30 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

30 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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30 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Sofia
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Rome
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
2
Orvieto
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Assisi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Gimignano
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Florence
— 4 nights
Drive + Ferry:  3​h
6
Portoferraio, Elba Island
— 1 night
Ferry + Drive:  4​h
7
Genoa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Turin
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
9
Verona
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Ravenna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Venice
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Sofia

3
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get some cultural insight at Villa d'Este and Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano. Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico and Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Necropoli di Tarquinia (in Tarquinia), Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica (in Ostia Antica) and Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, get to know the fascinating history of Casa di San Tommaso, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clement Basilica, and admire the masterpieces at Giardino dei Tarocchi.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rome tour itinerary builder tool .

Sofia, Bulgaria to Rome is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sofia to Rome is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sofia in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rome, with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Orvieto.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Giardino dei Tarocchi, Monte Cassino, Cascata delle Marmore, Villa d'Este, Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica
Highlights from your plan
Necropoli di Tarquinia ©
Necropoli di Tarquinia
Monte Cassino ©
Monte Cassino
Giardino dei Tarocchi ©
Giardino dei Tarocchi

2
nights
Orvieto

Orvieto ©
The striking town of Orvieto, perched on a volcanic cliff overlooking the Umbrian countryside, is known as the Green Heart of Italy.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Lante, steep yourself in history at Palazzo dei Papi, then don't miss a visit to Civita di Bagnoregio, then steep yourself in history at Pozzo di San Patrizio, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Orvieto. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dome of Montepulciano, steep yourself in history at Museo di Palazzo Orsini, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Bolsena, and finally steep yourself in history at Area Archeologica di Poggio Moscini.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Orvieto online trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Rome to Orvieto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Orvieto can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Orvieto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Viterbo, Bolsena, Civita di Bagnoregio, Museo di Palazzo Orsini, Dome of Montepulciano
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo dei Papi ©
Palazzo dei Papi
Lago di Bolsena ©
Lago di Bolsena
Museo di Palazzo Orsini ©
Museo di Palazzo Orsini

2
nights
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Stazione Foligno, see the interesting displays at Museo della Porziuncola, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, make a trip to Vieille Ville, then explore the historical opulence of Rocca Paolina, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Damiano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Ubaldo, don't miss a visit to Piazza Grande, steep yourself in history at Piazza del Duomo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di San Rufino.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Assisi itinerary maker app .

Getting from Orvieto to Assisi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Spoleto, Perugia, Gubbio, Stazione Foligno
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
San Damiano ©
San Damiano
Cattedrale di San Rufino ©
Cattedrale di San Rufino

2
nights
San Gimignano

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of San Gimignano, contemplate the long history of Centro Storico di Siena, then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre del Mangia, then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Monteriggioni, and finally indulge your taste buds at Monteriggioni. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di San Gimignano, make a trip to San Gimignano Bell Tower, make a trip to Piazza della Cisterna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eremo di Montesiepi, then get lost in a book at Biblioteca Piccolomini, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Walls of Monteriggioni.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Gimignano trip planner .

Traveling by car from Assisi to San Gimignano takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Historic Sites Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Monteriggioni, Siena, Eremo di Montesiepi
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di San Gimignano ©
Duomo di San Gimignano
Eremo di Montesiepi ©
Eremo di Montesiepi
San Gimignano Bell Tower ©
San Gimignano Bell Tower

4
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Popular historic sites such as Duomo di Pisa and Centro Storico are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Basilica San Miniato al Monte and Portovenere. Venture out of the city with trips to Canyon Park (in Bagni di Lucca), Bologna (Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano & Basilica di San Petronio) and Pisa (Battistero & Camposanto). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbazia di San Galgano, contemplate the long history of Abbazia di Sant'Antimo, look for gifts at Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eremo Le Celle.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Florence trip planner .

