11 days in Italy, Madrid & Barcelona Itinerary

11 days in Italy, Madrid & Barcelona Itinerary

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11 days in Italy, Madrid & Barcelona Itinerary

Start: Madrid, Spain
1
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Madrid, Spain

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): wander the streets of Barrio de Salamanca and then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum. On your second day here, hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, and then examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid day trip site.

If you are flying in from Pakistan, the closest major aiport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Do your shopping at La Boqueria and Passeig de Gracia. Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa de La Barceloneta, stroll around Parc Guell, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, and admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner.

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 24th (Wed), you're off to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rome trip tool.

You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri and then enjoy the sand and surf at Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, then hunt for treasures at Mercato Centrale, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Florence trip planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Florence, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Basilica of Santa Croce ©
Basilica of Santa Croce

1
night
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 28th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, then see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, and finally stop by Cannaregio.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Venice travel route planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

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Padua
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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