16 days in Italy & Spain Itinerary

16 days in Italy & Spain Itinerary

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16 days in Italy & Spain Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City, Kuwait
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
3
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Kuwait City, Kuwait


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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Colosseum and Trevi Fountain. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Pantheon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and take an in-depth tour of Musei Capitolini.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rome route builder site .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Rome is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Kuwait City in December, things will get slightly colder in Rome: highs are around 16°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Loggia dei Lanzi, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, and finally see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Florence online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Florence are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the activities along Canal Grande, then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, and then don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Venice driving holiday planning app .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Florence in December: high temperatures in Venice hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Arena di Verona
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): make a trip to Plaza de Oriente, contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, and then examine the collection at Prado National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, then admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, and finally hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Madrid takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza de Oriente ©
Plaza de Oriente

3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and The Magic Fountain. The adventure continues: stroll around Parc Guell, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona day trip app .

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Madrid in January: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

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