8 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

8 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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8 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Tampa
Fly:  18​h 45​min
Venice
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Florence
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Rome
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
Tampa

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.
On the 25th (Thu), browse the exhibits of Doges' Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and then explore the activities along Canal Grande. On the next day, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, admire the landmark architecture of St Mark's Campanile, then steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square.

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Tampa, USA to Venice is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tampa in May: high temperatures in Venice hover around 71°F and lows are around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

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Basilica di San Marco
Canal Grande
Porta della Carta

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Florence

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and then examine the collection at Uffizi Gallery. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace.

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You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

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Uffizi Gallery
Galleria dell'Accademia

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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 29th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Colosseum, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

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Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 57°F. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

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Colosseum
Basilica di San Pietro
Pantheon

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