15 days in Italy & France Itinerary

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Venice, Italy
— 1 night
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
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La Croix-Valmer, France
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy — 1 night

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 7th (Sun): don't miss a visit to St Mark's Campanile, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, then make a trip to Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then browse the exhibits of Doge's Palace, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco.

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Belgrade, Serbia to Venice is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (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 9th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, and finally contemplate the long history of The Baptistery of St. John. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, and finally steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce.

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Traveling by car from Venice to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can take a train to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, and finally contemplate the long history of Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and then admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums.

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Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August in Rome, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to fly 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Rue d'Antibes. Get outdoors at TakSea and Castel Plage. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Old Town, contemplate the long history of Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and examine the collection at Musee Matisse.

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Fly from Rome to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Rome in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nice: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to La Croix-Valmer.
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La Croix-Valmer, France — 3 nights

La Croix-Valmer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.Geographythumb La Croix-Valmer is at the foot of the Massif des Maures hills in the Bay of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, halfway between Le Lavandou and Saint-Tropez.HistoryThe Emperor Constantine the Great, on the way to wage war against his brother-in-law Maxentius in 312 AD, is said to have had a vision of a cross in the sky stating "in hoc signo vinces" (by this sign you will conquer) at the location where La Croix-Valmer is now situated. Take a break from the city and head to Plage de Sylvabelle and Plage de Vergeron. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Plage de Jean Blanc and Plage de Cavaliere. Step out of La Croix-Valmer to go to Le Lavandou and see Plage d'Aiguebelle, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Heraclee Beach and kick back and relax at Port Grimaud 1 Beach.

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You can drive from Nice to La Croix-Valmer in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Nice, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in La Croix-Valmer, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Paris.
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from La Croix-Valmer to Paris. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from La Croix-Valmer in August; daily highs in Paris reach 29°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Italy travel guide

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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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France travel guide

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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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