17 days in Italy Itinerary

17 days in Italy Itinerary

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17 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Rome
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Sorrento
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Assisi
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Venice
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Milan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
La Spezia
— 1 night
7
Florence
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Cortona
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Rome
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Cape Town

1
night
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Free Tour Rome has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): get the lay of the land with Free Tour Rome, look for gifts at Elena Kihlman Designer Shop, then take in the dramatic natural features at Passeggiata di Gianicolo, and finally kick back and relax at V Lounge Beach Club.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rome trip builder tool .

Cape Town, South Africa to Rome is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cape Town to Rome, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in June, expect Rome to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Sorrento.

Things to do in Rome

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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V Lounge Beach Club ©
V Lounge Beach Club
Colle del Gianicolo ©
Colle del Gianicolo
Elena Kihlman Designer Concept Store ©

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Speed Boats Tours, Food Tours and Wine Tours & Tastings. Explore hidden gems such as Villa Cimbrone Gardens and Duomo di Sant'Andrea. Get some historical perspective at Duomo di Ravello and Villa Rufolo. Explore Sorrento's surroundings by going to Piccadilly (in Conca dei Marini), Positano (Nana' Positano, Fornillo, & more) and Ravello (Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma & Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela).

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sorrento trip planner.

Do a combination of train and subway from Rome to Sorrento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Sorrento

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Ravello, Positano, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, Piccadilly
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

1
night
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eremo delle Carceri, look for gifts at La Bottega Di Teresa, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria Maggiore, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica inferiore di San Francesco d'Assisi, and finally delve into the distant past at Roman Forum and Archaeological Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Assisi trip planner .

Getting from Sorrento to Assisi by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and train; or do a combination of subway, flight, and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sorrento in July since evenings lows in Assisi dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Spello
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Santa Maria Maggiore ©
Santa Maria Maggiore
Eremo delle Carceri ©
Eremo delle Carceri

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): stop by Venezia Oro & Occhiali, look for gifts at I Tre Mercanti, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercati di Rialto, and finally take a stroll through Cannaregio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at BrAgora, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercatino dell'Antiquariato Campo San Maurizio, stop by Raggio Veneziano, then look for gifts at Paper Owl, then look for gifts at Peterpan Masks, and finally look for gifts at Artigianato d'Arte di Vianello Mauro.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Venice trip planner.

Traveling by car from Assisi to Venice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In July in Venice, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Shopping Neighborhoods
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Cannaregio ©
Cannaregio
Mercati di Rialto ©
Mercati di Rialto
I Tre Mercanti ©
I Tre Mercanti

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Oasi di Sant'Alessio and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica San Michele Maggiore. On your second day here, make a splash at Acquaworld.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Milan trip planning site .

Take a train from Venice to Milan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Milan sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sat) before leaving for La Spezia.

Things to do in Milan

Spas Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Acquaworld, Oasi di Sant'Alessio, Basilica San Michele Maggiore
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Acquaworld ©
Acquaworld
Oasi di Sant'Alessio ©
Oasi di Sant'Alessio
Basilica San Michele Maggiore ©
Basilica San Michele Maggiore

1
night
La Spezia

La Spezia ©
La Spezia, at the head of the Gulf of La Spezia in the Liguria region of Northern Italy, is the capital city of the province of La Spezia.In terms of population, La Spezia is the second city in the Liguria region, preceded just by Genoa. On the 7th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo Storico di Riomaggiore and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cinque Terre Trails.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our La Spezia trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Milan to La Spezia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sun) before leaving for Florence.

Things to do in La Spezia

Historic Sites Trails Parks

Side Trip

Cinque Terre
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Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails

2
nights
Florence

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wine Tours & Tastings as well as Food Tours. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then look for gifts at Goccia Shoes, and finally relax in the rural setting at Chianti Cashmere Goat Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and then revel in the low prices at The Mall.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Florence online trip itinerary maker .

You can take a train from La Spezia to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Florence, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 21°C at night. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cortona.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Chianti Cashmere Goat Farm, The Mall
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Food Tours
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Wine Tours & Tastings

1
night
Cortona

Cortona ©
The hilltop town of Cortona gained international attention as the subject of the 2003 film "Under the Tuscan Sun." With the Chiana Valley and Lake Trasimeno as its backdrop, Cortona is one of Tuscany's hotspots for art and culture.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): look for gifts at IL Pozzo Galleria D Arte, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eremo Le Celle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria del Calcinaio.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cortona trip planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Cortona in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Wed) before leaving for Rome.

Things to do in Cortona

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Eremo Le Celle ©
Eremo Le Celle
Santa Maria del Calcinaio ©
Santa Maria del Calcinaio
DelBrenna Jewelry ©
DelBrenna Jewelry

1
night
Rome

Rome ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rome Photography Tours. On the 11th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, contemplate the long history of Colosseum, and then join in the after-dark buzz at Rome Photography Tours. Keep things going the next day: stop by Officine Creative Roma, wander the streets of Trastevere, and then stroll through Point Break.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome journey planning app .

Traveling by car from Cortona to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Peter's Basilica, Point Break
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trastevere ©
Trastevere

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