52 days in Italy & Croatia Itinerary

52 days in Italy & Croatia Itinerary

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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Pula, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Split, Croatia
— 4 nights
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Korcula Town, Croatia
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 5 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
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Massa Lubrense, Italy
— 2 nights
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Capri, Italy
— 3 nights
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Positano, Italy
— 2 nights
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Tivoli, Italy
— 8 nights
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Pienza, Italy
— 4 nights
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Siena, Italy
— 5 nights
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 4 nights
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

— 3 nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Take a break from the city and head to Plitvice Lakes National Park and The Upper Lakes. Go for a jaunt from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Slunj to see Rastoke about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Sastavci, explore the activities along The Lower Lakes, and explore the striking landscape at Barac Caves.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Plitvice Lakes National Park trip itinerary planning app.

Billund, Denmark to Plitvice Lakes National Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pula.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

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Find places to stay May 1 — 4:

Pula, Croatia

— 2 nights
It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): stop by Gradska Trznica Pula, explore the ancient world of Pula Arena, then see the interesting displays at Museum Olei Histriae, and finally experience rural life at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Kastel and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Pula travel planner.

You can drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Pula in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May in Pula, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Split.

Things to do in Pula

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 4 — 6:

Split, Croatia

— 4 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Head to Jaksic Gallery and Break Timefor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Diocletian's Palace and Cathedral of Saint Domnius. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Split: Historic City of Trogir (in Trogir), Krka National Park (in Skradin) and Museum uja (in Skrip). Spend the 10th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities.

Plan trip to Split with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Pula to Split takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In May, daytime highs in Split are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Split

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 11:

Korcula Town, Croatia

— 5 nights
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Step out of the city life by going to Kocje and Fishing Charters & Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Vapor gallery and Sveti Mihovil. Take a break from Korcula Town with a short trip to Jerolim in Vela Luka, about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Atelier Abel, take an in-depth tour of Bishop's Treasury Museum, don't miss a visit to Korcula Old City, and steep yourself in history at Kula Morska Vrata.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Korcula Town travel route planning site.

You can ride a ferry from Split to Korcula Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 16:

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Get a sense of the local culture at Dubrovnik City Walls and War Photo Limited. For shopping fun, head to Art by Stjepko or Break Time. When in Dubrovnik, make a side trip to see Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat, approximately Cavtat away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Synagogue, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Franciscan Church and Monastery.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik trip maker site.

Getting from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car. In May, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can fly to Naples.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 16 — 21:

Naples, Italy

— 2 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): delve into the distant past at Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, then contemplate the geological forces at Vesuvio National Park, and then explore the ancient world of Pompeii Archaeological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Underground Naples, then contemplate the long history of Museo Cappella Sansevero, and then examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Naples online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Dubrovnik to Naples in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Massa Lubrense.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 23:

Massa Lubrense, Italy

— 2 nights

Land of Sirens

A gem of the Amalfi Coast, Massa Lubrense is known as the Land of Sirens for the legend of the Sirens' song.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then make a trip to Corso Italia, and then appreciate the views at Il Vallone dei Mulini. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Correale di Terranova Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Francis Church and Convent, make a trip to Piazza Tasso, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Sant'Antonino, and finally take in the waterfront at Marina Grande - Antico Borgo Marinaro.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Massa Lubrense day trip website.

Traveling by car from Naples to Massa Lubrense takes 1.5 hours. In May in Massa Lubrense, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Capri.

Things to do in Massa Lubrense

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 23 — 25:

Capri, Italy

— 3 nights
The island of Capri encompasses all the magical allure of the Mediterranean--dramatic blue waters, lush mountainous landscape, and picturesque island villages.
Get outdoors at Nesea Capri and I Faraglioni. Villa Jovis and Villa San Michele are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Parco Astarita, make a trip to Giardini di Augusto, cruise along Via Krupp, and take some stellar pictures from Monte Solaro.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Capri trip itinerary planner.

Ride a ferry from Massa Lubrense to Capri in an hour. May in Capri sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Positano.

Things to do in Capri

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 25 — 28:

Positano, Italy

— 2 nights
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
On the 29th (Sun), stroll through Valle delle Ferriere, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Ravello, then admire the striking features of Villa Rufolo, and finally steep yourself in history at Villa Cimbrone Gardens. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Feludei, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then stroll through Fornillo.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Positano trip planning website.

