- Updated: 09.01.2024
France and Italy in 14 Days - Step by Step
France is famous for its exquisite cuisine, including dishes like coq au vin, croissants, escargot, and the wide variety of cheeses and wines it produces. It's also celebrated for iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, and the beautiful regions like Provence and the French Riviera. France is renowned for numerous famous brands across various industries. In fashion, you have iconic names like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Hermès, and Givenchy. In the beauty and cosmetics sector, there's L'Oréal, Lancôme, and Clarins.
Italy is famous for its rich history, art, and architecture, with landmarks like the Colosseum in Rome, the canals of Venice, Amalfi Coast, and the art treasures of Florence. Italian cuisine, including pasta, pizza, gelato, and espresso, is loved worldwide. Additionally, Italy is known for its fashion industry, producing renowned designers and brands like: Gucci, Kiton, Armani, Versace, Valentono, Fendi, Prada and more.
Itinerary for a two-week journey through France and Italy. is quite an adventure in itself! Here’s a detailed plan to make the most of your time in these beautiful countries. Of course, 2 weeks is not enough, but it will allow you to feel the beauty and love of these beautiful countries.
I have added links to the best hotels and official websites for purchasing tickets to museums and train tickets.
Week 1: France
Day 1-3: Paris, the City of Lights
Day 1: Arrival in Paris:
• Check into your accommodation
• Start your exploration with the iconic Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars.
• Visit the Louvre Museum to marvel at artistic masterpieces like the Mona Lisa.
• Free evening time
Day 2: Historical Paris:
• Begin with Notre Dame Cathedral and Sainte-Chapelle.
• Explore the Latin Quarter, stroll along the Seine, and visit Shakespeare and Company bookstore, that's the in Paris 5.
• Head to Musee d'Orsay for a fantastic collection of Impressionist art.
• End the day with a relaxing Seine River cruise or take a walk on the embankment.
5th arrondissement in Paris
Day 3: Versailles:
• Take a day trip to Palace of Versailles.
• Explore the grandeur of the palace, its stunning gardens, and the Hall of Mirrors.
• Return to Paris for an evening at a local bistro, indulging in French cuisine.
• More detailed article about day trip from Paris to Versailles.
Best hotels near Eiffel Tower
• More options can be find in this article where to stay in Paris.
|Price / Photo
|J.K. Place Paris
|Le Narcisse Blanc
|Hotel Duc De St-Simon
|Hotel de Varenne
|Hotel Villa Saxe Eiffel
|Hotel Vinci Due & Spa
|Le Tourville Eiffel
|Hotel Duquesne Eiffel
|Hotel Eiffel Turenne
|Hotel de la Paix Tour Eiffel
Day 4-6: French Riviera - Nice and Cannes
Day 4: Travel to Nice:
• Take a train to Nice, the capital of the French Riviera.
• Visit Promenade des Anglais, explore the Old Town, and relax on the beach.
Day 5: Exploring Nice:
• Visit Castle Hill for panoramic views of the city.
• Explore the Marc Chagall National Museum and the Matisse Museum.
• Spend the evening exploring the vibrant nightlife along the Riviera
Day 6: Trip to Cannes:
• Take a short train ride to Cannes.
• Stroll along La Croisette, visit the Palais des Festivals, and explore Le Suquet (Old Town).
Best hotels in Nice
How to get from Cannes to Rome
• Flight: You need to fly from Nice Cote d'Azur Airport (NCE) which is the nearest major airport to Cannes. From Nice, there are numerous daily flights to Rome, with airlines like ITA Airways, Wizzair, easyJet. The flight duration is usually around 1.10 hours.
• Train: Traveling by train from Nice to Rome is a fantastic journey! The route takes you through beautiful landscapes and along the coastline, offering picturesque views along the way. Depending on the train you choose, the journey can take around 7-8 hours, but the scenery makes it well worth the time. The train ride allows you to relax, enjoy the views, and maybe even strike up a conversation with fellow travelers. Plus, arriving in Rome by train can be quite convenient as many trains arrive at Termini station, which is centrally located and well-connected to the city's transportation network.
• Car: Most easy way to travel by yourself.
Week 2: Italy
Day 7-9: Rome, the Eternal City
Day 7: Arrival in Rome:
• Travel to Rome and settle into your accommodation.
• Begin with a visit to the Colosseum and Roman Forum.
• Explore the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
• Enjoy traditional Roman cuisine for dinner.
Buying tickets for Colosseum and Forum on official website Coopculture.it.
Day 8: Vatican City:
• Visit Vatican City, explore St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel.
• Enjoy a relaxing evening in Trastevere, known for its charming streets and vibrant nightlife, this area is full of restaurants.
Buying tickets on official website Museivaticani.va.
St Peter's Basilica, Vatican
Day 9: Vatican City:
• Take a morning stroll at the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain.
• Explore Palatine Hill and the Baths of Caracalla.
• Visit Galleria Borghese, if you are interested and if you have time, or or spend the evening in the Monti area, there are many wine bars.
Best hotels near Trevi Fountain
Day 10-14: Florence and Venice
Day 10: Travel to Florence:
• Take a train to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance.
• Visit the Florence Cathedral (Duomo), Galleria dell'Accademia, and Uffizi Gallery.
Day 11: Exploring Florence:
• Wander through Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens.
• Explore the Oltrarno district and Ponte Vecchio.
• Enjoy Florentine cuisine at local trattorias.
Day 12: Day Trip to Pisa or Lucca:
• Take a short train ride to Pisa to see the iconic Leaning Tower and Piazza dei Miracoli.
• Explore the Oltrarno district and Ponte Vecchio.
Return to Florence for the evening.
Best hotels in Florence
Day 13: Venice:
• Explore St. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Basilica, and Doge's Palace.
• Enjoy a gondola ride through the canals in the evening.
Day 14: Back flight:
• Spend your last morning in Venice exploring its charming streets.
• Flight for your next destination or head back home.
Tips You Need to Know:
Transport: Consider using trains for intercity travel in both countries. France has a well-connected TGV network website, and Italy offers a reliable train system, two operators
Italotreno and Trenitalia, both great.
Accommodation: Book accommodations in advance, especially in popular cities like Paris, Florence, and Rome,
I made a list with the best hotels in the best areas to make it easier to explore the city and enjoy the atmosphere,
look at the hotels listed above and choose which one suits you best.
Keep in mind, this itinerary aims to give you a taste of the cultural richness, historical landmarks,
and natural beauty of both France and Italy. Adjustments can be made based on personal preferences and travel constraints. Bon voyage!
Accommodation: Book accommodations in advance, especially in popular cities like Paris, Florence, and Rome, I made a list with the best hotels in the best areas to make it easier to explore the city and enjoy the atmosphere, look at the hotels listed above and choose which one suits you best.
Keep in mind, this itinerary aims to give you a taste of the cultural richness, historical landmarks, and natural beauty of both France and Italy. Adjustments can be made based on personal preferences and travel constraints. Bon voyage!