18 days in Italy Itinerary

18 days in Italy Itinerary

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18 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Colmar
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Lecce
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Naples
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Assisi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Florence
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
5
Bologna
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Trento
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
End: Colmar

2
nights
Lecce

Lecce ©
Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Lecce. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Croce, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale Di Otranto, and then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico Otranto.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lecce online trip planner .

Colmar, France to Lecce is an approximately 6-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Colmar in July: high temperatures in Lecce hover around 38°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Naples.

Things to do in Lecce

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Otranto, Channel Ciolo
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Duomo di Lecce ©
Duomo di Lecce
Channel Ciolo ©
Channel Ciolo
Centro Storico Otranto ©
Centro Storico Otranto

3
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Do some cultural sightseeing at Parco Acheologico di Ercolano and Castel dell'Ovo. Your inner history buff will appreciate Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli and Gesu Nuovo Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Paestum Ruins (in Paestum), Monte Cassino (in Cassino) and Borgo Medievale di Agropoli (in Agropoli). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Galleria Borbonica, steep yourself in history at Underground Naples, and don't miss a visit to Via San Gregorio Armeno.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Naples day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Lecce to Naples takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In July in Naples, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Monte Cassino, Borgo Medievale di Agropoli, Paestum Ruins, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:
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Gesu Nuovo Church ©
Gesu Nuovo Church
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano ©
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
Paestum Ruins ©
Paestum Ruins

3
nights
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Duomo di Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola and Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto. Venture out of the city with trips to Grotte di Frasassi (in Genga) and Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Chiara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eremo delle Carceri, examine the collection at Museo della Porziuncola, and steep yourself in history at San Damiano.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Assisi tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Naples to Assisi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Naples in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Assisi, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cascata delle Marmore, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto, Civita di Bagnoregio, Duomo di Orvieto, Grotte di Frasassi
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San Damiano ©
San Damiano
Basilica di Santa Chiara ©
Basilica di Santa Chiara

3
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some cultural insight at Duomo di Pisa and The Baptistery of St. John. Visit Centro Storico and Basilica San Miniato al Monte for their historical value. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino) and Historic Centre of San Gimignano (in San Gimignano). And it doesn't end there: get a sense of history and politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, get curious at Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science, admire the striking features of Loggia dei Lanzi, and don't miss a visit to L’importuno di Michelangelo.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Florence journey planner.

You can drive from Assisi to Florence in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In July in Florence, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Bologna.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Abbazia di San Galgano, Duomo di Pisa, Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 3:
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Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa
Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico

3
nights
Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Relax by the water at Altamarea Beach Village and Playa del Sol. Visit Basilica di Sant’Antonio and Castello di Gradara for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Bologna side-trips: Castello Estense (in Ferrara), Palazzo Te (in Mantua) and Basilica San Vitale (in Ravenna). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario di Madonna di San Luca and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano.

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Traveling by train from Florence to Bologna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Bologna can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Trento.

Things to do in Bologna

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Altamarea Beach Village, Castello di Gradara, Basilica San Vitale, Palazzo Te, Castello Estense
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Castello di Gradara ©
Castello di Gradara
Basilica San Vitale ©
Basilica San Vitale
Palazzo Te ©
Palazzo Te

3
nights
Trento

Trento ©
Tyrol's capital and one of the nation's wealthiest cities, Trento serves as the commercial and cultural center of the region.
Get some historical perspective at Borghetto sul Mincio and Arco Castle. You'll discover tucked-away gems like MUSE - Museo delle Scienze and Lago di Molveno. Get out of town with these interesting Trento side-trips: Santuario di San Romedio (in Coredo) and Castel Thun (in Ton). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Piazza Duomo and step into the grandiose world of Castello del Buonconsiglio Monumenti e Collezioni Provinciali.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Trento trip site .

Traveling by car from Bologna to Trento takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Trento sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Trento

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Santuario di San Romedio, Arco Castle, Lago di Molveno, Borghetto sul Mincio, Castel Thun
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 9:
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Castel Thun ©
Castel Thun
Santuario di San Romedio ©
Santuario di San Romedio
Borghetto sul Mincio ©
Borghetto sul Mincio

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