8 days in Italy Itinerary

8 days in Italy Itinerary

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8 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Rome
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Venice
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Rome

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, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and explore the ancient world of Pantheon.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rome day trip planning app .

San Francisco, USA to Rome is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Rome. Traveling from San Francisco in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Rome: highs are around 89°F and lows about 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, then admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, contemplate the long history of The Baptistery of St. John, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, and finally examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Florence online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 65°F in Florence. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the activities along Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and then examine the collection at Doge's Palace.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Venice tour planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. July in Venice sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 67°F at night. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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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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