18 days in Italy & Istanbul Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Train
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Train
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights

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Istanbul, Turkey — 3 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Galata Tower and Galata Mevlevi Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hagia Sophia Mosque and Historic Areas of Istanbul Walls. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , look for gifts at Jennifer's Hamam, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and steep yourself in history at Serefiye Sarnici.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Istanbul road trip website.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiports are İstanbul Airport, İstanbul Atatürk Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 18th (Thu), you're off to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cupola di San Pietro and Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri. Let the collections at Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini and Welcome To Rome capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, get engrossed in the history at Mercati di Traiano - Museo dei Fori Imperiali, examine the collection at Stanze di Raffaello, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Campidoglio.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome journey planning website.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Rome is minus 2 hours. May in Rome sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Pitti Palace. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Duomo di Pisa and Centro Storico. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Poggio Amorelli (in Castellina In Chianti), Modena (Panini Motor Museum & Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti) and Montefioralle Winery (in Greve in Chianti). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, get advice or help at Palazzo Strozzi, ponder the world of politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, and don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence trip planner.

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rome in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Florence, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Michele Maggiore, then explore the world behind art at Galleria Estense, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa, then admire the masterpieces at Grande Museo del Duomo di Milano, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Teatrale alla Scala, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Milan trip maker site.

You can take a train from Florence to Milan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): hunt for treasures at Mercati di Rialto, contemplate the long history of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of San Pantalon, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico di Venezia. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, take a stroll through Cannaregio, then see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, then make a trip to Piazza San Marco, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Scala Contarini del Bovolo.

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Traveling by car from Milan to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C.
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Italy travel guide

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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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