15 days in Madrid & Italy Itinerary

15 days in Madrid & Italy Itinerary

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15 days in Madrid & Italy Itinerary

Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
Fly:  23 h
1
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Naples, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
Palermo, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: San Jose, Costa Rica

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You've added Puerta del Sol, Templo de Debod, Casa de Campo, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, then admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Plaza de Santa Ana. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum of Spain, appreciate the history behind Plaza de Cibeles, take a stroll through Gran Via, then appreciate the history behind Puerta de Alcala, then steep yourself in history at Palacio Real de El Pardo, and finally explore the ancient world of Templo de Debod.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Madrid road trip planning app .

San Jose, Costa Rica to Madrid is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from San Jose to Madrid. When traveling from San Jose in April, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 9°C at night. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Palacio Real de El Pardo ©
Palacio Real de El Pardo
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ponte dell'Accademia, Riva degli Schiavoni, Doge's Palace, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take a stroll through Campo Santa Margherita.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice trip builder tool .

Getting from Madrid to Venice by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. April in Venice sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Oltrarno, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Piazza del Duomo, and other attractions. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Campanile di Giotto, and finally visit Oltrarno.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Florence online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Mon) before leaving for Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

3
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.
You've added Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, Galleria Borghese, Piazza Navona, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): gain a rich perspective with Skip the Line - Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Tour, stop by Trastevere, pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, then make a trip to Spanish Steps, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rome travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 9th (Thu), you'll travel to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Tours Neighborhoods Museums
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Piazza Navona ©
Piazza Navona

1
night
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Vesuvius vs. Pompeii Tours as well as Piazza del Plebiscito. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get a tailor-made plan with Vesuvius vs. Pompeii Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): make a trip to Piazza del Plebiscito.

To find reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Naples trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Rome to Naples takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Naples sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Palermo.

Things to do in Naples

Tours
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Piazza del Plebiscito ©
Piazza del Plebiscito

4
nights
Palermo, Italy

Palermo
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Palermo trip planner.

You can fly from Naples to Palermo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or ride a ferry. On the 15th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Palermo

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