20 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

20 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northwest Italy Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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Rome
— 3 nights
Train
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Florence
— 2 nights
Train
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Siena
— 1 night
Drive
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La Spezia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Venice
— 2 nights
Train
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Brescia
— 5 nights
Train
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Milan
— 1 day
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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.
Visit Colosseum and Vatican Museums for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Pantheon and Palatine Hill. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, and explore the striking landscape at Colle del Gianicolo.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary planning tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Rome is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Rome. In May, Rome is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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.
You've now added Tuscany Bike Tours to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tuscany Bike Tours.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Florence day trip planner.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Siena.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Siena

— 1 night

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, steep yourself in history at Battistero di San Giovanni, make a trip to Centro Storico di Siena, then make a trip to Piazza del Campo, and finally relax in the rural setting at Mulino di Quercegrossa.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Siena online vacation builder.

Take a train from Florence to Siena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Spezia.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites

Side Trip

La Spezia

— 3 nights
La Spezia, at the head of the Gulf of La Spezia in the Liguria region of Northern Italy, is the capital city of the province of La Spezia.In terms of population, La Spezia is the second city in the Liguria region, preceded just by Genoa. Get some cultural insight at Cinque Terre Trails and Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church. Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova and Via Giuseppe Garibaldi will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Spezia: Genoa (Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi, Palazzo Ducale, &more), Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza (in Monterosso al Mare) and Pisa (Duomo di Pisa & Baptistery of St. John). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Baia del Silenzio and do a tasting at Terra di Bargon.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read La Spezia holiday site.

Traveling by car from Siena to La Spezia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in La Spezia sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in La Spezia

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

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 10th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, then don't miss a visit to St Mark's Campanile, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice trip planner.

You can drive from La Spezia to Venice in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June in Venice, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Brescia.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Brescia

— 5 nights

Lioness of Italy

As the second largest city in Lombardy after Milan, Brescia has served as an important hub of commerce and culture since pre-Roman times.
Cattedrale di Parma and Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Battistero di Parma and Il Vittoriale degli Italiani. Get out of town with these interesting Brescia side-trips: Cathedral of Cremona (in Cremona), Lago di Garda (in Salo) and La Barca di Salvo (in Sirmione). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Brescia Underground, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pieve di Sant’Andrea, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo Vecchio di Brescia, and admire the landmark architecture of Piazza della Loggia.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Brescia vacation planner.

Getting from Venice to Brescia by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. June in Brescia sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Brescia

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Milan

— 1 day

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 16th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Il Cenacolo, then steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Brescia to Milan by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In June, daytime highs in Milan are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites