11 days in Italy Itinerary

11 days in Italy Itinerary

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11 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Florence
1
Florence
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Pelago
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Siena
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Lucca
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
End: Florence


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3
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Let the collections at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Palazzo Strozzi capture your imagination. Step off the beaten path and head to The Baptistery of St. John and Pitti Palace. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Bologna (Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, Santuario di Madonna di San Luca, & more) and Castello di Verrazzano (in Greve in Chianti). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, admire the landmark architecture of Loggia dei Lanzi, and take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary website .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Peretola Airport, Pisa International Airport and Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport. In December in Florence, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Pelago.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Bologna, Castello di Verrazzano
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

2
nights
Pelago

Pelago ©
Pelago is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Florence in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 20km east of Florence. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Castello di Nipozzano. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): do a tasting at Castello di Nipozzano, see the interesting displays at Museo del Bosco e della Montagna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Mary of the Assumption, then do a tasting at Azienda Agricole Frascole, and finally indulge your taste buds at Castello di Pomino.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Pelago trip planner .

Traveling by car from Florence to Pelago takes an hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Florence in December: highs in Pelago hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Pelago

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stia, Rufina, Dicomano
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Castello di Nipozzano ©
Castello di Nipozzano
Saint Mary of the Assumption ©
Saint Mary of the Assumption

2
nights
Siena

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Siena Cathedral and then contemplate the long history of Palazzo Chigi Saracini. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Collegiata di San Quirico, then do a tasting at Podere Il Cocco, and finally do a tasting at Poggio Rubino.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Siena trip planner .

Drive from Pelago to Siena in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Pelago, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Siena, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lucca.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Montalcino, San Quirico d'Orcia, Dievole, Abazzia di Torri
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Podere Il Cocco ©
Podere Il Cocco
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Poggio Rubino ©
Poggio Rubino

3
nights
Lucca

Lucca ©
Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
On the 25th (Wed), take in panoramic vistas at Guinigi Tower, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico del Paese di Tellaro, then explore the historical opulence of Castle dell'Aquila, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Pietro Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Piaggio Museum, steep yourself in history at Museo Nazionale della Certosa Monumentale di Calci, see the interesting displays at Palazzo Blu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of San Frediano.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Lucca online journey builder .

Traveling by car from Siena to Lucca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for the bus ride back home.

Things to do in Lucca

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Pisa, Piaggio Museum, Castle dell'Aquila, Centro Storico del Paese di Tellaro, San Pietro Church
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Centro Storico del Paese di Tellaro ©
Piaggio Museum ©
Piaggio Museum
Basilica of San Frediano ©
Basilica of San Frediano

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