18 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

18 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Rome
— 3 nights
Train
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Florence
— 1 night
Drive
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San Gimignano
— 1 day
Drive
4
Florence
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Pisa
— 1 night
Train
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Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
Train
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Portofino
— 2 nights
Train
8
Milan
— 2 nights
Train
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Verona
— 2 nights
Train
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Venice
— 2 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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, appreciate the history behind La Pieta, and take a stroll through Trastevere.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Rome itinerary planner.

Madrid, Spain to Rome is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Madrid in July: highs in Rome hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Florence

— 1 night

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 25th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

Make your Florence itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rome in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Florence, with lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums

San Gimignano

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Piazza della Cisterna, get a taste of the local shopping with La Bottega del Sale di Duccio Nacci photographer, steep yourself in history at Torre Grossa, then make a trip to Duomo di San Gimignano, then make a trip to San Gimignano Bell Tower, and finally don't miss a visit to Historic Centre of San Gimignano.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Gimignano online attractions planner.

Drive from Florence to San Gimignano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in San Gimignano can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Florence

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Loggia dei Lanzi, make a trip to Ratto della Sabina, steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then don't miss a visit to Palazzo Vecchio, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Florence online itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Gimignano to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Pisa.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums

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.
On the 28th (Wed), take in panoramic vistas at Leaning Tower of Pisa, then make a trip to Piazza dei Miracoli, and then stroll the grounds of Camposanto.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Pisa tour planner.

Getting from Florence to Pisa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. July in Pisa sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 21°C at night. You will leave for Cinque Terre on the 29th (Thu).

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites

Cinque Terre

— 2 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
On the 29th (Thu), get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Doria, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cinque Terre footpaths. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa Di San Pietro, hike along Cinque Terre Trails, get outside with Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, and finally hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre route planner.

You can take a train from Pisa to Cinque Terre in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Cinque Terre sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 21°C at night. On the 31st (Sat), you're off to Portofino.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails · Parks

Portofino

— 2 nights
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parrocchia Di San Martino, visit a coastal fixture at Faro di Portofino, and then identify plant and animal life at Area Marina Protetta Portofino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront activity at Marina di Portofino, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, don't miss a visit to Piazza Martiri Dell'Olivetta, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Giorgio, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Brown, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Del Parco.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Portofino online driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Cinque Terre to Portofino in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Portofino when traveling from Cinque Terre in July, with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Milan.

Things to do in Portofino

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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 2nd (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Sant'Alessandro, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Milan trip planner.

Traveling by train from Portofino to Milan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Portofino in August since evenings lows in Milan dip to 22°C. You'll set off for Verona on the 4th (Wed).

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Shopping

Verona

— 2 nights

City of Romeo and Juliet

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Piazza Bra, then admire the striking features of Villa Giona - Fagioli, then learn about winemaking at Villa Calicantus, and finally learn about winemaking at Novaia. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Museo di Castelvecchio, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, see the interesting displays at Casa di Giulietta, then make a trip to Torre dei Lamberti, then wander the streets of Piazza delle Erbe, and finally don't miss a visit to Liston.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Verona tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Milan to Verona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. August in Verona sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. You'll set off for Venice on the 6th (Fri).

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites · Wineries · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Venice

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): examine the collection at Doge's Palace and then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Punta della Dogana, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, admire the striking features of St Mark's Campanile, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, and finally snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Venice trip planning website.

You can drive from Verona to Venice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks