28 days in Italy, Monaco & France Itinerary

28 days in Italy, Monaco & France Itinerary

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Start: Newark, United States
Fly:  11 h
1
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Vatican City, Italy
— 3 nights
Subway:  15 min
5
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
6
La Condamine, Monaco
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
7
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Marseille, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
9
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h
End: Newark, United States

2
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.
Venice is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, and take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Venice online trip maker.

Newark, USA to Venice is an approximately 11- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Newark to Venice. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and then don't miss a visit to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Milan vacation planner.

You can take a train from Venice to Milan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Siena (Battistero di San Giovanni & Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, examine the collection at Museo di San Marco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, and steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Florence trip planner.

Take a train from Milan to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May in Florence, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can take a train to Vatican City.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Siena
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M.G. Design ©
M.G. Design
Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto

3
nights
Vatican City, Italy

Vatican City ©
Covering 44 hectares (110 acres) in the city center of Rome, the wall-enclosed sovereign state of Vatican City is one of the most famous religious sites worldwide, serving as the papal residence and home of the Roman Catholic church.
Vatican City is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro, and examine the collection at Tesoro di San Pietro.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Vatican City sightseeing planner.

Getting from Florence to Vatican City by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Florence in May since evenings lows in Vatican City dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to take a subway to Rome.

Things to do in Vatican City

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Cupola di San Pietro ©
Cupola di San Pietro

4
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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and steep yourself in history at Colosseum.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Rome trip itinerary builder app.

Rome is just a short distance from Vatican City. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to La Condamine.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay May 14 — 18:
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Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

1
night
La Condamine, Monaco

La Condamine ©
La Condamine is the central Ward in the Principality of Monaco. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): try to win big at Casino of Monte-Carlo, then Head underground at Jardin Exotique de Monaco, and then admire the striking features of Prince's Palace.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our La Condamine sightseeing planning app.

You can fly from Rome to La Condamine in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Rome in May, plan for little chillier days in La Condamine, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in La Condamine

Fun & Games Casinos Historic Sites

Side Trips

Prince's Palace, Casino of Monte-Carlo
Find places to stay May 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Casino of Monte-Carlo ©
Casino of Monte-Carlo
Prince's Palace ©
Prince's Palace
Jardin Exotique de Monaco ©
Jardin Exotique de Monaco

4
nights
Nice, France

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Villa Eilenroc (in Antibes), Le Paddock Plage Privee Sainte Maxime (in Sainte-Maxime) and Chateau de Grimaud (in Grimaud). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Nice road trip planning app.

Nice is just a short distance from La Condamine. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Plage des Canebiers, Villa Eilenroc, Le Paddock Plage Privee Sainte Maxime, Port Cogolin, Chateau de Grimaud
Find places to stay May 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice ©
Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice

3
nights
Marseille, France

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, Paul Cezanne’s Studio, &more), Cassis (Port de Cassis, Calanque de Port-Miou, &more) and La Ciotat (Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Route des Cretes, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Michel Church.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Marseille are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, La Ciotat
Find places to stay May 23 — 26:
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Route des Cretes ©
Route des Cretes

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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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, stroll the grounds of Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Marseille in May, with highs in Paris at 64°F and lows at 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
Find places to stay May 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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