20 days in Northwest Italy, Southern Italy & Croatia Itinerary

20 days in Northwest Italy, Southern Italy & Croatia Itinerary

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20 days in Northwest Italy, Southern Italy & Croatia Itinerary

Start: Edmonton, Canada
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive + Ferry:  3​h
2
Portoferraio, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Siena, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Assisi, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train + Subway:  3​h
6
Ravello, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5​h
8
Rovinj, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Edmonton, Canada

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nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Centro Storico and Duomo di Pisa. Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Pitti Palace will appeal to museum buffs. When in Florence, make a side trip to see Battistero in Pisa, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, contemplate the long history of Basilica San Miniato al Monte, admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John, and get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Florence trip planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Florence is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Edmonton in June: high temperatures in Florence hover around 33°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Portoferraio.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Pisa
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

1
night
Portoferraio, Italy

Portoferraio ©
Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Capo Bianco, stroll through Spiaggia Di Sansone, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia di Seccione, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Cavoli.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Portoferraio online visit planner .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Florence to Portoferraio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. When traveling from Florence in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Portoferraio, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Siena.

Things to do in Portoferraio

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Spiaggia di Cavoli
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Spiaggia Di Sansone ©
Spiaggia Di Sansone
Spiaggia di Cavoli ©
Spiaggia di Cavoli
Spiaggia di Seccione ©
Spiaggia di Seccione

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Siena, Italy

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of San Gimignano and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbazia di San Galgano. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Castello di Monteriggioni, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre del Mangia, and finally don't miss a visit to Centro Storico di Siena.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Siena trip planner .

You can drive from Portoferraio to Siena in 3.5 hours. While traveling from Portoferraio, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Siena, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castello di Monteriggioni, Historic Centre of San Gimignano, Abbazia di San Galgano
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Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano
Castello di Monteriggioni ©
Castello di Monteriggioni

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nights
Assisi, Italy

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eremo delle Carceri, explore the historical opulence of Rocca Maggiore, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Chiara, then examine the collection at Museo della Porziuncola, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cripta di San Francesco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Damiano, step into the grandiose world of Rocca Paolina, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto, and finally steep yourself in history at Piazza del Duomo.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Assisi trip builder app .

Drive from Siena to Assisi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Assisi sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Spoleto, Rocca Paolina
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Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola
San Damiano ©
San Damiano

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, and then contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Assisi to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
On the 27th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Ravello, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa dell'Annunziata, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Sant'Andrea, and finally kick back and relax at Spiaggia di castiglione. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): admire the striking features of Villa Rufolo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, then kick back and relax at Lido di Ravello, and finally kick back and relax at Fornillo.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ravello itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of train and subway from Rome to Ravello takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Rome in June, plan for little chillier days in Ravello, with highs around 30°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Naples.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Chiesa dell'Annunziata, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, Fornillo
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Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello

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nights
Naples, Italy

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 29th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Napoli, explore the ancient world of Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, and then explore the ancient world of Pompeii Archaeological Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Sol’Art Ceramiche, then admire the masterpieces at Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, then get to know the fascinating history of Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli, and finally contemplate the long history of Underground Naples.

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You can drive from Ravello to Naples in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and subway; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Naples when traveling from Ravello in June, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rovinj.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Pompeii Archaeological Park, Sol’Art Ceramiche, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
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Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli ©
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano ©
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park

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nights
Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take a stroll through Old Town, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Euphemia, then get to know the fascinating history of Port of Rovinj, and finally explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Pula. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Eufrazijeva Street, then steep yourself in history at Porec Old Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Euphrasius Basilica, and finally walk around National Park Brijuni (Nacionalni Park Brijuni).

To find out how to plan a trip to Rovinj, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Naples to Rovinj takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and shuttle; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Naples in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 18°C in Rovinj. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Porec, National Park Brijuni (Nacionalni Park Brijuni), Amphitheatre de Pula
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Porec Old Town ©
Porec Old Town

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Piazza San Marco and Scrovegni Chapel. Museum-lovers will appreciate Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Castello Estense (in Ferrara) and Basilica di Sant’Antonio (in Padua). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, take a stroll through Cannaregio, and explore the activities along Canal Grande.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice trip planner .

You can drive from Rovinj to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and train; or ride a ferry. July in Venice sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Padua, Castello Estense
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Scrovegni Chapel ©
Scrovegni Chapel

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