8 days in Italy, Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights


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.
On the 14th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande.

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Boston, USA to Venice is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Boston to Venice due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Venice are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Rome.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, take in panoramic vistas at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps.

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Traveling by flight from Venice to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July in Rome, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can fly to Barcelona.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then stroll around Parc Guell, then don't miss a visit to Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then take a stroll through Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic), then wander the streets of Las Ramblas, and finally pick up some local products at La Boqueria.

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You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Rome, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Lisbon.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

Lisbon, Portugal — 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, then meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and finally make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, make a trip to Belém Tower, pause for some photo ops at Arco do Triunfo, then don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and finally see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

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You can fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon. Traveling from Barcelona in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Lisbon, with lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games
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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.

Spain travel guide

Beaches · Nightlife · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Portugal travel guide

Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.