24 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

24 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy trip planner

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Milan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nizza Monferrato
Drive
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Colonno
— 1 night
Drive
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Mandello del Lario
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
Drive
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Parma
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bologna
— 2 nights
Train
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Florence
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cortona
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rome
— 3 nights

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Milan

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Villa Necchi Campiglio, don't miss a visit to Dialogo nel Buio, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Novecento, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Milan road trip tool.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Malpensa International Airport, Milano Linate Airport and Milan Bergamo Airport. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Nizza Monferrato.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Nizza Monferrato

Nizza Monferrato is a comune in the Province of Asti in the Italian region of Piedmont, located about 60km southeast of Turin and about 20km southeast of Asti.Nizza Monferrato borders the following municipalities: Calamandrana, Castel Boglione, Castelnuovo Belbo, Castelnuovo Calcea, Fontanile, Incisa Scapaccino, Mombaruzzo, San Marzano Oliveto, Vaglio Serra, and Vinchio.NameNizza Monferrato is also called Nizza della Paglia - "Nizza with straw", i.e. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): do a tasting at Vinchio Vaglio, then do a tasting at Cascina La Barbatella, and then do a tasting at Cantina di Nizza.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nizza Monferrato road trip planning site.

You can drive from Milan to Nizza Monferrato in 2 hours. Traveling from Milan in May, things will get slightly colder in Nizza Monferrato: highs are around 64°F and lows about 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Colonno.

Things to do in Nizza Monferrato

Wineries

Side Trip

Colonno

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Greenway del Lago di Como, then get to know the fascinating history of Isola Comacina, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sacro Monte di Ossuccio, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Sacri Monti (Sacred Mountains).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Colonno online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Nizza Monferrato to Colonno in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Nizza Monferrato in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Colonno: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mandello del Lario.

Things to do in Colonno

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mandello del Lario

— 2 nights
Mandello del Lario is an Italian town and comune in the province of Lecco, in Lombardy, on the Como Lake.Since 1921, Mandello del Lario has been home to Moto Guzzi—the Italian motorcycle manufacturer, now a subsidiary of Piaggio & Co. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Beata Vergine del Fiume, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Vezio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at S. Giovanni Battista, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio, then head outdoors with Lido di Mandello, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa del Sacro Cuore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): explore the galleries of Casa Museo di Papa Giovanni XXIII, pause for some serene contemplation at Birthplace Papa Giovanni XXIII, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastero di Santa Maria del Lavello, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Marta di Lecco.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mandello del Lario trip maker website.

You can drive from Colonno to Mandello del Lario in 1.5 hours. May in Mandello del Lario sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Mandello del Lario

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, step into the grandiose world of Castello Doria, tour the pleasant surroundings at Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, then stroll through Sentiero Monterosso - Vernazza, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Chiesa Di San Pietro. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Borgo Storico di Corniglia, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of San Giovanni Battista, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Lorenzo, and finally learn about winemaking at Cinque Terre Walk and Drink.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cinque Terre trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Mandello del Lario to Cinque Terre by car takes about 4.5 hours. In May in Cinque Terre, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Parma.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Parma

— 2 nights

Capital of Italian Food Valley

Parma is famous for its prosciutto, cheese, and architecture.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Piazza della Pace, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Arcivescovile, take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero di Parma, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiostri di S.Giovanni Evangelista, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Camera di San Paolo, and finally explore the world behind art at Palazzo Del Governatore. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Monastero di San Giovanni Evangelista, see the interesting displays at Pinacoteca G Stuard, admire the masterpieces at Museo Lombardi - Marie Louise and Napoleon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Steccata (Madonna della Steccata), and finally do a tasting at Cantina del Borgo.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Parma trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Parma takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bologna.

Things to do in Parma

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

Bologna

— 2 nights

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Basilica San Francesco, contemplate the long history of Basilica di San Petronio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria dei Servi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, then steep yourself in history at Piazza Santo Stefano, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Domenico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Piazza Maggiore, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita, then see the interesting displays at La Macchina del Tempo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di San Pietro, and finally steep yourself in history at Torre Prendiparte.

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Getting from Parma to Bologna by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Florence

— 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Florence Academy of Fine Arts are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Duomo di Pisa and Basilica of Santa Maria Novella are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Piazza del Duomo (in Prato) and Pisa (Leaning Tower of Pisa, Battistero di San Giovanni, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Florence route maker app.

Traveling by train from Bologna to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Florence are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Cortona.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Cortona

— 4 nights

City of Art

The hilltop town of Cortona gained international attention as the subject of the 2003 film "Under the Tuscan Sun." With the Chiana Valley and Lake Trasimeno as its backdrop, Cortona is one of Tuscany's hotspots for art and culture.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Collegiata di San Quirico and Chiesa San Francesco. Get some historical perspective at Santa Maria del Calcinaio and Borgo Medievale Cinto da Mura. Venture out of the city with trips to Villa Sant'Anna (in Abbadia di Montepulciano), Artemisia Gallery (in Pienza) and Montalcino (Winery Solaria Patrizia Cencioni & Fortezza di Montalcino). The adventure continues: Head underground at Belvedere di Cortona, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Domenico, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant'Agostino, and get to know the fascinating history of Centro storico.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cortona road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Florence to Cortona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 26th (Wed), you'll travel to Rome.

Things to do in Cortona

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Villa Borghese and Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri. Popular historic sites such as Pantheon and St. Peter's Basilica are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Campidoglio, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria Sopra Minerva.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rome journey maker.

Traveling by car from Cortona to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Lake Como travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."