43 days in Italy Itinerary

43 days in Italy Itinerary

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43 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  24 h
1
Rome
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Naples
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Positano
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
Assisi
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Florence
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Verona
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
7
Venice
— 10 nights
Fly:  23 h 45 min
End: Sydney

5
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Galleria Borghese and St. Peter's Basilica. Let the collections at Vatican Museums and Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, admire the masterpieces at Sistine Chapel, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, and contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rome tour planner .

Sydney, Australia to Rome is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in Rome reach 32°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vatican City, Tivoli
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

5
nights
Naples

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Get some cultural insight at Gli Scavi Archeologici di Pompei and National Archaeological Museum of Naples. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Keste and Piazza dei Martiri. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Museo Cappella Sansevero, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Napoli, appreciate the extensive heritage of Salita del Petraio, and contemplate the long history of Ruins of Herculaneum.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Naples trip planner .

Traveling by train from Rome to Naples takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Positano.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, Pompeii Archaeological Park
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 3:
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Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Museo Cappella Sansevero ©
Museo Cappella Sansevero
Galleria Borbonica ©
Galleria Borbonica

5
nights
Positano

Positano ©
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Head to Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal and Ceramiche d'Arte Carmelafor plenty of shopping. Get some historical perspective at Duomo di Ravello and Centro Storico Ravello. Get out of town with these interesting Positano side-trips: Vietri sul Mare (Le Vigne di Raito, Sol’Art Ceramiche, & more), Ravello (Cappella Sant'Angelo all'Ospedale, Villa Rufolo, & more) and Castiglione (Spiaggia di castiglione & Lido di Ravello). There's still lots to do: cool off at Fornillo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiostro del Paradiso, sample the fine beverages at Il Gusto della Costa, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bagni d'Arienzo.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Positano online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Naples to Positano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Positano

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ravello, Amalfi, Vietri sul Mare, Il Gusto della Costa
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Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito

5
nights
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Visit Basilica inferiore di San Francesco d'Assisi and Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola for their historical value. Do your shopping at B.A.T. Assisi and La mela in tasca. Explore Assisi's surroundings by going to Montioni Frantoio e Cantina (in Montefalco), Museo del Pianoforte Storico e del Suono (in Fabriano) and Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio (in Mercatello). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Tili Vini Societa Agricola, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria delle Rose, see the interesting displays at Museo della Porziuncola, and steep yourself in history at Basilica di Santa Chiara.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Assisi online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Positano to Assisi in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Positano in October, Assisi is little chillier at night with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Museo del Pianoforte Storico e del Suono, Montioni Frantoio e Cantina, MAEC - Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca, Vineria del Carmine, Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio
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Tili Vini Societa Agricola ©
Tili Vini Societa Agricola
Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola

5
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Appreciate the collections at Pitti Palace and Uffizi Galleries. Do some cultural sightseeing at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Venture out of the city with trips to Siena (Siena Cathedral, Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, & more). And it doesn't end there: get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, and take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Florence trip builder website .

Drive from Assisi to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October in Florence, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Siena
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 18:
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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 ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

5
nights
Verona

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Visit Arena di Verona and Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore for their historical value. Piazza delle Erbe and Casa di Giulietta are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Museo di Castelvecchio, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Fermo, do a tasting at Bertani, and contemplate the long history of Bastione delle Maddalene.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Verona itinerary builder app .

Take a train from Florence to Verona in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Florence in October: highs in Verona hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Piazza delle Erbe ©
Piazza delle Erbe
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

10
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.
Appreciate the collections at Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Museo Ebraico di Venezia. Head to Galleria S.Eufemia and Giudecca 795 Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: PDC Cartizze (in Valdobbiadene) and Padua (Scrovegni Chapel, Chiesa degli Eremitani, & more). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, explore the activities along Canal Grande, explore the world behind art at Museo Correr, and take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile.

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

Traveling by car from Verona to Venice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. October in Venice sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Padua, PDC Cartizze
Find places to stay Oct 23 — Nov 2:
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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