53 days in Italy, Malta & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

53 days in Italy, Malta & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

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Train to Richmond Amtrak, Subway to San Francisco, Fly to Rome
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly
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Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly
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Syracuse, Italy
— 4 nights
Taxi to Pozzallo, Ferry to Valletta
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Valletta, Malta
— 5 nights
Ferry to Gozo, Drive to Victoria
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Victoria, Malta
— 5 nights
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Drive to Malta International Airport, Fly to Falcone–Borsellino Airport, Drive to San Vito lo Capo
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San Vito lo Capo, Italy
— 3 nights
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Palermo, Italy
— 3 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 5 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 11 nights
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Milan, Italy
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Rome, Italy

— 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tivoli (Villa Adriana & Villa d'Este). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rome vacation planner.

Sacramento, USA to Rome is an approximately 18-hour combination of train, subway, and flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Sacramento to Rome due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sacramento in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rome, with lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to fly to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 7:

Venice, Italy

— 4 nights

City of Romance

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.
Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Verona (Casa di Giulietta, Giardino Giusti, &more) and Padua (Padua Botanical Garden, Basilica of St. Anthony, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Canal Grande, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, make a trip to Fondamenta dei Mori, and enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

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You can fly from Rome to Venice in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Rome in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Venice: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Syracuse.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 11:

Syracuse, Italy

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Mediterranean

Philosopher Cicero once described Syracuse as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all." A powerful city-state of ancient Greece, Syracuse now is the capital of the eponymous Italian province on the eastern coast of Sicily.
Explore Syracuse's surroundings by going to Noto (Riserva Naturale Orientata Oasi faunistica di Vendicari, Spiaggia Calamosche, &more) and Ragusa (Siculamente, Ragusa Ibla, &more). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with Anemone Diving Center, get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Benevantano del Bosco, and stop by Trimarchi di Villa Marchese.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Syracuse trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Venice to Syracuse in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Valletta.

Things to do in Syracuse

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 15:

Valletta, Malta

— 5 nights

Most Proud

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Malta National Aquarium (in Qawra) and Mellieha (Mellieha Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at St. John's Co-Cathedral, delve into the distant past at Mnajdra, learn about all things military at Fort St Elmo - National War Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Mdina Old City.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Valletta online tour planner.

Fly from Syracuse to Valletta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Valletta can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Victoria.

Things to do in Valletta

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Victoria, Malta

— 5 nights
The city of Victoria on the island of Gozo boasts an outstanding collection of Baroque architecture.
Victoria is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: shake up your sightseeing with Gozo Adventures, explore the activities along Inland Sea, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and steep yourself in history at St. George's Basilica.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Victoria day trip planning website.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Valletta to Victoria in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. August in Victoria sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Vito lo Capo.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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San Vito lo Capo, Italy

— 3 nights
A vacation in San Vito lo Capo offers a chance to enjoy a sheltered bay and a town with distinctive Arab-Norman architecture.
Go for a jaunt from San Vito lo Capo to Castellammare del Golfo to see Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia di Macari, and look for all kinds of wild species at Zagare & Gelsomini Transfer.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Vito lo Capo trip planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Victoria to San Vito lo Capo. In August, daily temperatures in San Vito lo Capo can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Palermo.

Things to do in San Vito lo Capo

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 28:

Palermo, Italy

— 3 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Palermo: Duomo di Monreale (in Monreale) and Cefalu (Oratorio del Santissimo Sacramento, Rocca di Cefalu, &more). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Parapendio in Tandem, contemplate the long history of Norman Palace, hunt for treasures at Mercato Ballaro, and make a trip to Quattro Canti.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Palermo online holiday builder.

Drive from San Vito lo Capo to Palermo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can fly to Naples.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 28 — 31:

Naples, Italy

— 5 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naples: Paestum (Parrocchia Ss. Annunziata, Paestum Ruins, &more), Amalfi (Duomo di Sant'Andrea, Antichi Sapori d'Amalfi, &more) and Ravello (Villa Cimbrone Gardens, Villa Rufolo, &more). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Pompeii Archaeological Park, examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, appreciate the extensive heritage of Underground Naples, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Napoli.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Naples tour itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Palermo to Naples takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 5:

Florence, Italy

— 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

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 (Piazza del Campo, Duomo di Siena, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce.

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Traveling by train from Naples to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Naples in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Florence, with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 10:

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

— 11 nights
Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Monte-Carlo is known for zoos & aquariums, casinos, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Larvotto Beach, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Gardens, admire the striking features of Prince's Palace, and try your luck at Casino of Monte-Carlo.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Monte-Carlo online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Florence to Monte-Carlo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Monte-Carlo when traveling from Florence in September, with lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Milan.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 21:

Milan, Italy

Fashion Capital of World

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 21st (Tue): admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Tecla, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Monte-Carlo to Milan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Milan when traveling from Monte-Carlo in September, with lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 22:

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Sicily travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Ruins · Churches
The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is a ruggedly attractive land. The island has a long history of foreign domination and has been controlled by the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and Normans. The result is a distinct culture blending elements from all of those areas and featuring an intriguing dialect. This is a huge island with plenty of small villages to tour, each with its own treasures. Beyond the popular coastal areas, Sicily's inland attractions include an unspoiled landscape of mountains, hills, and villages that sometimes seem frozen in time. While the natural environment is its biggest draw, Sicily's greatest asset may be its people. They are proud of their traditions and incredibly hospitable to visitors.

Malta travel guide

3.9
Historic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings · Gardens
Land of Honey
Aside from the crystal azure waters and the soft sandy beaches in Malta, there is more ancient, medieval, and Baroque architecture here than most visitors have time for. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation spent people-watching and sun-bathing or a history lesson filled with fortified cities and catacombs, Malta lets you hop from island to island with a plethora of options. And with so much coastline wherever you are in Malta, opportunities for water sports abound, including snorkeling and diving. Despite the thriving tourism, many areas feel uncrowded due to lack of residency, leaving you space to enjoy the sun and sea at your own pace.

Monaco travel guide

4.2
Aquariums · Casinos · Historic Walking Areas
Rich Man's Paradise City
As part of the French Riviera, Monaco offers the sparkling aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea on its doorstep. The country has long been known for its panache--fast cars, big casinos, and expensive boutiques surround you here. While there are less luxurious activities for travelers, this is not the country for tourists on a budget. Many cruise ships make this a port of call in this region, so expect to see these vessels and large yachts as part of the landscape here.