28 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

28 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + Train:  17 h 30 min
1
Siena
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Florence
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Bologna
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Ravenna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Venice
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
6
Verona
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
7
Turin
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Genoa
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
9
Rome
— 4 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
Siena

Siena ©
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 15th (Wed): explore the engaging exhibits at Museo di Storia Naturale dell'Accademia dei Fisiocritici, don't miss a visit to Orti dei Tolomei, don't miss a visit to Porta Romana, then see the interesting displays at Archivio di Stato, and finally steep yourself in history at Palazzo Piccolomini. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Loggia della Mercanzia, make a trip to Via di Citta, admire the striking features of Palazzo Sansedoni, contemplate the long history of Le Logge del Papa, then admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Salimbeni, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Salimbeni.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Siena online itinerary planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Siena is an approximately 18- hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Johannesburg to Siena, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Johannesburg in April: high temperatures in Siena hover around 23°C and lows are around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Florence.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Abazzia di Torri
Highlights from your plan
Porta Romana ©
Porta Romana
Loggia della Mercanzia ©
Loggia della Mercanzia
Museo Archeologico di Siena ©
Museo Archeologico di Siena

3
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Step off the beaten path and head to Arezzo Cathedral and Basilica of San Frediano. Take a break from Florence with a short trip to Duomo in Prato, about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: ponder the design of Fountain of Neptune, explore the world behind art at Palazzo Strozzi, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and see the interesting displays at Stibbert Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Florence trip planner.

You can take a bus from Siena to Florence in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Florence are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Bologna.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Basilica of San Frediano, Arezzo Cathedral, Duomo
Highlights from your plan
Stibbert Museum ©
Stibbert Museum
Arezzo Cathedral ©
Arezzo Cathedral
Fountain of Neptune ©
Fountain of Neptune

2
nights
Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
On the 20th (Mon), don't miss a visit to I Love Maranello and then hike along Via degli Dei. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at Acetaia dei Bago, then take in nature's colorful creations at Il Giardino degli Angeli, and then see the interesting displays at San Colombano - Tagliavini Collection.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bologna holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Bologna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. April in Bologna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Ravenna.

Things to do in Bologna

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Acetaia dei Bago, Il Giardino degli Angeli, I Love Maranello
Highlights from your plan
Il Giardino degli Angeli ©
Il Giardino degli Angeli
I Love Maranello ©
I Love Maranello
Via degli Dei ©
Via degli Dei

2
nights
Ravenna

Ravenna ©
Famous for its wealth of original mosaics, Ravenna is a hub of artistic and cultural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at CLASSIS RAVENNA - Museo della Citta e del Territorio, steep yourself in history at Antico Porto di Classe, then admire the masterpieces at Mar - Museo d'Arte della citta di Ravenna, then see the interesting displays at Pinacoteca Comunale, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Giovanni Evangelista. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Piccolo Museo di Bambole e altri Balocchi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Agata Maggiore, then contemplate the long history of Cripta Rasponi e Giardini Pensili, and finally get curious at Museo NatuRa.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ravenna trip maker.

Getting from Bologna to Ravenna by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. April in Ravenna sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Ravenna

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Giovanni Evangelista ©
Basilica di San Giovanni Evangelista
Mar - Museo d'Arte della citta di Ravenna ©
Mar - Museo d'Arte della citta di Ravenna

3
nights
Venice

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to No Exit and Church of San Pantalon. Venture out of the city with trips to Piazza dei Signori (in Padua), I Buranelli (in Treviso) and Cantina San Gregorio (in Valdobbiadene). There's lots more to do: stroll around Oasi Cervara - Nature Sanctuary, take in the waterfront activity at Riva degli Schiavoni, admire the masterpieces at Castello del Catajo, and step off the mainland to explore Giudecca.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Venice trip planner.

You can drive from Ravenna to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Venice are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Piazza dei Signori, I Buranelli, Castello del Catajo, Cantina San Gregorio, No Exit
Highlights from your plan
Cantina San Gregorio ©
Cantina San Gregorio
Oasi Cervara - Nature Sanctuary ©
Oasi Cervara - Nature Sanctuary
Church of San Pantalon ©
Church of San Pantalon

3
nights
Verona

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and Porta dei Borsari. There's lots more to do: get great views at Funicolare di Castel San Pietro, explore the world behind art at AMO - Arena Museo Opera, make a trip to Palazzo della Ragione, and appreciate the history behind La Loggia del Consiglio.

Discover how to plan a Verona trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by bus from Venice to Verona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In April, daily temperatures in Verona can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Turin.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Porta dei Borsari ©
Porta dei Borsari
Food Tours
Funicolare di Castel San Pietro ©
Funicolare di Castel San Pietro

3
nights
Turin

Turin
A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Step off the beaten path and head to Langhe landscapes UNESCO and Chiese di San Carlo e Santa Cristina. Step out of Turin to go to Pollone and see Parco della Burcina, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musei Reali, appreciate the history behind Monumento a Carlo Alberto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cappella dei Banchieri e dei Mercanti, and don't miss a visit to Piazza Carlo Alberto.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Turin journey planner.

Getting from Verona to Turin by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Verona, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Turin, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Genoa.

Things to do in Turin

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Langhe landscapes UNESCO, Parco della Burcina, Il Bucintoro dei Savoia
Highlights from your plan
Langhe landscapes UNESCO
Langhe landscapes UNESCO
Musei Reali ©
Musei Reali
Cappella dei Banchieri e dei Mercanti ©
Cappella dei Banchieri e dei Mercanti

3
nights
Genoa

Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Miniera di Gambatesa and Bagni St. Anna. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at San Pietro in Banchi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario della Madonna del Monte, admire the striking features of Stazione di Genova Brignole, and contemplate the long history of Antica Farmacia Erboristica Sant'Anna dei Frati Carmelitani Scalzi.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Genoa tour itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Turin to Genoa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Turin in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Genoa, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Miniera di Gambatesa, Bagni St. Anna
Highlights from your plan
San Pietro in Banchi ©
San Pietro in Banchi
Miniera di Gambatesa ©
Miniera di Gambatesa
Chiesa Di San Donato ©
Chiesa Di San Donato

4
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Welcome to Rome and Colle Aventino. Change things up with a short trip to Bunker Soratte in Sant'Oreste (about 54 minutes away). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Foro di Cesare, stroll around Parco Regionale dell'Appia Antica, take in nature's colorful creations at Monte Pincio, and take an in-depth tour of Mercati di Traiano - Museo dei Fori Imperiali.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rome travel planning app.

You can fly from Genoa to Rome in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Genoa in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rome: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Bunker Soratte
Highlights from your plan
Welcome to Rome ©
Welcome to Rome
Foro di Cesare ©
Foro di Cesare
Piazza del Campidoglio ©
Piazza del Campidoglio

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