44 days in France & Italy Itinerary

44 days in France & Italy Itinerary

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44 days in France & Italy Itinerary

Start: Bangkok, Thailand
+3
Fly + Train + Foot + Train:  19​h
1
Bayeux, France
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  6​h
2
Carcassonne, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Avignon, France
— 6 nights
+2
Train + Shuttle + Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Palermo, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Verona, Italy
— 6 nights
Train:  1​h
6
Bologna, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Siena, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Assisi, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Orvieto, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
10
Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Bangkok, Thailand


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5
nights
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Visit Normandy American Cemetery and Cathedrale Notre-Dame for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Memorial de Caen and Airborne Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, and enjoy the sand and surf at Omaha Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux day trip planning website .

Bangkok, Thailand to Bayeux is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or fly. Traveling from Bangkok to Bayeux, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Bangkok in April: high temperatures in Bayeux hover around 17°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Arromanches-les-Bains, La Maison du Biscuit, Normandy American Cemetery, Memorial de Caen, Pointe du Hoc
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 25:
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 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery

3
nights
Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne ©
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Musee de la Chevalerie. Visit Eglise Saint-Julien et Sainte-Basilisse and Cité de Carcassonne for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Musee de Montsegur (in Montsegur), Chateau de Ventenac Minervois (in Ventenac-en-Minervois) and Pamiers (Cathedrale Saint-Antonin de Pamiers & Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Camp). There's more to do: make a trip to Moulin d'Omer.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Bayeux to Carcassonne in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In April, Carcassonne is a bit warmer than Bayeux - with highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cucugnan, Pamiers, Chateau de Ventenac Minervois, Musee de Montsegur, Musee de la Chevalerie
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Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire
Musee de la Chevalerie ©
Musee de la Chevalerie
Eglise Saint-Julien et Sainte-Basilisse ©

6
nights
Avignon, France

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Escape the urban bustle at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Gorges de l'Ardeche. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Carrieres des Lumieres and Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau. Venture out of the city with trips to Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange), Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles) and Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and contemplate the long history of Palais des Papes.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Avignon visit planning tool .

Drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Palermo.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Marseille, Pont du Gard, Amphitheatre (les Arenes), Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, Gorges de l'Ardeche
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 4:
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Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac ©
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

5
nights
Palermo, Italy

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Duomo di Monreale and Cefalu Coast. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Spiaggia di Macari and Spiaggia Caldura. Change things up with these side-trips from Palermo: La Pasticceria Maria Grammatico (in Erice), Cefalu (Duomo di Cefalu & Rocca di Cefalu) and Parrocchia San Nicolo di Bari (in Santo Stefano di Camastra). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, don't miss a visit to Cattedrale di Palermo, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Etno-Antropologico.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Palermo itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Avignon to Palermo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Verona.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Cefalu, La Pasticceria Maria Grammatico, Museo Etno-Antropologico, Duomo di Monreale, Parrocchia San Nicolo di Bari
Find places to stay May 4 — 9:
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Duomo di Monreale ©
Duomo di Monreale
Spiaggia di Macari ©
Spiaggia di Macari
Duomo di Cefalu ©
Duomo di Cefalu

6
nights
Verona, Italy

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Get some cultural insight at La Citta Alta and Palazzo Te. Museum-lovers will appreciate Castello del Buonconsiglio Monumenti e Collezioni Provinciali and MUSE - Science Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Verona: Venice (Ponte dei Sospiri, St Mark's Campanile, &more), Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova (in Mantua) and Borghetto sul Mincio (in Valeggio Sul Mincio). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, steep yourself in history at Basilica Palladiana, don't miss a visit to Piazza Vecchia, and take a stroll through Piazza delle Erbe.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Verona trip maker tool .

You can fly from Palermo to Verona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. May in Verona sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Bologna.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Venice, Bergamo, Trento, Mantua, Borghetto sul Mincio
Find places to stay May 9 — 15:
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Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Palazzo Te ©
Palazzo Te
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore ©
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

4
nights
Bologna, Italy

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Duomo di Pisa and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Get some historical perspective at Castello Estense and Santuario di Madonna di San Luca. Explore Bologna's surroundings by going to Camposanto (in Pisa), Lucca (Le mura di Lucca & St Martin Cathedral) and Ravenna (Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, Basilica San Vitale, &more). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, steep yourself in history at Palazzo Vecchio, make a trip to Mercato Centrale, and pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bologna travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Verona to Bologna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Bologna are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Siena.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Florence, Ravenna, Pisa, Lucca, Castello Estense
Find places to stay May 15 — 19:
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Santuario di Madonna di San Luca ©
Santuario di Madonna di San Luca
Basilica San Vitale ©
Basilica San Vitale
Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa

2
nights
Siena, Italy

Siena ©
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 20th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siena, then don't miss a visit to Piazza del Campo, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre del Mangia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Propositura di San Michele Arcangelo and then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of San Gimignano.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Siena vacation maker website .

You can drive from Bologna to Siena in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Historic Centre of San Gimignano, Propositura di San Michele Arcangelo
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:
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Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Torre del Mangia ©
Torre del Mangia
Propositura di San Michele Arcangelo ©
Propositura di San Michele Arcangelo

4
nights
Assisi, Italy

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Step off the beaten path and head to Palazzo Ducale di Urbino and Museo della Porziuncola. Take a break from the city and head to Cascata delle Marmore and Grotte di Frasassi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Assisi: Rocca Paolina (in Perugia), Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto (in Spoleto) and Museo dell'Appennino Umbro (in Polino). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eremo delle Carceri, and examine the collection at Casa Leopardi.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Assisi trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Siena to Assisi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Assisi can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Orvieto.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Casa Leopardi, Museo dell'Appennino Umbro, Grotte di Frasassi, Palazzo Ducale di Urbino, Santuario Della Santa Casa
Find places to stay May 21 — 25:
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Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola
Palazzo Ducale di Urbino ©
Palazzo Ducale di Urbino

2
nights
Orvieto, Italy

Orvieto ©
The striking town of Orvieto, perched on a volcanic cliff overlooking the Umbrian countryside, is known as the Green Heart of Italy.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take a stroll through Civita di Bagnoregio, then make a trip to Pozzo di San Patrizio, and then contemplate the long history of Duomo di Orvieto. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Necropoli Etrusca Di Crocifisso Del Tufo, then steep yourself in history at Villa Lante, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario della Madonna delle Grazie.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Orvieto vacation maker app .

Drive from Assisi to Orvieto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Orvieto, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Orvieto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Santuario della Madonna delle Grazie, Villa Lante, Civita di Bagnoregio
Find places to stay May 25 — 27:
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Civita di Bagnoregio ©
Civita di Bagnoregio
Duomo di Orvieto ©
Duomo di Orvieto
Pozzo di San Patrizio ©
Pozzo di San Patrizio

6
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get some cultural insight at Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano and Villa Borghese. Let the collections at Monte Cassino and Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica (in Ostia Antica) and Giardino di Ninfa (in Cisterna di Latina). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore, ponder the design of Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rome tour website .

Take a train from Orvieto to Rome in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Orvieto in May since evenings lows in Rome dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Monte Cassino, Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica, St. Peter's Square, Giardino di Ninfa
Find places to stay May 27 — Jun 2:
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Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica ©
Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica
Monte Cassino ©
Monte Cassino

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