12 days in Italy, Paris & Barcelona Itinerary

12 days in Italy, Paris & Barcelona Itinerary

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Paris, France
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
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Vatican City, Italy
— 1 night
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Paris, France

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): make a trip to Place de la Concorde.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Paris itinerary planning site.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Paris is an approximately 10-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Paris. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in December, expect Paris to be much colder, temps between 9°C and 3°C. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 29th (Thu), wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Amatller, then admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia. Keep things going the next day: browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Monastery of Sant Pau del Camp, and then walk around Parc Guell.

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Traveling by flight from Paris to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, Barcelona is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Rome.
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Rome, Italy

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
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You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. December in Rome sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C at night. On the 31st (Sat), you're off to Vatican City.
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Vatican City, Italy — 1 night

Covering 44 hectares (110 acres) in the city center of Rome, the wall-enclosed sovereign state of Vatican City is one of the most famous religious sites worldwide, serving as the papal residence and home of the Roman Catholic church.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Vatican Gardens, then appreciate the history behind La Pieta, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro, then make a trip to Obelisco Vaticano, then don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Square, and finally squeeze the most out of the city with City Tours.

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Vatican City is just a stone's throw from Rome. December in Vatican City sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and then steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, then steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, and finally browse the exhibits of Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo.

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Rome is very close to Vatican City. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 3 nights

See some other sides of Paris: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

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Traveling by flight from Rome to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Rome, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of 1°C. You will leave for home on the 7th (Sat).
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Italy travel guide

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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.
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