19 days in Northwest Italy & Croatia Itinerary

19 days in Northwest Italy & Croatia Itinerary

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19 days in Northwest Italy & Croatia Itinerary

Start: Sacramento, United States
+2
Bus + Subway + Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Pisa, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Portoferraio, Italy
— 1 night
Ferry + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Assisi, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Rimini, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Rovinj, Croatia
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  20​h
End: Sacramento, United States

3
nights
Pisa, Italy

Pisa ©
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Duomo di Pisa and San Pietro Church. Step out of the city life by going to Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza and Baia del Silenzio. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pisa: Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino), Portovenere (in Porto Venere) and Cavallino Matto (in Marina di Castagneto Carducci). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero and appreciate the extensive heritage of Knights’ Square.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Pisa travel route planner .

Sacramento, USA to Pisa is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sacramento to Pisa is 9 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sacramento in June: highs in Pisa hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Portoferraio.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Porto Venere, Abbazia di San Galgano, Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, Cavallino Matto, Baia del Silenzio
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Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano
Baia del Silenzio ©
Baia del Silenzio
Portovenere ©
Portovenere

1
night
Portoferraio, Italy

Portoferraio ©
Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): stroll through Spiaggia di Cavoli, then stroll through Spiaggia Della Biodola, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Di Sansone, and finally kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Capo Bianco.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Portoferraio online travel planner .

Getting from Pisa to Portoferraio by car takes about 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Portoferraio can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Assisi.

Things to do in Portoferraio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Spiaggia di Cavoli
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Spiaggia di Cavoli ©
Spiaggia di Cavoli
Spiaggia Di Sansone ©
Spiaggia Di Sansone
Spiaggia Della Biodola ©
Spiaggia Della Biodola

3
nights
Assisi, Italy

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Popular historic sites such as Civita di Bagnoregio and Eremo delle Carceri are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Cascata delle Marmore and Grotte di Frasassi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Assisi: Rocca Paolina (in Perugia), Rocca Albornoz (in Sassoferrato) and Orvieto (Pozzo di San Patrizio & Duomo di Orvieto). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, examine the collection at Museo della Porziuncola, and admire the striking features of Basilica di Santa Chiara.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Assisi route planning app .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Portoferraio to Assisi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. In June, daily temperatures in Assisi can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rimini.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Orvieto, Grotte di Frasassi, Cascata delle Marmore, Civita di Bagnoregio, Rocca Albornoz
Highlights from your plan
Pozzo di San Patrizio ©
Pozzo di San Patrizio
Cascata delle Marmore ©
Cascata delle Marmore

3
nights
Rimini, Italy

Rimini ©
A popular resort town on Italy's east coast, Rimini has been an inhabited settlement since prehistoric times.
Take a break from the city and head to Altamarea Beach Village and Playa del Sol. Get some cultural insight at Basilica San Vitale and Forte di San Leo. Venture out of the city with trips to Santuario Della Santa Casa (in Loreto), Basilica di San Petronio (in Bologna) and Castello di Gradara (in Gradara). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, make a trip to Porto Turistico Cesenatico, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rimini tour planning tool .

Traveling by car from Assisi to Rimini takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Rimini sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 63°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Rimini

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ravenna, Porto Turistico Cesenatico, Santuario Della Santa Casa, Castello di Gradara, Playa del Sol
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Gradara ©
Castello di Gradara
Santuario Della Santa Casa ©
Santuario Della Santa Casa
Forte di San Leo ©
Forte di San Leo

3
nights
Venice, Italy

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilica di Sant’Antonio and Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Get a sense of the local culture at San Giorgio Maggiore and Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Castello Estense (in Ferrara), Castello Estense (in Arqua Polesine) and Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Museo di Castelvecchio, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, wander the streets of Cannaregio, and contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Venice day trip app .

Drive from Rimini to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rovinj.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Verona, Padua, Castello Estense, Basilica Palladiana, Castello Estense
Highlights from your plan
San Giorgio Maggiore ©
San Giorgio Maggiore
Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco

4
nights
Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Visit Amphitheatre de Pula and Euphrasius Basilica for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Old Town and Aquapark Istralandia. Get out of town with these interesting Rovinj side-trips: Porec Old Town (in Porec) and Kamenjak National Park (in Premantura). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Port of Rovinj and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Euphemia.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rovinj tour planner.

You can drive from Venice to Rovinj in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and shuttle; or ride a ferry. In July in Rovinj, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Porec, Aquapark Istralandia, Amphitheatre de Pula, Kamenjak National Park
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Kamenjak National Park ©
Kamenjak National Park
Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula

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