17 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

17 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Malpensa International Airport, Drive to Menaggio
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Menaggio
— 2 nights
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Varenna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Milan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cinque Terre
— 5 nights
Drive
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Venice
— 5 nights
Fly

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Menaggio

— 2 nights
Menaggio is a town and comune in the province of Como, Lombardy, northern Italy, located on the western shore of Lake Como at the mouth of the river Senagra.Menaggio has three frazioni (parishes): Croce, Loveno and Nobiallo.HistoryThe area of current Menaggio was conquered by the Romans in 196 BC. The Roman conquest culminated with the construction of a road called the Via Regina.Menaggio was a walled city. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Della Madonna delle Grazie di San Martino, admire the striking features of Villa del Balbianello, then get to know the fascinating history of Greenway del Lago di Como, then admire the striking features of Villa Fogazzaro Roi, and finally make a trip to Church of San Martino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Carlotta, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lido di Lenno, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sacro Monte di Ossuccio, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giacomo, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Parco San Marco Lifestyle Beach Resort.

For reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Menaggio online travel route planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Menaggio is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Varenna.

Things to do in Menaggio

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Varenna

— 2 nights
Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): appreciate the views at Valchiavenna, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Giacomo, take in nature's colorful creations at I Giardini di Villa Melzi, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Tranquilla, then learn about all things military at Forte Montecchio Nord, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at S. Giovanni Battista, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di S. Giorgio, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Vezio, then enjoy the sand and surf at Riva Bianca Beach, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Green Way dei Patriarchi.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Varenna itinerary maker.

Drive from Menaggio to Varenna in an hour. In May, daytime highs in Varenna are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Milan

— 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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 1st (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Francesco di Paola, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, contemplate the long history of Basilica dei Santi Apostoli e Nazzaro Maggiore, get lost in a book at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, and finally don't miss a visit to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Fedele.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Milan trip planner.

You can drive from Varenna to Milan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Cinque Terre

— 5 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Visit Cinque Terre Trails and Battistero di San Giovanni for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours and Baia di Paraggi. Change things up with these side-trips from Cinque Terre: Asciutti Carlo (in Carrara), Bagno Piemonte (in Forte Dei Marmi) and Bagno Pardini (in Lido Di Camaiore). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Baia del Silenzio, kick back and relax at Bagni Marina Stabilimento Balneare, don't miss a visit to Leaning Tower of Pisa, and examine the collection at Museo Aviotruppe Esercito Italiano.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Cinque Terre day trip planning site.

Getting from Milan to Cinque Terre by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In June, daytime highs in Cinque Terre are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Venice

— 5 nights

City of Romance

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Canal Grande and Limosa Guide Naturaliste. Do some cultural sightseeing at Piazza San Marco and Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore. Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Verona (Verona's Cathedral (Duomo), Piazza delle Erbe, &more) and Padua (Musei Civici Agli Eremitani, Scrovegni Chapel, &more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, admire the landmark architecture of St Mark's Campanile, and explore the world behind art at Museo Correr.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Venice journey planner.

Getting from Cinque Terre to Venice by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Lake Como travel guide

4.2
Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."