25 days in Rome, Venice & Milan Itinerary

25 days in Rome, Venice & Milan Itinerary

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25 days in Rome, Venice & Milan Itinerary

Start: Milan
train:  3​h
1
Rome
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
2
Venice
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Milan
— 20 nights
End: Milan

2
nights
Rome

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 27th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Monte Soratte and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sabbianera Super Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Oasi Naturista, then wander the streets of Trastevere, and then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rome online itinerary creator.

Milan to Rome is an approximately 3-hour train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Milan in December: highs in Rome hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Riserva Naturale Monte Soratte, Oasi Naturista, Sabbianera Super Beach
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Trastevere ©
Trastevere
Oasi Naturista ©
Oasi Naturista

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel, then join in the after-dark buzz at Caffe Pedrocchi, then admire the landmark architecture of Doges' Palace, and finally wander the streets of Cannaregio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): make a trip to St. Mark's Square, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then contemplate the long history of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally take a stroll through Dorsoduro.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Venice travel planner.

Do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Rome to Venice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rome in December, expect nights in Venice to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are little chillier, around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Padua
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Scrovegni Chapel ©
Scrovegni Chapel
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

20
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 Duomo di Milano and Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castello di Luzzano and Cantine Cavallotti. Get out of town with these interesting Milan side-trips: Arboreto Alpino Gleno (in Vilminore di Scalve), Zipline (in Albaredo per San Marco), Iseo (Lago d'Iseo & La Tesa), Ca' del Bosco (in Erbusco), Melissa Beach (in Golasecca), Morbegno (Fattoria Didattica Sempreverde & Spas & Wellness), Como Cathedral (in Como), Equitazione Alpina (in Albosaggia), Le Serenelle (in Luino), Azienda Agricola Bonfadini (in Clusane sul Lago), Parco Faunistico le Cornelle (in Valbrembo), La Casaccia (in Alessandria), Tenuta Castello - Golf Club Cerrione (in Cerrione), Leolandia (in Capriate San Gervasio), Argegno (Lido di Argegno & Turati Centro Nautico Lario), La Citta Alta (in Bergamo), Azienda Agricola Maggi Giorgio (in Bosnasco), Orta San Giulio (San Giulio Island & Lake Orta), Borgo Castell'Arquato (in Castell'Arquato), Drogheria Broda (in Moncalvo), Monte Lesima (in Piacenza), Spiazzi di Gromo (in Gromo), Villa del Balbianello (in Tremezzina), Lake by Boat - Bellagio Boat Rental (in Bellagio), AC Boat (in Menaggio), Al Puunt-Snack Beach Bar (in Griante), Borgo Moncalvo (in Loazzolo), Lido di Faggeto Miamilaryo (in Faggeto Lario), La Stoppa (in Rivergaro) and Mazzetti D'Altavilla Srl (in Altavilla Monferrato). Spend the 5th (Thu) exploring nature at Val Belvisio. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Monte Grona, contemplate the long history of Il Cenacolo, stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, and see the interesting displays at Tour delle Merlate - Castello Sforzesco.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Milan trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Venice to Milan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Milan

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Iseo, Orta San Giulio, Albosaggia, Bergamo, Argegno
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore ©
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
La Citta Alta ©
La Citta Alta

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