23 days in Italy & Paris Itinerary

23 days in Italy & Paris Itinerary

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23 days in Italy & Paris Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  15​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
train:  3​h
2
Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Varenna, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h
4
Paris, France
— 7 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

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.
Palatine Hill and Colosseum will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vatican Museums and Roman Forum. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Pantheon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and take a stroll through Trastevere.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Rome is an approximately 15-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Rome. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in June, with highs in Rome at 34°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vatican City, Tivoli
Find places to stay Jun 24 — 30:
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

5
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Duomo di Milano and Castello Sforzesco are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Monumental Cemetery and Il Cenacolo. Change things up with these side-trips from Milan: Azienda Vitivinicola Fontechiara (in Borgomanero), Castello di Vigoleno (in Vigoleno) and Orta San Giulio (San Giulio Island, Sacro Monte di Orta, & more). There's still lots to do: get lost in a book at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Andrea Apostolo, get to know the fascinating history of Castello di Case Bruciate, and admire the landmark architecture of Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Rome to Milan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Varenna.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Orta San Giulio, Borgo Castell'Arquato, Castello di Case Bruciate, Azienda Vitivinicola Fontechiara, Chiesa di Sant'Andrea Apostolo
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 5:
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Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Monumental Cemetery ©
Monumental Cemetery

3
nights
Varenna, Italy

Varenna ©
Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio, take in nature's colorful creations at i Giardini di Villa Melzi, then admire the natural beauty at Villa Carlotta, and finally steep yourself in history at Menaggio. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbazia Cluniacense di Santa Maria di Piona, make a trip to Forte Montecchio Nord, then admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Greenway del Lago di Como.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Varenna day trip planner.

You can take a train from Milan to Varenna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Varenna, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Varenna

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Colico, Castello di Vezio, Menaggio, Greenway del Lago di Como, i Giardini di Villa Melzi
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 8:
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Castello di Vezio ©
Castello di Vezio
Greenway del Lago di Como ©
Greenway del Lago di Como
i Giardini di Villa Melzi ©
i Giardini di Villa Melzi

7
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.
Popular historic sites such as Palace of Versailles and Arc de Triomphe are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Eiffel Tower. Step out of Paris with an excursion to The Trianons & The Hamlet in Versailles--about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Paris online journey maker .

Explore your travel options from Varenna to Paris with the Route module. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Varenna in July; daily highs in Paris reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Versailles
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 15:
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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