12 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

12 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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12 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Zagreb
Shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Rome
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Assisi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Gimignano
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Portofino
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
5
Genoa
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h
6
Verona
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
7
Venice
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Zagreb

1
night
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Villa Borghese.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip itinerary website .

Zagreb, Croatia to Rome is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Zagreb in August; daily highs in Rome reach 38°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica
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Villa Borghese ©
Villa Borghese
Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica ©
Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica

1
night
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eremo delle Carceri, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Damiano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di San Rufino, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Chiara, then see the interesting displays at Museo della Porziuncola, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola.

For more things to do and other tourist information, read our Assisi trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Rome to Assisi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Assisi when traveling from Rome in August, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Museums
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Eremo delle Carceri ©
Eremo delle Carceri
San Damiano ©
San Damiano

2
nights
San Gimignano

San Gimignano ©
A historical gem in the heart of Tuscany, San Gimignano is known as the Town of Fine Towers for its jutting skyline of high city walls.
On the 12th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of San Gimignano 1300, don't miss a visit to Piazza della Cisterna, then make a trip to San Gimignano Bell Tower, and finally don't miss a visit to Historic Centre of San Gimignano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Torre del Mangia, then steep yourself in history at Centro Storico di Siena, and then browse the collection at Biblioteca Piccolomini.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Gimignano itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Assisi to San Gimignano in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in San Gimignano are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Portofino.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Siena
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San Gimignano 1300 ©
San Gimignano 1300
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
San Gimignano Bell Tower ©
San Gimignano Bell Tower

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. On the 14th (Wed), make a trip to Piazza Martiri Dell'Olivetta, get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria d'Arte Portofino, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Giorgio, explore the historical opulence of Castello Brown, then enjoy the sea views from Faro di Portofino, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Margherita Ligure.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Portofino trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from San Gimignano to Portofino takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from San Gimignano in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Portofino. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Genoa.

Things to do in Portofino

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Santa Margherita Ligure
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Castello Brown ©
Castello Brown
Santa Margherita Ligure ©
Santa Margherita Ligure
Faro di Portofino ©
Faro di Portofino

2
nights
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 15th (Thu): make a trip to Piazza Raffaele De Ferrari, wander the streets of Boccadasse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Baia del Silenzio. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi, contemplate the long history of Abbazia di San Fruttuoso, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, then make a trip to Via Garibaldi, and finally see the interesting displays at Galata Museo del Mare.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Genoa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Portofino to Genoa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Abbazia di San Fruttuoso, Baia del Silenzio
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Baia del Silenzio ©
Baia del Silenzio
Abbazia di San Fruttuoso ©
Abbazia di San Fruttuoso
Via Giuseppe Garibaldi ©
Via Giuseppe Garibaldi

2
nights
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.
On the 17th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Grotte di Catullo, then explore the historical opulence of Rocca Scaligera di Sirmione, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre dei Lamberti, and finally make a trip to Piazza Bra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Museo di Castelvecchio, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Borghetto sul Mincio.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Verona online day trip planner .

Take a train from Genoa to Verona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Genoa in August since evenings lows in Verona dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sirmione, Borghetto sul Mincio
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Grotte di Catullo ©
Grotte di Catullo
Castello Scaligero ©
Castello Scaligero
Borghetto sul Mincio ©
Borghetto sul Mincio

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, contemplate the long history of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel, then don't miss a visit to Prato della Valle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant’Antonio. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Scala Contarini del Bovolo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dell'Orologio, then steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, then take a stroll through Cannaregio, and finally take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Venice trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Verona to Venice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August in Venice, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Padua
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San Giorgio Maggiore ©
San Giorgio Maggiore
Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco

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