18 days in Italy & South of France Itinerary

18 days in Italy & South of France Itinerary

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18 days in Italy & South of France Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Assisi, Italy
— 2 nights
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train + subway:  3​h
4
Ravello, Italy
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Carloforte, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Cabras, Italy
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  6​h
7
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: London, United Kingdom

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): examine the collection at Pitti Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and finally admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Florence road trip tool .

London, UK to Florence is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from London to Florence, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in August; daily highs in Florence reach 35°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico

2
nights
Assisi, Italy

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museo della Porziuncola, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica inferiore di San Francesco d'Assisi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Chiara, and finally step into the grandiose world of Rocca Maggiore. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eremo delle Carceri, do a tasting at Tili Vini Societa Agricola, pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto, then explore the historical opulence of Rocca Paolina, and finally contemplate the long history of San Damiano.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Assisi attractions planner.

You can drive from Florence to Assisi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto, Rocca Paolina
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Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola
Basilica di Santa Chiara ©
Basilica di Santa Chiara

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Palatine Hill and Vatican Museums. Do some cultural sightseeing at Piazza Navona and Pantheon. There's much more to do: admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, and take a stroll through Trastevere.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Rome tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Assisi to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rome when traveling from Assisi in August, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

1
night
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
On the 15th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, kick back and relax at Lido di Ravello, then take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Villa Rufolo, and finally contemplate the long history of Duomo di Ravello.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Ravello trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of train and subway from Rome to Ravello in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Rome, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Ravello, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Carloforte.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Duomo di Sant'Andrea
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Duomo di Sant'Andrea ©
Duomo di Sant'Andrea
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

1
night
Carloforte, Italy

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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Delle Colonne, identify plant and animal life at Spiaggia di Cala Fico, and then kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Girin. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Punta Nera, then stroll through Cape Sandalo, and then stroll through La Conca.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Carloforte trip maker site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ravello to Carloforte. When traveling from Ravello in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Carloforte: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Cabras.

Things to do in Carloforte

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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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
Cabras, Italy

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.
On the 18th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Maimoni Beach, then contemplate the long history of Tharros, then kick back and relax at Capo San Marco, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giovanni in Sinis. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia di Is Arutas, then stroll through Sa Mesa Longa, and then enjoy the sand and surf at I Gatti di Su Pallosu.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cabras trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Carloforte to Cabras by car takes about 3 hours. August in Cabras sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Cabras

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scrovegni Chapel and Basilica di Sant’Antonio. Basilica di San Marco and St. Mark's Square will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, wander the streets of Cannaregio, explore the activities along Canal Grande, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice online tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Cabras to Venice takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cabras in August: highs in Venice hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Padua
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Cannaregio ©
Cannaregio
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then explore the striking landscape at Calanques. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, and then take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Marseille holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Marseille takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. August in Marseille sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, Calanques, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence
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Calanques ©
Calanques
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine ©
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine

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