12 days in Italy Itinerary

12 days in Italy Itinerary

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Florence — 2 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 18th (Tue), admire the striking features of Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Florence holiday tool.

Newark, USA to Florence is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Florence, with lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Rome.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Rome — 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, take a stroll through Trastevere, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rome online trip builder.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in April, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Bari.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums
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Bari — 2 nights

Gateway to Apulia

Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Piazza Duomo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale, then indulge your senses at La Cantina Frrud - Museo del Vino, and finally don't miss a visit to Corso Federico II Di Svevia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa del Crocifisso, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale Maria SS. Assunta, get engrossed in the history at Museo Diocesano, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Trani, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santo Stefano.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bari journey planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Bari takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. April in Bari sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Venice.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries
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Venice — 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Padua (Scrovegni Chapel, Basilica of St. Anthony, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico di Venezia, and steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Venice sightseeing site.

You can fly from Bari to Venice in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in April, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks
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Italy travel guide

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.

Province of Bari travel guide

Landmarks · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
Bari is the capital city of the Metropolitan City of Bari and of the Apulia region, on the Adriatic Sea, in Italy. It is the second most important economic centre of mainland Southern Italy after Naples, a port and university city, as well as the city of Saint Nicholas. The city itself has a population of about 326,799, over 116km2, while the urban area has 700,000 inhabitants. The metropolitan area has 1.3 million inhabitants.Bari is made up of four different urban sections. To the north is the closely built old town on the peninsula between two modern harbours, with the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, the Cathedral of San Sabino (1035–1171) and the Hohenstaufen Castle built for Frederick II, which is now also a major nightlife district. To the south is the Murat quarter (erected by Joachim Murat), the modern heart of the city, which is laid out on a rectangular grid-plan with a promenade on the sea and the major shopping district (the via Sparano and via Argiro).Modern residential zones surrounding the centre of Bari were built during the 1960s and 1970s replacing the old suburbs that had developed along roads splaying outwards from gates in the city walls. In addition, the outer suburbs developed rapidly during the 1990s. The city has a redeveloped airport named after Pope John Paul II, Karol Wojtyła Airport, with connections to several European cities.