36 days in Italy, France & Barcelona Itinerary

36 days in Italy, France & Barcelona Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
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Marseille, France
— 5 nights
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Nice, France
— 6 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 6 nights
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
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Barcelona, Spain — 5 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.
Barcelona is known for sightseeing, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and stroll around Parc Guell.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Barcelona driving holiday planning site.

Sydney, Australia to Barcelona is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Sydney in April, expect Barcelona to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Marseille.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Marseille, France — 5 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Cassis (Calanque de Port-Miou & Trolib), Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes) and Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, Paul Cezanne’s Studio, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Montagne Sainte Victoire, look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Marseille takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Nice.
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Nice, France — 6 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Venture out of the city with trips to Village de Mougins (in Mougins), Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay) and Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes & Musee Picasso). Spend the 1st (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Lérins Islands, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, take a leisurely stroll along Vieux Port, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nice trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 3 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Milan side-trips: Varenna (Green Way dei Patriarchi & Chiesa di San Giorgio). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, and test your problem-solving skills at La Casa Maledetta.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Milan road trip planning app.

Drive from Nice to Milan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Milan are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 6 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: Verona (Museo di Castelvecchio, Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, &more) and Padua (Centro Storico di Padova, Basilica of St. Anthony, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Canal Grande, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Venice attractions planning app.

You can drive from Milan to Venice in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Venice are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cinque Terre.
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cinque Terre: Palazzata a Mare (in Porto Venere), La Spezia (Monesteroli & Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere) and Genoa (Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, Aquarium of Genoa, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre, hike along Cinque Terre footpaths, and see majestic marine mammals with 5 Terre Pelagos Boat Tours.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cinque Terre visit planner.

You can drive from Venice to Cinque Terre in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Cinque Terre can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 6 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Explore Rome's surroundings by going to Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, and admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rome trip planner.

You can fly from Cinque Terre to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cinque Terre in May since evenings lows in Rome dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.
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Italy travel guide

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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.
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