40 days in Italy Itinerary

40 days in Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Florence
— 3 nights
Train
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Rome
— 5 nights
Train
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Pompeii
— 3 nights
Drive
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Positano
— 5 nights
Drive
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Salve
— 3 nights
Bus to Brindisi, Fly to Catania
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Catania, Sicily
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Vito lo Capo, Sicily
— 4 nights
Fly
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Venice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Verona
— 5 nights
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Milan
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Florence

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Florence Academy of Fine Arts. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa) and Piazza del Campo (in Siena). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, and explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence trip builder app.

London, UK to Florence is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Florence is 1 hour. In July, Florence is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 35°C and lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Rome

— 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kids will enjoy Colosseum and Piazza Navona. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, and admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rome travel planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Rome are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can take a train to Pompeii.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Pompeii

— 3 nights

Underground City

Pompeii has been a tourist destination for more than 250 years.
Kids will enjoy Spiaggia di castiglione and Pompeii Archaeological Park. Get out of town with these interesting Pompeii side-trips: Paestum (Lido Mediterraneo Beach, Paestum Ruins, &more) and Ravello (Duomo di Ravello & Filo d'Autore Ravello). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Villa dei Misteri, make a trip to Forum Baths, explore the ancient world of Odeon - Teatro Piccolo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Apollo.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Pompeii online trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Rome to Pompeii in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Positano.

Things to do in Pompeii

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Positano

— 5 nights
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Family-friendly places like Fornillo and Boat Tours & Water Sports will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Positano: Atrani (Piazzetta Umberto I & Spiaggia di Atrani), Ravello (Villa Rufolo, Villa Cimbrone Gardens, &more) and Amalfi (Duomo di Sant'Andrea & Food Tours). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lido di Ravello, take in the pleasant sights at Positano, don't miss a visit to Fiordo di Furore, and surround yourself with nature on Le Ali nel Vento - Birds of Prey Experience.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Positano vacation planner.

Drive from Pompeii to Positano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Positano, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Salve.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Salve

— 3 nights
Salve is a 5,000 inhabitants village and comune in the province of Lecce, in the Apulia region of south-east Italy.HistoryIndications of Bronze Age settlements in the territory of Salve have been revealed by several archaeological findings. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sidereus and Parco Naturale Regionale Costa Otranto - Santa Maria di Leuca e Bosco di Tricase. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Salve: Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria (in Galatina), Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie (in Sannicola) and Torre Santa Maria dell'Alto (in Nardo). There's much more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, don't miss a visit to Antichi Frantoi Ipogei, explore the fascinating underground world of Grotta del Lago, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cripta del Crocifisso.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Salve itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Positano to Salve takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. In August, daytime highs in Salve are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Catania.

Things to do in Salve

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Catania, Sicily

— 2 nights

Black Pearl of Ionian Sea

The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
On the 11th (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with Blue Sea Diving Center, then explore the ancient world of Ancient Theatre of Taormina, and then step off the mainland to explore Isola Bella. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at Etnaland.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Catania driving holiday planning website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Salve to Catania in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Catania when traveling from Salve in August, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Vito lo Capo.

Things to do in Catania

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

San Vito lo Capo, Sicily

— 4 nights
A vacation in San Vito lo Capo offers a chance to enjoy a sheltered bay and a town with distinctive Arab-Norman architecture.
Bring the kids along to Spiaggia di San Vito lo Capo and Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro. Venture out of the city with trips to Museum Of Optical Illusions (in Trapani) and EL RIO Beach Bar (in Valderice). There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Macari, tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Isuledda, and hike along Il sentiero di Monte Monaco.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the San Vito lo Capo online journey planner.

You can drive from Catania to San Vito lo Capo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In August in San Vito lo Capo, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in San Vito lo Capo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Venice

— 5 nights

City of Romance

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.
Attractions like Canal Grande and Basilica di San Marco make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica of St. Anthony). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Piazza San Marco, browse the exhibits of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Venice online holiday planner.

You can fly from San Vito lo Capo to Venice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from San Vito lo Capo in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Venice, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Verona

— 5 nights

City of Romeo and Juliet

The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Family-friendly places like Gardaland Park and Lago di Garda will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Verona side-trips: Museo Pietra Viva (in Sant'Orsola Terme) and Parco naturale Sciliar-Catinaccio (in Tiers). There's much more to do: enjoy some music at Arena di Verona, look for gifts at Fil Good, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, and take in the views from Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Verona trip planner.

Drive from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Verona can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Milan

— 4 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Duomo di Milano and Food Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milan: Genoa (Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova & Aquarium of Genoa), Bellagio (I Giardini di Villa Melzi & Kayaking & Canoeing) and Villa del Balbianello (in Tremezzina). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, pause for some serene contemplation at S. Giovanni Battista, get outside with Aero Club Monte Cornizzolo, and step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Milan tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Verona to Milan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.