11 days in Italy Itinerary

11 days in Italy Itinerary

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11 days in Italy Itinerary

Chicago
Fly:  20​h 15​min
Venice
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Florence
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Rome
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
Chicago

2
days
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 27th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Campo del Ghetto. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, admire the landmark architecture of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, admire the striking features of St Mark's Campanile, then contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, then explore the galleries of Doges' Palace, and finally take a stroll through Cannaregio.

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Chicago, USA to Venice is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. August in Venice sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Campo del Ghetto
St. Mark's Square
Canal Grande

2
days
Cinque Terre

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Fegina and then hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre.

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Getting from Venice to Cinque Terre by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daytime highs in Cinque Terre are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre

3
days
Florence

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Explore hidden gems such as The Baptistery of St. John and Castello del Trebbio. Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Castello di Verrazzano. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Poggio al Bosco (in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa) and Take Me Out in Tuscany (in Siena). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Uffizi Gallery.

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You can drive from Cinque Terre to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Cinque Terre in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Florence, with highs around 90°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Castello del Trebbio, Take Me Out in Tuscany, Castello di Verrazzano, Poggio al Bosco
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Castello di Verrazzano
Uffizi Gallery

2
days
Rome

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): delve into the distant past at Colosseum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Clement Basilica, and then stroll through Acqua e Sale - Stabilimento Balneare. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Pantheon, make a trip to Piazza Navona, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally explore the striking landscape at Passeggiata di Gianicolo.

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You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daytime highs in Rome are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Basilica di San Pietro, Acqua e Sale - Stabilimento Balneare
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Passeggiata di Gianicolo
Basilica di San Pietro
Colosseum

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