9 days in Italy Itinerary

9 days in Italy Itinerary

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9 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Venice
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
2
Florence
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Rome
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Ottawa

2
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.
Venice is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Venice online trip itinerary planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Venice is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Ottawa to Venice, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ottawa in May, Venice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, admire the masterpieces at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, browse the fresh offerings at La Bottega del Produttore, admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally take in the views from Ponte Vecchio. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Pitti Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Campanile di Giotto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then make a trip to Piazza della Signoria, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Florence trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Florence are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

3
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, make a trip to Spanish Steps, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rome day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Florence in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rome, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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