31 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

31 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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31 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Cairns
Fly:  27​h
1
Venice
— 5 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Verona
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Florence
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Assisi
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Orvieto
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
6
Rome
— 6 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Cairns

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Castello di Miramare - Museo Storico and Basilica di Sant’Antonio. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Piazza San Marco and Basilica di San Marco. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua) and Castello Estense (in Ferrara). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, wander the streets of Cannaregio, and take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Venice itinerary builder .

Cairns, Australia to Venice is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Cairns to Venice, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Padua, Castello di Miramare - Museo Storico, Castello Estense
Highlights from your plan
Scrovegni Chapel ©
Scrovegni Chapel
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like La Citta Alta and Mountbaldo. Get some cultural insight at Scaligero Castle and Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore. Change things up with these side-trips from Verona: Sirmione (Grotte di Catullo & Jamaica Beach), Scaliger Castle in Malcesine (in Malcesine) and Palazzo Te (in Mantua). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Museo di Castelvecchio, browse the exhibits of Casa di Giulietta, see the grandeur of opera at Arena di Verona, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa delle Sante Teuteria e Tosca.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Verona trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by bus from Venice to Verona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In June, daytime highs in Verona are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sirmione, Malcesine, La Citta Alta, Lago di Garda, Palazzo Te
Highlights from your plan
Mountbaldo ©
Mountbaldo
Palazzo Te ©
Palazzo Te
Castello Scaligero ©
Castello Scaligero

5
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Pitti Palace. You'll explore and learn at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Basilica di Santa Croce. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino), Castello di Monteriggioni (in Monteriggioni) and Pisa (Camposanto & Duomo di Pisa). The adventure continues: get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and kick back and relax at Lido Di Camaiore.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by train from Verona to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Florence are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Pisa, Basilica San Vitale, Castello di Monteriggioni, Historic Centre of San Gimignano, Abbazia di San Galgano
Highlights from your plan
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano

4
nights
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Palazzo Ducale di Urbino and Museo della Porziuncola will appeal to museum buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Grotte di Frasassi and Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Assisi: Rocca Paolina (in Perugia), Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto (in Spoleto) and Santuario Della Santa Casa (in Loreto). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Chiara, contemplate the long history of San Damiano, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giovannuccio, and don't miss a visit to Eremo delle Carceri.

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Drive from Florence to Assisi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Orvieto.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Nature Museums

Side Trips

Santuario Della Santa Casa, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto, Abbazia di Sant'Antimo, Palazzo Ducale di Urbino, Grotte di Frasassi
Highlights from your plan
Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola
Abbazia di Sant'Antimo ©
Abbazia di Sant'Antimo

3
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.
Duomo di Orvieto and Giardino dei Tarocchi are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Cascata delle Marmore and Cascate del Mulino will get you outdoors. Explore Orvieto's surroundings by going to Civita di Bagnoregio (in Civita di Bagnoregio) and Pitigliano Centro Storico (in Pitigliano). It doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Pozzo di San Patrizio.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Orvieto sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Assisi to Orvieto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Orvieto, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Orvieto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cascate del Mulino, Civita di Bagnoregio, Pitigliano Centro Storico, Cascata delle Marmore, Giardino dei Tarocchi
Highlights from your plan
Civita di Bagnoregio ©
Civita di Bagnoregio
Pitigliano Centro Storico ©
Pitigliano Centro Storico
Cascate del Mulino ©
Cascate del Mulino

6
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Visit Colosseum and Pantheon for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Peter's Basilica and Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano. Take a break from Rome with a short trip to Monte Cassino in Cassino, about 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, take a stroll through Trastevere, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Orvieto to Rome in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Rome are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vatican City, Monte Cassino
Highlights from your plan
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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