You can ride a ferry from Capri to Positano in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Positano can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Tivoli.

Things to do in Positano

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 28 — 30:

Tivoli, Italy

— 8 nights
Tivoli is a town and comune in Lazio, central Italy, about 30km east-north-east of Rome, at the falls of the Aniene river where it issues from the Sabine hills. Do some cultural sightseeing at Villa d'Este and Giardino di Ninfa. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mostra Permanente Tommaso Gismondi and Valmontone Outlet. Change things up with these side-trips from Tivoli: Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore), La Bottega degli Orsini (in Mugnano in Teverina) and Grotte di Falvaterra (in Falvaterra). Spend the 5th (Sun) exploring nature at Parco nazionale d'Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Villa Adriana, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giovanni Evangelista, don't miss a visit to Monastero Di S.Benedetto, and admire the natural beauty at Parco Villa Gregoriana.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tivoli travel route builder app.

You can fly from Positano to Tivoli in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Positano in May, Tivoli is a bit cooler at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pienza.

Things to do in Tivoli

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 7:

Pienza, Italy

— 4 nights
Pienza, a town and comune in the province of Siena, in the Val d'Orcia in Tuscany (central Italy), between the towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino, is the "touchstone of Renaissance urbanism."In 1996, UNESCO declared the town a World Heritage Site, and in 2004 the entire valley, the Val d'Orcia, was included on the list of UNESCO's World Cultural Landscapes.HistoryBefore the village was renamed to Pienza its name was Corsignano. Head to San Quirico d'Orcia and Art Studio di Adelina Quadrifor some retail therapy. Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona and Artemisia Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Abbazia di Sant'Antimo (in Castelnuovo dell'Abate) and Podere Il Cocco (in Montalcino). The adventure continues: admire the verdant scenery at Val d'Orcia, make a trip to Piazza Pio II, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of the City of Pienza, and stop by RI Crea RE.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Pienza online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Tivoli to Pienza takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Pienza can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Siena.

Things to do in Pienza

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 7 — 11:

Siena, Italy

— 5 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Duomo di Siena and Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico. Visiting Naturing by Rudy Cucini - Slow Tuscany Experience and Siena Bike Shop will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Siena: San Gimignano (Historic Centre of San Gimignano, Torre Grossa, &more), Cucina Giuseppina - Italian Cooking Family (in Certaldo) and Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Piazza del Campo, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico, take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero di San Giovanni, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Siena using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pienza to Siena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Siena

Tours · Historic Sites · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 16:

Cinque Terre, Italy

— 4 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Step out of the city life by going to 5 Terre Pelagos Boat Tours and Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova and Boccadasse. Explore Cinque Terre's surroundings by going to Portovenere (in Porto Venere), Ponte Thaon di Revel (in La Spezia) and Genoa (Aquarium of Genoa, Museo di Palazzo Reale, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get into the urban bustle at Vernazza and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cinque Terre tour planner.

Traveling by car from Siena to Cinque Terre takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Cinque Terre, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 20:

Croatia travel guide

4.4
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.

Italy travel guide

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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.

Province of Rome travel guide

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Gardens · Ruins · Theme Parks
Rome is the capital of Italy and a special comune (named Comune di Roma Capitale). Rome also serves as the capital of the Lazio region. With 2,877,215 residents in 1285km2, it is also the country's most populated comune. It is the fourth-most populous city in the European Union by population within city limits. It is the center of the Metropolitan City of Rome, which has a population of 4.3 million residents. Rome is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, within Lazio (Latium), along the shores of the Tiber. The Vatican City is an independent country inside the city boundaries of Rome, the only existing example of a country within a city: for this reason Rome has been often defined as capital of two states.Rome's history spans more than 2,500 years. While Roman mythology dates the founding of Rome at around 753 BC, the site has been inhabited for much longer, making it one of the oldest continuously occupied sites in Europe. The city's early population originated from a mix of Latins, Etruscans and Sabines. Eventually, the city successively became the capital of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, and is regarded as the birthplace of Western civilisation and by some as the first ever metropolis. It was first called The Eternal City (Urbs Aeterna; La Città Eterna) by the Roman poet Tibullus in the 1st century BC, and the expression was also taken up by Ovid, Virgil, and Livy. Rome is also called the "Caput Mundi" (Capital of the World).

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Tuscany travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.