11 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

11 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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11 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

San Francisco
Fly:  17​h
Venice
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Florence
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Rome
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
San Francisco

3
days
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.
Popular historic sites such as Basilica di San Marco and Ponte dei Sospiri are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, explore the activities along Canal Grande, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo).

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San Francisco, USA to Venice is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Venice, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In May in Venice, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can take a train to Florence.

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Porta della Carta
St. Mark's Square
Basilica di San Marco

3
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Florence

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Loggia dei Lanzi. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Uffizi Gallery, admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John, and don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo.

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You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

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Uffizi Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Galleria dell'Accademia

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Rome

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Visit Palatine Hill and Basilica di San Pietro for their historical value. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, steep yourself in history at Sistine Chapel, explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps.

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You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May in Rome, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

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Palatine Hill
Basilica di San Pietro
Vatican Museums

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