30 days in Italy Itinerary

30 days in Italy Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Brisbane
Fly + Train:  25 h
1
Naples
— Few hours
Ferry:  1 h
2
Sorrento
— 5 nights
Subway + Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Rome
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Florence
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
5
Lucca
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Cinque Terre
— 5 nights
Train:  3 h
7
Milan
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
8
Venice
— 3 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Brisbane

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Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. On the 4th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Monumental Complex Donnaregina - Diocesan Museum of Naples.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Naples trip itinerary planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Naples is an approximately 27- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Brisbane to Naples. In October in Naples, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for the ferry ride to Sorrento.

Things to do in Naples

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 5:
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5
nights
Sorrento

Sorrento ©
A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
Discover out-of-the-way places like St Francis Church and Convent and Chiesa della S.S. Annunziata. Correale di Terranova Museum and Monastero di San Paolo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Sorrento side-trips: Amalfi (Fontana sant'Andrea & Cloister del Paradiso), Pompeii (Basilica, Casa Dei Quadretti Teatrali o Casca Longus - Pompei, &more) and Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano (in Positano). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina di Puolo, do a tasting at Limonoro, explore the world behind art at Museobottega della Tarsialignea, and pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo dei San Filippo e Giacomo.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sorrento day trip planning site.

Ride a ferry from Naples to Sorrento in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a subway; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Sorrento are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Sorrento

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pompeii, Amalfi, Positano, Monastero di San Paolo
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 9:
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Cloister del Paradiso ©
Cloister del Paradiso
St Francis Church and Convent ©
St Francis Church and Convent
Monastero di San Paolo ©
Monastero di San Paolo

4
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Popular historic sites such as Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo and Basilica di Santa Prassede are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Welcome to Rome and Mercati di Traiano - Museo dei Fori Imperiali. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Campidoglio, get a sense of history and politics at Quirinale Palace (Palazzo del Quirinale), stroll around Parco Regionale dell'Appia Antica, and admire the masterpieces at Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna E Contemporanea.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rome trip planner.

Traveling by combination of subway and train from Sorrento to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sorrento in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Rome. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Vatican Necropolis
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 13:
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Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo
Piazza del Campidoglio ©
Piazza del Campidoglio
Domus Aurea ©
Domus Aurea

4
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Piazza Pio II and Church and Museum of Orsanmichele. Torre e Casa Campatelli and Historic Centre of the City of Pienza will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: San Gimignano (Piazza del Duomo, San Gimignano 1300, &more), Cathedral (in Pienza) and Montepulciano (Tempio di San Biagio & Gattavecchi Winery). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Corridoio Vasariano, take in panoramic vistas at Torre di Arnolfo, examine the collection at Cappella Brancacci, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Oratorio di San Sebastiano De' Bini.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Florence are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Lucca.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

San Gimignano, Pienza, Montepulciano, Historic Centre of the City of Pienza
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 17:
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Azienda Agricola San Quirico ©
Azienda Agricola San Quirico
Church and Museum of Orsanmichele ©
Church and Museum of Orsanmichele
Piazza Pio II ©
Piazza Pio II

2
nights
Lucca

Lucca ©
Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
On the 18th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Domus Romana, then explore the world behind art at Museo di Arte Contemporanea Lu.C.C.A. - Lucca Center of Contemporary Art, then get engrossed in the history at Museo della Tortura, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Mary of the Rose. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Porta San Pietro, examine the collection at Chiesa e Battistero di San Giovanni e Santa Reparata, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa e Convento di San Francesco, explore the world behind art at Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Mansi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa dei SS. Paolino e Donato, and finally look for gifts at La Boutique dei Golosi.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lucca tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by bus from Florence to Lucca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. October in Lucca sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Lucca

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Domus Romana ©
Domus Romana
Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Mansi ©
Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Mansi
Chiesa e Convento di San Francesco ©
Chiesa e Convento di San Francesco

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church and Borgo Storico di Corniglia. Get a sense of the local culture at Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco and Santuario di Nostra Signora di Montenero. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cinque Terre: Levanto (Levanto Beach & Castello di Levanto), Madonnina della Punta (in Bonassola) and Genoa (Porta Soprana, Chiesa del Gesu e dei Santi Ambrogio e Andrea, &more). There's much more to do: make a trip to Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Riomaggiore, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of San Giovanni Battista, and trek along Trail 531 Riomaggiore to Manarola.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cinque Terre visit planner.

Getting from Lucca to Cinque Terre by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Cinque Terre, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Genoa, Levanto, Madonnina della Punta, Castello Di Coderone
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 24:
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Borgo Storico di Corniglia ©
Borgo Storico di Corniglia
Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church ©
Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church
Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello ©
Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello

3
nights
Milan

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Palazzo Clerici and Chiesa di San Cristoforo sul Naviglio. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Certosa di Milano and Museo Fratelli Cozzi Alfa Romeo. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Civico Tempio di San Sebastiano, ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Marino, explore the world behind art at Museo Pieta Rondanini, and examine the collection at Casa Milan.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Milan trip planner.

Traveling by train from Cinque Terre to Milan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cinque Terre in October, expect nights in Milan to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Museo Fratelli Cozzi Alfa Romeo
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:
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Museo Fratelli Cozzi Alfa Romeo ©
Museo Fratelli Cozzi Alfa Romeo
Certosa di Milano ©
Certosa di Milano
Chiesa di Sant'Alessandro in Zebedia ©
Chiesa di Sant'Alessandro in Zebedia

3
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.
On the 28th (Wed), wander the streets of Cannaregio, admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Mocenigo, admire the masterpieces at Ca' Pesaro Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli, then explore the historical opulence of Ca' d'Oro, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Pantalon. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront activity at Riva degli Schiavoni, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Zaccaria, admire the masterpieces at Museo Querini Stampalia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giacomo di Rialto, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa dei Santi Geremia e Lucia.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice attractions app.

Traveling by train from Milan to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October in Venice, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Church of Santa Maria e San Donato
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:
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Cannaregio ©
Cannaregio
Santa Maria dei Miracoli ©
Santa Maria dei Miracoli
Chiesa di San Giacomo di Rialto ©
Chiesa di San Giacomo di Rialto

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