16 days in Italy & Paris Itinerary

16 days in Italy & Paris Itinerary

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16 days in Italy & Paris Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: San Francisco, United States

3
nights
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 17th (Sun), take a stroll through Cannaregio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, admire the striking features of Doges' Palace, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and finally contemplate the long history of Squero di San Trovaso.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Venice sightseeing planner.

San Francisco, USA to Venice is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Venice are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Wed) before leaving for Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Padua
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Family-friendly places like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Campanile di Giotto will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Uffizi Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Florence travel itinerary creator.

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto

4
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.
Attractions like Colosseum and Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, and don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome tour planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

4
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Marne-la-Vallee, about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, examine the collection at Musée d'Orsay, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Paris vacation planner.

Getting from Rome to Paris by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rome in September, things will get slightly colder in Paris: highs are around 70°F and lows about 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Paris
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Disneyland Paris ©
Disneyland Paris
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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