18 days in Italy & Paris Itinerary

18 days in Italy & Paris Itinerary

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1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
2
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
3
San Gimignano, Italy
— 3 nights
4
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ile Saint-Louis and Seine River. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Chateau de Fontainebleau. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Musee des Emaux et de la Mosaique in Briare, about 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and examine the collection at Musee de l'Orangerie.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Paris. Traveling from San Francisco in April, things will get little chillier in Paris: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Musee des Emaux et de la Mosaique, Chateau de Fontainebleau
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica of Santa Croce and Basilica San Vitale. Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Campanile di Giotto. Go for a jaunt from Florence to Bologna to see Piazza Maggiore about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Florence sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in April, with highs in Florence at °F and lows at °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Piazza Maggiore, Basilica San Vitale
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Palazzo Vecchio ©
Palazzo Vecchio

3
nights
San Gimignano, Italy

San Gimignano ©
A historical gem in the heart of Tuscany, San Gimignano is known as the Town of Fine Towers for its jutting skyline of high city walls.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Piazza del Campo and Biblioteca Piccolomini. Get a sense of the local culture at Duomo di Siena and Torre del Mangia. Get out of town with these interesting San Gimignano side-trips: Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Siena). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of San Gimignano, admire the striking features of Walls of Monteriggioni, and learn about winemaking at Podere La Marronaia- Sosta Alle Colonne.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Gimignano trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Florence to San Gimignano by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. April in San Gimignano sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rome.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Historic Sites Wineries Tours

Side Trips

Siena, Abbazia di San Galgano, Walls of Monteriggioni
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Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Wine Tours & Tastings
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore and Trastevere. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and Pantheon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rome: Museo del Cioccolato Antica Norba (in Norma), Giardino di Ninfa (in Cisterna di Latina) and Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, appreciate the extensive heritage of Civita di Bagnoregio, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from San Gimignano to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Rome are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Museo del Cioccolato Antica Norba, Giardino di Ninfa, Cascata delle Marmore, Civita di Bagnoregio
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Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore ©
Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trastevere ©
Trastevere

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