8 days in Italy Itinerary

8 days in Italy Itinerary

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8 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Rome
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence
— 2 nights
3
Venice
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Houston

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.
Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Trastevere, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, and make a trip to Piazza Navona.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary planner.

Houston, USA to Rome is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Houston to Rome due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Houston in December, with highs in Rome at 57°F and lows at 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

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Side Trip

Vatican City
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 23rd (Mon), view the masterpieces at Galleria FirenzeArt, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and finally don't miss a visit to The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Florence trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Florence are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

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

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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 25th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Venice trip itinerary builder website .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in December, expect Venice to be little chillier, temps between 49°F and 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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