3 nights
Train + Subway:  2 h 45 min
2
Ravello
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Siena
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Lucca
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Griante
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Milan
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Florence
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
9
Bologna
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
10
Modena
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
11
Verona
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
12
Venice
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Los Angeles

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Palatine Hill and Pantheon. Piazza Navona and St. Peter's Basilica will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, make a trip to Roman Forum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, and admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome attractions planning website .

Los Angeles, USA to Rome is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Los Angeles in September since evenings lows in Rome dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

4
nights
Ravello

Ravello ©
Best known for its celebrated terraced gardens, Ravello is a hidden gem of Italy's Amalfi Coast.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Spiaggia di castiglione and Spiaggia Lannio. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Duomo di Ravello and Villa Cimbrone Gardens. Explore Ravello's surroundings by going to Positano (Bagni d'Arienzo & Fornillo). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Lido di Ravello, tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia di Atrani, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cappella Sant'Angelo all'Ospedale, and admire the striking features of Villa Rufolo.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ravello tour itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of train, subway, and taxi from Rome to Ravello in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Rome in September since evenings lows in Ravello dip to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Siena.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Positano, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, Spiaggia di Atrani, Spiaggia Lannio
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

3
nights
Siena

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Siena Cathedral and Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Siena: Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano) and Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona (in Castelnuovo dell'Abate). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Piazza del Campo, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and steep yourself in history at Centro Storico di Siena.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Siena route website .

Getting from Ravello to Siena by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, subway, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Siena when traveling from Ravello in September, with lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lucca.

Things to do in Siena

Wineries Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Guardastelle Vineyard, Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona
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Guardastelle Vineyard ©
Guardastelle Vineyard
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona ©
Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona

1
night
Lucca

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 13th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Le mura di Lucca, admire the landmark architecture of St Martin Cathedral, and then don't miss a visit to Torre di Pisa.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lucca trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Siena to Lucca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Lucca

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Leaning Tower of Pisa
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St Martin Cathedral ©
St Martin Cathedral
Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Le mura di Lucca ©
Le mura di Lucca

2
nights
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
On the 14th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Castello di Riomaggiore, hike along Cinque Terre Trails, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Bar Stella Marina. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco, then learn about winemaking at Terra di Bargon, then stroll through Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre sightseeing website .

Traveling by car from Lucca to Cinque Terre takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Griante.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails
Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church ©

1
night
Griante

Griante ©
Griante is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Como in the Italian region Lombardy, located on the western shore of Lake Como about 25km northeast of Como between Menaggio (to the north) and Tremezzo. On the 16th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Villa Carlotta and then enjoy the sand and surf at Al Puunt-Snack Beach Bar.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Griante trip app .

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Griante in 4.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Milan.

Things to do in Griante

Nightlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Villa Carlotta
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Al Puunt-Snack Beach Bar ©
Al Puunt-Snack Beach Bar
Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta

2
nights
Milan

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 17th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery, and then examine the collection at Castello Sforzesco.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Milan holiday site .

You can drive from Griante to Milan in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Milan are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Monumental Cemetery ©
Monumental Cemetery

4
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Galleria dell'Accademia and The Baptistery of St. John. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza della Signoria. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Florence online route planner .

Getting from Milan to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September in Florence, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Bologna.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

1
night
Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
On the 23rd (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Petronio, make a trip to Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, and finally steep yourself in history at Piazza Maggiore.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Bologna using our trip planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Bologna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Modena.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites
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Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano ©
Basilica di San Petronio ©
Basilica di San Petronio
Piazza Maggiore ©
Piazza Maggiore

1
night
Modena

Modena ©
Deemed the Capital of Engines, Modena is the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari and the headquarters of Italian sports cars.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Grande and then do a tasting at Acetaia Villa San Donnino.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Modena route planning tool .

Modena is just a short distance from Bologna. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Verona.

Things to do in Modena

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Acetaia Villa San Donnino ©
Acetaia Villa San Donnino

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arena di Verona and Museo di Castelvecchio. Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore and Piazzale Castel San Pietro will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Piazza delle Erbe, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Fermo, take in panoramic vistas at Torre dei Lamberti, and admire the striking features of Casa di Giulietta.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Verona online visit planner .

Getting from Modena to Verona by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries
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Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Piazza delle Erbe ©
Piazza delle Erbe
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica di San Marco and Doge's Palace. St. Mark's Square and San Giorgio Maggiore will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Canal Grande, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, admire the striking features of St Mark's Campanile, and explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

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

You can take a train from Verona to Venice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Venice, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

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

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