12 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

12 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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12 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Zagreb
Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
Venice
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Verona
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 15​min
3
Milan
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 15​min
4
Portofino
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Florence
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
6
Rome
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5​h 45​min
End: Zagreb

2
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.
Venice is known for historic sites, nature, museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, and steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice road trip planning app .

Zagreb, Croatia to Venice is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or fly. Traveling from Zagreb in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Venice, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

1
night
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 12th (Mon): steep yourself in history at I Portoni della Bra, admire the landmark architecture of Casa di Giulietta, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, explore the historical opulence of Museo di Castelvecchio, then shop like a local with Piazza delle Erbe, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Torre dei Lamberti.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Verona day trip site .

Take a bus from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August in Verona, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Piazza delle Erbe ©
Piazza delle Erbe
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, then see La Casa Maledetta, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Milan day trip site .

Take a train from Verona to Milan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Milan are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Portofino.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

1
night
Portofino

Portofino
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Portofino trip planner.

You can take a train from Milan to Portofino in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Portofino sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 25°C at night. You will leave for Florence on the 14th (Wed).

Things to do in Portofino

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

3
nights
Florence

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Dedicate the 17th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Florence vacation planner .

You can drive from Portofino to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Portofino in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Florence, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

3
nights
Rome

Rome ©
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, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, make a trip to Trevi Fountain, admire the landmark architecture of Vatican Museums, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rome route maker site .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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