30 days in Croatia & Italy Itinerary

30 days in Croatia & Italy Itinerary

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Pula, Croatia
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
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Split, Croatia
— 4 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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Lido di Venezia, Italy
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Venice, Italy
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Pula, Croatia

It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Pula trip website.

Manchester, UK to Pula is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Pula is 1 hour. Traveling from Manchester in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Pula: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Zagreb.

Things to do in Pula

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Zagreb, Croatia

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church, and then wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad). On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mirogoj Cemetery, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

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Traveling by car from Pula to Zagreb takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In December, Zagreb is a bit cooler than Pula - with highs of 7°C and lows of -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games
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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Pearl of the Adriatic

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Lapad and The Franciscan Church and Monastery will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get out of town with these interesting Dubrovnik side-trips: Cavtat (Cavtat Cemetery & Cavtat Old Town). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fort Lovrijenac, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take an in-depth tour of War Photo Limited, and don't miss a visit to Pile Gate.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Dubrovnik trip planner.

You can fly from Zagreb to Dubrovnik in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Zagreb in December: high temperatures in Dubrovnik hover around 15°C and lows are around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trip

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Split, Croatia

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Cathedral of St James in Sibenik and Riva Harbor. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Marjan Park. Get out of town with these interesting Split side-trips: Spanish Fortress (in Hvar) and Trogir (The St. Lawrence Cathedral and Bell Tower & Historic City of Trogir). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Old Split and appreciate the history behind Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Split trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Split in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. December in Split sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Naples.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Naples, Italy

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Get some historical perspective at Villa San Michele and Lungomare Caracciolo. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Galleria Borbonica and Underground Naples. Change things up with these side-trips from Naples: Vesuvio National Park (in Ottaviano), Castello Aragonese d'Ischia (in Ischia) and Paestum Ruins (in Paestum). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Vulcano Solfatara, steep yourself in history at Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, take in the dramatic natural features at I Faraglioni, and don't miss a visit to Via San Gregorio Armeno.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Naples trip planner.

You can fly from Split to Naples in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In December, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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Rome, Italy

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto and Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Maria Sopra Minerva and Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico. Explore Rome's surroundings by going to Orvieto (Duomo di Orvieto & Pozzo di San Patrizio), Civita di Bagnoregio (in Bagnoregio) and Necropoli di Tarquinia (in Tarquinia). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascata delle Marmore, take in nature's colorful creations at Villa d'Este, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome route website.

Traveling by train from Naples to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Florence, Italy

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some historical perspective at Castello di Monteriggioni and Centro Storico. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Abbazia di Sant'Antimo and Duomo di Pisa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Historic Centre of San Gimignano (in San Gimignano), Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano (in Bologna) and Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino). There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Loggia dei Lanzi, don't miss a visit to Centro Storico di Siena, get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and enjoy breathtaking views from Torre del Mangia.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence road trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. December in Florence sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Lido di Venezia.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Lido di Venezia, Italy

An 11 km (7 mi) sandbar, Lido di Venezia provides a home for three settlements.
On the 25th (Wed), kick back and relax at Blue Moon, look for all kinds of wild species at L’Oasi delle Dune Alberoni, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tempio Ossario del Lido di Venezia, and finally stroll the grounds of Cimitero Ebraico.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Lido di Venezia trip planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Lido di Venezia in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, Lido di Venezia is a bit cooler than Florence - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Lido di Venezia

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
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Venice, Italy

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Campo del Ghetto and Piazza XXVII Ottobre. Do some cultural sightseeing at Scala Contarini del Bovolo and Basilica di Santa Anastasia. Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Padua (Basilica of St. Anthony & Scrovegni Chapel), Verona (Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, Museo di Castelvecchio, &more) and Castello Estense (in Ferrara). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scuola Grande di San Rocco, take a stroll through Cannaregio, don't miss a visit to Dorsoduro, and take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Venice trip builder.

Traveling by car from Lido di Venezia to Venice takes 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Croatia travel guide

4.4
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.

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.

City of Venice travel guide

4.3
Bodies of Water · Historic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings
Venice is a city in northeastern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region. It is situated across a group of 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges, of which there are 400. The islands are located in the shallow Venetian Lagoon, an enclosed bay that lies between the mouths of the Po and the Piave Rivers. Parts of Venice are renowned for the beauty of their settings, their architecture, and artwork. The lagoon and a part of the city are listed as a World Heritage Site.In 2014, 264,579 people resided in Comune di Venezia, of whom around 55,000 live in the historic city of Venice (Centro storico). Together with Padua and Treviso, the city is included in the Padua-Treviso-Venice Metropolitan Area (PATREVE), with a total population of 2.6 million. PATREVE is a statistical metropolitan area without any degree of autonomy.The name is derived from the ancient Veneti people who inhabited the region by the 10th century BC. The city was historically the capital of the Republic of Venice. Venice has been known as the "La Dominante," "Serenissima," "Queen of the Adriatic," "City of Water," "City of Masks," "City of Bridges," "The Floating City," and "City of Canals."

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