43 days in Spain & Italy Itinerary

43 days in Spain & Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
Train
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Cordoba, Spain
— 1 night
Train
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Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive
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Malaga, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly to Naples, Ferry to Positano
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Positano, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive
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Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montepulciano, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cortona, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Volterra, Italy
— 2 nights
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Montalcino, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 3 nights
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Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Madrid travel app.

Denver, USA to Madrid is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Denver in April; daily highs in Madrid reach 67°F and lows reach 47°F. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 7:

Seville, Spain

— 3 nights

City of Towers

A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Seville is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Santa Cruz, walk around Parque de Maria Luisa, and admire the landmark architecture of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol).

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Seville vacation maker website.

Take a train from Madrid to Seville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Madrid in April since evenings lows in Seville dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:

Cordoba, Spain

— 1 night

Pearl of Muslim Spain

Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Palacio de Viana, don't miss a visit to Historic Centre of Cordoba, and then steep yourself in history at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cordoba trip itinerary planning website.

You can take a train from Seville to Cordoba in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Seville in April: highs in Cordoba hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Granada.

Things to do in Cordoba

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:

Granada, Spain

— 2 nights

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
When in Granada, make a side trip to see Fundación Cueva de Nerja in Nerja, approximately Nerja away. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Alhambra, admire the striking features of Royal Chapel of Granada, take in nature's colorful creations at Generalife, and get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Granada holiday tool.

Traveling by train from Cordoba to Granada takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cordoba in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Granada: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Malaga.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:

Malaga, Spain

— 3 nights

Capital of the Costa del Sol

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Change things up with these side-trips from Malaga: Parque De La Paloma (in Benalmadena) and Balcony of Europe (in Nerja). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Alcazaba, examine the collection at Automobile and Fashion Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario de la Victoria, and admire the striking features of Malaga Cathedral.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Malaga itinerary app.

Drive from Granada to Malaga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Granada in April, Malaga is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Positano.

Things to do in Malaga

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 16:

Positano, Italy

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Positano side-trips: Sorrento (St Francis Church and Convent & Piazza Tasso), Amalfi (Museo della Carta, Valle delle Ferriere, &more) and Ravello (Duomo di Ravello, Belvedere Principessa di Piemonte, &more). There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Il Sentiero Degli Dei, head outdoors with Le Ali nel Vento - Birds of Prey Experience, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Santa Maria Assunta.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Positano driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Malaga to Positano in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Malaga in April: highs in Positano hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rome.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 21:

Rome, Italy

— 1 night

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 22nd (Fri), enjoy breathtaking views from Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, then admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, then don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, and finally explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rome, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Positano to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Positano in April, expect little chillier with lows of 49°F in Rome. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Civita di Bagnoregio.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 21 — 22:

Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy

— 2 nights
Civita di Bagnoregio is a town in the Province of Viterbo in central Italy, a suburb of the comune of Bagnoregio, 1km east from it. On the 23rd (Sat), stroll around La Serpara and then step into the grandiose world of Castello Orsini. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see a world frozen in time at Centro Storico di Celleno Vecchia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Donato Church, and then get curious at Museo Geologico e delle Frane.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Civita di Bagnoregio day trip planner.

You can drive from Rome to Civita di Bagnoregio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Civita di Bagnoregio, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Montepulciano.

Things to do in Civita di Bagnoregio

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 24:

Montepulciano, Italy

— 5 nights

Pearl of the 16th Century

Perched on a limestone ridge in the heart of Tuscany, Montepulciano is known worldwide for its production of red wine, the Vino Noble.
Explore Montepulciano's surroundings by going to Fosso Bianco - Bagni San Filippo (in Bagni di San Filippo) and Fortezza di Radicofani (in Radicofani). There's still lots to do: appreciate the views at Val d'Orcia, explore the world behind art at Museo Civico Archeologico delle Acque, do a tasting at Az. Agr. Poliziano, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tempio di San Biagio.

For where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Montepulciano vacation planner.

Drive from Civita di Bagnoregio to Montepulciano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Montepulciano can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cortona.

Things to do in Montepulciano

Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 29:

Cortona, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Art

The hilltop town of Cortona gained international attention as the subject of the 2003 film "Under the Tuscan Sun." With the Chiana Valley and Lake Trasimeno as its backdrop, Cortona is one of Tuscany's hotspots for art and culture.
Cortona is known for historic sites, classes, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museo Diocesano, step into the grandiose world of Rocca del Leone, make a trip to Piazza della Repubblica, and look for gifts at DelBrenna Jewelry.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cortona trip planner.

You can drive from Montepulciano to Cortona in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Volterra.

Things to do in Cortona

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 2:

Volterra, Italy

— 2 nights
Volterra is a walled mountaintop town in the Tuscany region of Italy of which its history dates to before the 7th century BC and has substantial structures from the Etruscan, Roman, and Medieval periods.HistoryVolterra, known to the ancient Etruscans as Velathri or Vlathri and to the Romans as Volaterrae, is a town and comune in the Tuscany region of Italy. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, view the masterpieces at L'Istrice, and then explore the historical opulence of Palazzo dei Priori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Walls of Monteriggioni, then step into the grandiose world of Castello di Monteriggioni, and then do a tasting at Tenuta Barbadoro.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Volterra travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cortona to Volterra in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Volterra are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Montalcino.

Things to do in Volterra

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 2 — 4:

Montalcino, Italy

— 5 nights

City of Honey

In the heart of wine country, the hill town of Montalcino offers a glimpse of untouched medieval-era Tuscany.
Get out of town with these interesting Montalcino side-trips: Terme Bagno Vignoni (in Bagno Vignoni) and Crete Senesi (in Asciano). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona, take in panoramic vistas at Fortezza di Montalcino, get into the urban bustle at San Quirico d'Orcia, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbazia di Sant'Antimo.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Montalcino route planner.

Getting from Volterra to Montalcino by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Montalcino are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Montalcino

Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 9:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cinque Terre side-trips: Parrocchia Santuario Nostra Signora delle Grazie (in Le Grazie), Ponte Thaon di Revel (in La Spezia) and Portovenere (in Porto Venere). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours, explore the historical opulence of Castello Doria, get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, and explore the striking landscape of Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre.

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Getting from Montalcino to Cinque Terre by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Santa Margherita Ligure.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 9 — 12:

Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy

— 3 nights
Santa Margherita Ligure is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Genoa in the Italian region Liguria, located about 35km southeast of Genoa, in the Tigullio traditional area.Santa Margherita Ligure borders the following municipalities: Camogli, Portofino, Rapallo.It has a port, used for both tourism and fishing activities. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with Bubble Lounge Diving, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Margherita d'Antiochia - Santuario di Nostra Signora della Rosa, and then take a stroll through Santa Margherita Ligure. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Castello Brown and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia del Silenzio.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Margherita Ligure road trip website.

Traveling by train from Cinque Terre to Santa Margherita Ligure takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Cinque Terre in May since evenings lows in Santa Margherita Ligure dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Milan.

Things to do in Santa Margherita Ligure

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 12 — 15:

Milan, Italy

— 1 night

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.
On the 15th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, and finally admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Milan online trip maker.

Getting from Santa Margherita Ligure to Milan by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay May 15 — 16:

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · 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.

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.