17 days in Amsterdam & Italy Itinerary

17 days in Amsterdam & Italy Itinerary

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17 days in Amsterdam & Italy Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

4
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Appreciate the collections at Van Gogh Museum and Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace). Explore hidden gems such as The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and The Jordaan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Rotterdam Centraal Station (in Rotterdam) and Kunstmuseum Den Haag (in The Hague). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, contemplate the waterfront views at Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof.

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Cape Town, South Africa to Amsterdam is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Cape Town to Amsterdam, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cape Town in October: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

The Hague, Rotterdam Centraal Station
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Duomo di Orvieto and Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo. Get some historical perspective at Colosseum and Piazza Navona. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rome: Viterbo (Viterbo Historic Centre & Palazzo dei Papi). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria della Vittoria, and take an in-depth tour of Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini.

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Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in October; daily highs in Rome reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Viterbo, Duomo di Orvieto
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Duomo di Orvieto ©
Duomo di Orvieto
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Museo Nazionale del Bargello will appeal to museum buffs. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Campanile di Giotto are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Pisa (Camposanto, Duomo di Pisa, &more), Duomo (in Prato) and Basilica of San Frediano (in Lucca). There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and admire the masterpieces at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Florence online trip builder .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Pisa, Basilica of San Frediano, Duomo
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa

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.
Doge's Palace and Natural History Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Piazza San Marco and Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Venture out of the city with trips to Verona (Museo di Castelvecchio, Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, &more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, and browse the collection at libreria Acqua alta.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Venice day trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Florence in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Venice: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Verona
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco

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