29 days in France & Italy Itinerary

29 days in France & Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe sightseeing planner

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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
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Como, Italy
— 3 nights
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Lecco, Italy
— 2 nights
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Verona, Italy
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Bologna, Italy
— 3 nights
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 3 nights
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Nice, France
— 4 nights
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
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Milan, Italy

— 2 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.
On the 4th (Sat), stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Il Cenacolo, examine the collection at Civic Archaeological Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo. On the next day, get advice or help at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, then admire the masterpieces at Museo San Fedele, and finally admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Milan road trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Malpensa International Airport, Milano Linate Airport and Milan Bergamo Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Como.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:

Como, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Silk

Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Orta (in Orta San Giulio), Palazzo Borromeo (in Isola Bella) and Tremezzina (Villa Carlotta & Villa del Balbianello). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Sant'Abbondio, appreciate the history behind Life Electric, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Fedele, and look for gifts at Mr. Savethewall.

Plan my day in Como using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Milan to Como takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daytime highs in Como are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Lecco.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:

Lecco, Italy

— 2 nights
Lecco is a city of 48,131 inhabitants in Lombardy, northern Italy, 50km north of Milan, the capital of the province of Lecco. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stroll around La Punta Spartivento, admire the natural beauty at I Giardini di Villa Melzi, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Giacomo. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Piani D'Erna, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di San Nicolo, get interesting insight from Tours, then admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giorgio.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Lecco online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Como to Lecco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 57°F. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Verona.

Things to do in Lecco

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 11:

Verona, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Romeo and Juliet

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Zeno in Oratorio, wander the streets of Piazza delle Erbe, make a trip to Torre dei Lamberti, then examine the collection at Casa di Giulietta, then make a trip to Liston, and finally experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Gardaland Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Verona attractions planning app.

Traveling by car from Lecco to Verona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Verona are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:

Venice, Italy

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, and then explore the activities along Canal Grande. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally steep yourself in history at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo).

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Venice visit planner.

You can drive from Verona to Venice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Venice are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bologna.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:

Bologna, Italy

— 3 nights

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bologna: Ravenna (Archiepiscopal Museum, Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, &more), Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe (in Classe) and Ferrara (Castello Estense & Ferrara Cathedral). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, contemplate the long history of Palazzo Re Enzo, don't miss a visit to Piazza Santo Stefano, and take in panoramic vistas at Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell.

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You can drive from Venice to Bologna in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. September in Bologna sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cinque Terre: Porto Venere (Portovenere & Palazzata a Mare), Baia del Silenzio (in Sestri Levante) and Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere (in La Spezia). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours, get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, trek along Cinque Terre Trails, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre attractions planner.

You can drive from Bologna to Cinque Terre in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Cinque Terre are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:

Nice, France

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and La Croisette (in Cannes). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Nice in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Cinque Terre in September, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 25:

Lyon, France

— 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and then examine the collection at Musee des Confluences.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Lyon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in September, Lyon is little chillier at night with lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

Paris, France

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Paris online trip maker.

Traveling by train from Lyon to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. September in Paris sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 53°F at night.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 2:

Italy travel guide

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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.

France travel guide

4.3
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.