17 days in Italy Itinerary

17 days in Italy Itinerary

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17 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Rome
1
Rome
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Ercolano
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
3
Amalfi
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Paestum
— 1 day
Drive + ferry:  5​h 30​min
5
Messina
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Taormina
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Syracuse
— Few hours
8
Catania
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Venice
— 2 nights
10
Verona
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
End: Rome

5
nights
Rome

Rome ©
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, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, and explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome day trip tool .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport and Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport. In May in Rome, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 58°F at night. You'll set off for Ercolano on the 26th (Sun).

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

few
hours
Ercolano

Ercolano
Ercolano is a town and comune in the Metropolitan City of Naples, Campania of Southern Italy. To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ercolano road trip tool .

You can take a train from Rome to Ercolano in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. May in Ercolano sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Amalfi.

Things to do in Ercolano

Historic Sites
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3
nights
Amalfi

Known for its impressive hillside cascade of colorful stone buildings down to the Mediterranean shore, Amalfi is the cultural and commercial heart of southern Italy's Amalfi Coast.
On the 26th (Sun), examine the collection at Museo della Carta and then take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Cimbrone Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Ravello, admire the striking features of Villa Rufolo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario della Madonna del Rosario, then trek along Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods), and finally make a trip to Fiordo di Furore.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Amalfi planner .

Traveling by car from Ercolano to Amalfi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ercolano in May, Amalfi is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Paestum.

Things to do in Amalfi

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ravello, Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods), Fiordo di Furore
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods) ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens

1
day
Paestum

Paestum ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Il Tempio di Nettuno o Poseidone o di Hera II, explore the ancient world of Paestum Ruins, browse the exhibits of Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Paestum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parrocchia Ss. Annunziata, and finally step into the grandiose world of Borgo Medievale di Agropoli.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paestum online holiday maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Amalfi to Paestum takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Paestum can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Messina.

Things to do in Paestum

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Borgo Medievale di Agropoli
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Paestum Ruins ©
Paestum Ruins

1
night
Messina

Messina
Messina is the capital of the Italian Metropolitan City of Messina. To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Messina trip planner.

Getting from Paestum to Messina by combination of train and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Messina can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. On the 30th (Thu), you'll travel to Taormina.

Things to do in Messina

Outdoors Tours Parks
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few
hours
Taormina

Taormina ©
With its warm island weather and cliffside location overlooking the Ionion Sea, Taormina has been one of Sicily's most popular getaway destinations since the early 19th century.
To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Taormina trip maker .

Getting from Messina to Taormina by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In May in Taormina, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Syracuse.

Things to do in Taormina

Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chiesa di San Giuseppe
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Villa Comunale ©
Villa Comunale
Piazza IX Aprile ©
Piazza IX Aprile

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hours
Syracuse

Syracuse ©
Philosopher Cicero once described Syracuse as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all." A powerful city-state of ancient Greece, Syracuse now is the capital of the eponymous Italian province on the eastern coast of Sicily.
To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Syracuse itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Taormina to Syracuse in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Catania.

Things to do in Syracuse

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo Archeologico Regionale P. Orsi ©
Greek Theater ©
Greek Theater

2
nights
Catania

Catania ©
The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Catania vacation site .

Traveling by car from Syracuse to Catania takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Catania sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Catania

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

EtnaExcursion.it
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EtnaExcursion.it ©
EtnaExcursion.it
Mount Etna ©
Mount Etna

2
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.
Step out of Venice with an excursion to Scrovegni Chapel in Padua--about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Venice journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Catania to Venice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

3
nights
Verona

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Verona is known for nightlife, historic sites, nature, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona, snap pictures at Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio), step into the grandiose world of Museo di Castelvecchio, and explore the galleries of Casa di Giulietta.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Verona trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Venice to Verona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. June in Verona sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Tours Shopping
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Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Piazza delle Erbe ©
Piazza delle Erbe
Museo di Castelvecchio ©
Museo di Castelvecchio

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