18 days in Italy & Paris Itinerary

18 days in Italy & Paris Itinerary

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Start: New York City, United States
Bus + Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
4
Naples, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  5 h
5
Paris, France
— 4 nights
+3
Train + Fly + Bus + Train:  16 h 30 min
End: New York City, United States

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.
Visit Piazza San Marco and Peggy Guggenheim Collection for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to St Mark's Campanile and Scrovegni Chapel. Go for a jaunt from Venice to Padua to see Basilica of St. Anthony about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Doge's Palace, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

For reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Venice online visit planner.

New York City, USA to Venice is an approximately 11.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Venice due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Gallerie Degli Uffizi. Discover out-of-the-way places like Piazza del Campo and Campanile di Giotto. Go for a jaunt from Florence to Siena to see Duomo di Siena about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, make a trip to The Baptistery of St. John, and explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Florence trip planner.

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Florence, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Siena
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Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

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.
Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore and Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, enjoy the sand and surf at V Lounge Beach Club, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and make a trip to Roman Forum.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip itinerary site.

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. June in Rome sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore ©
Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore

3
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): make a trip to Pompeii Archaeological Park, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo, and then kick back and relax at Fornillo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Catacombe di San Gaudioso, pause for some serene contemplation at Cloister of Santa Chiara, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Sant'Andrea, and finally steep yourself in history at Villa Cimbrone Gardens.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Naples day trip planning website.

Getting from Rome to Naples by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July in Naples, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 70°F at night. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ravello, Fornillo, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, Pompeii Archaeological Park
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Villa Rufolo ©
Villa Rufolo
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Cloister of Santa Chiara ©
Cloister of Santa Chiara

4
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Eiffel Tower and Sainte-Chapelle will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Naples to Paris by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Naples in July, things will get little chillier in Paris: highs are around 79°F and lows about 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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