22 days in Italy & Germany Itinerary

22 days in Italy & Germany Itinerary

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22 days in Italy & Germany Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Cologne, Germany
— Few hours
+3
train + Fly + bus + train:  12​h 15​min
End: Washington DC, United States


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3
nights
Rome, Italy

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, museums, nightlife, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, make a trip to Roman Forum, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Rome online visit planner .

Washington DC, USA to Rome is an approximately 13-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of subway, bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. April in Rome sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Florence is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, classes, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, and get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Florence trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. April in Florence sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Food Tours
Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Galleria dell'Accademia ©
Galleria dell'Accademia

1
night
Milan, Italy

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Milan trip planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Milan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Monumental Cemetery ©
Monumental Cemetery

4
nights
Venice, Italy

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Padua (Basilica di Sant’Antonio & Scrovegni Chapel). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Canal Grande, appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, and admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Venice sightseeing planning app .

You can take a train from Milan to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Venice sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Padua
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

4
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Munich is known for museums, nature, parks, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Marienplatz, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, and get curious at Deutsches Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Munich day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Munich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Venice in April, things will get a bit cooler in Munich: highs are around 57°F and lows about 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz

4
nights
Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Brandenburg Gate, examine the collection at Pergamon Museum, contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, and step into the grandiose world of Charlottenburg Palace.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Berlin road trip planning website .

You can fly from Munich to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Walking tours
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

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hours
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 1st (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cologne Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cologne trip planning website .

Fly from Berlin to Cologne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites
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Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral

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