17 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

17 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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17 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Beijing
Fly:  14​h
1
Rome
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Assisi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Siena
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Florence
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
5
Venice
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
6
Milan
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
7
Verona
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h
8
Rome
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Beijing

2
nights
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 28th (Sun): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, then don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, and then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, then take a stroll through Trastevere, and then take in the exciting artwork at Soqquadro APS.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rome trip planning tool .

Beijing, China to Rome is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Beijing to Rome, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

2
nights
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Francesco, learn about winemaking at Tili Vini Societa Agricola, view the masterpieces at Assisi Galleria 6C, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eremo delle Carceri, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Damiano, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Chiara.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Assisi trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Rome to Assisi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 20°C in Assisi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Siena.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

San Francesco, Arezzo
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Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola
Eremo delle Carceri ©
Eremo delle Carceri

2
nights
Siena

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbazia di San Galgano, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Domenico, then pause for some serene contemplation at Siena Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Battistero di San Giovanni, and finally make a trip to Piazza del Campo.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Siena trip planner .

You can drive from Assisi to Siena in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Florence.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Abbazia di San Galgano, San Quirico d'Orcia, Fortezza di Montalcino
Highlights from your plan
Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza della Signoria. You'll explore and learn at Pitti Palace and Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Step out of Florence to go to Santa Brigida and see Castello del Trebbio, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, look for gifts at M.G. Design, and take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary planner .

Take a bus from Siena to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. August in Florence sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Wineries Shopping

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
Highlights from your plan
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace
Basilica di Santa Croce ©
Basilica di Santa Croce

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.
Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Bagni Alberoni, then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then shop like a local with Giudecca 795 Art Gallery, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice visit planner.

Take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
nights
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.
On the 8th (Thu), admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then make a trip to Piazza del Duomo, then stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Il Cenacolo, then explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, and then stop by Enoteca Iemmallo.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Milan online trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Venice to Milan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. August in Milan sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): browse the exhibits of Casa di Giulietta and then see the grandeur of opera at Arena di Verona. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, steep yourself in history at Museo di Castelvecchio, then make a trip to Piazza delle Erbe, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre dei Lamberti, and finally admire the sheer force of Parco Naturalistico delle Cascate-Family.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Verona online trip planner .

Traveling by train from Milan to Verona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Verona sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Verona

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Spiaggia Castelletto di Brenzone
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
Rome

Rome ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon and then make a trip to Piazza Navona.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rome visit planner.

Traveling by train from Verona to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Piazza Navona ©
Piazza Navona

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