19 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

19 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Rome
— 3 nights
Train
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Florence
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Gimignano
— 3 nights
Drive
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Volterra
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Pisa
— 1 night
Drive
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Lucca
— 1 night
Drive
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Cinque Terre
— 1 night
Drive
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Venice
— 4 nights
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Rome

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Tivoli (Villa Adriana & Villa d'Este). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and make a trip to Roman Forum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rome day trip planning site.

Joplin, USA to Rome is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in August, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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 3rd (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Fiesole Cathedral Cattedrale di San Romolo - Fiesole, and finally learn about winemaking at Castello del Trebbio. On your second day here, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Florence holiday planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In September in Florence, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

San Gimignano

— 3 nights

Town of Fine Towers

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.
Explore San Gimignano's surroundings by going to Poggio al Bosco (in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa), Siena (Piazza del Campo, Duomo di Siena, &more) and A Solatio Organic Farm (in Certaldo). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Guardastelle Vineyard, steep yourself in history at Torre Grossa, and take an in-depth tour of Torre e Casa Campatelli.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Gimignano day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Florence to San Gimignano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in San Gimignano can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Volterra.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Volterra

— 2 nights
Volterra is a walled mountaintop town in the Tuscany region of Italy of which its history dates to before the 7th century BC and has substantial structures from the Etruscan, Roman, and Medieval periods.HistoryVolterra, known to the ancient Etruscans as Velathri or Vlathri and to the Romans as Volaterrae, is a town and comune in the Tuscany region of Italy. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get outside with Vintage Aeroplane Europe AB, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bagni Etruria, and then do a tasting at Batzella. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: savor the flavors at Podere Pellicciano - Agrisole, then take a pleasant ride with Borgo Pignano Horseback Riding, then get outside with Centro Equestre Samarcanda, and finally stop by alab'Arte.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Volterra travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Gimignano to Volterra takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pisa.

Things to do in Volterra

Outdoors · Wineries · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Leaning Tower of Pisa, then don't miss a visit to Piazza dei Miracoli, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Battistero di San Giovanni, and finally get outside with Il Pineto Parco Avventura.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Pisa travel route site.

You can drive from Volterra to Pisa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Pisa can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lucca.

Things to do in Pisa

Outdoors · Historic Sites

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 11th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Guinigi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Anastasio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Michele in Foro, then learn about winemaking at Fattoria al Dotto, then contemplate the long history of Le mura di Lucca, and finally steep yourself in history at St Martin Cathedral.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucca trip tool.

Lucca is just a stone's throw from Pisa. In September, daily temperatures in Lucca can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Lucca

Historic Sites · Wineries

Cinque Terre

— 1 night

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sentiero 586 (ex n.6D) Volastra-Case Pianca, take a memorable tour with Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours, then look for gifts at Art in Banchi, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Ex Gallerie.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre online itinerary maker.

Getting from Lucca to Cinque Terre by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Nature · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Venice

— 4 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.
Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Padua (Prato della Valle, Basilica of St. Anthony, &more) and Verona (Casa di Giulietta, Piazza delle Erbe, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, make a trip to St Mark's Campanile, admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Venice trip planner.

Getting from Cinque Terre to Venice by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In September in Venice, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Tuscany travel guide

4.4
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.

Province of Siena travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Wineries & Vineyards · Churches
Siena is a city in Tuscany, Italy. It is the capital of the province of Siena.The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. It is one of the nation's most visited tourist attractions, with over 163,000 international arrivals in 2008. Siena is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year.HistorySiena, like other Tuscan hill towns, was first settled in the time of the Etruscans (c. 900–400 BC) when it was inhabited by a tribe called the Saina. The Etruscans were a tribe of advanced people who changed the face of central Italy through their use of irrigation to reclaim previously unfarmable land, and their custom of building their settlements in well-defended hill forts. A Roman town called Saena Julia was founded at the site in the time of the Emperor Augustus. Some archaeologists assert that Siena was controlled for a period by a Gaulish tribe called the Senones.According to local legend, Siena was founded by Senius and Aschius, two sons of Remus and thus nephews of Romulus, after whom Rome was named. Supposedly after their father's murder by Romulus, they fled Rome, taking with them the statue of the she-wolf suckling the infants (Capitoline Wolf), thus appropriating that symbol for the town. Additionally they rode white and black horses, giving rise to the Balzana, or coat of arms of Siena with a white band atop a dark band. Some claim the name Siena derives from Senius. Other etymologies derive the name from the Etruscan family name Saina, the Roman family name Saenii, or the Latin word senex "old" or its derived form seneo "to be old".

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