8 days in Chicago & Northwest Italy Itinerary

8 days in Chicago & Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Chicago, United States
— 1 night
2
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights

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Chicago, United States

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 3rd (Tue), get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo, thenstroll around Millennium Park, thenadmire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Reliance Building. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry and then don't miss a visit to Buckingham Fountain.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chicago trip planning website.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Chicago Midway International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport and South Bend Regional Airport. Expect a daytime high around °F in December, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo

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Venice, Italy

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the activities along Canal Grande and then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, thenexamine the collection at Doge's Palace, and finally take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Venice trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Chicago to Venice in 13 hours. Traveling from Chicago to Venice, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in December; daily highs in Venice reach °F and lows reach °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally contemplate the long history of Loggia dei Lanzi. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Campanile di Giotto, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, thenmake a trip to The Baptistery of St. John, thentake in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and finally explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Florence day trip tool.

Getting from Venice to Florence by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. When traveling from Venice in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Florence: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts

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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, thenmake a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and finally contemplate the long history of Colosseum. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and then steep yourself in history at Roman Forum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rome attractions planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. December in Rome sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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