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
5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Colosseum and Vatican Museums. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pantheon and St. Peter's Basilica. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome attractions website.

Melbourne, Australia to Rome is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Rome, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in May, with highs in Rome at 28°C and lows at 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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally appreciate the history behind Loggia dei Lanzi. On your second day here, pedal to the sights with Tuscany Bike Tours.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Florence travel route planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June in Florence, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride 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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Battistero di San Giovanni, make a trip to Centro Storico di Siena, then make a trip to Piazza del Campo, and finally experience rural life at Mulino di Quercegrossa.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Siena trip planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Siena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 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 outdoors at Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza and Baia del Silenzio. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cinque Terre Trails and Via Giuseppe Garibaldi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Spezia: Pisa (Duomo di Pisa & Baptistery of St. John), Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church (in Vernazza) and Genoa (Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi, Palazzo Ducale, &more). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Terra di Bargon.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the La Spezia vacation planner.

You can drive from Siena to La Spezia in 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 time for the car ride 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, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, then take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Venice trip site.

You can drive from La Spezia to Venice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride 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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Battistero di Parma and Duomo Vecchio di Brescia. Explore Brescia's surroundings by going to Cathedral of Cremona (in Cremona), Lago di Garda (in Salo) and La Barca di Salvo (in Sirmione). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Brescia Underground, step into the grandiose world of Brescia Castle, admire the landmark architecture of Piazza della Loggia, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pieve di Sant’Andrea.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Brescia trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Venice to Brescia in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In June in Brescia, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Il Cenacolo, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Milan online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Brescia to Milan by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In June in Milan, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites