9 days in Italy & Brussels Itinerary

9 days in Italy & Brussels Itinerary

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9 days in Italy & Brussels Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Lisbon, Portugal

1
night
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
On the 13th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels online vacation planner .

Lisbon, Portugal to Brussels is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Brussels due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Lisbon in August, with highs in Brussels at 25°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

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.
On the 15th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, explore the galleries of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Venice road trip planning tool .

Fly from Brussels to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Brussels in August, expect Venice to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, and then get lost in a book at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Milan itinerary maker site .

You can take a train from Venice to Milan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Loggia dei Lanzi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Castello del Trebbio, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Florence trip planner .

Traveling by train from Milan to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Florence are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, explore the ancient world of Colosseum, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, and finally steep yourself in history at Torre San Giovani. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Trastevere, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Rome sightseeing planner .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. August in Rome sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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