7 days in Italy Itinerary

7 days in Italy Itinerary

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7 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Rome
1
Rome
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Florence
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Venice
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
End: Rome

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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, and don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rome sightseeing planner.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiports are Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport and Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport. In December in Rome, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Palazzo Vecchio, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Florence holiday planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Florence are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

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 1st (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and then make a trip to Peggy Guggenheim Collection. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, make a trip to Piazza San Marco, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and finally contemplate the long history of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Venice trip planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Florence in December: high temperatures in Venice hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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