19 days in Italy & Paris Itinerary

19 days in Italy & Paris Itinerary

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19 days in Italy & Paris Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
San Gimignano, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: San Francisco, United States

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Escape the urban bustle at Ile Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chateau de Fontainebleau and The Army Museum. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Chateau Royal de Blois in Blois, approximately 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Trocadero, steep yourself in history at Hotel de Ville, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Paris. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in April: high temperatures in Paris hover around 60°F and lows are around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Chateau Royal de Blois, Chateau de Fontainebleau
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Museo Ferrari capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: San Pietro Church (in Porto Venere), MEF-Museo Enzo Ferrari (in Modena) and Biblioteca Salaborsa (in Bologna). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, and take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Florence trip planner .

Getting from Paris to Florence by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in April; daily highs in Florence reach 67°F and lows reach 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Musei San Domenico, Biblioteca Salaborsa, San Pietro Church, Museo Ferrari, MEF-Museo Enzo Ferrari
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace

3
nights
San Gimignano, Italy

San Gimignano ©
A historical gem in the heart of Tuscany, San Gimignano is known as the Town of Fine Towers for its jutting skyline of high city walls.
Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Winery Solaria Patrizia Cencioni. You'll explore and learn at Balducci Ceramics and La Bottega del Sale di Duccio Nacci photographer. Get out of town with these interesting San Gimignano side-trips: Crete Senesi (in Asciano), Mate Winery (in Montalcino) and Casa di Santa Caterina (in Siena). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Podere La Marronaia- Sosta Alle Colonne, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta, contemplate the long history of Torre Grossa, and admire the striking features of Mura di San Gimignano.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Gimignano trip planner.

Drive from Florence to San Gimignano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rome.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Montalcino, Casa di Santa Caterina, Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta, Crete Senesi
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Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Guardastelle Vineyard ©
Guardastelle Vineyard
Mate Winery ©
Mate Winery

6
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 Civita di Bagnoregio and Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini. Appreciate the collections at Vatican Museums and Welcome to Rome. Explore Rome's surroundings by going to Monte Cassino (in Cassino), Museo Geologico e delle Frane (in Civita di Bagnoregio) and Duomo di Orvieto (in Orvieto). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rome attractions planner .

Drive from San Gimignano to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vatican City, Civita di Bagnoregio, Monte Cassino, Giardino di Ninfa, Duomo di Orvieto
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Monte Cassino ©
Monte Cassino

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