31 days in Italy & France Itinerary

31 days in Italy & France Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Siena, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 3 nights
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Cannes, France
— 4 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
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Positano, Italy
— 4 nights
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Catania, Italy
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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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rome tour builder app.

Doha, Qatar to Rome is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Doha in October, things will get colder in Rome: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Siena.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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Siena, Italy

— 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Campo, and then explore the galleries of Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero di San Giovanni, do a tasting at Guardastelle Vineyard, then learn about winemaking at Podere La Marronaia- Sosta Alle Colonne, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Siena trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rome to Siena takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Siena

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at La Pelle and Mercato Centrale. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce, and don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo.

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Drive from Siena to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
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Cinque Terre, Italy

— 3 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Visiting Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours and Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, explore the striking landscape of Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre, hike along Sentiero Monterosso - Vernazza, and get to know the fascinating history of Cinque Terre Trails.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cinque Terre trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Florence to Cinque Terre by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In October in Cinque Terre, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites
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Cannes, France

— 4 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Step out of the city life by going to Lérins Islands and Rand'eau evasion. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at La Croisette and Marche Forville. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cannes: Azur Wine Tours (in Vence) and Nice (Colline du Chateau overlook, Vieille Ville, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Rue d'Antibes.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cannes online trip maker.

Getting from Cinque Terre to Cannes by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Cannes sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Tours

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Paris, France

— 4 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Do your shopping at Le Marais and Champs-Elysees. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Paris attractions planner.

Getting from Cannes to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In October, Paris is a bit cooler than Cannes - with highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Venice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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Venice, Italy

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Verona (Museo di Castelvecchio, Arena di Verona, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, and steep yourself in history at Doge's Palace.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Venice travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Venice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Positano.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Parks

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Positano, Italy

— 4 nights
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Escape the urban bustle at Le Ali nel Vento - Birds of Prey Experience and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Venture out of the city with trips to Ravello (Villa Cimbrone Gardens, Villa Rufolo, &more) and Amalfi (Duomo di Sant'Andrea, Museo della Carta, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take advantage of the amenities at Fornillo, get great views at Il Sentiero Degli Dei, Head underground at Cave of Smeraldo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Santa Maria Assunta.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Positano trip maker site.

You can fly from Venice to Positano in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Venice in October, with highs in Positano at 26°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Catania.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

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Catania, Italy

— 3 nights

Black Pearl of Ionian Sea

The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
On the 29th (Fri), stroll around Villa Comunale, then see some colorful creatures with Blue Sea Diving Center, and then explore the ancient world of Ancient Theatre of Taormina. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Isola Bella and then trek along Etnatao Etna Excursions.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Catania online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Positano to Catania takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Positano in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Catania, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Catania

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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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.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.