33 days in Italy & Island of Malta Itinerary

33 days in Italy & Island of Malta Itinerary

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Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
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Turin, Italy
— 2 nights
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
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Bologna, Italy
— 2 nights
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Bari, Italy
— 3 nights
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Sorrento, Italy
— 5 nights
Subway to Napoli - Porta Nolana, Ferry to Palermo
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Palermo, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive
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Catania, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive to Pozzallo, Ferry to Valletta
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Valletta, Malta
— 4 nights
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Milan, Italy

— 3 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Milan is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo del Touring Club Italiano, and don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Milan trip itinerary builder app.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Milan is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Buenos Aires to Milan, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, things will get colder in Milan: highs are around 9°C and lows about 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Turin.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Turin, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Magic

A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parco del Valentino, and then contemplate the long history of Basilica of Superga. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museo Egizio, don't miss a visit to Piazza San Carlo, make a trip to Galleria San Federico, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Castello, and finally don't miss a visit to Galleria Subalpina.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Turin online vacation builder.

Traveling by train from Milan to Turin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Turin

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Cinque Terre, Italy

— 2 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at Cinque Terre Wellness, look for gifts at Le Mie Sete - Atelier Artistico Artigianale, then walk around Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santo Stefano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): make a trip to Oratorio della Confraternita dei Neri Mortis et Orationis, don't miss a visit to Podere Case Lovara, then take a leisurely stroll along Passeggiata Lungomare, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, and finally take a stroll around Vernazza.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre travel route planner.

You can take a train from Turin to Cinque Terre in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Turin in December, expect nights in Cinque Terre to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bologna.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Shopping · Parks · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Bologna, Italy

— 2 nights

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Step out of Bologna with an excursion to Castello Estense in Ferrara--about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, browse the collection at Archiginnasio di Bologna, get engrossed in the history at Museo Civico Archeologico, and admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bologna online itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Bologna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In December, Bologna is a bit cooler than Cinque Terre - with highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Bari.

Things to do in Bologna

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Bari, Italy

— 3 nights

Gateway to Apulia

Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
Venture out of the city with trips to La Cantina Frrud - Museo del Vino (in Altamura), Centro Storico di Polignano a Mare (in Polignano a Mare) and Matera (Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina, Sassi di Matera, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica San Nicola, make a trip to Piazza del Ferrarese, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giacomo, and contemplate the long history of Cattedrale di Bari.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bari trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Bologna to Bari by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bologna in January, with highs in Bari at 15°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sorrento.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:

Sorrento, Italy

— 5 nights

Land of the Sirens

A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ruderi della Basilica di Sant'Eustachio (in Scala), Santuario Santa Maria del Bando (in Atrani) and Amalfi (Valle delle Ferriere, Antichi Sapori d'Amalfi, &more). Dedicate the 8th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: see the sights as you ascend with Toonado, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Anna, make a trip to Parocchia di San Luca Evangelista, and take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Comunale.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sorrento online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Bari to Sorrento by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bari in January since evenings lows in Sorrento dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Palermo.

Things to do in Sorrento

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 10:

Palermo, Italy

— 4 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Take a break from Palermo with a short trip to Duomo di Monreale in Monreale, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Palermo, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe dei Cappuccini, get a taste of the local shopping with Regional Gallery (Galleria Regionale della Sicilia), and admire the masterpieces at Museo Archeologico Regionale "Antonino Salinas".

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Palermo route builder website.

You can do a combination of subway and ferry from Sorrento to Palermo in 10 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or ride a ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Catania.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:

Catania, Italy

— 3 nights

Black Pearl of Ionian Sea

The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Catania: Parrocchia Di San Giuseppe (in Letojanni), Taormina (Ancient Theatre of Taormina, Villa Comunale, &more) and Syracuse (Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi, Duomo di Siracusa, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Piazza Duomo, explore the world behind art at MUSEO CROCIFERI - Art and Chocolate, get engrossed in the history at Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Badia di Sant'Agata.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Catania online vacation maker.

You can drive from Palermo to Catania in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Catania are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Valletta.

Things to do in Catania

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:

Valletta, Malta

— 4 nights

Most Proud

Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
When in Valletta, make a side trip to see Malta National Aquarium in Qawra, approximately Qawra away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of St. John's Co-Cathedral, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Archaeology, admire the natural beauty at Upper Barrakka Gardens, and browse the exhibits of Fort St Elmo - National War Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Valletta day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Catania to Valletta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Catania in January, Valletta is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Valletta

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Island of Malta travel guide

4.1
Historic Walking Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Gardens
As the largest island in the country, Island of Malta is a center for Mediterranean discovery, luxurious relaxation, historical exploration, and buzzing European nightlife. Surrounded by ancient temples and old cities, the island almost feels like an archaeological site that's been converted into a prime vacation spot. Tourists flock here for the aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea, but you don't have to spend all your time on the beach. With a plethora of activities for any type of traveler, you may find yourself exploring a national museum, admiring the collections of boats and yachts in the bays, or people-watching in one of the many bustling squares.