8 days in Houston & Italy Itinerary

8 days in Houston & Italy Itinerary

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

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Houston, United States

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): browse the collection at Lanier Theological Library, identify plant and animal life at Houston Audubon, then stroll the grounds of Glenwood Cemetery, and finally test your problem-solving skills at Escape Hunt.

To find ratings and other tourist information, refer to the Houston trip itinerary maker tool.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are George Bush Intercontinental Houston Airport, William P Hobby Airport and Scholes International At Galveston Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Houston can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Houston

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks
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Houston Audubon ©
Houston Audubon
Escape Hunt ©
Escape Hunt
Glenwood Cemetery ©
Glenwood Cemetery

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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.
On the 21st (Sat), explore the activities along Canal Grande, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally examine the collection at Doge's Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, and finally admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

Plan trip to Venice with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Houston to Venice by flight takes about 16.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Houston in December, things will get little chillier in Venice: highs are around 49°F and lows about 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · 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.
On the 23rd (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Campanile di Giotto, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Florence day trip website.

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 somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Florence: temperatures range from 55°F by day to 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can 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.
On the 25th (Wed), admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, admire the striking features of Pantheon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill and then don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rome trip planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Rome are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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