9 days in Italy Itinerary

9 days in Italy Itinerary

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Venice — 1 night

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 2nd (Sat): explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and then explore the activities along Canal Grande. On the next day, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, browse the exhibits of Doge's Palace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, and finally admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco.

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San Francisco, USA to Venice is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Venice is 9 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in July, things will get a bit warmer in Venice: highs are around 87°F and lows about 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Rome.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Rome — 3 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and explore the galleries of Vatican Museums.

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Traveling by flight from Venice to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Florence.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Florence — 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 7th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Campanile di Giotto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, then get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and finally see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace.

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Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rome in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 65°F in Florence. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can take a train to Milan.
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Milan — 1 night

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, then admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and then stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery.

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Getting from Florence to Milan by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Milan are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Shopping
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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.