12 days in Italy Itinerary

12 days in Italy Itinerary

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12 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  2​h
1
Venice
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Verona
— 1 day
Train:  1​h
3
Bologna
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
4
Florence
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
5
Pisa
— 1 day
Train:  1​h 45​min
6
Cinque Terre
— 1 night
Train:  45​min
7
Portofino
— Few hours
Train:  1​h
8
Genoa
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
9
Milan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Colico
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Lisbon

3
nights
Venice

Venice ©
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.
Popular historic sites such as St. Mark's Square and Basilica di San Marco are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, explore the activities along Canal Grande, and don't miss a visit to Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

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Lisbon, Portugal to Venice is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Venice. In July, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

1
day
Verona

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): wander the streets of Piazza delle Erbe, explore the historical opulence of Museo di Castelvecchio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, then admire the striking features of Casa di Giulietta, and finally see the grandeur of opera at Arena di Verona.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Verona tour planner .

Traveling by bus from Venice to Verona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Verona are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore
Museo di Castelvecchio ©
Museo di Castelvecchio

2
nights
Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
On the 7th (Sun), take in panoramic vistas at Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Acetaia Villa San Donnino, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario di Madonna di San Luca, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Domenico, steep yourself in history at Piazza Maggiore, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano.

To see more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Bologna day trip website .

You can take a train from Verona to Bologna in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Bologna are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Florence.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Acetaia Villa San Donnino, Castello Estense
Highlights from your plan
Acetaia Villa San Donnino ©
Acetaia Villa San Donnino
Castello Estense ©
Castello Estense

1
night
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Florence trip maker app .

You can take a train from Bologna to Florence in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Pisa.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

1
day
Pisa

Pisa ©
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Pisa, then don't miss a visit to Piazza dei Miracoli, and then don't miss a visit to Leaning Tower of Pisa.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Pisa trip maker tool .

Traveling by train from Florence to Pisa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. July in Pisa sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can take a train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa
Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Piazza dei Miracoli ©
Piazza dei Miracoli

1
night
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cinque Terre journey planner .

Take a train from Pisa to Cinque Terre in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Portofino.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Trails Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails
Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church ©
Chiesa Di San Pietro ©
Chiesa Di San Pietro

few
hours
Portofino

Portofino
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Portofino trip maker website .

Take a train from Genoa to Portofino in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Portofino sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. You'll set off for Cinque Terre on the 10th (Wed).

Things to do in Portofino

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

1
night
Genoa

Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi, steep yourself in history at Abbazia di San Fruttuoso, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium of Genoa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, then explore the world behind art at Palazzo Ducale, and finally make a trip to Via Garibaldi.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Genoa visit site .

Traveling by train from Portofino to Genoa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Genoa can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Abbazia di San Fruttuoso
Highlights from your plan
Via Giuseppe Garibaldi ©
Via Giuseppe Garibaldi
Abbazia di San Fruttuoso ©
Abbazia di San Fruttuoso

1
night
Milan

Milan ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Il Cenacolo, browse the exhibits of Castello Sforzesco, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Milan tour planner .

Traveling by train from Genoa to Milan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Genoa in July since evenings lows in Milan dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Colico.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Il Cenacolo ©
Il Cenacolo

2
nights
Colico

Colico ©
Colico is a city in the province of Lecco, Lombardy, Italy. On the 14th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Carlotta, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio, explore the ancient world of Forte di Fuentes, steep yourself in history at Forte Montecchio Nord, then steep yourself in history at Molino Maufet, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbazia Cluniacense di Santa Maria di Piona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giorgio, pause for some serene contemplation at S. Giovanni Battista, admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Isola Comacina, and finally trek along Sentiero dei Forti.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Colico trip site .

Traveling by car from Milan to Colico takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colico

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Varenna, Villa Carlotta, Isola Comacina, Castello di Vezio
Highlights from your plan
Forte Montecchio Nord ©
Forte Montecchio Nord
Molino Maufet ©
Molino Maufet
Castello di Vezio ©
Castello di Vezio

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