20 days in Spain, Portugal & Italy Itinerary

20 days in Spain, Portugal & Italy Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Bologna, Italy
— 1 night
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Venice, Italy
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Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then make a trip to Gran Via, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Parque del Retiro, then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip planner.

New York City, USA to Madrid is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. In February, Madrid is somewhat warmer than New York City - with highs of 52°F and lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
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Barcelona, Spain

— 3 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo. Popular historic sites such as El Barri Gòtic and Barcelona Cathedral are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: stroll around Parc Guell, admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, get to know the fascinating history of Las Ramblas, and explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona trip itinerary builder app.

Fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in February, expect Barcelona to be a bit warmer, temps between 58°F and 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
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Lisbon, Portugal

— 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castelo de S. Jorge and Quinta da Regaleira. Visit Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo dos Mouros for their historical value. Step out of Lisbon with an excursion to Park and National Palace of Pena in Sintra--about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, wander the streets of Alfama, see the interesting displays at Museu De Artes Decorativas Portuguesas, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Lisbon online trip planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 46°F. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Rome.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Popular historic sites such as Colosseum and Vatican Museums are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pantheon and St. Peter's Basilica. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and admire the striking features of Cupola di San Pietro.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome journey planner.

Getting from Lisbon to Rome by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Rome. Expect slightly colder evenings in Rome when traveling from Lisbon in February, with lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Florence, Italy

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 24th (Thu), get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then admire the masterpieces at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, then steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, you can read our Florence vacation planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Florence are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums
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Bologna, Italy

— 1 night

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take a stroll through Quadrilatero, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, then enjoy breathtaking views from Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, and finally make a trip to Piazza Maggiore.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bologna trip itinerary maker tool.

You can take a train from Florence to Bologna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Florence in February: highs in Bologna hover around 49°F, while lows dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Venice, Italy

— 3 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Doge's Palace and Piazza San Marco. Visit Basilica di San Marco and Basilica of St. Anthony for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and don't miss a visit to Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Venice day trip site.

You can drive from Bologna to Venice in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Churches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Portugal travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
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.