8 days in Italy Itinerary

8 days in Italy Itinerary

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8 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly:  7 h
1
Rome
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Florence
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Venice
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Milan
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h
End: Cairo

2
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.

To find reviews and tourist information, read Rome road trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Rome is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Cairo to Rome, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairo in January, things will get a bit cooler in Rome: highs are around 15°C and lows about 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

2
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Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): steep yourself in history at L’importuno di Michelangelo, explore the world behind art at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, make a trip to Palazzo Vecchio, then make a trip to Piazza della Signoria, and finally don't miss a visit to The Baptistery of St. John.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Florence trip planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

2
nights
Venice

Venice ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the activities along Canal Grande, don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, and then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally steep yourself in history at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Venice trip site .

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Florence in January, with highs in Venice at 9°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

1
night
Milan

Milan ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Milan vacation builder tool .

Getting from Venice to Milan by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. January in Milan sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Monumental Cemetery ©
Monumental Cemetery

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