20 days in Italy, Island of Gozo & Valletta Itinerary

20 days in Italy, Island of Gozo & Valletta Itinerary

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Victoria, Malta
— 2 nights
Taxi to Gozo, Ferry to Valletta
Valletta, Malta
— 3 nights
Sorrento, Italy
— 2 nights
Salerno, Italy
— 3 nights
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 1 night
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Tremezzina, Italy
— 2 nights


Victoria, Malta — 2 nights

The city of Victoria on the island of Gozo boasts an outstanding collection of Baroque architecture.
On the 8th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, don't miss a visit to Citadel, then stroll through Dwejra Bay, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. John The Baptist. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St. George's Basilica, pause for some serene contemplation at Ta' Pinu National Shrine, go deep underground at Xwejni Salt Pans, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally delve into the distant past at Ggantija Megalithic Temples.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Victoria holiday planning site.

Sydney, Australia to Victoria is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. When traveling from Sydney in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Victoria: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Valletta.
Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks
Side Trips

Valletta, Malta — 3 nights

Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
Explore Valletta's surroundings by going to Mellieha (Paradise Bay & Mellieha Air Raid Shelter). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Co-Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Mdina Old City, and admire the natural beauty at Upper Barrakka Gardens.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Valletta trip builder website.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Victoria to Valletta in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daytime highs in Valletta are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Sorrento.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trips

Sorrento, Italy — 2 nights

A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Temple of Apollo, admire the landmark architecture of Villa dei Misteri, then don't miss a visit to Forum Baths, then don't miss a visit to Terme del Foro, and finally explore the ancient world of Tempio di Giove Capitolino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Monumento a Sant'Antonio Abate, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Grande, and then take some stellar pictures from Il Sentiero Degli Dei.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sorrento holiday website.

Fly from Valletta to Sorrento in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Valletta in November, expect nights in Sorrento to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Salerno.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Side Trips

Salerno, Italy — 3 nights

While often overshadowed by the Amalfi Coast's array of quaint villages, Salerno has become one of the region's main areas for culture and entertainment, while remaining relatively unmarked by tourism.
Get out of town with these interesting Salerno side-trips: Fiordo di Furore (in Furore), Ravello (Villa Rufolo & Duomo di Ravello) and Amalfi (Duomo di Sant'Andrea, Cloister del Paradiso, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Pompeii Archaeological Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Salerno, make a trip to Centro Storico Salerno, and admire the natural beauty at Giardino della Minerva.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Salerno trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Sorrento to Salerno takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Salerno, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Cinque Terre.
Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Wineries
Side Trips

Cinque Terre, Italy — 1 night

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 18th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Manarola scenic viewpoint, relax and rejuvenate at Cinque Terre Wellness, and then awaken your taste buds at Nessun Dorma Cantina.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cinque Terre day trip planner.

Fly from Salerno to Cinque Terre in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Salerno in November, expect little chillier with lows of 9°C in Cinque Terre. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Florence.
Tours · Spas · Wineries
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Florence, Italy — 5 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida), Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa) and Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, steep yourself in history at Palazzo Vecchio, and take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Florence online tour planner.

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Florence in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tremezzina.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping
Side Trips

Tremezzina, Italy — 2 nights

The majestic Villa Carlotta is among the most popular places to visit in Tremezzina, its neoclassical architecture complimenting the lush, neatly maintained gardens and charming walkways.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giorgio, don't miss a visit to La Passeggiata Degli Innamorati, and then admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Carlotta.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tremezzina online route planner.

You can drive from Florence to Tremezzina in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, Tremezzina is slightly colder than Florence - with highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Island of Gozo travel guide

Geologic Formations · Castles · Scuba & Snorkeling
Isle of Calypso
The tiny island of Gozo, often called "Malta's little sister," sits in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea and lures visitors with its unspoiled natural scenery. Located less than 100 km (60 mi) south of Sicily, the rugged island remains one of Europe's most remote and least developed tourist destinations. Despite this, Gozo draws big crowds with its countryside filled with old churches, historical fortifications, and megalithic archaeological sites. Ideal for taking a relaxing break from the Mediterranean's overcrowded vacation destinations, Gozo allows you to explore its cultural heritage and natural charms at your own pace. Start at Victoria, the island's largest city, known for its ancient citadel, museums, and churches.

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.

Amalfi Coast travel guide

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.

Lake Como travel guide

Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."