30 days in Northwest Italy, Pondicherry & Chennai Itinerary

30 days in Northwest Italy, Pondicherry & Chennai Itinerary

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30 days in Northwest Italy, Pondicherry & Chennai Itinerary

Start: Chennai, India
Fly:  16 h
1
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Assisi, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Siena, Italy
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
4
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Verona, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
6
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Menaggio, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
8
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Train + Bus:  16 h 45 min
9
Pondicherry, India
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
10
Chennai, India
— 8 nights
End: Chennai, India

3
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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Rome day trip planning site .

Chennai, India to Rome is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chennai to Rome is minus 4 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Chennai in March: high temperatures in Rome hover around 19°C and lows are around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Assisi.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

2
nights
Assisi, Italy

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): do a tasting at Azienda Agraria Saio, see the interesting displays at Museo della Porziuncola, don't miss a visit to Piazza Inferiore di San Francesco, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, then stop by Il Tapiro, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eremo delle Carceri. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Damiano, do a tasting at Bibenda Assisi, examine the collection at Mostra Permanente degli Antichi Mestieri e della Civilta Contadina, then step into the grandiose world of Rocca Maggiore, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cripta di San Francesco.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Assisi trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Rome to Assisi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in March, Assisi is slightly colder at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Siena.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Wineries Museums
Highlights from your plan
Azienda Agraria Saio ©
Azienda Agraria Saio
Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola

2
nights
Siena, Italy

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
On the 8th (Sun), explore the galleries of Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, stop by Cravattificio di Siena, contemplate the long history of Battistero di San Giovanni, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, and finally make a trip to Piazza del Campo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, deepen your understanding at Scuola di Cucina di Lella, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francesco.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Siena trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Assisi to Siena by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. March in Siena sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Florence.

Things to do in Siena

Tours Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Florence is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, don't miss a visit to The Baptistery of St. John, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Florence vacation builder app .

You can take a bus from Siena to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Verona.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri ©
Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

3
nights
Verona, Italy

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.
Verona is known for nightlife, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some music at Arena di Verona, make a trip to Piazza Bra, wander the streets of Piazza delle Erbe, and see the interesting displays at Casa di Giulietta.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Verona road trip planner .

Take a train from Florence to Verona in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in March, expect Verona to be much hotter, temps between 34°C and 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Piazza delle Erbe ©
Piazza delle Erbe
Museo di Castelvecchio ©
Museo di Castelvecchio

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 16th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and then step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Milan road trip planning app .

Take a train from Verona to Milan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Verona in March; daily highs in Milan reach 16°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Menaggio.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

2
nights
Menaggio, Italy

Menaggio ©
Menaggio is a town and comune in the province of Como, Lombardy, northern Italy, located on the western shore of Lake Como at the mouth of the river Senagra.Menaggio has three frazioni (parishes): Croce, Loveno and Nobiallo.HistoryThe area of current Menaggio was conquered by the Romans in 196 BC. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello, appreciate the views at Valchiavenna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at S. Giovanni Battista, then get a taste of the local shopping with Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte, then view the masterpieces at Il Tornio, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Parrocchia SS Nabore e Felice. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Monte Grona, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di S. Gottardo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Madonna delle Lacrime, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Menaggio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Milan to Menaggio takes 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Menaggio

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Varenna, Dongo, Lake Como, Centro Storico, Villa del Balbianello
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Madonna delle Lacrime ©
Santuario Madonna delle Lacrime
Valchiavenna ©
Valchiavenna
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Scrovegni Chapel in Padua (about 54 minutes away). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, and admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Venice trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Menaggio to Venice by car takes about 4 hours. In March, daytime highs in Venice are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

1
night
Pondicherry, India

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
On the 23rd (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, then stop by Senteurs-Fleurs en Flacon, then don't miss a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and finally enjoy the sea views from Pondicherry Lighthouse.

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Getting from Venice to Pondicherry by combination of flight and bus takes about 17 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Venice to Pondicherry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Chennai.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Historic Sites Spas Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple
Sri Aurobindo Ashram ©
Sri Aurobindo Ashram
Spas

8
nights
Chennai, India

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Get out of town with these interesting Chennai side-trips: Mahabalipuram (Sea Shore Temple, Pancha Rathas, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at The Theosophical Society, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Siruvapuri Sri Balamurugan Temple, make a trip to Sai Baba Temple, and look for gifts at Cane and Bamboo.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Chennai trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Pondicherry to Chennai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Chennai sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 27°C at night. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Mahabalipuram
Highlights from your plan
Shore Temple ©
Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas
Mahishasuramardini Cave ©
Mahishasuramardini Cave

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