18 days in Italy, Barcelona & Porto Itinerary

18 days in Italy, Barcelona & Porto Itinerary

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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Porto, Portugal
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Venice, Italy — 2 nights

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 18th (Wed): wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, wander the streets of Cannaregio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, and then explore the activities along Canal Grande.

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Minneapolis, USA to Venice is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Venice is 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F. On the 20th (Fri), you'll travel to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and then pause for some photo ops at Perseus Statue.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Florence trip maker site.

Getting from Venice to Florence by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 3 nights

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 La Pieta and Cupola di San Pietro. Dedicate the 23rd (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri.

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Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Florence in May, Rome is a bit warmer at night with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 4 nights

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to El Born and Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, don't miss a visit to Placa d'Espanya, and stop by Ciutat Vella.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona online tour planner.

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Barcelona are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to fly to Porto.
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Porto, Portugal — 4 nights

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Beer Tastings & Tours. Next up on the itinerary: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, learn about winemaking at Taylor's Port, don't miss a visit to Ribeira Square, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Carmo.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Porto trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Porto takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Barcelona in May since evenings lows in Porto dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
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Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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