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Venice — 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 16th (Wed): explore the activities along Canal Grande, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, and finally examine the collection at Doge's Palace.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Venice sightseeing planner.

Washington DC, USA to Venice is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Venice is 6 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Florence.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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Florence — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Campanile di Giotto, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence route maker.

Getting from Venice to Florence by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Venice in December, you will find days in Florence are a bit warmer (55°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Naples.
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Naples — 3 nights

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Visiting Valle delle Ferriere and Fornillo will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naples: Spiaggia Grande (in Positano), Duomo di Sant'Andrea (in Amalfi) and Salerno (Duomo di Salerno, Centro Storico Salerno, &more). There's more to do: make a trip to Via San Gregorio Armeno and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cloister of Santa Chiara.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Naples day trip tool.

You can take a train from Florence to Naples in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December in Naples, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Rome — 3 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: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rome travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Naples to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December in Rome, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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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.