24 days in Italy, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

24 days in Italy, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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24 days in Italy, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Drive:  8 h
1
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  9 h 30 min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
6
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h
7
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Drive:  22 h 45 min
End: Birmingham, United Kingdom

4
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.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, religious sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, take an in-depth tour of Capitoline Museums, make a trip to Trevi Fountain, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rome trip builder.

Birmingham, UK to Rome is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Birmingham to Rome. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Birmingham in March: high temperatures in Rome hover around 19°C and lows are around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Siena (Siena Cathedral & Piazza del Campo). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Uffizi Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Florence travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In March in Florence, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Siena
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Food Tours
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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.
Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Padua (Basilica di Sant’Antonio - Basilica del Santo & Scrovegni Chapel). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, steep yourself in history at St Mark's Campanile, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, and snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Venice tour planner.

Take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Florence in March, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Venice: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Padua
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo, get great views at Duomo Rooftops, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, then contemplate the long history of Il Cenacolo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Milan custom trip planner.

You can take a train from Venice to Milan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

4
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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for sightseeing, parks, museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at La Sagrada Familia, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, explore and take pictures at Camp Nou, and examine the collection at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Milan to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Milan in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for sightseeing, museums, parks, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional del Prado, explore the world behind art at Museum Sorolla, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, and take in nature's colorful creations at Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro).

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Madrid holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Madrid when traveling from Barcelona in March, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena, Sintra National Palace, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, admire the landmark architecture of Jeronimos Monastery, take in nature's colorful creations at Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon itinerary planner.

Getting from Madrid to Lisbon by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Lisbon when traveling from Madrid in March, with lows around 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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