18 days in Italy & France Itinerary

18 days in Italy & France Itinerary

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Start: San Diego, United States
Fly:  19 h 45 min
1
Polignano a Mare, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
2
Alberobello, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Matera, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Tropea, Italy
— 1 night
Drive + Ferry:  5 h 30 min
5
Capri, Italy
— 1 night
Ferry + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
6
Caserta, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
7
Saturnia, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
8
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
9
Tremosine, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
10
Bellagio, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
11
Annecy, France
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
12
Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
+3
Train + Subway + Foot + Train:  4 h
13
Rouen, France
— 1 night
Train + Bus:  5 h 45 min
14
Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  21 h 15 min
End: San Diego, United States

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Polignano a Mare, Italy

Polignano a Mare ©
Polignano a Mare is a town and comune in the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy, located on the Adriatic Sea. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Cattedrale Maria Santissima della Madia, thentake a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, thenmake a trip to Statua di Domenico Modugno, and finally stroll through Lama Monachile.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Polignano a Mare tour itinerary builder app.

San Diego, USA to Polignano a Mare is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Diego to Polignano a Mare. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Diego in September since evenings lows in Polignano a Mare dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Alberobello.

Things to do in Polignano a Mare

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Basilica Cattedrale Maria Santissima della Madia
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Lama Monachile ©
Lama Monachile
Statua di Domenico Modugno ©
Statua di Domenico Modugno

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Alberobello, Italy

Alberobello ©
Alberobello is a small town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): examine the collection at Trullo Sovrano, thendon't miss a visit to Parrocchia Sant'Antonio di Padova, thentake a stroll through Centro Storico Locorotondo, and finally get outside with Indiana Park.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Alberobello trip planner.

Traveling by car from Polignano a Mare to Alberobello takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. September in Alberobello sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Matera.

Things to do in Alberobello

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Indiana Park, Centro Storico Locorotondo
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Centro Storico Locorotondo ©
Centro Storico Locorotondo
Trullo Sovrano ©
Trullo Sovrano
Parrocchia Sant'Antonio di Padova ©
Parrocchia Sant'Antonio di Padova

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Matera, Italy

Matera ©
Famous for its resemblance to the ancient settlements of Jerusalem and Cappadocia, Matera remains one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Cattedrale di Matera, don't miss a visit to Casa Noha, see the interesting displays at Sassi in Miniatura, thenexamine the collection at Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina, thenstroll around Parco della Murgia Materana, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Matera sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Alberobello to Matera in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Matera sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tropea.

Things to do in Matera

Museums Parks Nature
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Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina ©
Cattedrale di Matera ©
Cattedrale di Matera
Casa Noha ©
Casa Noha

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Tropea, Italy

Tropea ©
Tropea is a municipality located within the province of Vibo Valentia, in Calabria (southern Italy).The town is a famous bathing place, situated on a reef, in the gulf of St. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): kick back and relax at Capo Vaticano, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Riaci, pause for some serene contemplation at The Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell'Isola, thenkick back and relax at Michelino Beach, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Artistic Creations The Lighthouse.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tropea, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Matera to Tropea takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Tropea can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Capri.

Things to do in Tropea

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Capo Vaticano, Spiaggia di Riaci, Michelino Beach
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Capo Vaticano ©
Capo Vaticano
The Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell'Isola ©
The Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell'Isola
Artistic Creations The Lighthouse ©
Artistic Creations The Lighthouse

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Capri, Italy

Capri ©
The island of Capri encompasses all the magical allure of the Mediterranean--dramatic blue waters, lush mountainous landscape, and picturesque island villages.
On the 7th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa San Michele, appreciate the history behind Natural Arch, take an in-depth tour of Villa San Michele, take a memorable drive along Via Krupp, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Giardini di Augusto, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at I Faraglioni.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Capri online travel route planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Tropea to Capri in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of flight, train, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in September, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Caserta.

Things to do in Capri

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Anacapri
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Villa San Michele ©
Villa San Michele
Giardini di Augusto ©
Giardini di Augusto
Natural Arch ©
Natural Arch

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Caserta, Italy

Caserta ©
Caserta is the capital of the province of Caserta in the Campania region of Italy. On the 8th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Cappella di San Rocco, make a trip to Palace of Bishop of Casertavecchia, thenwander the streets of Casertavecchia, and finally catch a live event at Anfiteatro Campano e Museo dei Gladiatori.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Caserta holiday planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Capri to Caserta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Capri in September since evenings lows in Caserta dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Saturnia.

