18 days in Italy, Barcelona & Lisbon Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights


Barcelona, Spain — 3 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for sightseeing, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, walk around Parc Guell, and examine the collection at Parc de Montjuic.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Barcelona day trip planning site.

Toronto, Canada to Barcelona is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Barcelona is 6 hours. Traveling from Toronto in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, and finally steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Venice trip builder tool.

Getting from Barcelona to Venice by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May in Venice, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Florence.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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Florence, Italy — 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Siena (Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala, Centro Storico di Siena, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, and see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Florence holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Venice to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Florence sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Rome.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours
Side Trip
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Rome, Italy — 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Florence in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Rome. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Castelo dos Mouros, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Lisbon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Rome to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rome in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Lisbon, with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums
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Italy travel guide

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.