20 days in Italy Itinerary

20 days in Italy Itinerary

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20 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  15​h
1
Rome
— 3 nights
2
Naples
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Positano
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Florence
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Cinque Terre
— 3 nights
6
Genoa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Venice
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Rio de Janeiro

3
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: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, and make a trip to Pantheon.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Rome is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Rome, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September, Rome is slightly colder at night with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

1
night
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Museo Cappella Sansevero, see the interesting displays at National Archaeological Museum of Naples, and then delve into the distant past at Gli Scavi Archeologici di Pompei.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Naples day trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Rome to Naples takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in September, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Positano.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Gli Scavi Archeologici di Pompei
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Gli Scavi Archeologici di Pompei ©
Gli Scavi Archeologici di Pompei
Museo Cappella Sansevero ©
Museo Cappella Sansevero

2
nights
Positano

Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take advantage of the amenities at Fornillo and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Positano road trip planning app .

Drive from Naples to Positano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Positano can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Positano

Tours Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Sorrento
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Food Tours

4
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Dedicate the 26th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Florence travel route planner.

Drive from Positano to Florence in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or do a combination of subway, train, and flight. Traveling from Positano in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Florence, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

3
nights
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Change things up with a short trip to Portovenere in Porto Venere (about 1h 05 min away). Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring nature at Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre. And it doesn't end there: hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, get to know the fascinating history of Cinque Terre Trails, and explore the historical opulence of Castello Doria.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre online journey planner .

Getting from Florence to Cinque Terre by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Genoa.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Portovenere
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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre ©
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails

2
nights
Genoa

Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): kick back and relax at Baia del Silenzio, wander the streets of Boccadasse, and then make a trip to Piazza Raffaele De Ferrari. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Genoa, then examine the collection at Galata Museo del Mare, and finally take in the waterfront at Old Port.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Genoa trip maker tool .

Getting from Cinque Terre to Genoa by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cinque Terre in September since evenings lows in Genoa dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Genoa

Parks Beaches Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Baia del Silenzio
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Aquarium of Genoa ©
Aquarium of Genoa
Boccadasse ©
Boccadasse
Baia del Silenzio ©
Baia del Silenzio

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Venice trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Genoa to Venice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Genoa in October, plan for little chillier nights in Venice, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
St. Mark's Square ©
St. Mark's Square
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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