18 days in Italy, Barcelona & Porto Itinerary

18 days in Italy, Barcelona & Porto Itinerary

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


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.
On the 18th (Wed), visit Campo del Ghetto, visit Cannaregio, then don't miss a visit to Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice road trip website.

Minneapolis, USA to Venice is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 7 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. You will leave for Florence on the 20th (Fri).
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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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, explore the world behind art 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): take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and then pause for some photo ops at Perseus Statue.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence trip planner.

You can drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can take a train to Rome.
Historic Sites · Museums
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Pieta and Wine Tours & Tastings. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, steep yourself in history at Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura, admire the striking features of Pantheon, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cupola di San Pietro.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rome holiday maker website.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Florence in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 58°F in Rome. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Barcelona.
Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours
Side Trip
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to El Born and Casa Mila - La Pedrera. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, stroll around Parc Guell, and make a trip to Placa d'Espanya.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can fly to Porto.
Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Walking tours. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, do a tasting at Porto Augusto's, walk around Parque da Cidade, and make a trip to Ribeira Square.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Porto itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Porto takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Porto. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Barcelona in May since evenings lows in Porto dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
Tours · Wineries · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips
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Italy travel guide

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.