12 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

12 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Milan
— 9 nights
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Turin
— 1 night
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Bologna
— 1 day
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Genoa
— 1 day

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Milan

— 9 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Duomo di Milano and Pinacoteca di Brera. Visit Castello Sforzesco and Piazza delle Erbe for their historical value. Explore Milan's surroundings by going to Casa Museo di Papa Giovanni XXIII (in Sotto il Monte Giovanni XXIII), Verona (Arche Scaligere, Casa di Giulietta, &more) and La Citta Alta (in Bergamo). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, examine the collection at Civic Archaeological Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and engage your brain at Museo Della Scienza E Della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci.

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If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Malpensa International Airport, Milano Linate Airport and Milan Bergamo Airport. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in December, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can take a train to Turin.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Turin

— 1 night

City of Magic

A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): get great views at Basilica of Superga, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Reale, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Egizio.

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Traveling by train from Milan to Turin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Turin can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Bologna.

Things to do in Turin

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bologna

— 1 day

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Petronio, take an in-depth tour of Museo Civico Archeologico, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, then explore the world behind art at La Quadreria - Palazzo Rossi Poggi Marsili, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Civico Medievale, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza Maggiore.

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You can take a train from Turin to Bologna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in December, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Genoa.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Museums

Genoa

— 1 day
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
On the 20th (Mon), take in the waterfront at Old Port, examine the collection at Galata Museo del Mare, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, then explore the world behind art at Palazzo Ducale, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza Raffaele De Ferrari.

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Getting from Bologna to Genoa by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bologna in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Genoa: highs are around 57°F and lows about 48°F.

Things to do in Genoa

Museums · Historic Sites