46 days in Italy & Valletta Itinerary

46 days in Italy & Valletta Itinerary

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46 days in Italy & Valletta Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25 h
1
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Levanto, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Monteroni d'Arbia, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Lucca, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Locorotondo, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Matera, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
9
Sorrento, Italy
— 3 nights
+4
Subway + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h
10
Olbia, Italy
— 9 nights
Fly:  6 h
11
Taormina, Italy
— 6 nights
Fly:  4 h
12
Valletta, Malta
— 2 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua) and Arena di Verona (in Verona). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, admire the masterpieces at Ca' d'Oro, and see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Venice trip itinerary planning site .

Melbourne, Australia to Venice is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Venice is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect Venice to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 15°C. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Levanto.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Scrovegni Chapel, Arena di Verona
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

4
nights
Levanto, Italy

Levanto ©
Levanto is a comune (municipality) in the province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 60km southeast of Genoa and about 20km northwest of La Spezia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Levanto: Santuario della Madonna dell'Olivo (in Chiavari), Baia del Silenzio (in Sestri Levante) and Santa Margherita Ligure (in Santa Margherita Ligure). Next up on the itinerary: trek along CinqueTerreSun, make a trip to Podere Case Lovara, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant'Andrea, and contemplate the long history of Abbazia di San Fruttuoso.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Levanto visit planner.

You can drive from Venice to Levanto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Levanto

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Baia del Silenzio, Santuario della Madonna dell'Olivo, Santuario di Montallegro, Focaccia al Formaggio, Santa Margherita Ligure
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Baia del Silenzio ©
Baia del Silenzio
Santa Margherita Ligure ©
Santa Margherita Ligure
Santuario di Montallegro ©
Santuario di Montallegro

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo and then admire the masterpieces at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. On your second day here, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

For where to stay, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, use the Florence online itinerary planner .

Drive from Levanto to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Florence sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Monteroni d'Arbia.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

3
nights
Monteroni d'Arbia, Italy

Monteroni d'Arbia ©
Monteroni d'Arbia is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Siena in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 60km south of Florence and about 13km southeast of Siena in the area known as the Crete Senesi. Venture out of the city with trips to Asciano (Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore & Crete Senesi), Area Sosta Camper Rapolano Terme (in Rapolano Terme) and Massa Marittima (Duomo Cattedrale di San Cerbone, Piazza Garibaldi, &more). Next up on the itinerary: experience rural life at Degusta La Cinta Senese, learn about winemaking at Castello di Ama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abazzia di Torri, and pause for some serene contemplation at Abbazia di San Galgano.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Monteroni d'Arbia day trip app .

Traveling by car from Florence to Monteroni d'Arbia takes 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Monteroni d'Arbia can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lucca.

Things to do in Monteroni d'Arbia

Historic Sites Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Massa Marittima, Asciano, Castello di Ama, Degusta La Cinta Senese, Area Sosta Camper Rapolano Terme
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Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano
Crete Senesi ©
Crete Senesi
Borgo di Lucignano d’Arbia ©
Borgo di Lucignano d’Arbia

2
nights
Lucca, Italy

Lucca ©
Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Le mura di Lucca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Torre Guinigi, make a trip to Piazza Anfiteatro, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santuario di Santa Gemma Galgani, then contemplate the long history of St Martin Cathedral, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Camposanto, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Duomo di Pisa.

To see traveler tips, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read Lucca trip itinerary site .

Explore your travel options from Monteroni d'Arbia to Lucca with the Route module. May in Lucca sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rome.

Things to do in Lucca

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pisa, Terrazza Mascagni
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Le mura di Lucca ©
Le mura di Lucca
Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Piazza dei Miracoli ©
Piazza dei Miracoli

3
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.
On the 2nd (Tue), don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Spanish Steps, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Lucca to Rome takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Locorotondo.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

4
nights
Locorotondo, Italy

Locorotondo ©
Locorotondo is a town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy, with a population of about 14,000. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Locorotondo: Castellana Grotte (Indiana Park & Grotte di Castellana). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site, identify plant and animal life at Valle d’itria e Dintorni, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Locorotondo, and don't miss a visit to Parrocchia Sant'Antonio di Padova.

