18 days in Italy & France Itinerary

18 days in Italy & France Itinerary

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Train to Zurich, Fly to Florence
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Florence, Italy
— 6 nights
Drive
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Siena, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Catania, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Palermo, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly
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Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
Drive

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Florence, Italy

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Duomo di Pisa and Centro Storico. Step off the beaten path and head to Portovenere and Baptistery of St. John. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Duomo di Orvieto (in Orvieto), Le mura di Lucca (in Lucca) and Piazza Maggiore (in Bologna). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi, pause for some serene contemplation at Crypt of Santa Reparata, take in panoramic vistas at Torre dei Ricci, and don't miss a visit to Cappelle Medicee.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Florence trip itinerary builder app.

Colmar, France to Florence is an approximately 7-hour combination of train and flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Colmar in July, with highs in Florence at 35°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Siena.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

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Siena, Italy

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siena, make a trip to Piazza del Campo, and then take in panoramic vistas at Torre del Mangia. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Walls of Monteriggioni and then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of San Gimignano.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Siena online travel planner.

You can drive from Florence to Siena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Siena, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Catania.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 29 — 31:

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Catania, Italy

Black Pearl of Ionian Sea

The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Duomo di Siracusa and Cattedrale di Maria Santissima Delle Vittorie. Get a sense of the local culture at Villa Romana del Casale and Centro Storico. Venture out of the city with trips to Taormina (Villa Comunale, Isola Bella, &more). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Piazza Duomo.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Catania trip itinerary app.

Getting from Siena to Catania by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Palermo.

Things to do in Catania

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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Palermo, Italy

The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Get some historical perspective at Duomo di Monreale and Selinunte Archaeological Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Duomo di Cefalu and Norman Palace. When in Palermo, make a side trip to see Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro in Castellammare del Golfo, approximately Castellammare del Golfo away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Quattro Canti and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Palermo.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Palermo road trip planning site.

Drive from Catania to Palermo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Strasbourg, France

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Get a sense of the local culture at Little Venice and Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg and Parc de l'Orangerie. Step out of Strasbourg to go to Rhodes and see Parc Animalier de Sainte-Croix, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Barrage Vauban and wander the streets of La Petite France.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Strasbourg trip maker tool.

You can fly from Palermo to Strasbourg in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Italy travel guide

4.6
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.

France travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.