22 days in Italy & France Itinerary

22 days in Italy & France Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Train
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
Train
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
5
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Positano, Italy
— 5 nights
Ferry to Sorrento, Fly to Paris
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Paris, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France — 3 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.
Musee Marmottan Monet and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Fondation Louis Vuitton and Musee De Cluny will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, wander the streets of Latin Quarter, and pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip tool.

Vancouver, Canada to Paris is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Vancouver to Paris due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): get interesting insight from Trolib, take a memorable drive along Calanque de Port-Miou, then brush up on your military savvy at Museum of the Foreign Legion, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through The Panier, get engrossed in the history at Musee d’Archeologie Mediterraneenne, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Histoire de Marseille.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Paris to Marseille in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Marseille, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nice.
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Nice, France — 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Old Town and Eglise de l'Annonciation dite de Sainte-Rita. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Colline du Chateau overlook and Les Musees de La Citadelle. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau, walk around Le Jardin Albert 1er, and take in the waterfront activity at Old Harbor (La Darse).

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nice day trip app.

Drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Nice are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cinque Terre.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Borgo Storico di Corniglia, then admire the landmark architecture of Chiesa Di San Pietro, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentiero Vernazza a Corniglia.

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

Drive from Nice to Cinque Terre in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nice in May since evenings lows in Cinque Terre dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, make a trip to The Baptistery of St. John, then explore the world behind art at Palazzo Strozzi, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, brush up on your military savvy at Stibbert Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then see the interesting displays at Synagogue and Jewish Museum of Florence, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Torre di Arnolfo.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence vacation planning app.

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Florence are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can take a train to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Appreciate the collections at Palazzo Doria Pamphilj and Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini. Get some cultural insight at Pantheon and Cupola di San Pietro. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Campidoglio, don't miss a visit to Piazza Venezia, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rome trip planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Florence in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rome, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Positano.
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Positano, Italy — 5 nights

Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
You'll explore and learn at Absolute Positano and Museobottega della Tarsialignea. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Villa Cimbrone Gardens and Duomo di Sant'Andrea. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Positano: Amalfi (Valle delle Ferriere, Cloister del Paradiso, &more), Chiesa di San Prisco e Agnello (in Sant'Agnello) and Ravello (Villa Rufolo, Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, &more). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Santa Maria Assunta, do a tasting at Limonoro, and stroll through Marina of Lobra.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Positano trip planner.

Drive from Rome to Positano in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. May in Positano sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. On the 25th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paris.
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Paris, France — 1 night

City of Light

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Hotel de Ville.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Paris online journey planner.

Getting from Positano to Paris by combination of ferry and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. In May, Paris is a bit cooler than Positano - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Fri) before leaving for home.
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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.
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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.
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Amalfi Coast travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Gardens
Renowned for its beautiful landscape and medieval fishing villages that cling precariously to the Mediterranean cliffs, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's top vacation destinations. This World Heritage Site stretches for about 50 km (30 mi) on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula and offers numerous places to visit, from terraced lemon gardens and whitewashed villas to cliff-top views of the sea. Explore the coastline's towns, bays, and resorts. During the peak tourist season, the Amalfi Coast's single seaside road is often jammed with dozens of buses. For that reason, the ubiquitous scooter may be the best way to get around and sightsee. You can also access quite a bit by bicycle.
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