You can drive from San Gimignano to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Portoferraio.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trips

Pisa, Bologna, Abbazia di San Galgano, Canyon Park, Portovenere
Highlights from your plan
Canyon Park ©
Canyon Park
Eremo Le Celle ©
Eremo Le Celle

1
night
Portoferraio, Elba Island

Portoferraio ©
Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. On the 15th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Marina di Campo, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Cavoli, kick back and relax at Spiaggia Della Biodola, then stroll through Spiaggia Di Sansone, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia di Capo Bianco.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Portoferraio online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Florence to Portoferraio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Portoferraio can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Genoa.

Things to do in Portoferraio

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Spiaggia di Cavoli, Spiaggia di Marina di Campo
Highlights from your plan
Spiaggia di Cavoli ©
Spiaggia di Cavoli
Spiaggia Di Sansone ©
Spiaggia Di Sansone
Spiaggia Della Biodola ©
Spiaggia Della Biodola

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.
Get some cultural insight at Santa Margherita Ligure and Abbazia di San Fruttuoso. Get some historical perspective at Centro Storico di Albenga and Via Giuseppe Garibaldi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Genoa: Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza (in Monterosso al Mare), Baia del Silenzio (in Sestri Levante) and Pista Ciclopedonale Levanto - Framura (in Levanto). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Baia dei Saraceni, Head underground at Grotte di Toirano, stroll through Bagni Margherita, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Budello di Alassio.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Genoa holiday builder website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Portoferraio to Genoa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. September in Genoa sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Turin.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Pista Ciclopedonale Levanto - Framura, Budello di Alassio, Santuario di nostra Signora del Carmine, Abbazia di San Fruttuoso, Baia del Silenzio
Highlights from your plan
Abbazia di San Fruttuoso ©
Abbazia di San Fruttuoso
Budello di Alassio ©
Budello di Alassio
Grotte di Toirano ©
Grotte di Toirano

4
nights
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.
Sacra di San Michele and Castel Savoia will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Lake Orta and Lillaz Waterfalls will get you outdoors. Explore Turin's surroundings by going to Val Ferret (in Courmayeur), Castello di Fenis (in Fenis) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Morgex). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sacro Monte di Orta, explore the ancient world of Teatro Romano, explore the activities along San Giulio Island, and admire the striking features of Palazzo Reale.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Turin trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Genoa to Turin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Genoa in September, expect Turin to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Turin

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Orta San Giulio, Teatro Romano, Brera District, Castel Savoia, Val Ferret
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Sacro Monte di Orta ©
Sacro Monte di Orta
Castel Savoia ©
Castel Savoia

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mountbaldo and Lago di Garda. Get some cultural insight at La Citta Alta and Castello Scaligero. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Verona: Borghetto sul Mincio (in Valeggio Sul Mincio), Scaliger Castle in Malcesine (in Malcesine) and Grotte di Catullo (in Sirmione). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, explore the historical opulence of Brescia Castle, and contemplate the long history of Museo di Castelvecchio.

For reviews and tourist information, read Verona day trip planning website .

Take a train from Turin to Verona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Turin in September: highs in Verona hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ravenna.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Malcesine, Sirmione, Borghetto sul Mincio, Lago di Garda, La Citta Alta
Highlights from your plan
Castello Scaligero ©
Castello Scaligero
Brescia Castle ©
Brescia Castle
Grotte di Catullo ©
Grotte di Catullo

1
night
Ravenna

Ravenna ©
Famous for its wealth of original mosaics, Ravenna is a hub of artistic and cultural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Francesco, Ravenna, contemplate the long history of Cripta Rasponi e Giardini Pensili, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe, don't miss a visit to Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero degli Ariani.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ravenna trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Verona to Ravenna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Ravenna

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe ©
Battistero degli Ariani ©
Battistero degli Ariani

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castello di Miramare - Museo Storico and Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Get some historical perspective at Scrovegni Chapel and Castello Estense. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Palazzo dei Diamanti (in Ferrara), Palazzo della Ras (in Trieste) and Basilica di Sant’Antonio (in Padua). There's much more to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take in the spiritual surroundings of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and explore the activities along Laguna Veneta.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Ravenna to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ferrara, Trieste, Padua
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Miramare - Museo Storico ©
Scala Contarini del Bovolo ©
Scala Contarini del Bovolo
Palazzo della Ras ©
Palazzo della Ras

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