24 days in Istanbul & Northwest Italy Itinerary

24 days in Istanbul & Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Start: Istanbul, Turkey
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive + Ferry:  3 h
5
Portoferraio, Italy
— 1 night
Ferry + Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
San Gimignano, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Assisi, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

4
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Hagia Sophia Museum and Istanbul Archaeological Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Suleymaniye Cami and Chora Museum. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Rumeli Fortress, make a trip to Sultanahmet Square, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Istanbul travel itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Turkey, the closest major aiports are Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

4
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Piazza San Marco and Doge's Palace. Museum-lovers will get to explore Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Ca' d'Oro. Venture out of the city with trips to Castello Estense (in Ferrara) and Padua (Museo Antoniano, Basilica of St. Anthony, &more). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, make a trip to Scala Contarini del Bovolo, and steep yourself in history at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Venice in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul to Venice, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In July in Venice, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Padua, Castello Estense
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari ©

1
night
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
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.
On the 9th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, thenget engrossed in the history at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Milan trip planning app.

You can drive from Venice to Milan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Milan are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Monumental Cemetery ©
Monumental Cemetery
Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio ©
Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Duomo di Pisa and Knights’ Square. Centro Storico and Camposanto will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Florence with a short trip to Leaning Tower of Pisa in Pisa, about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and contemplate the long history of Loggia dei Lanzi.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Florence driving holiday site.

Take a train from Milan to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Portoferraio.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Pisa
Highlights from your plan
Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa

1
night
Portoferraio, Italy

Portoferraio ©
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 14th (Tue): kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Cavoli, kick back and relax at Padulella Beach, thenkick back and relax at Spiaggia di Capo Bianco, and finally kick back and relax at Spiaggia Di Sansone.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Portoferraio road trip site.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Florence to Portoferraio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In July in Portoferraio, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Portoferraio

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Spiaggia di Cavoli
Highlights from your plan
Spiaggia di Cavoli ©
Spiaggia di Cavoli
Spiaggia Di Sansone ©
Spiaggia Di Sansone
Padulella Beach ©
Padulella Beach

2
nights
San Gimignano, Italy

San Gimignano ©
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.
On the 15th (Wed), examine the collection at Fondazione Accademia Musicale Chigiana, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, and then contemplate the long history of Centro Storico di Siena. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Walls of Monteriggioni, thenstep into the grandiose world of Castello di Monteriggioni, thendo a tasting at Tenuta Torciano, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of San Gimignano.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Gimignano online trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Portoferraio to San Gimignano in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Assisi.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Siena, Monteriggioni
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Monteriggioni ©
Castello di Monteriggioni
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Tenuta Torciano ©
Tenuta Torciano

3
nights
Assisi, Italy

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Popular historic sites such as Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola and San Damiano are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Cattedrale di San Rufino and Basilica di Santa Chiara. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Assisi: Orvieto (Duomo di Orvieto & Pozzo di San Patrizio) and Civita di Bagnoregio (in Bagnoregio). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museo della Porziuncola, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eremo delle Carceri, learn about winemaking at Tili Vini Societa Agricola, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Superiore di San Francesco.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Assisi online journey planner.

Traveling by car from San Gimignano to Assisi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Assisi are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Orvieto, Civita di Bagnoregio
Highlights from your plan
Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola
San Damiano ©
San Damiano

4
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. Appreciate the collections at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Square, delve into the distant past at Forum of Augustus, make a trip to Roman Forum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cupola di San Pietro.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rome road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Assisi to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rome when traveling from Assisi in July, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

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