24 days in Italy Itinerary

24 days in Italy Itinerary

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24 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  25​h
1
Rome
— 1 night
train + subway:  3​h
2
Amalfi
— 4 nights
bus:  30​min
3
Positano
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
4
Sorrento
— 1 night
+2
subway + train + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Palermo, Sicily
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 15​min
6
Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Florence
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
8
Radda in Chianti
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Rome
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne

1
night
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 11th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rome road trip planning app .

Melbourne, Australia to Rome is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Rome is minus 9 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in May: high temperatures in Rome hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Amalfi.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

4
nights
Amalfi

Known for its impressive hillside cascade of colorful stone buildings down to the Mediterranean shore, Amalfi is the cultural and commercial heart of southern Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Dedicate the 15th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Ravello, take in the exciting artwork at Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, and look for gifts at Piccadilly.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Amalfi driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of train and subway from Rome to Amalfi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Rome in May since evenings lows in Amalfi dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Positano.

Things to do in Amalfi

Tours Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Ravello, Amalfi Charter, Amalfi Coast, Piccadilly
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Villa Rufolo ©
Villa Rufolo
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens

2
nights
Positano

Positano ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): make a trip to Parocchia di San Luca Evangelista. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Cave of Smeraldo, then enjoy some diversion at Tennis Al Settimo Piano, and then stroll through Spiaggia Grande.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Positano trip planner .

Positano is just a stone's throw from Amalfi. Traveling from Amalfi in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Positano, with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Sorrento.

Things to do in Positano

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Parocchia di San Luca Evangelista
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Spiaggia Grande ©
Spiaggia Grande
Il Sentiero Degli Dei ©
Il Sentiero Degli Dei
Tennis Al Settimo Piano ©
Tennis Al Settimo Piano

1
night
Sorrento

Sorrento ©
A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
On the 18th (Fri), take in the waterfront at Marina Grande - Antico Borgo Marinaro, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Francis Church and Convent, and then make a trip to Piazza Tasso.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sorrento trip builder app .

Sorrento is very close to Positano. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Palermo.

Things to do in Sorrento

Historic Sites
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St Francis Church and Convent ©
St Francis Church and Convent
Piazza Tasso ©
Piazza Tasso
Marina Grande - Antico Borgo Marinaro ©

3
nights
Palermo, Sicily

The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Venture out of the city with trips to Riserva Naturale Orientata dello Zingaro (in Castellammare del Golfo), Duomo di Monreale (in Monreale) and Duomo di Cefalu (in Cefalu). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Cattedrale di Palermo, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Conte Federico, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe dei Cappuccini.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Palermo trip planner.

You can do a combination of subway, train, and flight from Sorrento to Palermo in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and ferry; or do a combination of subway and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Riserva Naturale Orientata dello Zingaro, Duomo di Monreale, Duomo di Cefalu
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Food Tours
Cattedrale di Palermo ©
Cattedrale di Palermo

2
nights
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Cinque Terre Trails and then trek along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cinque Terre trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Palermo to Cinque Terre in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a train. May in Cinque Terre sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Nature Trails
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Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre ©
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails

2
nights
Florence

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): make a trip to Piazza Santo Spirito, admire the natural beauty at Giardino Bardini, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, ponder the design of Fountain of Neptune, then make a trip to Cappelle Medicee, then take an in-depth tour of Corridoio Vasariano, and finally get curious at Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Florence planner .

Drive from Cinque Terre to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Radda in Chianti.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Museums Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore ©
Cappelle Medicee ©
Cappelle Medicee

4
nights
Radda in Chianti

Radda in Chianti ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino), Cala Violina (in Scarlino) and Walls of Monteriggioni (in Monteriggioni). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona, contemplate the long history of Abbazia di Sant'Antimo, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Verrazzano, and make a trip to Piazza Grande a Montepulciano.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Radda in Chianti travel itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Florence to Radda in Chianti in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May in Radda in Chianti, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Radda in Chianti

Wineries Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Montalcino, Castello di Verrazzano, Abbazia di San Galgano, Piazza Grande, Cala Violina
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Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona ©
Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona
Castello di Verrazzano ©
Castello di Verrazzano
Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano

3
nights
Rome

Rome ©
On the 31st (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pietro in Vincoli, then pause for some serene contemplation at Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, then admire the natural beauty at Villa d'Este, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Villa Borghese. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then pause for some photo ops at Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rome trip planner .

You can drive from Radda in Chianti to Rome in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa d'Este
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Villa Borghese ©
Villa Borghese
Villa d'Este ©
Villa d'Este
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore ©
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

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