16 days in Italy Itinerary

16 days in Italy Itinerary

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16 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  17​h 30​min
1
Cabras, Sardinia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Villasimius, Sardinia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Carloforte, Sardinia
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Portoferraio, Elba Island
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  3​h
5
Florence
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Rome
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  12​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Cabras, Sardinia

Cabras ©
Looking out onto a vast coastline from the southern shore of the lake, Cabras represents an ancient village best known for its rare historical finds that date as far back as the Neolithic times.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at I Gatti di Su Pallosu, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sa Mesa Longa, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Is Arutas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Maimoni Beach, then get outside with Capo San Marco, and then get to know the fascinating history of Penisola del Sinis - Isola di Mal di Ventre.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cabras online trip planner .

Washington DC, USA to Cabras is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Washington DC in June since evenings lows in Cabras dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Villasimius.

Things to do in Cabras

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

San Vero Milis, San Giovanni di Sinis
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Spiaggia di Is Arutas ©
Spiaggia di Is Arutas
Maimoni Beach ©
Maimoni Beach
Sa Mesa Longa ©
Sa Mesa Longa

3
nights
Villasimius, Sardinia

Villasimius ©
Attractions like Spiaggia Cala San Stefano and Spiaggia di Kal' e Moru make great kid-friendly stops. Discover out-of-the-way places like Spiaggia di Piscadeddus and Spiaggia di Porto Sa Ruxi.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Villasimius driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cabras to Villasimius takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daytime highs in Villasimius are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Carloforte.

Things to do in Villasimius

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Spiaggia di Kal' e Moru, Spiaggia di Solanas
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Spiaggia di Solanas ©
Spiaggia di Solanas

2
nights
Carloforte, Sardinia

Carloforte ©
Carloforte is a fishing and resort town of located on Isola di San Pietro, approximately 7km off the southwestern coast of Sardinia, in southern Sardinia, Italy.HistoryAccording to a legend, a local church was founded in the early 14th century in honour of hundreds of participants to the so-called Children's Crusade of 1212 who perished in a shipwreck just off the island on their way to North Africa during a gale. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Girin, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Cala Fico, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Delle Colonne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Punta Nera, enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Sandalo, and then stroll through La Conca.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Carloforte online visit planner .

Drive from Villasimius to Carloforte in 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Portoferraio.

Things to do in Carloforte

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Spiaggia di Cala Fico ©
Spiaggia di Cala Fico
Spiaggia di Girin ©
Spiaggia di Girin
Spiaggia di Punta Nera ©
Spiaggia di Punta Nera

2
nights
Portoferraio, Elba Island

Portoferraio ©
Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. We've included these beaches for you: Spiaggia delle Tombe and Spiaggia di Seccione. Bring the kids along to Spiaggia di Cotoncello and Spiaggia di Capo Bianco. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portoferraio: Spiaggia del Relitto (in Pomonte) and Spiaggia di Cavoli (in Seccheto).

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Portoferraio tour planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Carloforte to Portoferraio. While traveling from Carloforte, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Portoferraio, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Portoferraio

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Marciana, Spiaggia di Cavoli, Spiaggia delle Tombe
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Spiaggia di Seccione ©
Spiaggia di Seccione
Spiaggia di Cavoli ©
Spiaggia di Cavoli

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then admire the striking features of Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and finally examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Florence holiday planning app .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Portoferraio to Florence in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. When traveling from Portoferraio in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Florence: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

3
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Bring the kids along to Palatine Hill and Colosseum. Get a sense of the local culture at Vatican Museums and Pantheon. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Rome visit planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June in Rome, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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