20 days in France & Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Turin, Italy
— 4 nights
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights


Lyon, France — 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): make a trip to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and then stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon route maker website.

Manila, Philippines to Lyon is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manila to Lyon is minus 7 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Manila in May: high temperatures in Lyon hover around 23°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Nice.
Historic Sites · Parks
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Nice, France — 2 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze and Tete de Chien. Take a break from Nice with a short trip to Chapelle Notre Dame du Roc in Castellane, about 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Les Gorges du Verdon, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, make a trip to Place Massena, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice vacation maker app.

Getting from Lyon to Nice by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Lyon in May since evenings lows in Nice dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Turin.
Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Side Trips
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Turin, Italy — 4 nights

City of Magic

A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Venture out of the city with trips to Reggia Di Reale (in Venaria Reale) and Col di Sampeyre (in Stroppo). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Parco del Valentino, see the interesting displays at Museo Nazionale del Cinema, make a trip to Piazza San Carlo, and see where the action happens at Juventus Stadium.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Turin road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Nice to Turin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, Turin is a bit cooler than Nice - with highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.
Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trips
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Venice, Italy — 3 nights

City of Romance

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Padua (Scrovegni Chapel, Prato della Valle, &more). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Dorsoduro, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, visit Cannaregio, and take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Venice online vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Turin to Venice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. When traveling from Turin in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Venice: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Florence.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Florence, Italy — 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Le mura di Lucca (in Lucca), Piazza dei Miracoli (in Pisa) and Bologna (Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, &more). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, contemplate the long history of Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Florence trip planner.

Traveling by car from Venice to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.
Historic Sites · Shopping
Side Trips
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

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: appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, ponder the design of Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, and pause for some photo ops at Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rome tour itinerary builder tool.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Rome are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Side Trip
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France travel guide

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.