15 days in Italy Itinerary

15 days in Italy Itinerary

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15 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  12​h
1
Venice
— 3 nights
2
Florence
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Rome
— 3 nights
train + subway:  1​h 30​min
4
Sorrento
— 3 nights
+2
subway + train + Fly:  14​h
End: Chicago

3
nights
Venice

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.
You've added Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Ponte dei Sospiri, Teatro La Fenice, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get some historical perspective at Basilica di San Marco and St. Mark's Square. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto and get to know the fascinating history of Campo del Ghetto.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Venice online travel planner .

Chicago, USA to Venice is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Chicago to Venice, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. May in Venice sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 55°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Burano, Cometa di Vetro
Find places to stay May 15 — 18:
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

4
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You've added The Baptistery of St. John, Palazzo Vecchio, San Michele in Foro, and other attractions to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza della Signoria are in your itinerary. Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Uffizi Galleries will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Florence travel route planner.

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 52°F. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Siena, San Gimignano, Lucca, Pisa
Find places to stay May 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

3
nights
Rome

Rome
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Spanish Steps, Campo de' Fiori, Jewish Museum, and other attractions. Let the collections at Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel capture your imagination. Palatine Hill and Roman Forum will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome tour itinerary app .

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Florence in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 58°F in Rome. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sat) before leaving for Sorrento.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay May 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

3
nights
Sorrento

Sorrento ©
A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
You've added Fornillo, Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta e Cripta Medievale, Walk of the Gods, and other attractions to your itinerary. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pompeii Archaeological Park and Centro Storico. Explore Sorrento's surroundings by going to Naples (National Archaeological Museum of Naples & Spaccanapoli). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Piazza Tasso.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sorrento day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of train and subway from Rome to Sorrento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Sorrento are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sorrento

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Anacapri, Capri, Amalfi, Naples, Salerno
Find places to stay May 25 — 28:
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Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Duomo di Sant'Andrea ©
Duomo di Sant'Andrea

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