To see more things to do and tourist information, use the Locorotondo holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rome to Locorotondo. Traveling from Rome in June, Locorotondo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Matera.

Things to do in Locorotondo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Martina Franca, Alberobello, Castellana Grotte, Valle d’itria e Dintorni
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I Pastini ©
I Pastini
Grotte di Castellana ©
Grotte di Castellana

1
night
Matera, Italy

Matera ©
Famous for its resemblance to the ancient settlements of Jerusalem and Cappadocia, Matera remains one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): make a trip to Palombaro Lungo, stroll around Parco della Murgia Materana, then explore the fascinating underground world of Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, then make a trip to Casa Noha, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Sassi di Matera.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Matera journey planner.

Drive from Locorotondo to Matera in 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Locorotondo in June since evenings lows in Matera dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sorrento.

Things to do in Matera

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Sassi di Matera ©
Sassi di Matera
Casa Noha ©
Casa Noha
Palombaro Lungo ©
Palombaro Lungo

3
nights
Sorrento, Italy

A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
Change things up with a short trip to Duomo di Sant'Andrea in Amalfi (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Francis Church and Convent, make a trip to Piazza Tasso, and take in the waterfront at Marina Grande - Antico Borgo Marinaro.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sorrento road trip planner .

You can drive from Matera to Sorrento in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and subway; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Matera in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sorrento, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Olbia.

Things to do in Sorrento

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Duomo di Sant'Andrea
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Duomo di Sant'Andrea ©
Duomo di Sant'Andrea
Food Tours

9
nights
Olbia, Italy

Olbia is a city and comune of 59,885 inhabitants (November 2016) in northeastern Sardinia (Italy), in the Gallura sub-region. Venture out of the city with trips to Arzachena (Chiesa di Santa Lucia & Capriccioli), Parco Nazionale dell'Arcipelago di La Maddalena (in La Maddalena) and San Teodoro (La Bottega della Pasta, Spiaggia Capo Coda Cavallo, &more). And it doesn't end there: race across the water with a speed boat tour, identify plant and animal life at Capo Testa, learn about winemaking at Tenute Olbios, and stroll through Oasi Biderosa.

To find other places to visit, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Olbia day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of subway and flight from Sorrento to Olbia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, train, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Sorrento in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Olbia, with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Taormina.

Things to do in Olbia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Teodoro, Dorgali, Arzachena, Parco Nazionale dell'Arcipelago di La Maddalena, Catena Alimentare di Emmanuel Chapalain
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Speed Boats Tours
Spiaggia La Cinta ©
Spiaggia La Cinta

6
nights
Taormina, Italy

Taormina ©
With its warm island weather and cliffside location overlooking the Ionion Sea, Taormina has been one of Sicily's most popular getaway destinations since the early 19th century.
Get out of town with these interesting Taormina side-trips: Gole Alcantara Botanical and Geological Park (in Motta Camastra), Linguaglossa (Etna Donkey Trekking & Gambino Vini) and Reggio Calabria (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria & Lungomare Falcomata). There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Chianalea di Scilla, kick back and relax at Lido La Dolce Vita, don't miss a visit to Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Messina.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Taormina trip planner.

Getting from Olbia to Taormina by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Olbia in June since evenings lows in Taormina dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Valletta.

Things to do in Taormina

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Linguaglossa, Reggio Calabria, Messina, Chianalea di Scilla, Gole Alcantara Botanical and Geological Park
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Etna Donkey Trekking ©
Etna Donkey Trekking
Gambino Vini ©
Gambino Vini
Villa Comunale ©
Villa Comunale

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nights
Valletta, Malta

Valletta ©
Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): brush up on your military savvy at Fort St Elmo - National War Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Lower Barrakka Gardens, take in the waterfront at Valletta Waterfront, then Head underground at Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja), and finally admire the striking features of Cirkoncizzjoni tal-Mulej. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Upper Barrakka Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of St. John's Co-Cathedral, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Saluting Battery.

For where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Valletta road trip planner .

You can fly from Taormina to Valletta in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Valletta

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja)
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Upper Barrakka Gardens ©
Upper Barrakka Gardens
St. John's Co-Cathedral ©
St. John's Co-Cathedral
Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja) ©
Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja)

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