8 days in Italy Itinerary

8 days in Italy Itinerary

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8 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
train + foot + Fly:  13​h 15​min
Venice
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Florence
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Rome
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  12​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

2
days
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.
On the 11th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Doge's Palace, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square and then don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Venice road trip app .

Washington DC, USA to Venice is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Florence.

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St. Mark's Square
St. Mark's Square
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
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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 13th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia, explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Florence trip builder site .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

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Uffizi Galleries
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Galleria dell'Accademia

3
days
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get some cultural insight at Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, make a trip to Roman Forum, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rome when traveling from Florence in May, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
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