26 days in Italy Itinerary

26 days in Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy attractions planner

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Milan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colico
— 1 night
Drive
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Bellagio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cernobbio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nizza Monferrato
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cinque Terre
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bologna
— 2 nights
Train
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Florence
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montepulciano
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rome
— 2 nights
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Naples
— 3 nights
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Milan

— 2 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.
On the 23rd (Fri), admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo, and finally contemplate the long history of Castello Sforzesco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Il Cenacolo, explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery, and then explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca di Brera.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Milan journey maker app.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Malpensa International Airport, Milano Linate Airport and Milan Bergamo Airport. In April in Milan, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Colico.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Colico

— 1 night
Colico is a city in the province of Lecco, Lombardy, Italy. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio, take in breathtaking views at Orrido di Bellano, then examine the collection at La Ca Di Radio Vecc, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbazia Cluniacense di Santa Maria di Piona. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Lido di Colico, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Como, and then make a trip to Torre di Fontanedo.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Colico online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Milan to Colico takes 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bellagio.

Things to do in Colico

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Bellagio

— 2 nights

Pearl of Lake Como

Known as the pearl of Lake Como for its luxury accommodations, high-end shops, and fine dining options, Bellagio serves as the lake's premiere resort town.
On the 27th (Tue), take a stroll through Menaggio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di S. Leonardo, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Giacomo, then stroll around La Punta Spartivento, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parco di Villa Serbelloni, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at I Giardini di Villa Melzi. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Torre dei Lanfranconi, take a memorable tour with Tours, then hike along Sentiero del Viandante, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di San Nicolo.

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Traveling by car from Colico to Bellagio takes 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Bellagio can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cernobbio.

Things to do in Bellagio

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Cernobbio

— 3 nights
Cernobbio is a comune (municipality) in the province of Como, Lombardy, northern Italy. Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Villa Carlotta, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello, and then hike along Sentee di Sort. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Villa della Porta Bozzolo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa del Redentore, take in nature's colorful creations at Il Giardino della Valle, then look for gifts at La Piazzetta, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesetta della Madonna delle Grazie.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Cernobbio visit planner.

Traveling by car from Bellagio to Cernobbio takes 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Cernobbio can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Nizza Monferrato.

Things to do in Cernobbio

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Nizza Monferrato

— 3 nights
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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nizza Monferrato: Strada Panoramica tra Cuccaro Monferrato e Lu (in Cuccaro Monferrato), Serravalle Designer Outlet (in Serravalle Scrivia) and Forte di Gavi (in Gavi). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo Bersano delle Contadinerie, learn about winemaking at Cascina La Barbatella, don't miss a visit to Acquedotto Romano, and contemplate the long history of Fontana Romana.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Nizza Monferrato trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Cernobbio to Nizza Monferrato in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Cernobbio in May, expect nights in Nizza Monferrato to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Nizza Monferrato

Wineries · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cinque Terre

— 3 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi, then wander the streets of Boccadasse, and then take a leisurely stroll along Old Port. Keep things going the next day: get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, then stop by Fannys Bazar, and finally stroll through Cinque Terre footpaths.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cinque Terre day trip app.

You can drive from Nizza Monferrato to Cinque Terre in 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nizza Monferrato in May: highs in Cinque Terre hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bologna.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks · Trails · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.
On the 7th (Fri), enjoy breathtaking views from Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica San Vitale, don't miss a visit to Compianto sul Cristo Morto, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, then steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Petronio, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza Maggiore.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Bologna trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Bologna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. May in Bologna sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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.
On the 10th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, and finally explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, browse the fresh offerings at La Bottega del Produttore, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

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Traveling by train from Bologna to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Montepulciano.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Montepulciano

— 2 nights

Pearl of the 16th Century

Perched on a limestone ridge in the heart of Tuscany, Montepulciano is known worldwide for its production of red wine, the Vino Noble.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Campo, then don't miss a visit to Terrazza Del Palazzo Comunale, then make a trip to Piazza Grande a Montepulciano, and finally learn about winemaking at Cantina Fattoria della Talosa. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Azienda Agricola Ercolani, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tempio di San Biagio, and then contemplate the long history of Centro Storico di Siena.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Montepulciano attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Florence to Montepulciano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Montepulciano sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Rome.

Things to do in Montepulciano

Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trip

Rome

— 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and then don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Rome planning tool.

Traveling by car from Montepulciano to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Rome are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Naples

— 3 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. On the 16th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Galleria Borbonica, explore the world behind art at Museo Cappella Sansevero, then get to know the fascinating history of Underground Naples, and finally examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Cloister del Paradiso, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Antichi Sapori d'Amalfi, stroll through Villa Cimbrone Gardens, then admire the striking features of Villa Rufolo, and finally contemplate the long history of Duomo di Ravello.

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Traveling by train from Rome to Naples takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Lake Como travel guide

4.2
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."