Things to do in Caserta

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Anfiteatro Campano e Museo dei Gladiatori
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Anfiteatro Campano e Museo dei Gladiatori ©
Casertavecchia
Casertavecchia
Palace of Bishop of Casertavecchia ©
Palace of Bishop of Casertavecchia

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Saturnia, Italy

Saturnia
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Cascate del Mulino, step into the grandiose world of Piazza del Castello di Montemerano, and then relax and rejuvenate at Terme di Saturnia - Parco Termale.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Saturnia day trip tool.

Drive from Caserta to Saturnia in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Saturnia are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Saturnia

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trip

Piazza del Castello di Montemerano
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Terme di Saturnia - Parco Termale
Terme di Saturnia - Parco Termale
Piazza del Castello di Montemerano ©
Piazza del Castello di Montemerano
Cascate del Mulino ©
Cascate del Mulino

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Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
On the 10th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo Storico di Manarola, and then learn about winemaking at Cinque Terre Walk and Drink.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Saturnia to Cinque Terre in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In September in Cinque Terre, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tremosine.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites Wineries
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Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church ©
Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church
Cinque Terre Walk and Drink ©
Cinque Terre Walk and Drink

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Tremosine, Italy

Tremosine ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Pieve Di Tremosine, don't miss a visit to Strada della Forra, thenride a horse along Scuderia Nai, and finally see the interesting displays at La Limonaia del Castel.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Tremosine using our trip planner.

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Tremosine in 4.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Tremosine are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Bellagio.

Things to do in Tremosine

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

La Limonaia del Castel
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Pieve Di Tremosine ©
Pieve Di Tremosine
Strada della Forra ©
Strada della Forra
La Limonaia del Castel ©
La Limonaia del Castel

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Bellagio, Italy

Bellagio ©
Known as the pearl of Lake Como for its luxury accommodations, high-end shops, and fine dining options, Bellagio serves as the lake's premiere resort town.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): walk around Parco di Monza, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di San Nicolo. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Parco di Villa Serbelloni, admire the natural beauty at I Giardini di Villa Melzi, stroll around La Punta Spartivento, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Giacomo, and finally look for gifts at Laved.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Bellagio online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tremosine to Bellagio takes 3.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Bellagio are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Annecy.

Things to do in Bellagio

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Campanile di San Nicolo, Parco di Monza
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I Giardini di Villa Melzi ©
I Giardini di Villa Melzi
Kayaking & Canoeing
La Punta Spartivento ©
La Punta Spartivento

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Annecy, France

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in the views from Pont des Amours, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Semnoz, and then take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Fier.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Annecy trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Bellagio to Annecy in 5 hours. Traveling from Bellagio in September, expect Annecy to be slightly colder, temps between 70°F and 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Annecy

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Les Gorges du Fier
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Semnoz ©
Semnoz
Pont des Amours ©
Pont des Amours
Les Gorges du Fier ©
Les Gorges du Fier

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Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in the views from Pont Couverts, steep yourself in history at Protestant Church of St. Peter the Younger, thenwalk around Parc de l'Orangerie, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, and finally make a trip to Barrage Vauban.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg trip planner.

Drive from Annecy to Strasbourg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Rouen.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Parks
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Protestant Church of St. Peter the Younger ©
Protestant Church of St. Peter the Younger
Barrage Vauban ©
Barrage Vauban
Parc de l'Orangerie ©
Parc de l'Orangerie

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Rouen, France

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): admire the striking features of Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, appreciate the history behind Gros-Horloge, admire the landmark architecture of Palais de Justice, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Maclou's Church, and finally make a trip to Vieux Rouen.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rouen trip planner.

Getting from Strasbourg to Rouen by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Gros-Horloge ©
Gros-Horloge
Rue du Gros-Horloge ©
Rue du Gros-Horloge
Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc ©
Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc

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Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 17th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mont Saint-Michel, thendon't miss a visit to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, thenidentify plant and animal life at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, and finally relax in the rural setting at Maison Jehan Michel.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel online itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Rouen to Mont-Saint-Michel in 6 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Mont Saint-Michel Bay ©
Mont Saint-Michel Bay
Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel ©

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