8 days in Chicago & Northwest Italy Itinerary

8 days in Chicago & Northwest Italy Itinerary

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8 days in Chicago & Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
1
Chicago, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h
2
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Chicago, United States

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Chicago, United States

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 3rd (Tue), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Park Zoo, stroll around Millennium Park, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Reliance Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry and then admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Chicago holiday planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Chicago Midway International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport and South Bend Regional Airport. December in Chicago sees daily highs of 38°F and lows of 26°F at night. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Chicago

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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande and then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, and finally snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Venice trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Venice takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Venice: highs are around 49°F and lows about 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

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

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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 7th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Loggia dei Lanzi. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and finally explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Florence day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Venice, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Florence, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

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Rome, Italy

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 9th (Mon): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and finally steep yourself in history at Colosseum. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and then make a trip to Roman Forum.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rome visit planner.

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. December in Rome sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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