20 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

20 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northwest Italy travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Verona
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Venice
— 3 nights
Fly
3
Rome
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Assisi
— 1 night
Drive
5
Florence
— 3 nights
Drive to Piombino, Ferry to Portoferraio
6
Portoferraio, Elba Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Piombino, Drive to Pisa
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Pisa
— 1 night
Drive
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Genoa
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Aosta
— 2 nights
Bus to Milan Malpensa, Fly to Amsterdam

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mountbaldo and Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Verona: Lago di Garda (in Garda), Scaliger Castle in Malcesine (in Malcesine) and Castello Scaligero (in Sirmione). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Piazza Bra, look for gifts at Fil Good, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Anastasia, and listen to music at Arena di Verona.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Verona online tour itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Verona is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, expect Verona to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Venice

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lido and Food Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Padua (Prato della Valle, Basilica of St. Anthony, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, and steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Venice road trip tool.

You can drive from Verona to Venice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can fly to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano and Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rome online tour planner.

Fly from Venice to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Rome sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Assisi

— 1 night

City of Peace

Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
On the 30th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Museo della Porziuncola, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, look for gifts at Assisi Jewels, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Chiara, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eremo delle Carceri.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Assisi route website.

Traveling by car from Rome to Assisi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Assisi when traveling from Rome in July, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Florence

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Walking tours and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Step out of Florence to go to San Gimignano and see Historic Centre of San Gimignano, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. Dedicate the 1st (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Florence trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Assisi to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Portoferraio.

Things to do in Florence

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Portoferraio, Elba Island

— 2 nights
Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Capanne, see some colorful creatures with Diving in Elba, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Di Sansone, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Capo Bianco. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia delle Ghiaie, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Della Biodola, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Cavoli, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Fetovaia.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Portoferraio tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Florence to Portoferraio by combination of car and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry. In August in Portoferraio, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Pisa.

Things to do in Portoferraio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · 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 5th (Thu): make a trip to Knights’ Square, enjoy breathtaking views from Leaning Tower of Pisa, admire the landmark architecture of Battistero di San Giovanni, admire the landmark architecture of Duomo di Pisa, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Camposanto, and finally make a trip to Murale Tuttomondo di Keith Haring.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Pisa trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Portoferraio to Pisa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train. In August in Pisa, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Genoa.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Genoa

— 2 nights
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
On the 6th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Palazzo Ducale, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi, then kick back and relax at Baia del Silenzio, and finally take a stroll through Santa Margherita Ligure. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Piazza Raffaele De Ferrari, then get to know the fascinating history of Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, then see the interesting displays at Galata Museo del Mare, and finally stop by Boccadasse.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Genoa trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Pisa to Genoa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Pisa in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Genoa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Aosta.

Things to do in Genoa

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Aosta

— 2 nights

Rome of the Alps

In the Aosta Valley bordering Switzerland and France, the medieval city of Aosta is famous for its prime skiing conditions and rich cultural history.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Teatro Romano, hike along La Casermetta, then appreciate the views at Val Ferret, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Porta Pretoria, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Fenis, and then admire the sheer force of Lillaz Waterfalls.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Aosta holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Genoa to Aosta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aosta

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips