12 days in Italy Itinerary

12 days in Italy Itinerary

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12 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Rome
— 2 nights
2
Naples
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Florence
— 2 nights
4
Venice
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Atlanta

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Palatine Hill and Colosseum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Piazza Navona and Vatican Museums. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, view the masterpieces at Soqquadro APS, and get a taste of the local shopping with Via Condotti.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome road trip tool .

Atlanta, USA to Rome is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Rome is 6 hours. Traveling from Atlanta in May, expect nights in Rome to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are little chillier, around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Cloister of Santa Chiara, then delve into the distant past at Ruins of Herculaneum, and then make a trip to Pompeii Archaeological Park. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Underground Naples, take in the spiritual surroundings of Museo Cappella Sansevero, look for gifts at Cardine, then browse the exhibits of Galleria Borbonica, and finally examine the collection at National Archaeological Museum of Naples.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Naples day trip app .

You can take a train from Rome to Naples in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Naples sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, Pompeii Archaeological Park
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Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Museo Cappella Sansevero ©
Museo Cappella Sansevero
Galleria Borbonica ©
Galleria Borbonica

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, shop like a local with Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri, then take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, then admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, take in the exciting artwork at Aria Art Gallery, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then hunt for treasures at Mercato Centrale, and finally see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Florence itinerary maker site .

Traveling by train from Naples to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Naples in May, expect little chillier with lows of 52°F in Florence. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

3
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Giudecca 795 Art Gallery and L'artista della barbaria. Your inner history buff will appreciate Peggy Guggenheim Collection and St. Mark's Square. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Ca' Ballarin, and admire the striking features of Doge's Palace.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Venice attractions planner.

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Spiaggia di Ca' Ballarin
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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