16 days in France, Spain & Italy Itinerary

16 days in France, Spain & Italy Itinerary

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16 days in France, Spain & Italy Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Vatican City, Italy
— Few hours
Subway:  30​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles, United States

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Your inner history buff will appreciate Palace of Versailles and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Le Marais, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and make a trip to Champs-Elysees.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Paris trip planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Time (CET) is 9 hours. When traveling from Los Angeles in February, plan for colder days in Paris, with highs around 46°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

1
night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, take a stroll through Barrio de Salamanca, and then walk around Parque del Retiro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Gran Via, steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, and finally steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid route planner .

Fly from Paris to Madrid in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in February, you will find days in Madrid are a bit warmer (52°F), and nights are about the same (37°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, then take in the pleasant sights at Passeig de Gracia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with La Boqueria, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then look for gifts at Cellarer, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de La Barceloneta.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip planner.

Take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in February, expect Barcelona to be somewhat warmer, temps between 58°F and 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Appreciate the collections at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Gallerie Degli Uffizi. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Castello di Verrazzano. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, stop by Jean Saade, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Barcelona to Florence by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in March, Florence is slightly colder at night with lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Castello di Verrazzano
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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

3
nights
Venice, Italy

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.
On the 5th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, then contemplate the long history of St Mark's Campanile, then contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally examine the collection at Doge's Palace. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally make a trip to Piazza San Marco.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Vatican City.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

few
hours
Vatican City, Italy

Vatican City ©
Covering 44 hectares (110 acres) in the city center of Rome, the wall-enclosed sovereign state of Vatican City is one of the most famous religious sites worldwide, serving as the papal residence and home of the Roman Catholic church.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro, appreciate the history behind La Pieta, and then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Vatican City online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Venice to Vatican City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in March, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can take the subway to Rome.

Things to do in Vatican City

Historic Sites
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Cupola di San Pietro ©
Cupola di San Pietro
La Pieta ©
La Pieta

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Roman Forum. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Via Condotti, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rome sightseeing planning website .

Rome is very close to Vatican City. March in Rome sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

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