22 days in France & Italy Itinerary

22 days in France & Italy Itinerary

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22 days in France & Italy Itinerary

Start: Reno, United States
Fly:  17 h
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Bus + Fly + Train:  2 h
2
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
— 1 night
Drive:  15 min
5
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
8
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Tram + Fly:  23 h 30 min
End: Reno, United States


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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Arc de Triomphe. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee d'Orsay and Sainte-Chapelle. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, wander the streets of Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, and stroll through Paris Plage.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip site .

Reno, USA to Paris is an approximately 17-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. While traveling from Reno, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

2
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, then make a trip to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally explore by horseback at Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a train from Paris to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Parks
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Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste ©
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere

2
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 30th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then learn about winemaking at Chateau La Coste en Provence, then don't miss a visit to Cours Mirabeau, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bestouan Beach and then explore the striking landscape at Calanques.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille tour itinerary builder website .

Getting from Lyon to Marseille by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Villefranche-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Cassis
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Calanques ©
Calanques
Chateau La Coste en Provence ©
Chateau La Coste en Provence
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

1
night
Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

Villefranche-sur-Mer ©
Villefranche-sur-Mer is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region on the French Riviera.GeographyVillefranche-sur-Mer adjoins the city of Nice to the east along Mont Boron, Mont Alban and Mont Vinaigrier, and 10km south west of Monaco. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin exotique d'Eze, then contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, then steep yourself in history at Villa Kerylos, and finally contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Villefranche-sur-Mer trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Marseille to Villefranche-sur-Mer in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Marseille in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Villefranche-sur-Mer: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Nice.

Things to do in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Eze, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Villa Kerylos
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La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale
Villa Kerylos ©
Villa Kerylos

2
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
On the 2nd (Sun), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Marineland. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Tourrettes-sur-Loup, explore the historical opulence of Haut de Cagnes, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastère de Cimiez, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Castel Plage.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nice online driving holiday planner .

Nice is just a short distance from Villefranche-sur-Mer. In June in Nice, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

Haut de Cagnes, Marineland, Tourrettes-sur-Loup
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Marineland ©
Marineland
Castel Plage ©
Castel Plage
Haut de Cagnes ©
Haut de Cagnes

2
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Certosa di Pavia, then look for all kinds of wild species at Oasi di Sant'Alessio, and then experience rural life at AgriPavia. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then wander the streets of Brera District, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Milan trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Nice to Milan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in June, expect nights in Milan to be about the same, around 64°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oasi di Sant'Alessio, Certosa di Pavia, AgriPavia
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Certosa di Pavia ©
Certosa di Pavia
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro ©

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Bagni Alberoni and then stroll through Bahia del Sole. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Cannaregio, explore the activities along Canal Grande, then explore the galleries of Doge's Palace, and finally make a trip to St. Mark's Square.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Venice trip planner .

You can take a train from Milan to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Venice sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bahia del Sole
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Cannaregio ©
Cannaregio
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Uffizi Galleries. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica San Miniato al Monte and Borgo di Lucignano d’Arbia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Fattoria Casaloste (in Panzano in Chianti) and Castello di Verrazzano (in Greve in Chianti). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, make a trip to The Baptistery of St. John, examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Florence sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Greve in Chianti, Borgo di Lucignano d’Arbia, Historic Centre of San Gimignano
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

3
nights
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cinque Terre Trails and Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Terra di Bargon and Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Cinque Terre: Basilica dei Fieschi (in Cogorno), Centro Storico del Paese di Tellaro (in Tellaro) and Baia del Silenzio (in Sestri Levante). There's much more to do: hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, step into the grandiose world of Castello Doria, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail 531 Riomaggiore to Manarola, and make a trip to Borgo Antico.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cinque Terre day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Florence to Cinque Terre takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Florence in June, Cinque Terre is a bit cooler at night with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Basilica dei Fieschi, Centro Storico del Paese di Tellaro, Baia del Silenzio
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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Baia del Silenzio ©
Baia del Silenzio
Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails

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