33 days in Italy & France Itinerary

33 days in Italy & France Itinerary

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Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
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Portofino, Italy
— 3 nights
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 1 night
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Pisa, Italy
— 1 night
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Siena, Italy
— 4 nights
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Pienza, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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Lyon, France
— 3 nights
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Dijon, France
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Milan, Italy

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milan: Rocche Dei Barbari (in Barbaresco), Verona (Torre dei Lamberti, Piazza delle Erbe, &more) and Tremezzina (Villa del Balbianello & Villa Carlotta). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, appreciate the views at Langhe landscapes UNESCO, step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, and admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Milan tour itinerary planning website.

Phoenix, USA to Milan is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Phoenix to Milan is 8 hours. When traveling from Phoenix in May, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Milan: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Portofino.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 31:

Portofino, Italy

— 3 nights
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. Portofino is known for historic sites, parks, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: go for a stroll along the water at Marina di Portofino, make a trip to Piazza Martiri Dell'Olivetta, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Giorgio, and admire the striking features of Oratorio di Nostra Signora Assunta.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Portofino trip planner.

Drive from Milan to Portofino in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Portofino are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can take a train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Portofino

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 3:

Cinque Terre, Italy

— 1 night

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): hike along Cinque Terre footpaths, then identify plant and animal life at Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours, and then take a stroll around Vernazza.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre day trip app.

You can take a train from Portofino to Cinque Terre in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Cinque Terre when traveling from Portofino in June, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Pisa.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Outdoors · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 4:

Pisa, Italy

— 1 night
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
On the 5th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Le mura di Lucca, then admire the striking features of St Martin Cathedral, then make a trip to Piazza dei Miracoli, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Leaning Tower of Pisa.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Pisa itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from Cinque Terre to Pisa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daytime highs in Pisa are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Siena.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 4 — 5:

Siena, Italy

— 4 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Venture out of the city with trips to San Gimignano (Guardastelle Vineyard & Fattoria Il Piano). The adventure continues: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Battistero di San Giovanni, contemplate the long history of Centro Storico di Siena, and get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Siena trip maker website.

You can drive from Pisa to Siena in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Siena are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pienza.

Things to do in Siena

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 5 — 9:

Pienza, Italy

— 2 nights
Pienza, a town and comune in the province of Siena, in the Val d'Orcia in Tuscany (central Italy), between the towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino, is the "touchstone of Renaissance urbanism."In 1996, UNESCO declared the town a World Heritage Site, and in 2004 the entire valley, the Val d'Orcia, was included on the list of UNESCO's World Cultural Landscapes.HistoryBefore the village was renamed to Pienza its name was Corsignano. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Val d'Orcia, do a tasting at Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona, and then make a trip to Piazza Pio II. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Castiglion del Bosco Winery, then do a tasting at Podere Il Cocco, and then learn about winemaking at Cantina Cordella.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Pienza road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Siena to Pienza takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Pienza can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Pienza

Wineries · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 9 — 11:

Florence, Italy

— 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Florence is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence online trip maker.

Getting from Pienza to Florence by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 15:

Lyon, France

— 3 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.
Lyon is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lyon online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Florence to Lyon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Florence in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 60°F in Lyon. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dijon.

Things to do in Lyon

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 18:

Dijon, France

— 3 nights

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Get out of town with these interesting Dijon side-trips: Pinard Bridge (in Semur-en-Auxois), Abbaye de Fontenay (in Montbard) and Bourgogne A La Carte Burgund Experiment Tours (in Chagny). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musee Magnin, don't miss a visit to Owl's Trail, contemplate the long history of Maison Milliere, and do a tasting at La Cave de l'Ange Gardien.

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Drive from Lyon to Dijon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lyon in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Dijon, with lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Dijon

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 18 — 21:

Paris, France

— 6 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: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles), Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (in Rouen) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and make a trip to Eiffel Tower.

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

You can take a train from Dijon to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 27:

Italy travel guide

4.6
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.

Tuscany travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Art Museums · Historic Walking Areas
Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.