12 days in France & Italy Itinerary

12 days in France & Italy Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train to Torino Porta Susa, Train to Venice
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Naples, Italy
— 2 nights


Paris, France — 2 nights

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.
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Saint-Denis, Reunion Island to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Saint-Denis to Paris. Traveling from Saint-Denis in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Paris, with lows around 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Venice.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Venice, Italy — 1 night

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.
On the 8th (Fri), take a stroll through Cannaregio, get to know the fascinating history of Campo del Ghetto, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then examine the collection at Doge's Palace, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, and finally snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

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Traveling by flight from Paris to Venice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in July; daily highs in Venice reach 36°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Florence.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 10th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Palazzo Vecchio, admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then examine the collection at Pitti Palace, and finally admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, explore the world behind art at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, then learn about winemaking at Castello del Trebbio, and finally make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo.

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Getting from Venice to Florence by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Rome.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries
Side Trip

Rome, Italy — 3 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Visit Colosseum and Pantheon for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vatican Museums and Piazza Navona. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, take a stroll through Trastevere, get a dose of the wild on Matteo Truffle Experience, and admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

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Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Naples.
Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trip

Naples, Italy — 2 nights

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Galleria Borbonica, contemplate the long history of Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, then delve into the distant past at Pompeii Archaeological Park, and finally explore the ancient world of Teatro Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, identify plant and animal life at Francesco (Frank) Carpegna - Walking with the Gods, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Museo Cappella Sansevero.

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Getting from Rome to Naples by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips

France travel guide

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.

Italy travel guide

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.