11 days in Italy, Aix-en-Provence & Barcelona Itinerary

11 days in Italy, Aix-en-Provence & Barcelona Itinerary

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Fly
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Varenna, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Aix-en-Provence, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Colosseum, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then admire the striking features of Cupola di San Pietro, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore, then take an in-depth tour of Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini, then don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome day trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Rome is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. April in Rome sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 26 — 28:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally appreciate the history behind Campanile di Giotto. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Florence trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Florence are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Varenna.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:

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Varenna, Italy

Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. On the 1st (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Sant'Antonio Abate, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero, take in the architecture and atmosphere at S. Giovanni Battista, then shop like a local with Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giorgio.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Varenna trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a train from Florence to Varenna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Milan.

Things to do in Varenna

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 1:

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Milan, Italy

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Il Cenacolo.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Milan trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Varenna to Milan takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Milan are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 1 — 2:

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Aix-en-Provence, France

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): admire the striking features of Le Tour de l'Horloge, admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, then delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and finally admire the striking features of Hotel de Chateaurenard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence day trip planner.

Getting from Milan to Aix-en-Provence by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Aix-en-Provence can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Barcelona.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 2 — 4:

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Barcelona, Spain

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 5th (Wed), wander the streets of El Born, contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): walk around Parc de Montjuic, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally explore the ancient world of MUHBA Temple d'August.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona day trip planner.

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Barcelona are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks
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Italy travel guide

4.6
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.

Tuscany travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.

Lake Como travel guide

4.2
Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."