8 days in Houston & Italy Itinerary

8 days in Houston & Italy Itinerary

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8 days in Houston & Italy Itinerary

Start: Houston, United States
1
Houston, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  15 h 30 min
2
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Houston, United States

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): get lost in a book at Lanier Theological Library, then identify plant and animal life at Houston Audubon, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Glenwood Cemetery, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Escape Hunt.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Houston trip itinerary builder tool .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are George Bush Intercontinental Houston Airport and William P Hobby Airport. In December, daytime highs in Houston are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

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Escape Hunt ©
Escape Hunt
Glenwood Cemetery ©
Glenwood Cemetery
Lanier Theological Library ©
Lanier Theological Library

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally steep yourself in history at Doge's Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, and finally browse the exhibits of Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice route builder .

You can fly from Houston to Venice in 15.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Houston to Venice, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Venice is slightly colder than Houston - with highs of 49°F and lows of 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

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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 23rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, 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.

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You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Venice in December, expect nights in Florence to be about the same, around 39°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

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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, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill and then don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rome online vacation planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December in Rome, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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