12 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

12 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Bologna
— 1 night
Drive
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Lucca
— 1 night
Drive
3
Pisa
— 1 night
Train
4
Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
Drive to Piombino, Ferry to Portoferraio
5
Portoferraio, Elba Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Piombino, Drive to Pitigliano
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Pitigliano
— 1 night
Drive
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Florence
— 2 nights
Train
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Modena
— 2 nights
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Bologna

— 1 night

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Stefano, explore the historical opulence of Castello Estense, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Via delle Volte, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ferrara Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Basilica di San Petronio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario di Madonna di San Luca, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di San Pietro.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bologna attractions site.

Porto, Portugal to Bologna is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto to Bologna. In January, Bologna is a bit cooler than Porto - with highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lucca.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucca

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Churches

Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Michele in Foro, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant'Agostino, contemplate the long history of Palazzo Pfanner, make a trip to Via Fillungo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of San Frediano, and finally admire the striking features of St Martin Cathedral.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucca trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Bologna to Lucca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Bologna in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Lucca: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pisa.

Things to do in Lucca

Historic Sites · Parks

Pisa

— 1 night
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
On the 16th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Pisa, steep yourself in history at Camposanto, admire the striking features of Battistero di San Giovanni, then steep yourself in history at Domus Galilaeana, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Sisto in Cortevecchia.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Pisa holiday app.

Pisa is just a stone's throw from Lucca. In January in Pisa, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites

Cinque Terre

— 2 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Giovanni Battista, see some colorful creatures with Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours, then walk around Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere, and finally take a stroll around Vernazza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, then head outdoors with Beach Bar Stella Marina, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Pista Ciclopedonale Levanto - Framura, and finally kick back and relax at Bagni Casino'.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre trip planner.

Take a train from Pisa to Cinque Terre in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Portoferraio.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Shopping

Side Trips

Portoferraio, Elba Island

— 1 night
Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. On the 19th (Wed), kick back and relax at Spiaggia Della Biodola, kick back and relax at Spiaggia Di Sansone, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Capo Bianco, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia delle Ghiaie.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Portoferraio planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cinque Terre to Portoferraio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Portoferraio are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Pitigliano.

Things to do in Portoferraio

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Pitigliano

— 1 night
Pitigliano is a town in the province of Grosseto, located about 80km south-east of the city of Grosseto, in Italy. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Cascate del Mulino, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Antico Ghetto e Sinagoga Pitigliano, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pitigliano Centro Storico.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Pitigliano road trip tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Portoferraio to Pitigliano in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Traveling from Portoferraio in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 3°C in Pitigliano. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Pitigliano

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Florence

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, then examine the collection at Museo di Palazzo Davanzati, and finally pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Strozzi, admire the striking features of Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, don't miss a visit to Cappelle Medicee, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, then steep yourself in history at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and finally get engrossed in the history at Corridoio Vasariano.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence journey maker app.

Traveling by car from Pitigliano to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In January, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Modena.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums

Modena

— 2 nights

Capital of Engines

Deemed the Capital of Engines, Modena is the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari and the headquarters of Italian sports cars.
On the 23rd (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Grande, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Modena, and then see the interesting displays at MEF-Museo Enzo Ferrari. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo Ferrari, push the limits with an extreme tour, then savor the flavors at Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti, then step into the grandiose world of Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Via Taglio.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Modena holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Modena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Florence in January; daily highs in Modena reach 9°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Modena

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tuscany travel guide

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Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.